Undergraduate Financial Aid

At Abilene Christian University, we’re dedicated to the investment you make in your education by providing innovative models of tuition and financial aid for students of all backgrounds. As a full-time undergraduate student, we connect you to the loans, grants and scholarships to support each year of your study.

At Abilene Christian University, we’re dedicated to the investment you make in your education by providing innovative models of tuition and financial aid for students of all backgrounds. As a full-time undergraduate student, we connect you to the loans, grants and scholarships to support each year of your study.

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Types of Financial Aid

When applying for financial aid, you’ll find funding options for various academic and socioeconomic needs. To help you navigate your options, our admissions counselors offer affordability appointments to discuss your needs and develop sustainable goals.

Your admissions materials will include your financial aid package based on your academic record and completed FAFSA. You may also be eligible to apply for targeted ACU scholarships or to obtain employment through the Work-Study program. Remember to submit your FAFSA materials after the application opens on October 1, then anticipate your financial aid package in early spring!

Loans

Financial aid in the form of loans is borrowed now and repaid later, usually after you graduate. Your FAFSA information will determine your eligibility for federal loans, but you may also seek out private loans that will be verified by ACU’s Office of Student Financial Services.

Grants

Unlike loans, you do not have to repay grant aid. Grant funding is renewed by sustaining your academic progress and demonstrating commitment to your education. ACU offers some need-based grants, and you may also qualify for state or federal grant aid. Like other federal funding, your eligibility for grants such as the Federal Pell Grant is based on your FAFSA filing.

Scholarships

To celebrate your achievements and endeavors, your admissions packet may include details on ACU scholarships based on your academic merit and/or extracurricular, service-learning and leadership involvement.

You may also be eligible to apply for scholarships based on other criteria, such as the Servant Leader Scholarships or academic department scholarships. Discover even more opportunities through RaiseMe.

Work-Study

Based on your FAFSA information, you may be eligible for Work-Study through the federal or Texas government. This program allows you to work part-time as you complete your degree, gaining valuable career experience while funding your education.

Financial Aid Checklist

So how much will an ACU education cost? Our financial aid calculator will give you an initial estimate to help you understand your potential tuition, fees and aid funds. Note: Our financial aid calculator is currently unavailable. Check back at a later date to access the calculator. 

To ensure you have access to the maximum opportunities in need-based aid, including loans, grants, scholarships and Work-Study, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and request it be sent to ACU. (ACU school code: 003573).

Once you’ve received your admissions package, you’ll be eager to move forward with finalizing your aid package and preparing to start your journey here at ACU. Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Understand estimated costs
    Block tuition, housing, meal plan and textbooks contribute to your first-year expenses.
  2. Dive into your award letter
    Discover your costs, aid and payment options.
  3. Accept or decline loans
    Evaluate which of your available loans will chart the best course for you and your family.
  4. Apply for additional scholarships,
    Through other specialized scholarships, you may be able to secure further financial aid.
  5. Plan your payments
    Learn how to pay your bill and decide whether to enroll in a Wildcat Pay Plan.

Contact Financial Services

We’re eager to see you thrive at ACU—and we know you may have lots of questions along the way, especially regarding financial aid. By connecting with admissions, you can book an appointment with a financial aid counselor to plan an actionable roadmap to your degree.

Abilene Christian University
Student Financial Services
ACU Box 29007
Abilene, TX 79699-9007