Columbia International University

SC event coming up–financial aid for college!

Financial Aid for College in SC - Columbia International University - CIUCollege Goal SC will be held Saturday, Feb. 18 from 10am to 1pm on the campus of Columbia International University (CIU), located in Columbia, SC. The event, to be held in Memorial Residence Hall, will include an information session on financial aid programs and the process for applying for financial aid. Participants will receive assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2012/2013. Students will also have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a free iPAD2. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Columbia International University is a homeschool-friendly college, with approximately 1/3 of each incoming freshman class consisting of homeschoolers. High School juniors and seniors interested in attending College Goal SC are welcome to contact CIU for information about combining the event with a personal tour and possible overnight stay in CIU’s dorms.

College Goal SC is a joint volunteer effort by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and the South Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators in cooperation with Columbia International University.

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Monday, January 30th, 2012 College, Scholarships No Comments

CIU’s full-scholarship contest coming up

CIU - Columbia International University Fall 2012High school seniors have six more days to sign up for one of the greatest scholarship opportunities available: the 7th annual R. C. McQuilken Schlolarship Weekend at Columbia International University, a homeschool-friendly Bible college in South Carolina. Tim Caiello, homeschooled, and currently a sophomore at CIU, can attest to merit of this event, having won a full-ride scholarship at the 2009 competition. In addition to the full scholarship, high school students attending compete for numerous other scholarships.

The weekend will also include faculty interviews, group discussions, interaction with current students and staff, and opportunities to hang out with future classmates. The scholarship weekend ends with a banquet on Saturday.

Deadline for registering for the three-day South Carolina event, to be held Dec. 1-3, is Friday, Nov. 18. In order to qualify for the event, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and an SAT score (math and verbal) of 1000 or an ACT score of 21 or above. Click here for more information or to register.

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Saturday, November 12th, 2011 College, Homeschool, Scholarships No Comments

CIU invites homeschoolers to ‘Preview Days’

CIU: Friendly college for homeschoolersColumbia International University, one of the friendliest colleges to homeschooled students, invites you to Preview Days, where you can sit in on a class, connect with professors and students, worship in chapel, and discover where your passion can lead after graduation. You also have the option of staying overnight in the dorms. A pizza dinner, night games, breakfast and lunch are included. Toward the end of the program, you’ll learn about the different scholarship opportunities CIU offers. Dates are Sept. 29-30, March 8-9, 2012 and April 3, 2012. If those dates don’t work for you, you’re invited to schedule a personal visit. For more information, visit Columbia International University’s Web site here.

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 Uncategorized No Comments

Colleges still taking applications for Fall 2011

If you still haven’t applied to college for the Fall of 2011, there’s still time, but it’s running out quickly. We were reminded of this when we noticed that Columbia International University (CIU), one of the more homeschool-friendly colleges, has a deadline of August 1 posted. If you’re still thinking about applying for the fall, be sure to keep an eye on the deadlines of the schools you’re considering. You may also still be able to obtain some grant and scholarship money, as funds are sometimes freed up when students choose a different school.

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Thursday, July 21st, 2011 Homeschool No Comments

AWANA scholarships: add CIU; subtract OKWU

We’ve updated our AWANA Citation scholarships page after learning about two significant changes. Unfortunately, Oklahoma Wesleyan University no longer offers the scholarship. On a much more positive note, Columbia International University will, for the first time, offer $2000 Citation scholarships beginning with the 2011/2012 school year.

CIU is an excellent Bible College, located in Columbia, SC, that offers a variety of additional majors. It has a reputation for being accommodating to homeschool students, with approximately 1/3 of each incoming freshman class consisting of students previously homeschooled. To learn more about CIU, visit their Web site here. To visit our page with a list of approximately 40 colleges offering AWANA scholarships, click here.

For those unfamiliar with AWANA scholarships, they are typically guaranteed scholarships that reward years of hard work by the student. Most schools offer scholarships for only the highest award, the Citation, but some also offer scholarships for the Timothy and Meritorious awards. AWANA is popular with homeschoolers, as much of the work can be incorporated into a homeschool curriculum.

