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Choosing Cedarville and Saying Good-bye: One Parent's Story

October 6, 2014

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Dr. Chris Brauns, Pastor of The Red Brick Church in Stillman Valley, IL, is the guest contributor for today's Parent Prep post. A parent of a Cedarville freshman, he and his wife Jamie just completed the college search process with their son and now share perspectives on the importance of that decision. Dr. Brauns is an author whose books include Unpacking Forgiveness: Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds. Chris and Jamie have four children including Christopher who is attending Cedarville University.


A few weeks ago my wife, Jamie, and I left our son, Christopher, to begin college at Cedarville University. We smiled for final pictures outside the Dixon Ministry Center. But we cried on the way home. It is a hard transition for parents.

Our emotions didn’t stop once we pulled into our garage. A few days after we left our son at college, I walked into our bedroom and Jamie was quietly emotional. I didn’t have to ask why. We always knew our children would fly away quickly, but it seems as though it has been only a few days rather than 18 years. We picked our baby boy up at the hospital on Monday and he left for college on Friday.

Christopher’s decision to go to Cedarville was the culmination of a long process. Our decision came down to a combination of several key factors...

Read today's full post to learn why Cedarville University is proving to be a great choice for one family and their new college freshman!

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Posted in Academics Affordability Spiritual Growth Why Christ Centered Higher Education? Admissions

How to Access More Financial Aid

October 3, 2014

Photo of Earth with ComputersJoin us for Cedarville University’s FREE Parent Prep webinar, “The Search for Financial Aid: Where to Begin? Where to Look? How to Apply?” on October 13 at 8 p.m. EST. One of the most popular presentations of the year, this one-hour webinar will give you practical tips and ideas for how to search for scholarships and grants in order to ensure your student's college experience is as affordable as possible.   

More first-year college students have concerns about their ability to finance college than at any time since 1971, according to UCLA's annual survey of the nation's entering students at four-year colleges and universities. If you find yourself sharing that concern, don't miss this helpful webinar! You'll gain valuable information and advice.

The webinar will be led by Roscoe Smith, an Associate Vice President at Cedarville University, and Mr. Kim Jenerette, the Executive Director of Financial Aid at Cedarville. Roscoe and Kim have a combined experience of 50 years in admissions and financial aid…and both are dads of college students! You will be able to ask questions throughout the presentation and gain insights to apply to your specific situation, all from the comfort of your own home and personal computer.

Reserve your spot now for "The Search for Financial Aid: Where to Begin? Where to Look? How to Apply?" scheduled to take place on Monday, October 13, at 8 p.m. EST!

After registering, you'll receive easy log-in instructions.

Posted in Financial Aid Webinar Affordability

"Waive" Goodbye to Application Fees...and be Entered to Win a Scholarship!

September 30, 2014

College application fees can add up fast! Thirty dollars here; fifty dollars there. Why pay them if you don't have to?

Most universities offer application fee waivers for students who apply by a specific deadline, typically in the fall. Here at Cedarville University we're doing that...and more! For example, Cedarville will waive its application fee for all students who apply online by October 31, 2014. However, we're not stopping there. 

300 by ThirtyLast Friday we kicked off our "300 by Thirty" Challenge. Any high school senior or transfer student who applies to Cedarville by September 30 (TODAY!) will be entered into a drawing to win one of up to six $1,000 scholarships* or an exciting Cedarville prize pack! By submitting college applications early and taking advantage of fee waivers and other incentives such as our "300 by Thirty" challenge, students can start saving now on college-related expenses.

Encourage your student to apply to Cedarville early. Just think - that $30 savings could buy a sturdy umbrella and an entire month's supply of Ramen noodles (both of which will greatly enhance your student's college experience), and that $1,000 scholarship will definitely help to offset expenses the first semester!  

Questions? Your student's admissions counselor is available to help! Our team looks forward to meeting you and answering your questions.

*The actual number of scholarships awarded is dependent upon the number of students who apply during the Challenge.

Posted in Admissions Financial Aid Affordability

Understanding Your Financial Aid Award

March 31, 2014

Cedarville University began sending financial aid awards through our electronic notification system (eAwards) in early March. You can now access your student's financial aid package, accept/decline awards, and solidify your financial plan for your student's first year at Cedarville!

Today's post includes a Q&A with commonly asked questions, like: "How will you be notified when your student's Financial Aid eAward is available?" and "What information is provided in the eAward?" 

For most families, financial aid feels like the "big unknown" in the college decision process. Please contact Cedarville's Financial Aid Office if you have questions that go beyond the information this post provides. We are here to serve you!

For those of you anticipating the financial aid process in the future, today's post provides a helpful look ahead to what you can expect!

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Posted in Affordability Financial Aid Admissions

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