Concordia University takes aim at college affordability

Rev. Dr. President Ferry talking about the Luther Promise
Rev. Dr. President Ferry talking about the Luther Promise

With a mission to provide access to the “highest-value Lutheran Christian higher education possible,” Concordia University announced today the Luther Promise, an institutionally funded scholarship guarantee that provides qualified undergraduate students between $16,000-$20,000 annually.

“Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor have a bold vision to be the Church’s school, equipping the faithful to make an impact for Christ in ways they never imagined,” explains Concordia President Rev. Patrick Ferry, Ph.D. “Coming at the commemoration of the 500th year of the Lutheran Reformation, this initiative marks a significant commitment to invest even more resources in our students, ensuring that lifelong Lutheran education is available to more students than ever before.”

Currently, Concordia University students receive on average $13,000 of institutional aid, according to university financial management sources.

To qualify for the Luther Promise, students must meet just one of four criteria:

“A significant step toward achieving the goal of a faith-based higher education for more students is removing the financial barriers,” shares Robert Nowak, director of Financial Aid. “Qualified students are eligible for a range of scholarship - between $16,000-$20,000, depending on high school cumulative GPA and ACT composite score.”

At the lower end, this means that a student with a 2.7 cumulative GPA and 19 ACT score is eligible for $16,000. At the upper end, a student with a 3.5 cumulative GPA and 30 ACT score is eligible for $20,000 annually. Undergraduate transfer students who meet the qualifying criteria are also eligible.

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