Cumberland University

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Community College Educational Advancement Award

Community college graduates and transfers are eligible for a $6,000 grant, regardless of achievement level or chosen field of study. 

For students who graduate with a University-parallel degree from a community college in Tennessee, the student may be eligible for the "Cumberland Promise", depending upon his or her chosen field of study. This scholarship is based upon major, community college graduation GPA, and level of need. 

The sizes of the available awards are as follows:

Community College GPA

University Parallel Degree
(Associate of Science &
Associate of Arts)

Cumberland Promise

Total Award  

3.50 and above




3.00 to 3.49




2.50 to 2.99
6,000 2,000 8,000

Below 2.50




It is the program underwriters’ intention to provide financial aid to those successful students who need it most. Financial need, therefore, will be a consideration in determining the amount of any award.

Application for these awards is automatic when an eligible community college graduate (or prospective graduate) applies to Cumberland University and completes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Awards will be made monthly, beginning in February of 2016 and continuing until the available financing is exhausted.