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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!

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.

2021-2022 Tuition, Fees and Living Expenses

Fall and Spring Semester   Undergraduate 
Tuition and fees  $39,350
Health Insurance $1,400
Room and Board $11,628*
Books Estimate $1,250
I-20 Total $53,628

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

ESL cost information can be found here.

Scholarship Undergraduate
President’s International Scholarship $22,000
Wildcat Housing Grant $3,000
Total Net Cost $26,370

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

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.

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.

Click here to apply!

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.

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!

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 and Christian School Partners Graduate Scholarship
Students who graduate from a school in the National Christian Schools Association (NCSA) are eligible to apply for this scholarship. This scholarship is valued at $1,000 per year for up to four years.

Click here to complete your application today!