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Cedarville Financial Aid Notifications and Your FAFSA

Thursday, January 20, 2022

FAFSA logoLast week, we began sending financial aid packages to students who have been accepted for the fall 2022 semester and have submitted their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you have not already done so, please complete your FAFSA to ensure that your student will receive as much financial aid as possible and be among the first to receive a financial aid package.

Remember, the FAFSA is used to consider you for not only government forms of aid, but also for all need-based scholarships from Cedarville. Many students who do not receive federal or state grants DO qualify for Cedarville scholarships or subsidized government loans.

Once we receive your FAFSA, we will prepare your student's personalized financial aid award. Very shortly thereafter, we will send you a financial aid prospectus, which will outline all of the scholarships, grants, work study, and loan opportunities available to your student.

Visit our Financial Aid website for the most up-to-date information about financial aid at Cedarville.


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When Will My Student Receive a Financial Aid Package?

Thursday, January 6, 2022

FAFSA formCedarville University plans to begin sending award notifications to new incoming students in January. Having your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completed is the best way to ensure that we are able to award your student as much financial aid as possible.

The FAFSA opened on October 1. If you have not yet completed it, we encourage you to do so soon. Remember, the FAFSA is required to access all need-based scholarships at Cedarville as well as state and federal grants and low-interest federal loans.

If you have not completed the FAFSA yet, visit fafsa.gov and complete it soon. If you need help, check out our FAFSA filing instructions.


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How Important Is a University's Doctrinal Statement?

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Bible text close upLike your local church, Christian colleges all have a statement of beliefs. As you research and visit different institutions with your student, how important is it to consider each college's doctrinal statement?

First, know that a doctrinal statement provides the general framework within which the university will be offering its education. It is a good idea to review the statements (most are posted online) to assure you are comfortable with the direction. If you have questions about what you read, this is a great opportunity to involve your pastor to provide insights.

Second, ask Christian universities if their faculty sign the doctrinal statement as a condition of employment. Not all do. Knowing that faculty will be teaching in line with the institution's stated beliefs provides a point of accountability to you as a parent. Are you comfortable that the faculty at the university will uphold the beliefs that are most important to your family?

Several years ago, we conducted a study related to parents' use of the Cedarville University website. We made an interesting — and candidly, unexpected —finding. Parents were more likely to search terms related to the University's doctrinal commitments and focus on spiritual growth than any other topics.

In today's post, you'll read about the importance of Cedarville's Doctrinal Statement and how it informs Cedarville's approach to Christ-centered higher education.


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Did You Know Cedarville Offers 3-Year Degree Completion Options?

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

smiling graduatesCedarville is always looking for ways to help make our distinctly Christian education more affordable and accessible for families. One way we do that is by offering three-year completion plans for many of our popular undergraduate degrees.

What a great way for students to fast-track their college experience and save money on overall education expenses. You could reduce your college bill by $15,000 or more. And, your student would enter the workforce and begin earning a salary one year sooner, making the value of a three-year degree $50,000 or more!

Read today's post to learn more about three-year completion plans available to your student at Cedarville.


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Explore Cedarville's Campus Through Our Virtual Tour

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Virtual TourThe best way for you to get to know Cedarville is by visiting campus, but we know that for some of you, distance has made it difficult to get here. That's why we created an online virtual campus tour. You’ll get a taste of Cedarville's beautiful campus as you take a guided virtual tour.

Read today's post for more information on our virtual tour, plus another great option you can explore from home.


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Happy Thanksgiving From Cedarville University!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Fall pumpkins and candlesThanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to say how much we appreciate you as a parent and your part in your student’s college decision process! 

Research affirms that parents are the top influencers of a student's college decision. You help to shape the conversation about what is important. Thank you for making a Christian education – one that presents a distinctly biblical worldview in every academic discipline – a priority for your student.

From the Cedarville family to yours, may you experience the blessing of God's goodness and peace during this Thanksgiving season!


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Cedarville Is Homeschool-Friendly

Thursday, November 18, 2021

If you’re a homeschooling parent, you probably have specific concerns when considering where to send your son or daughter to college. Our president, Dr. Thomas White, understands. He's a homeschooling dad.

Dr. White recorded a video in which he highlights what makes Cedarville University homeschool-friendly. Watch the video in today's post and you’ll discover how at Cedarville, your student will join many other homeschool students on a vibrant Christian campus. He or she will be challenged with rigorous academics and encouraged through daily chapel, Bible minor courses, and intentional discipleship to grow deeper in their faith.


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How Do Colleges Make Admissions Decisions?

Thursday, November 11, 2021

photo of admissions acceptanceAs you and your student go through the college application process, you may wonder what colleges consider as they make admissions decisions.
When colleges — including Cedarville University — make admissions decisions, they are seeking to admit students who will be successful in their college experience and able to achieve their educational goals at the institution.

Read today's post for more insight into Cedarville's admissions process, including admission requirements and intended outcomes.

P.S. It's not too late to apply for fall 2022! If your student is considering Cedarville University, encourage him or her to apply online as soon as possible. We would be happy to discuss our admissions criteria with you in greater detail, if you have questions.


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Deadline Today: Students Apply for Free Until October 31!

Sunday, October 31, 2021

studentsTime is running out to take advantage of the offer to apply for free!

Encourage your student to apply online to Cedarville University today, October 31, and we’ll waive the $30 application fee. (Students also receive three great gifts: campus visit travel voucher, USB charging cable, and a T-shirt!)

