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.
2024-2025 Tuition, Fees and Living Expenses
|Fall and Spring Semester||Undergraduate|
|Student Activity Fee||$300|
|Housing and Food||$13,668*|
*Price may vary based on residence hall and meal plan selections
|President’s International Scholarship||$22,000|
|Wildcat Housing Grant*||$3,000|
|Total Estimated Net Cost||$35,118|
*Awarded to students required to live on campus for the first 2 years out of high school or up to age 21.
About This Estimate
To provide the greatest opportunity for our students, ACU offers an annual block tuition model, allowing full-time undergraduate students to pay one price per academic year, general fees included. Block tuition includes fall, spring and summer terms for in-person, online and study abroad classes.
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 transportation to and from one’s home country ($1,450 or more), vacation travel, personal expenses and supplies ($200 or more), clothing, the support of additional persons, or other miscellaneous expenses ($1,822). 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
Honors Fellowship Award
The Honors Fellowship is a scholarship offered to undergraduate ACU Honors students interested in helping lead and serve as a student ambassador for the College.
Honors Ambassadors serve as student panelists, activity facilitators, event coordinators, guest speakers, tour guides, student liaisons, outreach event participants, and more. Ambassadors develop leadership, presentation and project management skills for their own educational and professional development.
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.
National Merit Finalists, Semi-Finalists and Commended Scholars
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.
Bible, Missions and Ministry 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.
College of Business Administration 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.
Communication and Sociology 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.
Engineering & Physics Experiential Learning Award
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
School of Information Technology & Computing Scholarship (SITC)
All students who declare a major in computer science or digital entertainment technology receive a departmental scholarship from the School of Information Technology and Computing. Students join an active and engaging program, working with motivated peers under guidance from highly qualified Christian faculty. Together they pursue high-quality undergraduate education in a tightly-knit Christian community, contributing to real-world projects and ongoing research through focused coursework, academic clubs and internships with notable companies in the field of technology.
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.
Big Purple Marching Band
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.
Community Servant Leader and Cultures of ACU Award (LYNAY)
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.
Missionary Dependent Discounted Tuition
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.
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.