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Friday, June 3rd, 2011 Homeschool No Comments

CIU invites homeschoolers to March 4 preview

CIU: Friendly college for homeschoolersToday is the last day to register if you want to stay in the dorms for the March 4 college preview day at Columbia International University (CIU) in South Carolina. The event is free; all you have to pay for is transportation to and from the college. Meals Thursday night through Friday lunch are provided free of charge for prospective students and their guests. CIU will arrange for transportation to and from the airport for those flying in. Walk-in registration will be available 5-6pm March 3 and 7:30-8am March 4.

CIU, a nondenominational Bible college, is known to be one of the most homeschool-friendly schools, with about a fourth of freshman students coming from a homeschool background. Numerous scholarships are available. For more information about the March 4 Preview Day, including a schedule of events, visit http://www.ciu.edu/campusvisit/visit.html.

Columbia International University will also be hosting the Homeschool Speech and Debate tournament, set for March 16-19. www.ciu.edu.

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Friday, February 18th, 2011 Homeschool No Comments

CIU reports: 25% of freshmen are homeschooled

Columbia International University (CIU), located in South Carolina, is one of the most homeschool-friendly colleges we know about. We inquired today, and were told that more than 25% of each incoming class consists of homeschooled students. There are no extra requirements for homeschool students during the admissions process, and many scholarships, while not exclusively for homeschoolers, are available.

CIU’s upcoming preview days are March 4 and April 8. Homeschool students are invited to come for the day, or arrive the day before and spend the night. Visit http://www.ciu.edu/undergrad/campusvisit/visit.html for more information or to schedule a visit.

Columbia International University will also be hosting the Homeschool Speech and Debate tournament, set for March 16-19. www.ciu.edu.

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Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 Uncategorized No Comments

Urgent need updates: one new + one need met

Homeschool ScholarshipsToday we’ve added two new updates to our urgent need requests for the spring semester. One is a new request for spring semester tuition from a student attending Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN. The other update is an answer to prayer by way of an unexpected scholarship for a student attending Columbia International University in Columbia, SC.

If you’d like to be added to the urgent need list, see the post below for instructions. To view all of the current requests, see our urgent need for spring page.

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Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 Uncategorized No Comments

Now posted: Urgent Need Requests for Spring

Three homeschooled students have posted financial need for the upcoming spring semester. It is our hope that homeschool families and perhaps alumni of the colleges the students are attending will help these young people stay in school. Colleges include Clearwater Christian College, Columbia International University and Trinity International University. If you are interested in helping one of these students, email us and we’ll provide you with the contact information. For more information on these current needs, visit the Urgent Need for Spring page.

If you are a student still lacking funds for the upcoming semester, you are also invited to post your need. Email us, using the following format:

* Name: Full name; we will post only your three initials.
* Age: For this listing, you must be at least 18.
* Homeschooling: List number of years homeschooled, and whether or not you have a homeschool diploma.
* College: You must have already been accepted for the spring semester, and the college be expecting you.
* Cost of spring semester: List the total for tuition and room/board only.
* Remaining need for the spring semester: List what you still need in order to be able to enroll.
* Date: List the final date when your tuition must be paid.
* College contact information: Provide a name or office (with contact info) for verification of your status.
* College major and how you plan to use it: List your future plans. Maximum of two sentences.
* Accomplishments (optional): List up to five activities or awards that describe you.
* Reason for need (optional): You may include one reason as to why you have this need, such as illness, parent unemployment, etc. One sentence only.

We will not post your name or email address. If a potential donor contacts us about your situation, we will put you in touch with each other.

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Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 Uncategorized No Comments

Final day to register for CIU scholarship event

Columbia International University ScholarshipsToday’s the final day to register for the R.C. McQuilken Scholarship Weekend at South Carolina’s Columbia International University. The competition, scheduled for Dec. 2-4, will result in one student winning a full-tuition scholarship for four years, and other smaller scholarships being awarded.  Why are we listing the event on this site? CIU is super-friendly to homeschooled students!  The winner of last year’s full-ride scholarship was a homeschooled student from Columbia, South Carolina. For more information or to register, visit www.ciu.edu/leadership.

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Friday, November 12th, 2010 Uncategorized No Comments