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


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4 Tips to Make the Most of a College Visit

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Campus VisitFor most students and families, the campus visit is a significant factor in their college decision. It really is the best way to see if a school is the right choice for your son or daughter. In today's post, our director of guest services shares four practical tips to make the most of your college visit. We invite you to visit Cedarville soon.


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Reminder: It's Time to Complete the FAFSA!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

FAFSA logoAs a reminder, the FAFSA opened October 1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is required to access all need-based scholarships at Cedarville as well as state and federal grants. If you have not had a chance to complete this important form  yet, we encourage you to do it soon. It's the best way to ensure that your student receives the most financial aid possible.

Need help completing the FAFSA? Our financial aid team has put together some resources to help you understand the FAFSA so you can successfully complete it and avoid unnecessary errors or processing delays. You'll find tips that will assist you as you complete this important step in your student's college journey.


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Explore Our Virtual Viewbook

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

1000 Days Viewbook cover

We'd love for you to get to know Cedarville better through our new virtual viewbook. With links to videos and web resources, the Cedarville viewbook will give you a glimpse into what 1,000 days as a Cedarville undergraduate student looks like, from the rigorous and supportive academics, to dynamic chapel worship experiences, to transformative discipleship that happens all across campus. You'll discover what makes Cedarville truly unique.

Start exploring the viewbook now, and imagine your son or daughter as a Cedarville student!

 


 

P.S. Encourage your student to apply by November 1, and they'll receive a free T-shirt and pay NO application fee.


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Checklist for Choosing a College

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

collegebound signChoosing a college will most likely be the biggest decision your son or daughter has made so far. It can be an overwhelming — but not impossible — decision. In today's post, Matt Dearden, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at Cedarville, offers Five Words of Wisdom for walking through the college decision process with your son or daughter.

We will be praying along with you this year as you work through this incredible, life-changing decision. Please don't hesitate to contact us if we can help in any way!


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Come See Us at a College Fair Near You

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

College FairsAs you and your student work through the college search process and, ultimately, decide which university is the best fit for your family, college fairs can be a great first step in learning about the many options. You’ll meet representatives from a wide range of schools and ask the questions that matter the most to you. You may even go home with lots of great SWAG!

Cedarville admissions counselors will be touring the country this fall taking part in numerous college fair events, including a Christian college fair circuit sponsored by the North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals. NACCAP hosts more than 140 fairs across the U.S. and Canada each year.

Read today's post to discover if there's a college fair near you.


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Visit Cedarville This Fall!

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Fall at CedarvilleYour student's 1,000 Days at Cedarville University start with a visit day, and fall is a great time to come to campus! We want your student to make the most of his or her days at Cedarville, starting with their first campus visit!

Visiting campus is the best way to determine if Cedarville is a good fit for your student. You'll get a taste of the vibrant Christian community and commitment to academic excellence that mark a Cedarville education. We think your son or daughter will be excited to return as a Cedarville student!

Read today's post for visit opportunities this fall.


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Applying to Cedarville – Video Resource

Friday, September 3, 2021

If your son or daughter is ready to apply to Cedarville, we’ve created a helpful video resource to help them get started. From required supporting documents to admissions standards, you’ll discover everything you need to know to take this next important step in your student’s journey. As always, you can contact your student's admissions counselor if you have questions throughout the application process. We are here to serve you!

Read today's post to watch this helpful application video.

 


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Welcome to Parent Prep – Discover Top 4 Ways Parents Support the College Search

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

ParentPrepWelcome to Cedarville University's Parent Prep resource blog! We are excited to provide information and resources throughout this year for parents who are walking with their students through the college search and decision process.

Every week you will find new posts about important topics, such as financial aid tips and information, ways students can graduate from college with a strong faith, making the most of a campus visit, understanding the application process, and so much more! Last year we had nearly 1,000 subscribers, and we would love to continue adding to the Cedarville Parent Prep family. Tell friends, family, or anyone in need of helpful college search advice! Once they subscribe, we'll send an email whenever new posts are added. We'll also be providing helpful information about College Now, our program for high school students, so be sure to tell your friends with younger students as well.

Read today's post for our Top 4 recommendations on how you can best help your student through the college search process this year. Although parents usually do not make the final college choice for their student, they do contribute to narrowing down the choices, even before the college search begins. We want to help as you start this all-important journey with your student.


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It's Time for the Hand-Off!

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

 Some of our Parent Prep subscribers are about to be parents of a new Cedarville University student! We have enjoyed sharing information and resources with you throughout this year. It will be exciting to meet you and your new student (along with more than 1,000 others!) when you arrive on campus for Getting Started in August. Now for the hand-off ... The University communicates regularly with parents of current students through its Parent Connect eNews. These weekly updates provide...
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Shop Online Bookstore for Graduation Gifts and More!

Thursday, May 13, 2021

If you're looking for graduation gifts for your future Yellow Jacket, check out the online University Bookstore! You'll find a variety of Cedarville-branded apparel and gifts to get your student ready for the fall. Your student will also be able to purchase course materials from this site.  Use coupon code GUEST22 to receive a one-time 15% discount off one Cedarville logo item. Start shopping now!
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Shopping for Your Student's Dorm Room

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Your to-do list to prepare for your student's college experience is probably getting long. One easy — and fun — thing you can start doing is preparing for his or her residence hall room! To access the best deals, start shopping now for your student's residence hall room and other needs. Here is a helpful list of "What to Bring" items for your reference. Thinking about a cell phone or computer purchase? Be sure to check out discounts available to Cedarville students. Call...
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