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The College of Graduate, Adult, and Professional Studies at Cleary University offers several scholarship and grant opportunities for qualified MBA candidates to assist in managing program expenses.

Cleary University Next Step Scholarship

Cleary University offers a 15% tuition scholarship (off of graduate tuition rate) to Cleary baccalaureate graduates who enroll in the Cleary MBA program. Students who receive the Cleary University Next Step Scholarship cannot combine this award with the Strategic Business Scholarship (SBP) or Cleary University Merit Based Scholarships.  It is possible to combine with Cleary University Athletic Scholarship for eligible student athletes (when applicable).

To be eligible for the Next Step Scholarship, students must:

  • Maintain continuous enrollment at Cleary University. Students who withdraw, or receive an NC (no credit), or failed grade will lose grant eligibility.
  • Maintain good academic standing (3.0 or higher GPA).
  • Have no undergraduate outstanding student balance.

Merit Scholarships (*Based on 24 month (6 semester) program)

The Cleary University Merit Scholarship system allocates awards based on two criteria. These components include a student’s cumulative undergraduate GPA as evidenced by official academic transcripts, and demonstrated leadership attributes in the workplace. Each Merit Scholarship component enables qualified applicants to maximize their scholarship award.  To be eligible for Merit Scholarships, students must enter and remain in good academic standing (3.0 or higher GPA).

Merit Scholarship cannot be combined with the Cleary University 15% Next Step Tuition Grant or 20% Strategic Business Partnership Scholarship. Detailed Merit Scholarship award criteria include the following:

Cumulative Undergraduate G.P.A. Details:

  • GPA Level 1: 3.00-3.30: $1,200: $200/semester
  • GPA Level 2: 3.31-3.60:  $2,100: $350/semester
  • GPA Level 2: 3.61-4.00: $3,000: $500/semester

Leadership Level Details:

Leadership Level 1: $1,200 ($200 per semester)

  1. Minimum 2 year’s professional experience
  2. Defined career aspirations
  3. Leadership essay question/application

 

Leadership Level 2: $2,100 ($350 per semester)

  1. Minimum 3 year’s professional experience
  2. Campus or athletic leadership role/captain for minimum 2 years (AM)
  3. Demonstrated professional progression (promotion)
  4. Budgetary and fiscal responsibilities
  5. Letter of recommendation
  6. Leadership essay question/application

 

Leadership Level 3: $3,000 ($500 per semester)

  1. Minimum 5 year’s of management experience of people and or processes
  2. Extensive professional progression
  3. Entrepreneurial (Business Owner)
  4. Currently or has held position at Director level or equivalent or higher
  5. Campus or athletic leadership role/captain for minimum 2 years
  6. Letter of recommendation
  7. Leadership essay question/application

Early Decision Scholarship

In an effort to enable students the ability to secure a spot in an MBA program in advance and secure institution qualifying financial aid or scholarships, Cleary University has instituted the CU Early Admissions Award. This scholarship is meant to be allocated to candidates who have submitted all of the required application materials and earned admission to the College of Graduate, Adult and Professional Studies in advance of the Early Admission Award Deadline (typically 60 days prior to the start of the semester/cohort.  Ex) July (Fall enrollment) and November (Spring enrollment), etc.

Early Admissions Award Scholarship Amount: $1,200 ($200/semester)

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