Types of Financial Aid

Please visit the Financial Aid page to find more information on types of financial aid and scholarships available to undergraduate students.

Scholarships for All New Students

All newly admitted students are considered for the CIIS Opportunity Scholarship. There is no separate application for domestic students. Awards are determined primarily on financial need and students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more by visiting the main CIIS Scholarships page.

New international student applicants wishing to apply for the CIIS Opportunity Scholarship must complete the International Aid Application form to be considered for an award. Scholarship awards range from $1,500 - $3,000 a year for two years, applied to your tuition in the fall and spring semesters only. 

Undergraduate Single Parents Scholarship

In line with CIIS's deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, and advocating social justice, the university is offering scholarships to newly admitted undergraduate students that identify as a single parent of a dependent child, for the academic year 2020-2021. To apply for the spring 2021 semester, submit an application by November 13, 2020.

CIIS Diversity Scholarship

CIIS is a university deeply committed to diversity, inclusion, and advocating for social justice. The university, guided by these principles, will disburse forty-six $5,000 Diversity Scholarships for the academic year 2021-2022. In line with our institutional mission of embracing traditions that enhance social and political liberation, these scholarships are intended to support the recruitment of a diverse student body, particularly students historically underrepresented in higher education.

Scholarship applications are due by the 15th of each month and applicants will be notified by the 15th of the subsequent month. Applications will be accepted on the 15th of each month up until July 15, 2022 for the Fall 2022 semester.

Apply for the Diversity Scholarship now.

Scholarships for Veterans: Post 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon

CIIS works with the Department of Veteran Affairs for those students eligible to receive GI Bill educational funding. CIIS also participates in the Yellow Ribbon program. The financial aid office needs to receive your Certification of Eligibility to process your veteran education benefits. For more information, please visit the Veterans and their Families page. For outside scholarships, take a look at this collection of scholarships for veterans.

Outside Scholarships

We highly recommend that students research outside scholarships and grants, and have compiled a resource of links and directories to assist with this on our B.A. Degree Completion Program boards on Pinterest.

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