Graduate Financial Aid

 Scholarships, Grants & Awards 
Piedmont International University works diligently to keep the cost of tuition low and offer opportunities for additional scholarship to our students. Through the gracious giving of many donors and external partnerships Piedmont is committed to keep the cost of attendance to minimum for our students while providing an exceptional Education experience.

Discounts and scholarships are awarded and applied beginning with the term (Summer/Fall/Spring) in which a student is approved and enrolled and are not retroactive. The General Scholarship Rule applies to all scholarships.

Application for all scholarships is available through the Piedmont International University Financial Aid Student Terminal (F.A.S.T.) which is available during the Financial Aid application procedure.

General Scholarship Rule (GSR)
The total of federal grants and PIU scholarships cannot exceed the cost of actual tuition. If the combined aid in these categories exceeds the cost of tuition, Federal Aid will post first and then PIU scholarships will be reduced/applied accordingly.

A valid FAFSA must be on file for each year before an account can receive most institutional aid. If selected for Verification a student must have completed the verification process and have a current FAFSA on record.

Awards received that cover the majority of costs such as church partnerships have limitations for stacking with other PIU aid sources such as Alumni etc. Discounts and scholarships are awarded and applied beginning with the term in which a student is approved and enrolled and are not retroactive.

Piedmont International University reserves the right to change terms and conditions of any grant or scholarship at any time at its discretion and terminate or suspend scholarships.

All students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to maintain their eligibility to receive federal student aid. Failure to maintain SAP will eliminate remaining awards to be disbursed.If you change your enrollment (credits currently enrolled) at any time during the semester, your aid will be adjusted accordingly. This would include any scholarships or grants that require either full-time or half-time enrollment. If a scholarship requires full-time enrollment, and you drop to part-time enrollment, the scholarship award will be reversed.

Institutional Grants:
Piedmont International University offers a variety of Institutional Grants and Scholarships to make quality education accessible for degree-seeking students. Scholarship and Institutional Grant requirements vary and have limited stackability and cannot exceed 100% of tuition charged.

Funded Scholarships:
Funded scholarships are awarded through an application process and Scholarship Committee review.
The priority deadline for funded scholarships is March 1 of each year.

Please refer to the following listings of scholarship and awards available:

Institutional Grants and Scholarships

ALUMNI Scholarships

Alumni Scholarship PIU & Spurgeon
The Alumni Scholarship is provided to all alumni of Piedmont International University and Spurgeon Baptist Bible College as well as their children and grandchildren in appreciation of their years of support and service. Alumni applicants are eligible for ⅓ off tuition for any program.
Eligibility:

  • Must be new full time degree seeking on-campus or online student.
  • Must maintain SAP
  • Transfer students are eligible.
  • Application must be submitted prior to semester admissions deadline
  • Limited stackability.
  • Does not apply to e4-12, dual enrollment or any “unique” program offered at PIU.
  • Alumni is defined as any graduate from PIU, TTU, Spurgeon from any degree program as well as former students who have completed at least 12 credit hours and have been out of school for five or more years.

Temple Heritage Scholarship
To honor Tennessee Temple University, the Temple Heritage Scholarship has been established providing ⅓ of tuition toward PIU’s undergraduate, graduate, and seminary programs. This scholarship is available in perpetuity for all TTU students, alumni, and faculty/staff who were employed at the time of the merger, as well as for the children and grandchildren of members in each of those groups.
Eligibility:

  • Must be new full time degree-seeking, on-campus, or online student.
  • Must maintain SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress)
  • Transfer students are eligible
  • Application must be submitted prior to semester admissions deadline
  • Limited stackability.
  • Does not apply to E4-12, dual enrollment or any “unique” program offered at PIU. Alumni is defined as any graduate from PIU, TTU, or Spurgeon from any degree program as well as former students who have completed at least 12 credit hours and have been out of school for five or more years.

