Beginning in Fall 2024, the Concordia Promise is available to new full-time students with a family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) under $90,000. The program is open to both new first-year and transfer students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree and are eligible to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)*. We are proud to offer the Concordia Promise to new students from ANY state in the country.


*Minnesota students eligible for the Minnesota Dream Act also qualify.

The Concordia Promise covers 100% of standard full-time tuition through a combination of federal, state, and Concordia gift assistance.

There is not a separate application for the Concordia Promise. However, students must be admitted to the college and have filed a FAFSA to determine eligibility. 

At this time, there is no deadline to apply for the Concordia Promise. However, we strongly encourage students to apply for admission to Concordia College and file the FAFSA as soon as possible. The FAFSA opens in December.

No. There is not a GPA requirement to be eligible for the program, but students must maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Yes. The Concordia Promise is renewable each year for up to four years or until the point of graduation, whichever comes first. Students must submit a FAFSA annually and continue to meet eligibility requirements.

The Concordia Promise comprises Concordia College scholarships (Excellence, Presidential, Talent, etc.) as well as federal and state gift aid to cover the full standard tuition cost. Concordia scholarships do not extend beyond the cost of tuition to cover fees, housing, or food.

No. The Concordia Promise does not cover housing, meal plans, fees, or any other additional costs outside of the standard full-time tuition. To learn more about our residence life requirements, visit here

We encourage any family that has experienced a financial change or hardship to reach out to the financial aid office to discuss your options.

The Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) comes from the Federal 1040 Income Tax Return. The first year of the program is the 2024-25 academic year and the corresponding FAFSA asks about prior, prior year AGI. In other words, the AGI from 2022. This can be found on Line 11 of Form 1040.

Dependent students will have the AGI of their parent(s), and stepparent if applicable, considered for the program’s family AGI threshold of under $90,000. The AGI of dependent students will not be considered. When parents are divorced, separated, or never married, and do not live together, the parent who provides more financial support to the student should be the parent of record for the FAFSA. This is the parent whose income will be reviewed when determining eligibility for the Concordia Promise.

Independent students will have the AGI of the student considered for program eligibility. If the student is married, the student and spouse’s combined AGI must be under $90,000 in order to be eligible for the Concordia Promise.

Concordia College is proud to offer the Concordia Promise to eligible new students living in ANY U.S. state. It applies to the FULL cost of tuition at Concordia. We are also extending the eligibility to families with an AGI under $90,000. The North Star Promise is for Minnesota residents with a family AGI under $80,000.

No. The Concordia Promise applies to students who are new to Concordia in Fall 2024.

Yes! We offer a number of scholarship programs based on academic achievement, the performing arts, and other categories. Our financial aid team works hard to make Concordia affordable for students and families at any income level.