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Office of Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid administers financial aid from federal, state, institutional, and private resources according to the Federal guidelines provided by the U.S. Department of Education. The university works with students and families in determining available funds to help meet the cost of education at the University of Saint Francis.

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USF Scholarship & Grant Programs-Institutional Funds

The University of Saint Francis provides many opportunities to make your education affordable.  Need-based grants and non need-based scholarships are both available.  Below is a current list of all scholarship and grant programs available at USF along with the criteria for each.

Academic Scholarship Program

The Academic Scholarship Program* is based upon an institutional ranking system for first-time freshmen and upon cumulative college GPA for all new transfers to USF.  Recipients must maintain full-time undergraduate enrollment and meet renewal criteria as set forth upon initial awarding. Contact the Office of Admissions with questions about the Academic Scholarship Program.

Alumni Second Degree Tuition

The Alumni Second Degree Tuition is awarded to students enrolled in a traditional Graduate program who hold a bachelor's or master's degree from the University of Saint Francis.  Recipients are eligible for discounted tuition rate that is set by the Board of Trustees each year and published on the tuition and fee page of the website.

Athletic Scholarships

Athletic Scholarships* are awarded to students who demonstrate athletic ability.  Recipients of athletic scholarships are expected to participate in a varsity sport as determined by the coach and maintain full-time enrollment.  Renewal of the athletic scholarship is granted by the coach and reviewed by the Athletic Director. Recipients may receive an academic scholarship in combination with their scholarship, but are ineligible for any other form of institutional gift aid.  Receipt of an athletic scholarship may adjust/replace the student's federal loan and work-study eligibility to remain with in Federal limitations. Scholarship recipients must be sure to file the FAFSA so that it is received by the central processing system by March 10th.  Recipients who submit the FAFSA after the March 10th priority deadline may jeopardize their athletic scholarships.  Contact the Athletic Department with questions about Athletic Scholarships.

Scholarships in the Arts

Scholarships in the Arts* are competitive talent-based scholarships which are open to any high school senior seeking admission to the University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts (SOCA).  Recipients are selected by the SOCA faculty based upon the scholarship applicant's portfolio or audition.  To be considered for scholarship renewal, students must maintain full-time enrollment, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, a declared major in the School of Creative Arts, and meet other requirements as outlined by SOCA.  Scholarship recipients must be sure to file the FAFSA so that it is received by the central processing system by March 10th.  Recipients who submit the FAFSA after the March 10th priority deadline may jeopardize their scholarships.  Contact the School of Creative Arts with questions about Scholarships in the Arts.

Parkview Scholarships

Parkview Scholarships are awarded to incoming students with strong academic records who are entering the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), or Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs.  Students must be directly admitted into either the ASN, BSN, or MSN program to receive an application prior to May 1st of each year.  ASN and BSN students must be enrolled full time for consideration; MSN students must be enrolled in at least 4 credit hours per semester for consideration.  Recipients are selected by the Office of Financial Aid with award amounts varying based upon both financial need and the academic qualifications of the applicant.  Recipients of the Parkview scholarship will not be eligible for other types of USF institutional aid.  To be considered for scholarship renewal, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in the ASN or BSN programs, a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or above in the MSN program, and fulfill all progression policies of the Department of Nursing.  Scholarship recipients must be sure to file the FAFSA so that it is received by the central processing system by March 10th.  Recipients who submit the FAFSA after the March 10th priority deadline may jeopardize their scholarships.  Contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions about Parkview Scholarships.

Steel Dynamics Foundation Scholarship

The Steel Dynamics Foundation Scholarship is awarded to incoming first-year, full-time students with a strong academic background and well-written personal essay. Applications are due annually by March 1. Awarded students must complete a four-year degree in Science (including pre-professional majors), Technology, Business, Mathematics, Accounting or Finance. Each scholarship is a $5,000 award per year. The Steel Dynamics Foundation Scholarship is renewable for four years, in total a $20,000 scholarship per student. Recipients are selected by the scholarship committee. To be considered for scholarship renewal, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above while enrolled full-time at the University of Saint Francis and use the scholarship for tuition and fees. Scholarship recipients must be sure to file the FAFSA so that it is received by the central processing system by March 10th.  Recipients who submit the FAFSA after the March 10th priority deadline may jeopardize their scholarship.  Contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions about the Steel Dynamics Foundation Scholarship.

