At SDC, 100% of our students receive financial aid from a variety of sources. Our students not only invest in an excellent education, but also in their spiritual formation, leadership potential and impact for the kingdom of God. This is why we believe SDC is worth your investment, and we want to help you get here. See below for a list of the grants and scholarships you may be eligible for through SDC.

grants and scholarships

Freshman Academic Scholarship

  • Founder’s Scholarship: $14,000
  • President’s Scholarship: $12,000
  • Trustee Scholarship: $10,000
  • Achievement Scholarship: $5,000

Church Matching Grant

  • Amount: up to $1,000 per year
  • Eligibility: Matching funds are awarded to the student when scholarship monies are received by the Office of Enrollment Services prior to the first day of classes from a church entity on behalf of the student. These funds will be matched by SDC up to $500 per semester.
  • Application: SDC requires that a church send a letter of scholarship including the student’s full name along with a check made payable to San Diego Christian and the student’s name to the SDC Office of Enrollment Services
  • Deadline: Prior to the first day of classes for the new term.
  • Renewal: Annually renewable
  • Funding: San Diego Christian College and church entity

Aletheia Honors Program

  • Amount: $1,000-50% tuition scholarship
  • Eligibility: Prospective students who exhibit a desire for a rigorous course of study in which high-achieving, active learners engage in academic discourse in a collaborative learning cohort. The program is designed to foster excellence in students as developing scholars. Selected students will then receive an invitation to a scholarship day and continue with the scholarship process. Students who attend the day automatically receive a one-time, $1000 scholarship. Students who are selected for the program are eligible to receive additional scholarship funding.*
  • Application: Click here for details
  • Deadline:  Click here for details
  • Renewal: Annually renewable
  • Funding: San Diego Christian College

*Students may not receive scholarship for both the DHML and Honors programs. While they may apply to both, they must choose to receive scholarship from one or the other.

Transfer Academic Scholarship

  • Tier 1 College GPA 3.6-4.0: $8,000
  • Tier 2 College GPA 3.0-3.599: 6,000
  • Tier 3 College GPA 2.6-2.999: $4,000
  • Tier 4 College GPA 2.599 and below: $2,000

Christian Worker Dependent Grant

  • Amount: $3,000 per year
  • Eligibility: The student is eligible if he/she is the direct dependent of an a parent whose primary source of income derives from employment in full-time (non-profit) ministry (missionary, pastor, Christian school teacher or administrator). This is a need-based grant. Students must demonstrate need as determined by the FAFSA.
  • Application: SDC’s Christian Worker Dependent application must be submitted to verify eligibility. Contact your Admissions Counselor for more information.
  • Deadline: No deadline. Priority given to early applicants.
  • Renewal: Annually renewable
  • Funding: San Diego Christian College

Worship Team Scholarships

  • The Worship Team Scholarships are available to students that demonstrate vocal or musical talent and would like to participate in one of our bands.  These bands perform in our chapels and travel to other local organizations.  Scholarship amounts vary based on need and ability.  For more information and to apply, please click here.

Legacy Grant

  • Amount: $1,000 per year
  • Eligibility: The student is eligible if he/she is the direct dependent of an SDC alumnus.
  • Application: No separate application required. Student should indicate eligibility on their SDC application.
  • Deadline: No deadline. Priority given to early applicants.
  • Renewal: Annually renewable
  • Funding: San Diego Christian College
  • Note: The Office of Admissions automatically awards the Legacy Grant at the time the eligible student is admitted to SDC.

Dr. Henry Morris Leadership (DHML) Program

  • Amount: $1,000-50% tuition scholarship
  • Eligibility: Prospective students who exhibit leadership qualities in the classroom and the community are invited to apply for the DHML scholarship. Selected students will then receive an invitation to a scholarship day and continue with the scholarship process. Students who attend the day automatically receive a one-time, $1,000 scholarship. Students who are selected for the program are eligible to receive additional scholarship funding.*
  • Application: Click here for details
  • Deadline: Click here for details
  • Renewal: Annually renewable
  • Funding: San Diego Christian College

SDC Philanthropic Scholarships

Philanthropic scholarships are made available to SDC students through the generosity of alumni, parents and friends of the college. Last year, SDC was able to provide over $100,000 in scholarship gifts through three primary funds:

Students must apply for all three of the funds below. Click here to apply.

San Diego Christian Scholarship Fund (SDCSF)

  • The SDC Scholarship Fund is our largest and general, need-based fund that reduces financial barriers for students. Because the SDCSF is need-based, many students are eligible to receive aid from the fund.

 Incentive Scholarship Fund (ISF)

  • Supporting transfer or sophomore students meeting minimum GPA requirements and actively involved in a local church, the ISF requires an application and is overseen by the Scholarship Committee.

Urban Bridges Scholarship Fund (UBSF)

  • Designed to support first generation college students, the Urban Bridges Scholarship Fund seeks to reduce the overall burden for families who qualify.

True Cost Calculator

If you are an incoming freshman or a transfer with less than 24 college units, use the Freshman True Cost Calculator to calculate your academic scholarship and other potential scholarship eligibility through SDC and government aid programs (such as Pell Grant, CalGrant and Loan eligibility). If you are a transfer student with 24+ college credits, use the transfer students True Cost Calculator.

 

Aid calculated through the True Cost Calculator is an estimate. In order to receive an official financial aid award, you must complete the application process and be accepted to San Diego Christian College.

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