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Grants & Scholarships for Online Students

At Independence University, we understand that financing your education is often the biggest hurdle to getting started, so we offer a variety of grants and scholarships1 for prospective students. These forms of aid do not have to be repaid, unlike other financial aid options. Our grants and scholarships are funded by the Good Neighbor Initiative, which helps strengthen communities by increasing access to education via funding and no-cost GED® courses2 and other workshops. To learn more about your available financial aid and assistance options, call us at (800) 917-6391.

Learn More about Our Grants and Scholarships

 

Save on tuition and reduce your student debt with grants or scholarships that are:

  • Created for adults like you who are ready to earn a degree
  • Not dependent on your previous academic performance
  • Open to students at any degree level–associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s

 

As a nonprofit online university, we invest in our students first. Get in touch with us today at (800) 917-6391 to find out more about grants or scholarships available to you.



Grant Award

Independence University believes everyone should have the opportunity to earn a degree and enjoy a better future. That’s why, through our Good Neighbor initiative, we are proud to offer grants to eligible adults. And the best news is, these grants do not need to be repaid, making college even more affordable!

Grants Available

Family Grant

Family Grant
(equal to 10% of tuition)

Grant program designed for immediate family members of enrolled students or graduates from one of our family of colleges:

  • Stevens-Henager College
  • CollegeAmerica
  • California College San Diego
  • Independence University

Scholarship Awards

We believe that education is a lifelong pursuit, and we encourage and support those who have earned a degree at Independence University or one of our affiliated colleges. Our Bachelor’s and Master’s Upgrade scholarships help those looking to advance their educational attainment.

Scholarships Available

Bachelor’s Upgrade Scholarship

Bachelor’s Upgrade Scholarship
($5,000 towards tuition)

This scholarship is available to graduates who earned their Associate’s degree from one of our family of colleges—Independence University, Stevens-Henager College, CollegeAmerica, or California College San Diego.

In order to qualify, the applicant must have graduated with an Associate’s degree from the school with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. In addition, the applicant must submit a 500-word essay to the Campus Director on his/her goals for completion of the Bachelor’s program. Once awarded, the recipient has seven (7) years from the date of graduation from an Associate’s degree program to use the scholarship for one of our Bachelor’s degree programs.

Master’s Upgrade Scholarship

Master’s Upgrade Scholarship
50% of cost of Master’s degree program

This scholarship is available to graduates who earned their Bachelor’s degree from one of our family of colleges—Independence University, Stevens-Henager College, CollegeAmerica, or California College San Diego.

In order to qualify, the applicant must have graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the school with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. In addition, the applicant must submit a 500-word essay to the Campus Director on his/her goals for completion of the Master’s program. Once awarded, the recipient has one (1) year from the date of graduation from a Bachelor’s degree program to use the scholarship for one of our Master’s degree programs. The tuition scholarship will be awarded upon graduation from the Master’s program.

Additional Financial Assistance Programs

Student Aid ProgramType of AidProgram DetailsAnnual Max Award Limits
Federal Pell Grant

Grant: does not have to be repaid.Available almost exclusively to undergraduates; all eligible students can receive the Federal Pell Grant amounts they qualify for.$5,815 (2010/2011 school year). Subject to change every July 1st.
Federal Supplemental
Educational Opportunity
Grant (FSEOG)
Grant: does not have to be repaid.For undergraduates with exceptional financial need; priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients; funds depend on availability at school.Amounts vary depending on school's allocation.
Federal Work Study
Money is earned while attending school; does not have to be repaid.For undergraduates with exceptional financial need; priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients; funds depend on availability at school.No annual maximum.
Federal Perkins Loan
Loan: must be repaid.Five percent loans for both undergraduate and graduate students; payment is owed to the school that made the loan.$5,500 for undergraduate students;
$8,000 for graduate students.
Direct Subsidized Loan
Loan: must be repaid.Direct Subsidized: U.S. Department of Education pays interest while borrower is in school and during grace and deferment periods.$3,500 to $8,500, depending on grade level.
Direct Unsubsidized Loan
Loan: must be repaid.Direct Unsubsidized: Borrower is responsible for interest during life of the loan.$4,000 to $18,500, depending on grade level (If you do not qualify for Direct Subsidized loan).
Federal PLUS Loan
Loan: must be repaid.Available to parents of dependent undergraduate students.Cost of attendance minus any other financial aid the student receives.

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  1. Grant and scholarship awards are limited and only available to those who qualify. See www.scholarshipiu.com for details
  2. GED® is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education (ACE) and is administered exclusively by GED Testing Service, LLC under license. This material is not endorsed or approved by ACE or GED  Testing Service. These services are not within the institution’s scope of accreditation.

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