Scholarships and Grants

Campus Scholarships

At Grand Canyon University (GCU), we offer generous scholarship and grant opportunities to help make funding a private Christian education affordable. Register today to lock in your scholarship offer and see how affordable earning your degree at GCU can be.

Campus scholarships are available for traditional students who take courses on our main campus. To learn more about your eligibility for these scholarships, speak with your university counselor.

GCU also posts outside scholarship opportunities1 to help you supplement your education. These scholarships may be combined with GCU scholarships to cover tuition and other expenses, browse scholarships here.

Direct Start Scholarships

Direct Start Scholarships may be available to you if you graduated high school between December of the previous calendar year and June of the calendar year in which you wish to enroll. For example, if you want to enroll at GCU for the 2017 spring semester or the 2017-18 academic year, Direct Start Scholarships may be available if you graduate between December 2016 and June 2017.

International students attending GCU with an F-1 Visa are eligible for Indirect Start Scholarships only. Please note that all scholarships are applied to tuition first.

In order to qualify for a Direct Start Scholarship, you must:

  • Have completed and submitted an application 
  • Submit transcripts showing six semesters or more with cumulative, weighted or unweighted GPA, or submit SAT (math and verbal scores only) and/or ACT scores
  • Submit final transcripts by day 21 of the semester, which includes a graduation date for final awards
  • Maintain the specified GPA, indicated in the Academic Scholarship Renewability/Adjustability chart
Award Annual Amount GPA or ACT or Test Date Before March 1, 2016 (SAT 1600 Scale, math & reading only) Test Date After March 1, 2016 (SAT 1600 Scale, math & reading only)
Chancellor $9,750 4.0 unweighted GPA N/A N/A N/A
Chancellor-IB $8,750 IB diploma recipient
President $7,750 3.9+ GPA or  31 ACT or 1350 SAT 1410 SAT
Provost $6,750 3.7-3.89 GPA or 27 ACT or 1225 SAT 1295 SAT
Dean $5,750 3.5 - 3.69 GPA or 24 ACT or 1100 SAT 1170 SAT
Faculty $4,750 3.3 - 3.49 GPA or 22 ACT or 1050 SAT 1130 SAT
Antelope $3,750 3.0 - 3.29 GPA or 19 ACT or 920 SAT 1000 SAT

Please note: SAT scores are for tests taken prior to March 2016.

The Chancellor Award is the only scholarship program that requires an unweighted GPA. GCU's other academic scholarships are based on weighted high school GPAs. If you do not have a weighted GPA, you can use your unweighted GPA for these scholarships as well.

Only 150 Chancellor and Chancellor-IB awards are given annually. Award is secured upon registration to GCU.

Chancellor and President Award recipients are automatically accepted into GCU's Honors College. Provost Award recipients can apply for admission to GCU's Honors College

Academic Scholarship Renewability/Adjustability
All of GCU's scholarships are renewable annually. To maintain your current scholarship, you must meet or exceed the minimum GPA, as established on the chart below. If you are participating in the Provost, Dean, Faculty or Antelope Award programs, you can increase your scholarship amount if you perform exceptionally well at GCU.

Award Minimum GCU GPA
required to maintain
Current Academic Scholarship
Minimum GCU GPA
required for Adjustment
Chancellor 3.75 N/A
President
>3.5 >3.8
Provost
3.3 - 3.49 3.6 - 3.79
Dean 3.2 - 3.29 3.4 - 3.59
Faculty 3.1 - 3.19 3.2 - 3.39
Antelope 3.0 - 3.09 3.0 - 3.19
Award Amount Requirements AIMS
Chancellor $9,750 4.0 unweighted GPA
Chancellor-IB $8,750 IB diploma recipient
President# $7,750 3.9+ GPA or 31 ACT
or 1350 SAT
Exceeds on 3 of 3 exams
Provost## $6,750 3.7 - 3.89 GPA or
27 ACT or 1225 SAT
Exceeds on 2 of 3 exams
Dean $5,750 3.5 - 3.69 GPA or
24 ACT or 1100 SAT
Faculty $4,750 3.3 - 3.49 GPA or
22 ACT or 1050 SAT
Antelope $3,750 3.0 - 3.29 GPA or
19 ACT or 920 SAT

Please note: SAT scores are for tests taken prior to March 2016. The Chancellor Award is the only scholarship program that requires an unweighted GPA. 

GCU's other academic scholarships are based on weighted high school GPAs. If you do not have a weighted GPA, you can use your unweighted GPA for these scholarships as well.

Only 100 Chancellor and 100 Chancellor-IB awards are given annually.

Chancellor and President Award recipients are automatically accepted into GCU's Honors College. Provost Award recipients can apply for admission to GCU's Honors College. 

