Grand Canyon University

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Grand Canyon University is Arizona's premier, private Christian university committed to making a quality college education both attainable and affordable. GCU has been helping students find their purpose and achieve their potential in a faith-oriented, supportive community for more than 65 years. In fall 2015, nearly 15,500 students attended our beautiful campus and nearly 60,000 students attended online.

As a regionally accredited university, GCU offers more than 190 academic programs and more than 150 bachelors, masters, and doctoral online programs. At GCU, students have opportunities to pursue their chosen career, advance in their current career, or re-career into a different field.GCU Logo

Grand Canyon University believes quality education and faith can coexist in the 21st century. In order to help our students find their purpose, we integrate aspects of our Christian heritage into everything we do.

GCU incorporates Christian principles into the classroom to encourage students to shape their own perspectives. Throughout the learning experience, students realize within themselves the importance of compassion and responsibility. We prepare our graduates to lead and serve.

Academics are just one part of the experience. Optional chapel services, Bible studies, international mission trips and outreach ministries provide students with the opportunity for spiritual development and community involvement.

Our approach is welcoming and missional in nature. Our faith-oriented learning environments and academic communities help students embrace their distinct skills, special talents, and individual gifts given to them by God to be used in His glory. We encourage all students to serve as ministers, live with intention, and respond to their call to purpose within their unique context. 

Additional information is available on the GCU website.

Canyon Christian Schools Consortium (CCSC) Academic Scholarship

Students graduating from a Canyon Christian Schools Consortium (CCSC) member high school may be eligible to receive up to $5,000 in additional GCU academic scholarships per year. Further, this academic scholarship is awarded for each year a CCSC member high school was attended, which could total up to $20,000 toward college tuition over the course of four years.

Scholarship Specifications

  • Graduating students must complete the GCU admissions application and submit: 
    • Official transcripts demonstrating admissibility with a 3.0 or greater unweighted GPA or a minimum 19 ACT composite or 920 SAT (math and verbal only) score 
    • Graduated high school transcripts submitted by the date indicated on the scholarship application 
  • CCSC Scholarship recipients must meet certain community service requirements while attending Grand Canyon University, including weekly Chapel attendance and participation in 20 hours per semester of university community-building activities
  • Scholarship awards of $5,000 (for students living on campus) or $2,500 (for students living off campus); awards are split equally for fall and spring semesters 
  • The scholarship is renewable based on the number of years a CCSC member high school was attended 
  • Scholarship recipients must maintain a full-time student status (12 or more credits/semester), remain in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or above, and uphold the ethical and moral values by which GCU stands 

GCU scholarships are allowed to be combined up to the following limits: 

  • Chancellor/President Scholarship recipients in campus housing—up to $16,500 
  • All other scholarship recipients in campus housing—up to $14,000 
  • All scholarship recipients living off campus—up to $11,500 
  • Micro-scholarships may not be combined with any other form of GCU-funded institutional aid or scholarships. Micro-scholarships may replace GCU institutional aid—up to $6,000 per academic year


Financing your education is one of the most critical components you need to consider as you start your educational journey at Grand Canyon University. It is important for you to know the cost of your education and understand your financial responsibilities.

We are here to help you through every step of the process, from calculating your costs per year to securing financial aid. Our goal is to provide you with transparent information that helps you understand the cost of your education.

Our current annual tuition is $16,500. Students paid an average of $8,300* in 2015–16 after GCU scholarships were applied.

*Average tuition for the academic year 2015–16 after scholarships is approximately $8,300. Scholarships may be awarded based on incomplete transcripts. At the time in which final, official transcripts are received, GCU reserves the right to rescind or modify the scholarship if it is determined that eligibility was not achieved. To be eligible, students must meet scholarship requirements and be fully admissible to the university. GCU reserves the right to decline scholarship awards for any reason. If a student does not meet the minimum renewal criteria, their scholarship will be forfeited. GCU reserves the right to change scholarship awards at any time without notice.

Room and Board

In the spirit of affordability, our room and board rates at GCU start at just $6,250 per year. This rate includes a triple occupancy, suite-style residence hall and $1,350 Dining Dollars per semester, plus applicable sales tax as required by state law. Prices reflect 2016–17 rates and are subject to change.

Additional information, including a complete list of tuition and fees, is available on the GCU website.