Dependent Grant-in Aid (DGIA)
Dependents of a full time benefited employee of Piedmont International University (PIU) are eligible to receive a tuition assistance scholarship classified as Dependent Grant-in-Aid (DGIA).
Eligibility Conditions

  1. Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress (SAP) is incorporated into the DGIA benefit.
  2. The benefit covers only the minimum number of hours required to complete the degree. A degree must be declared in order to enter into the DGIA program.
  3. The DGIA benefit will cover tuition only and will not cover any additional fees, books or housing.
  4. Employees will not be taxed for dependent(s) in the undergraduate program for tuition reduction. Graduate courses extended to dependents are fully taxable and the employee is subject to income reporting and any other IRS requirements.
  5. If a degree was earned at Piedmont using DGIA a dependent may not use DGIA to complete another degree at the same level. If the degree was earned at another institution DGIA can be used towards a degree at the same level.
  6. All hours taken at PIU will go to the minimum number of hours required in a degree program. Once these hours are reached no additional scholarship hours will be available.
  7. Graduate degree program prerequisites must be met prior to entering the DGIA program.
  8. General Scholarship Rule applies.
  9. Scholarship is not stackable.

Process

  1. An application must be completed by the full time benefited employee. The application should be completed annually by April 1st for the following academic year or for new employees waiting within the six month period the application can be completed once eligible.
  2. Undergraduate students must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. If verification is selected all appropriate requested paperwork must be submitted in a timely fashion as requested.
  3. Graduate Students are not required to submit the FAFSA.  

Piedmont International University Full time Employee Grant
Full-time PIU employees may receive a grant to cover tuition for up to 2 classes per semester (six classes per academic year -including summer term).
Eligibility

  • Must be a full time benefited employee
  • Class schedule cannot exceed 2 classes per online section
  • An application must be submitted with Human Resources with department approval.
  • A yearly FAFSA is required for all undergraduate applicants.
  • There is a 90-day waiting period for the benefit to start. Should a term start prior to the 90 days, employee may begin the following term in classes once approved.
  • If a degree is completed at PIU, this benefit cannot apply to a second degree at that same level.

Graduate Assistance Grant
Students selected to assist faculty members as a Teaching Assistant may receive up to 3 credit hours of free tuition per semester. This award is renewable if the student continues to serve as a TA. The amount will be based on the number of hours per week (for example 1.5 hours of tuition for a ½ time position).

International Scholarship
This scholarship will provide up to 1/3 tuition assistance to an international student desiring to study at PIU. The scholarship is based on the following criteria.

  • Non US citizen
  • Must demonstrate academic capability and good character
  • Ineligible for Federal Financial Aid
  • Scholarship requires maintenance of SAP and good student conduct
  • Must be enrolled full time
  • Available to online or on campus students
  • Limited stackability

Military Appreciation Scholarship
This supplement covers the complete cost of tuition beyond the $250 per credit hour paid by the military through tuition assistance. The student pays only the applicable fees. This award is not stackable and the General Scholarship Rule applies.  

President’s Diversity Scholarship
The President’s Diversity Scholarship is designed to help meet the vision goals laid out in Piedmont’s Nine Vision Benchmarks. The Fourth Vision Benchmark states, “We will actively seek, recruit, equip, and graduate increasing numbers of diverse students prepared to invest their lives in effective Christian ministry.” All recipients must be U.S. citizens of an ethnic minority. Tuition is based on need and students may receive up to a 1/3 tuition assistance grant.

  • Must maintain SAP
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Available for on campus or online students
  • Available for undergraduate or graduate studies
  • Must be an ethnic minority
  • General Scholarship Rule applies
  • Limited stackability

PhD Grant 2016-2017
Students successfully enrolling in a PhD program in the 2016-17 academic year will receive a scholarship of up to 25% of tuition. This scholarship will continue for future semesters as long as the student remains continuously enrolled.”
Eligibility:

  • Must be new full time degree seeking PhD student
  • Must maintain SAP
  • General Scholarship rule applies
  • Transfer students are eligible
  • Application for scholarship is an annual requirement and must be completed by April 1 for following year enrollment.
  • Non stackable

Stevens Scholarship
Awarded to employees and their dependents who serve in missions and or not-for-profit Christian ministries. Tuition is based on need and students may receive up to a 1/3 tuition assistance grant.
Eligibility:

  • Proof of eligibility must be submitted as follows:
  • Must be a full-time employee and/or dependents of a full-time employee of a not-for-profit Christian Ministry
  • Must provide proof of employment or parent/spouse employment with non-profit
  • Undergraduates must complete a yearly FAFSA
  • General Scholarship Rule applies
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Non stackable  

Supporting Church Scholarship
Pastors
Pastors who serve as full-time senior, associate or assistant pastors of churches supporting Piedmont International University at a minimum of $100.00 per month will received up to a ⅔ tuition assistance grant.
Eligibility:

  • Upon application and support from the church there is a six month waiting period before benefit applies.
  • Student must maintain SAP
  • Grant applies to on campus or online students
  • Grant applies to undergraduate and graduate students
  • Church must be in good standing and current with payments
  • Undergraduate students must complete a FAFSA each year
  • General Scholarship Rule (GSR) applies
  • Non stackable
  • Application for scholarship is an annual requirement and must be completed minimum 30 days prior to start date.

