Finding the time and money for school are major concerns for anyone looking to resume undergraduate study within a high-quality program. Cairn University provides you with the support of Financial Aid professionals who are committed to helping you find the best way to meet your education costs.

2017-2018 TUITION
per credit hour

Tuition & Costs

2017-2018 Degree Completion Program Tuition & Fees
Tuition (per credit) $546.00
Graduation Fee $120.00
Course Audit Fee $244.00/course
Students are responsible for the cost of textbooks, supplies, transportation, personal expenses, and any additional program or course-specific fees (applied music lessons, instrument or supply rental, laboratory, etc.) in addition to the costs listed.

Types of Aid

Scholarships and Discounts

Eligible Degree Completion students may apply for various University Scholarships and tuition discounts through the Financial Aid Office.

As a Degree Completion student you are considered a full-time undergraduate if you are taking 12 or more credits – this means more aid may be available to you. We also encourage you to look into any incentives your employer may provide for continuing education and ask our Financial Aid Office about them.

Church Matching Scholarship

Cairn University will match up to $1,000 given by a church in support of a student. This award is for the fall semester only.

Aid amount:
Up to $1,000/year

How to apply:
A church official must submit the Church Matching Scholarship Application with payment to the Financial Aid Office by August 1st for the fall semester.

Spouse Discount

Married couples who register in the same semester may apply for a tuition discount.

Aid amount:
Degree Completion: 50% discount for spouse taking fewer credits

How to apply:
Complete the Spouse Discount Request

Federal Aid and Loans

Need-based financial aid programs are designed to meet a student’s demonstrated financial aid need. Cairn University participates in all federal and state need-based grants, loans, and work-study programs.

Federal Pell Grant

Needy students taking at least 3 credits in an undergraduate degree program could be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant.

Aid amount:
$500-$5,815 (2016-2017 academic year)

How to apply:
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Need-based grant awarded to students  demonstrating the greatest financial need that qualify for a Federal Pell Grant.

Aid amount:

How to apply:
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Federal Direct Loan

Direct Subsidized Loan is a loan for students with demonstrated financial need. The government pays the loan interest for the student while the student is in school and this the preferred loan of the two direct loans due to this subsidy.

Direct Unsubsidized Loan is a loan which is not based on a students’ financial need. Students pay the loan interest while enrolled or the student can elect to have it deferred and capitalized upon graduation.

Aid amount:
Annual borrowing limits range from $5,500-$12,500.

How to apply: 
Complete the Federal Direct Loan entrance counseling and a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note at
FAFSA required prior to applying for a Direct Loan.

 Federal Work Study (FWS)

Available to students demonstrating financial need.

Aid amount:
Determined by need and limited by the amount of work hours available.

Helpful Links
Contact the Financial Aid Office

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