International Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid

At Abilene Christian University, we understand that education is a significant investment for our students and their families. ACU offers a block tuition model, institutional financial aid, no-interest payment plans, and access to a team of financial aid professionals to help guide you through the process.

Next, spend some time on this page to learn about opportunities and programs that are designed to reward you for your academic accomplishments, your dedication to improving the community around you and other exceptional achievements!

At Abilene Christian University, we understand that education is a significant investment for our students and their families. ACU offers a block tuition model, institutional financial aid, no-interest payment plans, and access to a team of financial aid professionals to help guide you through the process.

Next, spend some time on this page to learn about opportunities and programs that are designed to reward you for your academic accomplishments, your dedication to improving the community around you and other exceptional achievements!

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Scholarships for International Students

International students who are admitted to ACU will receive the President’s International Scholarship for $22,000 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. Below is an estimated breakdown of costs and other competitive scholarships available for international students.

2022-2023 Tuition, Fees and Living Expenses

Fall and Spring Semester   Undergraduate 
Tuition and fees  $40,400
Room and Board $11,500*
Health Insurance $1,450
Books Estimate $1,250
I-20 Total $54,600

*Price may vary based on residence hall and meal plan selections

Scholarship Undergraduate
President’s International Scholarship $22,000
Wildcat Housing Grant $3,000
Total Scholarship $25,000
 Total Estimated Net Cost      $29,600

 

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.

ACU Academic Scholarships

The Honors Fellow Scholarship is one of ACU’s highest honors. To be considered, recipients must be named a Presidential Scholar and be admitted to the Honors College. The Honors Fellow Scholarship amount varies and combines with other scholarships received. 

Apply to the ACU Honors College by December 1 or March 1.

A student’s application for admission, application for the Honors College, recommendations, test scores and high school transcript are considered when selecting recipients of this scholarship.

 

All National Merit Finalists and Semi-Finalists are guaranteed full tuition, when coordinated with federal, state and institutional grants, to attend ACU. Additionally, these students are provided a $1,500 stipend per year to help cover the costs of room, board and/or books.

National Merit Commended Scholars are awarded a $2,000 scholarship per year that stacks with their other merit-based awards.

No application is required; however, you must submit the FAFSA. Provide a copy of your National Merit Certificate to your admissions counselor to receive this scholarship.

 

Program-Specific Scholarships

Students majoring in bible and ministry or ministry and vocation are eligible to apply for the Bible, Missions and Ministry scholarship. Students must be admitted to ACU and have submitted the FAFSA to apply.

Apply for the Bible, Missions and Ministry Scholarship.

ACU’s College of Business Administration (COBA) offers an AACSB-accredited business education within a Christian environment to equip you to integrate faith and leadership in your career in the marketplace. Students majoring in marketing, management, information systems, accounting or finance are eligible to apply.

Students must be admitted to ACU to apply.

Apply for the College of Business Administration Scholarship 

The Department of Communication and Sociology awards scholarships to select incoming freshmen who declare a major in communication or sociology. Students must also enroll in at least three hours of their major each semester. Students must be admitted to ACU to apply.

Apply for the Communication & Sociology Scholarship.

The Engineering & Physics (E&P) Experiential Learning Award is offered to incoming freshmen interested in a student leadership role within the department to help lead experiential learning opportunities. Students serve in many ways, including as student panelists, activity facilitators, event coordinators, guest speakers, tour guides, student liaisons, outreach event participants and other positions for the E&P Department.

Scholarship applicants must declare a major in either engineering or physics. Students must be admitted to ACU and have submitted the FAFSA to apply.

Apply for the Engineering & Physics Experiential Learning Award.

Scholarships in vocal and instrumental music are available to qualified music and non-music majors and require an audition. For questions regarding music scholarships, please contact Laura Dickson at laura.dickson@acu.edu.

The School of Information Technology and Computing awards scholarships 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, digital entertainment technology (DET) or information systems. Students must be admitted to ACU to apply.

Apply for the SITC Scholarship.

ACU General Scholarships

ACU is a member of the NCAA Division I Western Athletic 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 for your sport of interest.

All students participating in the Big Purple Marching Band and remaining in good academic and behavioral standing with the University receive a scholarship award for the fall semester. An audition is not required for this scholarship. 

Learn more about the Big Purple Marching Band Scholarship.

ACU matches church gifts dollar-for-dollar up to $500 per year. Complete our church match form and submit it with payment to Student Financial Services.

All first-time, incoming students are invited to apply to ACU’s Community Servant Leader and Cultures of ACU Award.  Recipients of these awards are invited to join the LYNAY community as part of the Center for Building Community at ACU.  LYNAY’s purpose is bold but simple: to build a world of better communities by fostering, inspiring and encouraging a new generation of community servant-leaders, who work together to promote active leadership and service to our world in hopes of building stronger, more engaged and loving communities.  

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 build a stronger and more engaged society.

Cultures of ACU Award
Recipients are expected to enhance the academic, social and spiritual environment around them by sharing their unique cultural backgrounds, experiences and perspectives in order to promote a community of diversity and equality.

The application for these awards opens October 1 with priority consideration given to applications received by December 1. Students who complete this application are considered for each of these scholarship opportunities. Recipients of either award must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA at ACU, attend weekly meetings and fulfill a community service commitment each semester. Students must be admitted to ACU and submit the FAFSA to apply.

Apply for the Community Servant Leader and Cultures of ACU Award.

Children of full-time Church of Christ supported missionaries serving internationally are guaranteed 75% discounted tuition when combined with all other gift aid from federal, state and institutional sources. Students must have submitted the FAFSA to apply.

Complete the Missionary Dependent form and submit it to Wildcat Central.

First-time, incoming freshman students, who are dependent children of full-time Church of Christ ministers, can apply for this endowed scholarship created by Bob and Kay Onstead. This scholarship is renewable annually for up to four years. Students must be admitted to ACU and have submitted the FAFSA to apply.

Apply for the Onstead Scholarship.

Students who graduate from a Christian school partner or a National Christian School Association (NCSA) member school are eligible to apply for this scholarship, valued at $1,000 per year for up to four years. Students must be admitted to ACU to apply.

Apply for the NSCA and Christian School Partner Scholarship.