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Cedarville Financial Aid Notifications and Your FAFSA

Thursday, February 29, 2024

FAFSA logoThe 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form opened December 31, 2023. The site is now available, but we still hear reports of families experiencing challenges completing the form. The Department of Education is continuing to address issues, so don't give up!

While families have seen delays in submitting the FAFSA, colleges are also in a waiting pattern. We now expect to begin receiving FAFSA results around mid-March.


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How a College's Graduation Rate Can Save You Money

Friday, February 23, 2024

grad cap on pile of moneyWe all know students who started their four-year college journey… six years ago. Whether they are struggling to pass classes, basking in the learning experience, or simply switching their major too many times, their college education can quickly acquire an even larger price tag when eight semesters turn into 12.

One of the best ways a university can save you money is to help your student graduate on time. Consider the additional costs if students take five or more years to finish. Consider the cost if they never complete their educational goals!

At Cedarville, we make it a priority to help students graduate on time, saving them money but more importantly, allowing them to begin using their career to make an impact for Christ sooner. Today's post provides helpful information about graduation rates and what to consider as you compare college options.


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Answering 5 Important Questions About College Affordability

Friday, February 9, 2024

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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When Will Students Receive a Financial Aid Offer?

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

FAFSA formCedarville University plans to begin sending award notifications to fall 2024 new students as soon as possible after the Department of Education begins sending FAFSA results to institutions (we hope to begin receiving information in late January or early February). 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 December 31, 2023, and has finished a "soft launch" rollout. 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.


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It's Time to Complete the FAFSA!

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

FAFSA logo

The completely redesigned FAFSA form for 2024-25 opened December 31, 2023, in a "soft launch" rollout that is allowing the Department of Education to monitor the new form's functionality over the next few weeks. 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.

Learn more about the FAFSA in today's Parent Prep.


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8 Great Ways to Make the Most of Christmas Break

Friday, December 15, 2023

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 2024 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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Accelerated Degrees Save Students Money and Time

Monday, December 11, 2023

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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How Important Is a University's Doctrinal Statement?

Monday, December 4, 2023

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?

 

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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Cedarville Offers Discounted Graduate Programs for Parents

Friday, October 27, 2023

The Graduate School

Did you know that as a parent of a Cedarville undergraduate student, you would automatically qualify for a 10% tuition discount on all online graduate programs at Cedarville? You'll experience the same high academic quality and biblical worldview that your student will experience on campus when you enroll in one of our convenient online programs.


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Cedarville Is Homeschool-Friendly

Friday, October 6, 2023

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.

Read today's post  to watch a video of Dr. White highlighting what makes Cedarville University homeschool-friendly.


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Cedarville Stories From New Students and Parents

Friday, September 8, 2023

Bethesda Students in NewsroomWhat would make nine students from a single high school graduating class all choose Cedarville University? Why are parents excited to have their students here? And what makes Cedarville so special, anyway?

As you continue to work through college decisions with your high school senior, we think you'll enjoy this recent Cedarville Stories podcast featuring three current freshmen plus two of their parents.


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4 Tips to Make the Most of a College Visit

Thursday, August 31, 2023

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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Help With Choosing a Major: Resources and Visit Days

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Girls working on mannequin at nursing campFor some students, choosing a major is hard! There are so many great options, and they have so many interests that narrowing it down can be a challenge. At Cedarville, we come alongside with resources and events to help with this important decision.

Read today's post for ways Cedarville can help, including a popular upcoming career exploration event.


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

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

ParentPrepWelcome to Cedarville University's Parent Prep resource blog! We are excited to provide you with information and resources to assist as you walk with your student through the college search and decision process.

Every week you will receive a new post about an important topic, such as financial aid tips and information, ways students can graduate from college with a strong faith, making the most of a campus visit, and so much more!

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 6, 2023

Welcome home.

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.


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Proficiency Requirements for Incoming Freshmen

Thursday, May 25, 2023

All incoming students must satisfy the English and mathematics proficiency requirements. Read today's post for important information on how to satisfy and report these requirements.


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Shop Online Campus Store for Graduation Gifts and More!

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Campus Store logo.If you're looking for graduation gifts for your future Yellow Jacket, check out the online Campus Store! 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 later. Use coupon code SPRING23 at checkout to receive a 10% discount* on your entire order.

Start shopping now!

*Online only. Excludes textbooks, nursing scrubs, and diploma frames. Valid through June 30, 2023.


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Shopping for Your Student's Dorm Room

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Dorm LifeYour 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 your admissions counselor at 1-800-CEDARVILLE (233-2784) if you have any questions about Getting Started activities in August. There is much anticipation as we prepare for the fall, and our team is here to help! We will keep you informed through the summer.


The deadline for paying your student's reservation deposit is May 1. Submit the deposit today to confirm his or her spot in the fall 2023 incoming class!


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Choosing a Residence Hall and Roommate

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Girls in dorm room sitting on bed and chairs with open notebooks on their lapsIs your admitted student ready to choose a Cedarville residence hall and select a roommate? We’ve made it easy!

Your student’s personalized My.Cedarville.edu portal has all the resources he or she will need to easily transition from home to a residence hall room on campus. Your student can visit My.Cedarville.edu today to:

  • Get to know future classmates through the Cedarville incoming fall 2023 class Facebook group.
  • Find a roommate with RoomSync, a roommate-matching software that compares your student's likes and dislikes with other new students.
  • Complete the Request Housing task. Before making a decision, visit our residence hall page to get to know all of the dorm options. You can learn about community life in each residence hall, view floor plans, and watch a video with a Cedarville student as your guide. You'll also find a timeline for when your student will be granted access to the housing selection system. Keep in mind that students’ access is based on when they made their reservation deposit. 

If you have any questions about the housing selection process, contact us at 1-800-CEDARVILLE. Your student’s admissions counselor will be happy to help!


Be sure to pay your student's reservation deposit by the May 1 deadline. With a record number of deposits already submitted for fall 2023, we may need to start a waitlist for those who deposit after the deadline.


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Accessing Cedarville Orientation Information

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

MyCedarville screen shotWe’ve created a personalized MyCedarville student portal for all admitted students. This online resource alerts students to required forms and approaching deadlines, not to mention information about residence hall and roommate selection, financial aid, class registration, Getting Started orientation weekend, and much more! Each completed task moves them one step closer to their arrival at Cedarville University in August.

You will never miss a deadline or lose a required form with this interactive and personalized site. Log in with your student today and begin exploring.


P.S. Reminder to parents of admitted students: The deadline to submit the reservation deposit is May 1. With record deposits already for fall, those who send in their deposit after the deadline may be placed on a waitlist.


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