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Concordia University, St. Paul is one of the best values among private universities in the state of Minnesota.

We are proud to offer a wide range of scholarship opportunities to enhance our affordability and to recognize and reward the individual gifts and talents of our students.

Traditional Undergraduate Student Scholarships

  • Freshman Academic Scholarship

    Academic scholarships are offered to all accepted freshmen and amounts are awarded based on high school academic achievement. Scholarships are automatically awarded upon admission and fall into five categories ($1,000, $2,500, $5,500, $8,000 or $10,000 annually) depending upon unweighted high school GPA. These academic scholarships are renewable for three additional years for degree-seeking full time traditional students.  The scholarship deadline is August 1st. To view qualifying scholarship levels, please use the net price calculator.

    *Please note: Scholarship amounts referenced are for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Please contact your admissions counselor with any questions about the 2019-20 scholarship opportunities.

    Transfer Academic Scholarship

    Applicants must provide official college transcripts from all institutions attended and demonstrate a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. Eligible students are automatically awarded one of the following scholarships upon admission:

    • $6,000 Transfer Regents Scholarship, 3.5-4.0 cumulative GPA
    • $4,000 Transfer Presidents Scholarship, 3.0-3.49 cumulative GPA
    • $2,000 Transfer University Scholarship, 2.5-2.9 cumulative GPA.

    A transfer student who receives this award must also attend full-time, be degree-seeking, and have completed a minimum of 20 college-level semester credits since high school graduation prior to entering Concordia. The scholarship deadline is August 1.

  • Music Scholarships

    The Concordia Music Activity Scholarship is available to new students enrolled full-time in the traditional undergraduate program. Scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 are granted to students who register for two credits of music ensembles and/or music lessons (private or group) at Concordia. The scholarship is renewable based on the student’s participation.

    The Concordia Music Talent Scholarship is available by audition to new students enrolled full-time in the traditional undergraduate program. Scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 are awarded to selected students. Recipients are required to register for music ensemble(s) and private lessons. Auditions occur in January-February for the upcoming academic year. Interested students should apply through Scholarship Universe. For more information about requirements and the audition process, please contact Dr. David Mennicke at dmennicke@csp.edu.

    Theatre Scholarship

    The Concordia Theatre Scholarship is available to new students enrolled full-time in the traditional undergraduate program. Scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 are granted to students who participate in various theatre jobs at Concordia, both on and off stage. The scholarship is renewable based on the student’s participation.

    Athletic Scholarship

    Athletic scholarships are available in all intercollegiate sports offered at Concordia University, St. Paul. Students must be accepted to a degree-seeking undergraduate program at the University and meet NCAA DII eligibility for scholarship consideration. The head coach in each respective sport selects the scholarship recipients and also determines the scholarship amounts.

  • Transfer Academic Scholarship

    Applicants must provide official college transcripts from all institutions attended and demonstrate a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.  Eligible students are automatically awarded one of the following scholarships upon admission:

    • $6,000 Transfer Regents Scholarship, 3.5-4.0 cumulative GPA
    • $4,000 Transfer Presidents Scholarship, 3.0-3.49 cumulative GPA
    • $2,000 Transfer University Scholarship, 2.5-2.9 cumulative GPA

    A transfer student who receives this award must also attend full-time in the traditional undergraduate program, be degree-seeking, and have completed a minimum of 20 college-level semester credits since high school graduation prior to entering Concordia. The scholarship deadline is August 1st.

    Transfer Advantage Scholarship

    Offered to students pursuing a traditional, undergraduate degree that transfers directly from a Concordia partner institution. Students must successfully complete an associate’s degree or MnTC at a partner school. Eligible students are awarded $2,000 ($1,000 annually) at the time of admission.

    Transfer Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

    Recognizes academically qualified transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa, transferring into the traditional programs with one-semester minimum membership in Phi Theta Kappa. Eligible students are awarded $2,000 ($1,000 annually) at the time of admission. A transfer student who receives this award must also attend full-time, be degree-seeking, and provide proof of PTK membership.

  • Please visit our Church Work website for details about our scholarship opportunities for those in a church professional program.

  • Building Opportunity for Leadership Development (BOLD) Scholarship

    Scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 are awarded to newly accepted students enrolling in the traditional undergraduate programs that have participated in college readiness programs. No scholarship application is necessary and BOLD is awarded in addition to academic scholarships. Scholarship recipients are required to volunteer for one activity per semester to fulfill the scholarship. The scholarship is renewable with satisfactory academic progress.

    Concordia Legacy Scholarship

    Awarded to newly accepted students enrolling in the traditional undergraduate programs at $1,000 per academic year (fall and spring entry terms only) that have had a family member attend Concordia University, St. Paul. No scholarship application is necessary and is awarded in addition to academic scholarships. Students must be degree seeking and attending full time. The scholarship is renewed if students are maintaining satisfactory progress.

    Lutheran Heritage Scholarship

    Awarded to new freshmen and transfer students at $1,000 per academic year (fall and spring entry terms only).  Scholarships require no application and are awarded automatically if the student is a member of an LCMS congregation. Students must be degree seeking and attending full time. The scholarship is renewed if students are maintaining satisfactory progress. Scholarship deadline is August 1st.

    Military Dependents Scholarship

    Awarded to newly accepted students enrolling in the traditional undergraduate programs at $1,000 per academic year (fall and spring entry terms only) who are dependents, spouses or survivors to veterans and military service members. No scholarship application is necessary and is awarded in addition to academic scholarships. Students must be degree seeking and attending full time. The scholarship is renewed if students are maintaining satisfactory progress.

