Financial Aid for International Students

We realize that going to college is an investment. Each year, ACU awards more than $96 million in financial aid through scholarships, loans, grants and college work-study.

Scholarships for International Students

All international students who are admitted to ACU will receive the President's International Scholarship for $18,000 a year for four years! In addition, international students who live on campus are also eligible to receive the Wildcat Housing Grant for $3,000 per year for up to two years to be applied to housing costs. There are other competitive scholarships available for international students listed below.

2019-2020 Tuition, Fees and Living Expenses

Fall and Spring Semester   Undergraduate 
Tuition and fees  $36,300
Health Insurance $1,320
Room and Board $11,068
Books Estimate $1,250
I-20 Total $49,938

ESL cost information can be found here

Scholarship Undergraduate
President's International Scholarship $18,000
Wildcat Housing Grant $3,000
Total Net Cost $29,938

About This Estimate

The undergraduate tuition estimate is based on the block tuition fee that includes all required fees and allows students to take from 24 to 36 credit hours per year.

The above figures are based on the assumption that the student lives in a residence hall and has a meal plan. (Single undergraduate students with less than 60 credit hours are required to live on campus unless they are 21 years of age or older. Those who have completed at least 60 credit hours have the option of living off campus.)

This estimate does not include expenses such as travel to and from one's home country, vacation travel, personal expenses, clothing or the support of additional persons. Note: It is important to understand that tuition increases each year and that living and insurance expenses may increase each year as well.

Other Competitive Scholarships Available for International Students

Presidential Scholarship 
The Presidential Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate a high level of involvement in extracurricular activities, have a history of being chosen for leadership positions, who participate in faith-based settings and who excel academically. No application is required, recipients will be identified using the information provided on their original application to ACU.

Honors Fellow Scholarship 
The Honors Fellow Scholarship is one of ACU’s highest honors. Recipients must be named Presidential Scholars, agree to be members of ACU’s Honors College and score above a 33 on their ACT, or above a 1450 on their SAT, in order to qualify for consideration. No application is required, recipients will be identified using the information provided on their original application to ACU.

Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship 
ACU offers graduating valedictorians and salutatorians a $1,000 scholarship, in addition to their merit-based award. Submit your official high school transcript to receive this one-year scholarship.

Servant-Leader Scholarships 
All first-time, incoming students are invited to apply for ACU’s Cultures of ACU Scholarship and Community Servant-Leader Award. Recipients must demonstrate leadership skills as well as a passion for diversity and equality.

Cultures of ACU recipients are expected to enhance the academic, social and spiritual environment around them by sharing their unique cultural backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

Community Servant-Leader Award recipients are expected to be servant-minded students who demonstrate strong leadership potential, the ability to succeed academically and the desire to promote a multicultural society.

Students who complete this application once will be considered for each of the scholarship opportunities above. This application is open from November 1st until March 1st. Recipients of either award must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA at ACU, attend weekly meetings and fulfill a community service commitment each semester.

Onstead Scholarship 
First-time incoming freshman students, who are dependent children of full-time Church of Christ ministers, are able to apply for this endowed scholarship, created by Bob and Kay Onstead. This application is open from November 1st to March 1st.

Scouting Scholarship 
ACU offers a $1,000 scholarship for students who have obtained any of the following achievements through the Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts USA: Eagle Scout, Venturing Silver, Sea Scouting Quartermaster, Gold Award or the American Heritage Girls Stars and Stripes. This scholarship is renewable annually, for up to four years. Click here  to complete your application and to upload your scouting certificate.

Engineering & Physics Experiential Learning Award 
The Engineering & Physics (E&P) Experiential Learning Award is a scholarship offered to incoming freshmen who are interested in helping to lead the department in experiential learning opportunities and also take on a student leadership role within the department. Scholarship applicants must declare a major in either Engineering or Physics. You will have the opportunity to serve in many ways such as student panelist, activity facilitators, event coordinators, guest speakers, tour guides, student liaisons, outreach event participants, and other positions for the E&P Department. Click here to complete you application today!

SITC Scholarship 
The School of Information Technology and Computing awards scholarships in varying amounts to a select number of incoming freshmen and transfer students each year. Scholarship applicants must declare a major in Computer Science, Computer Science/Math Teaching or Digital Entertainment Technology (DET). Click here to complete your application today!

Athletics 
ACU is a member of the NCAA Division I Southland Conference. Athletic scholarships vary in amount and are determined by the NCAA and head coach of each sport. To inquire about availability, complete a prospect questionnaire.

Church Match 
ACU will match church gifts dollar-for-dollar up to $500 per year. Simply complete our church match form and submit it, with payment, to your admissions counselor. Click here to access the Church Match Scholarship form.

Missionary Dependent 
Children of full-time Church of Christ supported missionaries, serving in a foreign field, are guaranteed 75% off of tuition, when combined with all other gift aid from federal, state and institutional sources. Click here to access the Missionary Dependent form.

NCSA Christian School Employee Dependent Scholarship 
All dependent children of full-time employees of National Christian Schools Association (NCSA) member schools are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Scholarship amounts are $6,000, per year, for employees’ children and $12,000, per year, for the children of the superintendent, CEO or principal. Click here to access the Christian School Scholarship form.

International Employment

International students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week on campus during the fall and spring semester. International students may work full-time during official school breaks. A realistic estimate of the maximum one can earn in an academic semester ranges from $1,000 to $2,000. It is the student's responsibility to find a job on campus.

After successfully completing a degree, international students are eligible to apply to work for one year in the US in a field related to their degree. This is known as optional practical training (OPT).

Payment Plans

At Abilene Christian University, we understand that education is a significant investment for our students and their families. We're committed to making the ACU experience as affordable as possible for everyone by offering an innovative tuition model, institutional financial aid, no-interest payment plans, resources to external funding, and access to a team of financial aid professionals to help guide you through the process. For more information about enrolling in Wildcat Pay Plan, click here.

Sponsorships and J1 Students

A small handful of students find sponsors for their education in the way of generous individuals, supporting organizations, or government programs. However, it is important to note that ACU does not actively seek out sponsors on behalf of students. It is the sole responsibility of prospective students to secure financial support for their education beyond any amount that ACU may offer in financial aid.

Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.