Is there a way I can estimate the overall cost of a Cumberland education?
Yes, our net price calculator estimates the cost of your education including tuition and fees, room and board, books and other related expenses based on your educational plans. The exact cost of attending Cumberland can vary based on your degree program.
I probably don't qualify for aid. Should I still apply?
Yes, many families mistakenly think they don’t qualify for aid and prevent themselves from receiving financial aid by failing to apply for it. In addition, there are sources of aid such as unsubsidized Stafford and PLUS loans that are available regardless of need. We recommend that all students complete the FAFSA application so our team can award the best financial aid package possible. The FAFSA takes many factors into consideration including household size, number in college, asset portfolio and more. The FAFSA is required in order to receive any federal or institutional aid.
Can I have more than one work-study job?
No, you can only have one work-study job. A work-study job is a work scholarship program jointly funded by the University and the Federal Government. It is intended to encourage and promote the part-time employment of students with demonstrated financial need, as well as assist the University and its surrounding community. You can work part-time jobs on or off campus and earn between $8.00 to $12.00 per hour. The maximum award is $700 a semester, which equates to approximately 6 hours of work each week. The amount of money a student earns may be applied toward his/her charges at the University.
How do I apply for a work-study scholarship?
You can apply for a work study scholarship by downloading and completing the Federal Work Study Application.
How do I apply for a Pell Grant and other types of need-based aid?
File a FAFSA. To indicate interest in student employment, student loans and parent loans, you should check the appropriate boxes on the FAFSA form. Checking these boxes does not commit you to accepting these types of aid. You will have the opportunity to accept or decline each part of your aid package later. Leaving these boxes unchecked will not increase the amount of grants you receive.
What happens if I drop a class?
Tuition is the same for all full-time students, which is considered between 12 and 18 hours. If you drop a class and it results in your status changing to part-time, it may affect your tuition and financial aid. We recommend you contact our office if this applies to you.
What happens if I withdraw from CU?
If you receive Federal money and withdraw from the University you may be required to repay part of the Title IV monies. Refer to the Student Financial Services policies for more information.