Academic Scholarship Renewability/Adjustability
All of GCU's scholarships are renewable annually. To maintain your current scholarship, you must meet or exceed the minimum GPA, as established on the chart below. If you are participating in the Provost, Dean, Faculty or Antelope Award programs, you can increase your scholarship amount if you perform exceptionally well at GCU.

Award Minimum GCU GPA
required to maintain
Current Academic Scholarship
Minimum GCU GPA
required for Adjustment
Chancellor 3.75 N/A
President
>3.5 >3.8
Provost
3.3 - 3.49 3.6 - 3.79
Dean 3.2 - 3.29 3.4 - 3.59
Faculty 3.1 - 3.19 3.2 - 3.39
Antelope 3.0 - 3.09 3.0 - 3.19

Indirect Start Scholarships

Indirect Start Scholarships may be available to you if you do not enroll at GCU the semester following your high school graduation, or if you are an international student who is fully admissible and attending GCU with an F-1 Visa.

To apply for an Indirect Start Scholarship, you must:

  • Submit unofficial transcripts for all institutions attended since high school. If you did not attend another college or university, you must provide your high school transcript. SAT and/or ACT test scores cannot be used if any college coursework has been attempted. Students who have less than 24 attempted college credits must use their high school GPA to qualify for academic scholarships. Students who have 24 or more attempted college credits must use their cumulative college GPA to qualify for academic scholarships.
  • Upon completion of final terms at all institutions, provide the official transcripts to GCU. For scholarship adjustment considerations, submit unofficial transcripts, due no later than two weeks prior to the start of the term. All official transcripts are due by day 21 of the semester to lock in your scholarship award.
  • Once enrolled, you must maintain continuous full-time enrollment at GCU and adhere to the scholarship program requirements for renewal.

Award Level Amount Requirements
President $6,750 >3.75 GPA
Provost $5,750 3.5 - 3.74 GPA or 31 ACT or 1350 SAT
Dean $3,750 3.25 - 3.49 GPA or 27 ACT or 1225 SAT
Faculty $2,750 3.0 - 3.24 GPA or 24 ACT or 1100 SAT
Antelope $2,000 2.50-2.99 College GPA or 19 ACT or 920 SAT

Please note: SAT scores are for tests taken prior to March 2016.

Academic Scholarship Renewability/Adjustability
All of GCU's scholarships are renewable annually. To maintain your current scholarship, you must meet or exceed the minimum GPA, as established on the chart below. If you are participating in the Antelope, Dean, Faculty or Provost Award program, you can increase your scholarship amount if you perform exceptionally well at GCU.

Award Level Award Minimum GCU GPA
Required for Renewability
Minimum GCU GPA
required for Adjustment
President
$6,750 >3.6 >3.8
Provost
$5,750 3.3 - 3.59 3.5-3.79
Dean $3,750 3.2-3.29 3.25-3.49
Faculty $2,750 3.0-3.19 3.0-3.24
Antelope $2,000 2.5-2.99 2.5-2.99

Additional Scholarships and Grants


In addition to our academic scholarships, GCU is proud to offer the following scholarships and grants:

  • Priority Registration Grant* - These grants award $750, $500 or $250 per academic year if you are among the first group of students to enroll at GCU for the fall semester. These awards are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Computer Science/Information Technology/Engineering Program (CSTEP) Grant** - This grant awards $1,000 per academic year if you are admissible to GCU and enroll in one of our computer science, information technology or engineering programs. These awards are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Phi Theta Kappa Grant - This grant awards $1,000 per academic year if you are admissible to GCU, are a current member of Phi Theta Kappa and have a 3.5 or greater cumulative college GPA. These awards are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be combined with the CSTEP Grant.
  • Grand Canyon State University Grant (in-state)*** - This grant awards $1,000 per academic year to Arizona students who graduate from one of GCU's participant high schools. Students attending one of the Maricopa County Community College+ campuses must have earned an associate degree, or equivalent, to qualify for the award.
  • Grand Canyon State University Grant (out-of-state)*** - This grant awards $250 per academic year to out-of-state students who graduate from one of GCU's participant high schools.
  • Canyon Christian Schools Consortium (CCSC) Scholarship++ - If you attend a CCSC school and graduate with a 3.0 GPA, 19 ACT or 920 SAT score, this scholarship awards $5,000 per academic year if you live on campus or $2,500 per academic year if you live off campus. If you receive a CCSC scholarship, you are ineligible for the Grand Canyon State University Grant (in-state and out-of-state). Additionally, you are required to perform 20 hours of service each semester, as determined by the university, and must maintain a GCU GPA of 3.0 of higher each academic year to continue receiving the award. Speak to your admissions counselor to determine eligibility.
  • There are many more scholarship opportunities available through the Grand Canyon University Scholarship Foundation. As an independent organization, the Grand Canyon University Scholarship Foundation works closely with its board to match academic needs with private support. For more information, visit gcuscholarshipfoundation.org

Learn more about your eligibility for GCU 2016-17 and 2017-18 scholarships and grants.