USF Affordability Grant

The USF Affordability Grant is awarded to full-time students who demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA.  Students who wish to have their eligibility for the USF Affordability Grant determined by the Office of Financial Aid must be sure to file the FAFSA so that it is received by the central processing system by the March 10th priority deadline. Students who submit the FAFSA after the March 10th priority deadline may jeopardize their eligibility for this grant.  Receipt of additional Federal, State or Institutional funds may adjust/replace the University of Saint Francis Affordability Grant.  Contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions about the USF Affordability Grant.

Campus Ministry Service Grant

Campus Ministry Service Grants are offered to full-time students who are interested in participating in the work of Campus Ministry.  Recipients must be willing to be Christian leaders in the USF community, live out the Franciscan values that are the foundation of our campus, grow in their personal faith, and encourage other students in the practice of their faith through campus ministry programs and liturgical ministries.  Peer Ministers serve in a variety of ministries including leading weekend retreats, small faith sharing groups or Scripture studies, being chaplains in the residence halls, helping with liturgical ministries, planning events and leading service projects. The average grant is $1,000 for an academic year, divided between fall and spring semester.  Campus Ministry Service Grants are awarded in the late spring and early summer, as recipients will have reading to do during the summer and will come to campus in mid-August for formation. While all students are welcome in Campus Ministry, only those demonstrating need may qualify for this grant.  Contact Campus Ministry with questions about Campus Ministry Service Grants.

Matching Programs

The University of Saint Francis has agreed to partner with multiple organizations by matching scholarship dollars.  Visit our Matching Programs page for a current list of organizations with whom USF has partnered.  Contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions about Matching Programs.

Lilly Room and Board Scholarship

Lilly Scholars who choose to live in on-campus residence halls will be offered the Lilly Room and Board Scholarship.  The amount of the Lilly Room and Board Scholarship will be equal to the cost of a double room in a Traditional Residence Hall less any Federal Pell Grant eligibility. Contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions about the Lilly Room and Board Scholarship. 

USF 2nd Undergraduate Degree Grant

The USF 2nd Undergraduate Degree Grant is awarded to full-time students with a prior bachelor's degree.  Recipients must demonstrate financial need and be pursuing an additional undergraduate degree.  The maximum annual amount of this grant is $2,500.  Contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions about the USF 2nd Undergraduate Degree Grant.

USF 21st Century Scholars Grant

The USF 21st Century Scholars Grant is awarded to full-time students who are participants in the Twenty-first Century Scholars Program.  Students who are Twenty-first Century Scholars will receive a minimum of $4,500 in institutional funding, which can include academic, athletic or other aid from USF.  Recipients must be in good standing with the Twenty-first Century Scholars Program and must be sure to file the FAFSA so that it is received by the central processing system by March 10th. Contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions about the USF 21st Century Scholars Grant.

Tom Jehl Lifetime Sports Academy Scholarship - The university will provide two half-tuition scholarships and multiple scholarships of up to $3,000 to students who have participated with the Lifetime Sports Academy, have done volunteer activities and have a High School GPA of 2.7 or higher. Students must be full-time undergraduate students without a prior bachelors degree. Scholarship can be received for up to 8 semesters with a minimum GPA of 2.5. An application is required. Application can be picked up in the Office of Enrollment Services, the Athletic Department, at the Lifetime Sports Academy, or downloaded. To be considered for the half-tuition scholarship, application must be received by April 19 and demonstrate financial need. Student must file a FAFSA to receive this award.

USF Recognition Award (Formerly known as USF Achievement) - The University of Saint Francis Recognition Award is awarded to full-time students who were not awarded an academic scholarship (including department awards) upon entry to the University, have reached Sophomore Standing or above (32+ Credit Hours), and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. The award can be renewed for a total of eight semesters provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students enrolled prior to May 1 will be evaluated to determine eligibility and/or renewal of the award for the following year. The university has a priority FAFSA filing deadline of March 10 prior to the student's fall enrollment. The FAFSA must be received by the central processing system by March 10th prior to the beginning of the students fall enrollment. Receipt of additional Federal, State or Institutional funds may adjust/replace the USF Recognition Award.

Endowed Scholarships - Through the generosity of many donors, the University of Saint Francis has several Endowed Scholarships available.

*All institutional funds are limited to tuition and fees minus Federal and State Grants received. They are also awarded for a maximum of 8 semesters. A FAFSA is required to receive institutional funding. Priority Deadline is March 10. Unless otherwise stated, institutional financial aid is available to students without a prior Bachelor's degree.

The University of Saint Francis reserves the right to amend these programs.