Grants are "free money," similar to scholarships. As a general rule, they are awarded on the basis of financial need, usually as determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students enrolled in LCU's School of Undergraduate Studies may apply for these grants.


Senior Pastor Dependent Grant

Open to dependent children of senior pastors at an affiliated Restoration Movement church.

  • $2,000 annual award towards full-time enrollment. On-campus residency required
  • $1,000 annual award towards off-campus/full-time enrollment
  • Verification of employment by a Restoration Movement church will be required.
Christian Worker Grant

Open to dependent students whose parent(s) are involved in full-time Christian service (any denomination).

  • $1,000 annual award towards full-time enrollment. On-campus residency required
  • $500 annual award towards off-campus/full-time enrollment
  • Verification of work in the Christian service field in the form of affidavits, pay stubs, or tax returns may be requested
LCU College Grant

Awarded annually based on academic performance, talent, and/or leadership potential.

  • Award value varies
  • Applicants must demonstrate significant financial need to qualify

Federal and Illinois state financial aid assistance is available to students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens and meet the eligibility requirements as dictated by the federal government and the state of Illinois. To be considered for these programs, students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and designate LCU.

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is available to students with financial need. This grant is awarded based on a formula established by the Federal government based on family financial information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG is for students with exceptional need who also have received the Federal Pell Grant. Funds for FSEOG are very limited.

Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP)

Illinois residents are considered for this need-based grant, which applies only to tuition and fees (room and board not included). The application deadline for MAP varies from year to year due to funding. Students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1 for enrollment the following year. Visit http://isac.org for further information.

Two Award Policy

Students who are eligible to receive more than two institutional grants or scholarships will only receive the two largest dollar awards. There are some institutional aid programs that are an exception to the two award policy. These include the Church Matching Scholarship, the LCU College Grant, the 70th Anniversary Scholarship, and the Endowed Scholarship program.

Maximum Award Policy

In no case will a student receive more in grant and scholarship assistance than full-time tuition costs. Grant and scholarship assistance used to pay tuition costs include institutional, private, federal, and state programs. Federal Pell Grant funds may be permitted to be used for room and board as well as other indirect costs such as books, supplies, and miscellaneous expenses. Private scholarships that are not designated as tuition only awards may be used towards room and board costs at the discretion of the Director of Financial Aid.

Outside / Private Scholarships

Scholarships or grants received outside of federal, state, or institutional aid must be reported to the Financial Aid Office. Outside/private scholarships will be applied toward tuition costs. Adjustments may be made to your financial aid package and/or institutional awards if the additional assistance causes you to receive more financial aid then you are eligible to receive. (see Maximum Award Policy).

For more information on the institutional, federal, and state programs listed above including eligibility requirements, application information, deadlines, and scholarship details, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 217.732.3168 or 888.522.5228 or by email at finaid@lincolnchristian.edu.

Grants are "free money," similar to scholarships. As a general rule, they are awarded on the basis of financial need, usually as determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students enrolled in LCU's Hargrove School of Adult & Graduate Studies may apply for these grants.

Undergraduate Programs

60+ Grant

Students 60 years of age or older pursing an undergraduate degree will receive a $100 scholarship for each credit hour taken. Applies to full-time or part-time enrollment.

Federal and Illinois state financial aid assistance is available to students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens and meet the eligibility requirements as dictated by the federal government and the state of Illinois. To be considered for these programs, students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and designate LCU.

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is available to students with financial need. This grant is awarded based on a formula established by the Federal government based on family financial information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG is for students with exceptional need who also have received the Federal Pell Grant. Funds for FSEOG are very limited.

Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP)

Illinois residents are considered for this need-based grant, which applies only to tuition and fees (room and board not included). The application deadline for MAP varies from year to year due to funding. Students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1 for enrollment the following year. Visit http://isac.org for further information.

Adult & Graduate Studies Award Policy

Institutional grants and scholarships are designed to assist all Adult & Graduate Studies students. It is LCU's policy that students can only receive one institutional award (the highest of which they are selected and/or qualified for). The Endowed Scholarship Program is the exception to this award policy and may be combined with other institutional awards.

Maximum Award Policy

In no case will a student receive more in grant and scholarship assistance than full-time tuition costs. Grant and scholarship assistance used to pay tuition costs include institutional, private, federal, and state programs. Federal Pell Grant funds may be permitted to be used for room and board as well as other indirect costs such as books, supplies, and miscellaneous expenses. Private scholarships that are not designated as tuition only awards may be used towards room and board costs at the discretion of the Director of Financial Aid.

Outside/Private Scholarships

Scholarships or grants received outside of federal, state, or institutional aid must be reported to the Financial Aid Office. Outside/private scholarships will be applied toward tuition costs. Adjustments may be made to your financial aid package and/or institutional awards if the additional assistance causes you to receive more financial aid than you are eligible to receive. (see Maximum Award Policy).

For more information on the institutional, federal, and state programs listed above including eligibility requirements, application information, deadlines, and scholarship details, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 217.732.3168 or 888.522.5228 or by email at finaid@lincolnchristian.edu.

Graduate Programs

Hargrove Leaders Grant

Awarded to select students, this grant is based on academic ability, financial need, and leadership potential.

  • 10% tuition award
  • Must enroll full-time (6 hours each semester)
  • Recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA each term to renew award

Federal loan programs are available to students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens and meet the eligibility requirements as dictated by the federal government. Federal loan programs include the William D. Ford Loan Program and the Perkins Loan Program. To be considered for these programs, students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and designate LCU.

Adult & Graduate Studies Award Policy

Institutional grants and scholarships are designed to assist all Adult & Graduate Studies students. It is LCU's policy that students can only receive one institutional award (the highest of which they are selected and/or qualified for). The Endowed Scholarship Program is an exception to this award policy and may be combined with other institutional awards.

Maximum Award Policy

In no case will a student receive more in grant and scholarship assistance than full-time tuition costs. Grant and scholarship assistance used to pay tuition costs include institutional, private, federal, and state programs. Any outside/private scholarships will be applied toward tuition costs. Private scholarships that are not designated as tuition only awards may be used towards room and board costs at the discretion of the Director of Financial Aid.

Outside / Private Scholarships

Scholarships or grants received outside of federal, state, or institutional aid must be reported to the Financial Aid Office. Adjustments may be made to your financial aid package and institutional awards if the additional assistance causes you to receive more financial aid than actual tuition costs (see Maximum Award Policy).

For more information on the institutional, federal, and state programs listed above including eligibility requirements, application information, deadlines, and scholarship details, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 217.732.3168 or 888.522.5228 or by email at finaid@lincolnchristian.edu.