Paying For College

College life offers most students a chance for academic growth, life-long friendships and spiritual growth. But nothing can spoil the experience more than the thought of paying for it.  Parents need to understand all of their options when it comes to paying for college.

ORU is pleased to recognize academic achievement by awarding Premier Merit Scholarships and Merit Awards to its incoming freshman class. These awards are based upon your highest ACT and/or SAT test scores along with your current or expected high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Our online scholarship calculator will help to determine your eligibility. These scholarships are renewable for four years.


Premier Scholarships
(2011-12 Academic Year)

Quest Whole Person Scholarship
Amount: $6000-$10,000 and $20,000
Eligibility: Must be nominated to participate
Qualifying GPA: 2.6
Renewal GPA: Varies
Notes: Available at

Honors Program Fellow
Amount: $20,000
Eligibility: Must apply by February 1
Qualifying GPA: 3.5
Qualifying Test Score: 31 ACT or 1360 SAT (math and critical reading only)
Notes: Available at

Other Awards

Alumni Scholarships
This is a great benefit for alumni whose children have been accepted to ORU. The grant is worth $1,000 if one of a student's parents is an ORU graduate and $1,500 if both parents are ORU graduates. Grants are awarded on a first-come first-served basis, so apply early. A student must be accepted to apply. Apply online at

College Funding Resources

1.  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

2.  The 4 Rules of Paying for College in a Recession by U.S. News and World Report

3.  College Board

4.  Special Report:  Paying for College in Tough Times by Forbes

5.  Cost Effective College: Creative Ways to Pay for College Without Debt by Gordon Wadsworth

6.  Winning Scholarships for College:  An Insider's Guide by Marianne Ragins