Learn more about audition based performance scholarship opportunities available for incoming College of Fine Arts and Production applicants.

View a list of outside scholarships to learn more about opportunities to finance your education.

ROTC Scholarships

As an eligible GCU student, you also have the opportunity to apply for an accessible and generous Army ROTC scholarship. These scholarships2 consist of:

  • Two-, three- and four-year scholarship options based on the time remaining to complete your degree
  • Full-tuition scholarships
  • The option for room and board in place of tuition, if you should qualify
  • Additional allowances for books and fees
  • Monthly living allowances for each school year, worth up to $500

Scholarships are also available if you are interested in the Army Reserves or National Guard.

Get more information about ROTC benefits and commitment to see if this opportunity is right for you.

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State Grants

State grants are excellent resources to help you fund your education. They are awarded to qualified students each year. To apply for a state grant, fill out the appropriate form and submit it to your university counselor or student services counselor.

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AZ Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP)

The Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) program establishes a federal-state partnership to provide financial assistance in the form of grants to students who have demonstrated financial need. Federal funds are provided to match appropriated state funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Each participating institution, public or private, provides institutional matching funds, which are equal to the amount of funds provided by the state for the LEAP program. Funds are dependent upon federal approval and may not be available for certain award years.

Which institutions are eligible to participate?
Only public and private postsecondary institutions that are properly licensed in Arizona and accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency (which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education), are eligible.

Who is eligible to receive LEAP awards?
Arizona residents who are attending a participating eligible Arizona postsecondary education institution as either a full-time or half-time undergraduate-level student and who can demonstrate financial need, are eligible for LEAP awards.

How do I apply for the LEAP program?
If you meet the state minimum qualifications, have submitted all of your required financial aid documents for packaging, have a 0 expected family contribution (EFC) and have not been awarded SEOG funds, the Office of Financial Aid will automatically award in order of packaged date until funds are depleted.

How large are Arizona LEAP awards and must they be repaid?
The LEAP award is a maximum of $2,500 and a minimum of $100 per academic year. LEAP awards are grants and do not have to be repaid.

State Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen 
  • Must be a resident of Arizona 
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time as an undergraduate student in a regionally or nationally accredited Arizona postsecondary institution  
  • Must have substantial financial need (be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant) as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the institution

AZ Math, Science, and Special Education Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program (MSSE)

The Math, Science and Special Education Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program (MSSE) is a student-centered, need-based forgivable loan designed to financially support and encourage Arizona resident junior or senior college students to enter into the teaching profession and teach in Arizona. You must enter into an agreement with the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education (ACPE) to teach in an Arizona public school for a term equal to the number of years of loan received, plus one year. The financial aid office at the institution must certify that you meet the minimum qualifications for the loan.

Which institutions are eligible to participate?
Only public and private postsecondary institutions that are properly licensed in Arizona and accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency (which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education), are eligible.

How do I apply for the MSSE program?
Complete the AZ MSSE application. Additionally, you must sign a promissory note acknowledging the conditions of the loan and promising to repay the loan plus interest if your teaching obligation is not met. Once completed, both forms must be mailed to ACPE. Funding is limited and awarded to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis. > link to Financial Aid Forms on 3.5 - Page 3

What is the award amount?
The maximum forgivable loan is $7,000 per academic year for up to three years, excluding all grants, scholarships and other tuition benefits (ex: tribal and military). Funds can be applied toward tuition, instructional materials and mandatory fees as documented in your cost of attendance (COA) at your institution.

Minimum Qualifications for Loan:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Must be a resident of Arizona for at least the previous 12 months at the time of application completion
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time in a baccalaureate program at a nationally or regionally accredited postsecondary educational institution in Arizona (public or private)
  • Must be a junior or senior (completed at least 60 college credit hours) in a course of instruction with the intent to attain licensure as a teacher in math, science or special education in a public school in Arizona, or attain licensure as a teacher in elementary education in a public school that is located in a geographic area in this state that is experiencing a shortage of teachers as determined by the State Board of Education 
  • Must be seeking a first baccalaureate degree
  • Must have financial need (COA minus expected family contribution (EFC))
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the institution
  • Must enter into an agreement with the ACPE to teach in an Arizona public school in a term equal to the number of years of loan received plus one year
  • Must sign a promissory note acknowledging the conditions of the loan and promising to repay the loan plus 7 percent interest if teaching obligation is not met

TEACH Grant

The U.S. Department of Education's Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program provides grant funds to postsecondary students who are completing coursework that is needed for a career in teaching, and who agree to serve for at least four years.

