Financial aid: Our commitment to you
The college selection process is an exciting time, however finding the best way to finance a college education is a matter of great concern to all families. At Concordia, providing financial aid assistance is a top priority. We are committed to doing all we can to make a Concordia education affordable. It may help to know that:
- 99% of Concordia's full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid
- Concordia distributes more than $23 million in financial aid assistance annually
Financial aid timeline
Concordia's financial aid programs
Concordia administers a broad array of financial aid from institutional, federal, state and private programs. Both need- and non-need-based financial aid options are available to families to help manage their financial obligations.
Financial aid options are available to students without the requirement to demonstrate financial need. Students that are accepted to Concordia will be automatically eligible for all non-need-based aid. Non-need-based aid includes academic merit scholarships and talent scholarships in the areas of music, theatre, art and athletics.
Use the calculator (right) to see what freshman merit scholarship you may be eligible for. Please note that merit scholarships are only awarded upon acceptance to Concordia which requires an official high school transcript and test score. If you are a transfer and want to know what merit scholarship you qualify for please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 800-535-5494.
Financial aid options are available to students who demonstrate financial need. Financial need is the difference between the estimated cost of attendance for a school and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is based upon the information the family provides on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Factors such as income, assets, family size and the number of family members attending college full-time are considered in determining a family's EFC.
The FAFSA serves as the official application for institutional and federal need-based financial aid. Based upon a thorough review of the FAFSA, Concordia will calculate the student's financial need and then determine the student's need-based financial aid. A FAFSA tutorial video for students is available online.
Concordia recommends completing the FAFSA as soon as possible after Jan. 1. However, it is best to wait until after you/your parents' federal tax returns have been filed before completing and submitting your FAFSA. We urge you to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) provided by the FAFSA on the Web (FOTW). The earliest the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) can be used to retrieve your tax information is February 1st or 10 days after you file you taxes electronically, whichever is the later.
IF YOU DO NOT USE THE IRS DATA RETRIEVAL TOOL (DRT) WHEN YOU FILE YOUR FAFSA, YOUR FAFSA WILL HAVE AN INCREASED POSSIBILITY OF BEING SELECTED FOR VERIFICATION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
Concordia University, Nebraska's Federal School Code is 002541.
Financial resources available to full-time undergraduate students
Below are links that provide additional information for financing your Concordia education: