Scholarships, Awards and Grants
Various types of institutional financial aid are awarded by Concordia. To qualify for institutional financial aid (and for subsequent renewal), the student must be a full-time undergraduate and maintain satisfactory academic progress. The total amount of institutional aid cannot exceed the cost of tuition.
- Merit aid is awarded on the basis of a student's achievements and potential to contribute to the university's community. The amount of the scholarship is based upon the academic profile of the student. Students will automatically be considered for a merit scholarship upon acceptance to Concordia.
- Talent aid is awarded in the areas of speech and debate, music, theatre, art and athletics. The scholarships are awarded by recommendation of the department chair, director or coach.
- Need-based aid is awarded to students based on financial need and varies in amount. In order to be eligible for need-based aid, the student must show demonstrated financial need by filing the FAFSA annually. Certain federal, state and institutional awards are taken into consideration when determining need-based grant levels.
The scholarships, awards and grants listed are available to full-time undergraduate students entering Concordia in the fall 2018 and spring 2019 terms.
An art scholarship adds to the overall financial aid package that CUNE is working to build in order to make the Concordia Experience an affordable value for your family.
Personal visits are encouraged as it provides an opportunity for art faculty to meet and get to know a prospective student while viewing his or her art. If a personal visit isn't possible, prospective students can submit their work to Don Robson, Department of Art Chairman, in the alternative way:
- Images of artwork in jpeg or pdf format via email to email@example.com
- Images of artwork on a flash drive sent to Don Robson, 800 North Columbia Ave, Seward, NE 68434.
- 12 – 15 images of artwork in any media including sketchbooks
Lutheran Heritage Award
Automatically awarded to students who meet at least one of the following criteria: member of a Lutheran congregation; dependent of an alumnus of Concordia; dependent of a full-time, professional, rostered Lutheran church worker; or graduate of a Lutheran high school. FAFSA not required.
Award amount = $1,000/yr.
Students who qualify for the Lutheran Heritage Award and meet the following criteria are guaranteed a minimum of $17,000 in combined institutional aid: first-time college students with a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, transfer students with a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher. (Any graduate of a high school who is part of the Concordia Advantage Partnership Program is exempt from the GPA requirement.)
Church Work Awards
The following awards are available to students enrolling in one of Concordia’s church work programs (Dir. Of Christian Education, Dir. Of Parish Music, Lutheran Teacher Diploma, Pre-Deaconess, Pre-Seminary)
Church Careers Award
Automatically awarded to students enrolled in one of Concordia's professional church careers programs. Students do not need to be LCMS to receive the award.
Award amount = $1500/yr.
LCMS Church Work Grant
Awarded to Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod students enrolled in one of Concordia's professional church work programs.
This award is designed to assist those seeking professional church work positions within the LCMS. Requires junior standing and official admittance into one of Concordia's church work programs. Student needs to be on campus a minimum of one semester before being eligible. Renewed annually with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Financial need is not required.
Award amount = $2,000/yr.
LCMS District Aid
Awarded by the districts of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod.
Student must be a member of a LCMS congregation and enrolled in a professional church work program at Concordia. The FAFSA is required to be filed to determine need. All districts have deadlines and funds are limited. Contact your LCMS district office for application details.
LCMS Congregational Aid
Awarded by congregations to assist Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod students with educational expenses.
We encourage you to inquire about the availability of this aid, especially if you will be pursuing a professional church work program at Concordia.
Awarded by the Gil and Blondie Vogt Scholarship Fund.
Students must be a Nebraska resident, a member of the LCMS, enrolled in a professional church work program at Concordia and be able to demonstrate substantial financial need. If interested in applying for the scholarship, please send a letter expressing your interest and qualifications to Pat Hofer, 2012 South 164th Avenue, Omaha NE 68130.
Institutional, federal and state need-based grants are available to all incoming students based on demonstrated financial need and vary in amount. In order to be eligible for need-based aid, the student must show demonstrated financial need by filing The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually. Concordia recommends completing the FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1. Concordia’s federal school code is 002541 and must be included in the application in order for Concordia to receive a student’s FAFSA results. Awarded federal, state and institutional aid are taken into consideration when determining need-based grant levels.
Available to all incoming students who meet the specific requirements.
Awarded by the Congregations for Concordia University, Nebraska.
Student must be a member of a CCUNE congregation. Automatically awarded upon church membership confirmation and renewable for three consecutive years.
Award amount = $1000/yr.
Aid is available to students that declare intent to seek an Active or Reserved forces commission.
Learn more through the reserve officer training corps offices at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln:
Awarded under the Post-9/11 GI Bill
Concordia is pleased to be part of the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, offering qualified veterans or their qualified dependents the ability to attend for free.
Learn more on the Yellow Ribbon Program at Concordia page.
There are many sources for private scholarships including employers, professional organizations, congregations and community groups. Concordia encourages students to directly contact these sources to inquire about the availability of scholarships.
Private scholarship search websites abound on the Internet. Below are links to various legitimate scholarship search websites. If a scholarship opportunity sounds too good to be true, especially if it requires a fee or purchase of goods or services, it is probably not a legitimate scholarship resource.
- Petersons – The site has $10 billion in scholarship awards and has an impressive collection of articles, test prep resources and more.
- Unigo - Beyond just scholarships, including jobs, internships, college profiles and rankings, articles and a textbook store.
- Fastweb – Hosts more than 1.5 million scholarship that amount to more than $3.4 billion dollars.
- EducationQuest Foundation – Provides free college planning services, need-based scholarship programs, college access grants for high schools and college access resources.
- Cappex – Over $11 billion in scholarships. Cappex has developed a “What are my Chances” tool, which attempts to calculate the odds that you’ll get into a certain college before you apply.
- Chegg – Over $1 billion in scholarships. Chegg offers homework help, tutoring, test prep, internship and textbooks.
- Collegeboard – Beyond just scholarships, there are other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs.
- Niche – One of the easiest sites to navigate. Categories including, sports, interest area, career and major.
- Collegenet.com – Besides the impressive number of scholarships, you can search by keyword or create a personalized profile to get filtered results.