Supporting Church Scholarship
Member
Members of a supporting Church of Piedmont International University will receive up to a 1/3 tuition assistance grant per credit hour. Renewal requires continued church support.
Eligibility:

  • Must be new full time degree seeking undergraduate student
  • Must maintain SAP
  • Grant applies to on campus or online students
  • Grant applies undergraduate or graduate students
  • General Scholarship rule applies
  • Transfer students are eligible
  • Application for scholarship is an annual requirement and must be completed by April 1 for following year enrollment.

Word of Life Bible Institute Faculty and Staff
Piedmont International University is pleased to offer up to a $150 per hour tuition assistance Grant awarded to current Faculty and Staff of Word of Life Bible Institute to seek a degree at the undergraduate or graduate level through our online school.
Eligibility:

  • General Scholarship Rule applies
  • Must be currently employed and in good standing with Word of Life Bible Institute
  • Must maintain SAP
  • Non stackable

Graduate Funded Grants and Scholarships

Funded scholarships are made possible through the generous support of donors. Applications are received each spring from new and currently enrolled students. 

THE MATT & ALICIA ARGANO LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is provided by Dr. and Mrs. Matt Argano. Dr. Argano is an alumnus of Tennessee Temple University where he earned his Ph.D. in Leadership (read more about Dr. Argano). This award is to be granted annually to eligible students selected by the Scholarship Committee in consultation with the School of Leadership. Recipients will be entering (or enrolled in) the Ph.D. Leadership program. Recipients must exhibit good scholarship by maintaining a 3.5 overall grade point average (GPA). The GPA from prior graduate studies will be considered for new students entering the program. The initial scholarships will be approximately $2,500 per year payable in the sum of $1,250 per semester (up to the amount of tuition). Future amounts will vary based on donated funds.

THE GEORGE M. AND DORIS T. MANUEL MINISTRY SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in honor of George M. and Doris T. Manuel, who both were loyal and dedicated employees of Piedmont International University. Mr. Manuel served as a professor and librarian for many years before his premature death while Mrs. Manuel served in a variety of roles at Piedmont for 38 years. Following extensive military service in WWII as a commissioned officer, including time as a prisoner of war in Germany, George Manuel surrendered to the Lord and enrolled in Piedmont Bible College in 1948 accompanied by his new bride, Doris. Following graduation in 1953, he served on the staff at Piedmont during which time he completed a B.A. degree in history from Guilford College. Two months before he was to receive his Master of Library Science degree from UNC-CH, he was called home to be with the Lord in June 1963 at the age of 40. Doris, a young widow with three children, continued to serve in various capacities on the staff for more than 35 years, serving until the last year of her life, passing into the Lord’s presence in May 1999. George and Doris were exemplary in character, in their love for Christ, and in their loyal, devoted, dedicated service to Piedmont for a combined total of almost 50 years. This scholarship is awarded to two full-time students (one male and one female) preparing for full-time Christian service. Each recipient must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5, maintain a satisfactory Christian Service record, demonstrate consistency by fulfilling reporting and financial obligations to the University, and demonstrate a commitment to full-time ministry. This scholarship is based on need. The University Scholarship Committee will review the list of eligible students and based on the criteria identified above, award scholarships in the amount of $600 per student per year.

THE WILLIAMS FAMILY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
The Williams Family Endowed Scholarship was established by Abie and Debbie Williams in December of 2005 to assist students enrolled at Piedmont International University. Preference will be given to students from the New River Valley area of southwest Virginia, particularly from Calvary Baptist Church of Radford, Virginia. The student(s) selected annually must enroll full-time. The recipient(s) shall be selected by the University Scholarship Committee. The amount of the scholarship will vary each year according to the amount realized by the annual return on the fund investment.