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Answering 5 Important Questions About College Affordability

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

College CostsWe understand that choosing a college for your son or daughter is a big decision. As you help your student work through the process, you probably have a lot of questions. In today's post, we provide thoughtful answers to five of the most common questions we hear from parents about college costs and affordability. As always, you may contact our Admissions office at 1-800-CEDARVILLE. We are here to serve you in any way we can!


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Cedarville Financial Aid Notifications and Your FAFSA

Thursday, January 26, 2023

FAFSA logoLast week, we began sending financial aid packages to students who have been accepted for the fall 2023 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, December 22, 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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8 Great Ways to Make the Most of Christmas Break

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Christmas giftChristmas break is a great time for students to sleep in, spend time with friends, and — most importantly — celebrate Christ's birth.

But it's also a good opportunity to take care of important college-related details. Encourage your student to get a head start on 2023 and move that much closer to his or her Cedarville career.

Read today's post for 8 great ideas to make the most of your student's Christmas break.

But above all, celebrate our Savior's birth! He is the reason Cedarville exists and the focus of everything we seek to accomplish in the lives of students!

Merry Christmas from your friends at Cedarville University!


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How Important Is a University's Doctrinal Statement?

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

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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Accelerated Degrees Save Students Money and Time

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

smiling graduatesCedarville is always looking for ways to help make our distinctly Christian education more affordable and accessible for families. Two of the ways we do that is by offering three-year completion plans for many of our popular undergraduate degrees and by offering accelerated pathways to graduate degrees for students who value or need that additional level of education.

 

Read today's post to learn more about these popular cost-saving opportunities at Cedarville.


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Happy Thanksgiving From Cedarville University!

Thursday, November 24, 2022

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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Deadline Extended: Students Apply for Free Until November 15!

Monday, November 14, 2022

studentsWe've extended the free application deadline, but time is running out to take advantage of the offer to apply for free!

Encourage your student to apply online to Cedarville University by tomorrow, November 15, 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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Cedarville Is Homeschool-Friendly

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

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?

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

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. Now is the best time to apply for fall 2023! If your student is considering Cedarville University, encourage him or her to apply online as soon as possible. Students who apply by November 1 pay no application fee, and they will receive some fun incentive gifts. We would be happy to discuss our admissions criteria with you in greater detail, if you have questions.


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4 Tips to Make the Most of a College Visit

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

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, you'll learn 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!

Thursday, September 29, 2022

FAFSA logoAs a reminder, the  FAFSA opens 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 and subsidized student loans. Completing the FAFSA is 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

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

1000 Days Viewbook cover

We'd love for you to get to know Cedarville better through our 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 21, 2022

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

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

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!

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Center for Biblical and Theological StudiesYour 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

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

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!

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Healthcare Exploration Day

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Girls working on mannequin at nursing campIs your student interested in pursuing a healthcare-related major in college? Maybe they are but aren't quite sure which field they want to choose. We've created Healthcare Exploration Day on September 23, 2022, just for students like them!

 


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

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

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 Dual Enrollment, 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!

Friday, June 3, 2022

Getting Started LogoSome 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.


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