You must serve as a full-time, highly qualified teacher in a high-need field, and in a school serving low-income students, after leaving school.

Effective Oct. 1, 2015, an eligible full-time student with a first disbursement made during this period may receive up to $3,728 per year (dependent upon enrollment status).

If you receive a TEACH Grant, but do not complete the required four years of teaching service within eight years after completing the coursework for which you received the grant, or if you otherwise do not meet the requirements of the TEACH Grant program, all TEACH Grant funds that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan that you must repay in full, with interest, to the Department of Education. Once a TEACH Grant is converted to a loan, it cannot be converted back to a grant.

Eligibility

If you plan to teach, you may wish to consider the TEACH Grant. Be aware that if you receive the TEACH Grant, but do not fulfill the stringent requirements of the program, the amount awarded in grant money becomes a loan with interest, compounded from the time of the award.

To be eligible at GCU, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen 
  • Complete a FAFSA, although you do not have to demonstrate financial need to be eligible 
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 throughout your academic program, or demonstrate a score above the 75th percentile on a national standardized college admissions test (ACT, SAT, GRE or GMAT), or be employed as a full-time teacher as a graduate student 
  • Be accepted into an eligible degree program

You also must:

  • Major in education and pursue a certification in a high need subject area, or major in a high need subject area without obtaining certification, if you are already certified. You are only eligible if you are pursuing your first undergraduate degree. You are NOT eligible for the TEACH Grant if you are pursuing a second undergraduate degree. 
  • Sign an Agreement to Serve and complete entrance counseling each year that you receive a grant

Complete these forms at the Department of Education's website: teach-ats.ed.gov\

Counseling

You are required to complete entrance counseling through the Department of Education site each year that you accept a TEACH Grant. You will also be required to attend exit counseling when you graduate or leave school.

Documentation

Within 120 days of completing your program or ceasing enrollment in your program, you must notify the U.S. Department of Education that you are fulfilling (or plan to fulfill) the terms and conditions of your service agreement. You must document your teaching service annually; the chief administrative officer at the school where you teach must certify your documentation.

Amount of Grant
The TEACH Grant program provides up to $3,728 per year in grants to full-time students who plan to fulfill the service obligation.

If you are attending less than full-time, you will have the grant reduced:

  • Three-quarter time students may receive up to $2,796 
  • Half-time students may receive up to $1,864 
  • Less-than-half time students may receive up to $932

Agreement to Serve

Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and Promise to Pay that is available electronically on the Department of Education website. The Agreement to Serve states the conditions under which the grant will be awarded and 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.

The Agreement to Serve also requires 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 Loan that you must repay, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.

You agree to teach in any of the following high needs subject areas at low-income schools:

  • Bilingual education and English language acquisition 
  • Foreign language 
  • Mathematics 
  • Reading specialist 
  • Science 
  • Special education 
  • Other identified teacher shortage areas (listed by state, as of the year you will begin teaching). Find out more at: studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/teach#high-need-fields

Fulfilling the service agreement requires the majority of your classes be taught in one of the high-need subject areas. Elementary teachers teaching multiple subjects will find it difficult, if not impossible, to satisfy their service obligation.

Apply for a TEACH Grant

For more information about applying for a TEACH Grant, speak with your university counselor or student services counselor by calling us at 855-GCU-LOPE.

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are awarded to eligible undergraduate students pursuing their first bachelor's degree who demonstrate significant financial need. These funds do not have to be repaid. You are no longer eligible for the Pell Grant if you have already earned your first bachelor's degree.

To determine eligibility, the U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula established by Congress to evaluate the information reported on the FAFSA. The formula produces an EFC figure. This figure, along with your enrollment status, is used by the Office of Financial Aid to determine the amount of funds to be awarded.

Based on a legislation passed by Congress, effective in 2012, you are now limited to a maximum lifetime Pell Grant limit of the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters of eligibility.

For the 2015-16 award year, eligible EFC's range from 0 - 5198 with corresponding awards from $626 to $5,775.

Federal SEOG (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant)

The Federal SEOG (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant) is awarded to you if you have financial need and meet the same federal general eligibility requirements as that of a Pell recipient. Students with the lowest EFCs who also receive Pell Grants for the award year have primary consideration for this grant. As funds are limited, the selection process is completed on a first-come, first-serve basis. As this is a grant, funds do not need to be repaid. Normal award is $1,000 per academic year.

1 As the GCU Office of Financial Aid becomes aware of outside scholarship opportunities, we will post them here. Although we screen these listings to eliminate any offers that do not appear to be legitimate, inclusion in this list does not indicate an endorsement or recommendation of any kind. You should review all scholarship information carefully, especially before submitting an application fee of any kind.

2 Information obtained from GoArmy.com. More information about scholarships can be found at: goarmy.com/rotc/scholarships.html