Located in one of the safest regions of the United States with a very affordable cost of living, we can provide high quality education at a lower cost than similar schools in more expensive locations.  Most international students pay an average of approximately $23,000 per year, in addition to working to earn an additional $3,000 for spending money.  Cost and scholarship details follow. 

Academic Year Costs


Tuition and fees $43,266
Room* $4,360
Board $5,030
Total "comprehensive cost" $52,656
Additional estimated costs (books, personal spending, travel, and insurance) $5,600
Total cost of attendance for eight months $58,256

*For first-year students participating in pre-orientation, this amount includes a one-time charge of $500 for room and board only.

International Student Scholarships

International Student Scholarships for academic merit and family need are available. The merit scholarships alone can go as high as $28,000 per year.

Concordia prizes the contributions of international students make to enhance education on campus, and we are pleased to make generous scholarships available that can cover a portion of the costs of attendance.

Merit-Based Awards

International Excellence Scholarships are competitive, merit-based scholarships that are awarded to international first-year students or transfer students for up to four years. Current scholarships can go as high as $28,000 per year for students during the 2020-21 academic year. 

SAT or ACT Composite Annual Award Amount GPA Equivalent





















1010 or less

19 or less

Awards may vary

3.0 or less

Concordia Scholarship Interview

Admitted students may receive additional support from Concordia College based on their financial need. Students seeking need-based support will be required to participate in a Concordia Scholarship Interview and submit additional documentation in advance. Student and their sponsors are expected to pay a minimum of $20,000 per year.

Student Financial Aid Application Form

Talent Awards

Concordia College offers additional scholarship opportunities for students participating in visual arts, music, theatre, speech and debate. Separate applications are required. Students selected to receive these awards will be expected to participate in events and programs. More details below.

Automatic Scholarships

November 1 International Cobber Edge Application Deadline. Students who submit a complete application by this date automatically qualify for an additional $1,000 USD scholarship per year.
January 1 International Priority Cobber Application Deadline. Students who submit a complete application by this date automatically qualify for an additional $500 USD scholarship per year.


$1,000 EducationUSA Scholarship  

Concordia encourages students to utilize the resources available from EducationUSA.  Students receiving a letter of reference from an EducationUSA advisor and providing that at the time of application to Concordia will get an additional $1,000 per year in scholarship assistance.

#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship

Concordia offers two annual, renewable scholarships of at least $30,000 to selected international undergraduate students dedicated to advancing intercultural learning and understanding at Concordia. First-year international students who have applied to Concordia can apply for the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship. All academic majors and fields of study are welcome to apply.

Students and their family or financial sponsor must strive to be able to pay as close as possible to $20,000 per year as this is not a full scholarship.

Students must participate in a video interview to further explain the ways in which they will impact the campus through their dedication to advancing intercultural learning and understanding.  Students will be invited to participate in this video interview following admission.

Application Details

$25,000 North Star Scholarship

From our location in Minnesota, the North Star State, Concordia College is pleased to launch the North Star Scholarship Program. To recognize the courage, investment and achievements of students from other countries who have come to study in our region, the North Star Scholarship will be offered to international students who graduate from a high school in our eight-state region, including the states of:

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Iowa
  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois

Students meeting the criteria for the North Star Scholarship program will receive a minimum of $25,000 per year in scholarship assistance.

Additional Details

External Scholarships

$10,000 United World College (UWC) Davis Scholars Scholarships. Concordia has just been added as one of approximately 100 colleges in the U.S. recognized as a Davis UWC Scholars Program partner school. This scholar program is committed to bringing talented students from every corner of the world to U.S. colleges and universities in hopes of creating international understanding and positive changes in the world. Through the generous philanthropic support funded by one of its founders, Shelby Davis, matriculated UWC graduates attending Concordia may receive up to $10,000 (beginning with the class entering in fall 2020) based on need. This scholarship will be renewed each year for four years as long as a student is making satisfactory academic progress.  Concordia will supplement the Davis scholarship with additional funds of its own following participation in a video interview.

$22,000 ELCA International Women Leaders Scholarships. Concordia College is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). Concordia partners with the ELCA Global Mission Unit to sponsor talented women leaders from around the world who have been endorsed by global companion churches and who promise to return home at the completion of studies to use their education in service to their communities, the church, and the world. Through the generous support of donors to the ELCA, students attending Concordia may receive up to $22,000 in need-based aid plus additional funds for travel, technology, and other expenses. This scholarship will be renewed each year for four years as long as a student is making satisfactory academic progress. Concordia can supplement this award with additional funds following participation in a video interview.

Additional Scholarship Search Sources


In addition to scholarships, international students are eligible to work on campus up to 20 hours per week during the school year. We estimate students will earn $3,000 per year from working an average of 10 hours per week, but some students who work as much as possible are able to earn more.