    CSP PSEO Scholarship

    Awarded to newly accepted students enrolling in the traditional undergraduate programs at $1,000 per academic year (fall and spring entry terms only). Eligible students must be (or have been previously) enrolled as a PSEO student at CSP. No scholarship application is necessary and is awarded in addition to academic scholarships. Students must be degree-seeking and attending full time. The scholarship is renewed if students are maintaining satisfactory progress.

    Southeast Asian Teacher (SEAT) Program

    The Southeast Asian Teacher (SEAT) Program at Concordia University, St. Paul is open to persons of color with financial need looking to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree in teacher licensure programs.

    For additional information and qualifications, please visit the SEAT website.

    Transfer Advantage Scholarship

    Offered to students pursuing a traditional, undergraduate degree that transfers directly from a Concordia partner institution. Students must successfully complete an associate’s degree or MnTC at a partner school. Eligible students are awarded $2,000 ($1,000 annually) at the time of admission.

    Transfer Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

    Recognizes academically qualified transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa, transferring into the traditional programs with one-semester minimum membership in Phi Theta Kappa. Eligible students are awarded $2,000 ($1,000 annually) at the time of admission. A transfer student who receives this award must also attend full-time, be degree-seeking, and provide proof of PTK membership.

Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Concordia offers a competitive tuition rate as well as several scholarship opportunities if qualifications are met. Contact your Admissions Counselor for additional scholarship and partnership information.

Scholarship eligibility is dependent upon the program and program enrollment. Scholarships cannot be combined with other institutional discounts or scholarships. Program participation will be evaluated on an annual basis and is not to exceed the cost of tuition less any other grant or scholarship aid.

Adult Undergraduate Student Scholarships & Grants

  • A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to qualified students enrolling full time at CSP that have had a family member attend Concordia University, St. Paul.

  • A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to qualified students enrolling full time at CSP that are employed at one of our partnering organizations.

  • A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to qualified students enrolling full time at CSP who are active members within an LCMS congregation.

  • A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to qualified students enrolling full time at CSP who have completed their degree at one of our partner institutions.

  • A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to qualified students enrolling full time at CSP with one-semester minimum membership in Phi Theta Kappa.

  • A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to qualified students enrolling full time at CSP who are alumni of the AmeriCorps.

  • Minnesota Child Care Grant is a state grant based on financial need and child care requirements. Must be a Minnesota resident. Read more on the Minnesota Child Care Grant website.

  • Require a completed FAFSA

    • Federal Pell Grant for students and families that qualify
    • Minnesota State Grant for students and families that qualify.

Graduate Student Scholarships & Grants

  • A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to qualified students enrolling full time at CSP that have had a family member attend Concordia University, St. Paul.

  • A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to qualified students enrolling full time at CSP that are employed at one of our partnering organizations.

  • A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to CSP alumni starting their master’s or doctoral degree at Concordia. The scholarship is awarded exclusively upon acceptance and evenly disbursed over the duration of the program while the student is enrolled full-time.

  • A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to qualified students enrolling full time at CSP who are active members within an LCMS congregation.

  • A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to qualified students enrolling full time at CSP who are alumni of the AmeriCorps.

  • Minnesota Child Care Grant is a state grant based on financial need and child care requirements. Must be a Minnesota resident. Read more on the Minnesota Child Care Grant website.

  • As of the 2008 Fall semester the College of Education will be participating in the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who agree to teach in high need fields in school serving low income families. You must be enrolled in the Masters and NOT just the licensure portion of the program to qualify for the TEACH grant.

    Qualifying Majors:

    • Family Life Education
    • Special Education – all
    • Classroom Instruction with Reading Endorsement

    High needs fields: there are two categories of high need fields. Students in the fields specified by the federal legislation will always be eligible for TEACH Grants. There are additional fields, unique to each state that are currently eligible (but these fields may change and may not apply in other states). Below is a listing of the federal fields.

    Federal High Needs Fields
    Mathematics
    Science
    A foreign language
    Bilingual Education
    Special Education
    Reading specialist

    Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve that will be available electronically on a Department of Education Web site. The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgment by you that you understand that if you do not meet the teaching service requirements you must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were disbursed. Specifically, the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve will require the following:

    • For each TEACH Grant-eligible program for which you received TEACH Grant funds, you must serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight calendar years after you completed or withdrew from the academic program for which you received the TEACH Grant.
    • You must perform the teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher at a low-income school. The term highly-qualified teacher is defined in section 9101(23) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 or in section 602(10) of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act.
    • Your teaching service must be in a high-need field.
    • You must comply with any other requirements that the Department of Education determines to be necessary.
    • If you do not complete the required teaching service obligation, TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan that you must repay, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.
  • The Southeast Asian Teacher (SEAT) Program at Concordia University, St. Paul is open to persons of color with financial need looking to pursue a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in teacher licensure programs.

    For additional information and qualifications, please visit the SEAT website.

Military Student Benefits

  • Certificates of Eligibility may be obtained from Federal Veteran Administration offices where the records are kept. Concordia University, St. Paul is an eligible institution for Federal military benefits including Montgomery GI Bill, Veterans Administration, vocational rehabilitation and ROTC. Read more about Federal Veterans Benefits

  • Minnesota GI Bill is a state grant based on financial need. Must be a Minnesota resident or on Active Duty in Minnesota. Read more about the Minnesota GI Bill.

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Learn More About Scholarships

Contact the Office of Admissions with any questions regarding Concordia’s scholarship opportunities.

Email: admissions@csp.edu | Phone: (651) 641-8230

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