The Catholic University of America

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What kind of financial assistance is available?
  2. Must I file a FAFSA to be eligible to receive scholarships at CUA?
  3. Does CUA ask for the College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE?
  4. What is the deadline for applying for both federal and University financial aid?
  5. What is the cost to attend CUA?
  6. When do students receive notification of their financial aid awards?
  7. Can I work on campus?
  8. If I have a sibling already attending CUA, can I qualify for additional assistance?

1. What kind of financial assistance is available?
At The Catholic University of America, we offer several forms of financial assistance to qualifying students. Because we are interested in attracting students of strong ability and character to the university, many of our programs feature generous scholarships based on academic merit, leadership qualities or a combination of both these strengths.

Catholic University also offers need-based financial aid to eligible students and families. To be considered for these awards, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Board’s College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE. Each of these forms helps to determine the estimated contribution you and your family can afford to pay toward your education. The FAFSA is available from your high school guidance office or online. The CSS PROFILE is available online and requires a nominal fee.  Once these forms are completed and your family's need is assessed, you can be considered for university, state and federal need-based grants (that do not require repayment), low-interest loans, and work-study opportunities.

2. Must I file a FAFSA to be eligible to receive scholarships at CUA?
A FAFSA is not required for scholarships based upon academic ability. Some of our scholarships and grants, however, do have a need component. For this reason, we encourage all prospective students - even those who do not think they may qualify for need-based aid - to file a FAFSA to take full advantage of our scholarship and grant opportunities. Students may begin submitting the FAFSA as early as January 1. 

3. Does CUA ask for the College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE?
Yes.  Students wishing to be considered for Catholic University need-based assistance are required to submit the FAFSA as well as the CSS PROFILE.  Students may begin submitting the CSS PROFILE as early as October 1.  There is a nominal charge for completing the CSS PROFILE at http://student.collegeboard.org/profile

4. What is the deadline for applying for both federal and University financial aid?
For award notification by late March, undergraduate applicants should file the FAFSA by February 15 and CSS PROFILE by February 1. Early Action or Early Decision students should submit the CSS profile by December 1. We strongly suggest that you submit the application electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The Catholic University of America's Federal Title IV School Code is 001437.  The CSS PROFILE is available at http://student.collegeboard.org/profile and has a nominal fee. 

5. What is the cost to attend CUA?
The Estimated Cost of Attendance can be found on the Financial Aid website.
It is important to realize most families pay far less than this "sticker price," thanks to the many scholarship and financial aid programs offered at Catholic University. These programs - funded by private, university, federal and state sources - are making financial aid available to more students than ever before, even those from middle- and higher-income families. 

6. When do students receive notification of their financial aid awards?
Financial aid packages for admitted student with valid documentation will be mailed in late March.

7. Can I work on campus?
There are two ways to seek employment on campus. If you qualify for need-based financial aid (as determined by the FAFSA), you may qualify for a federal work-study grant. In this program, you may work in an office on campus and collect paychecks up to the amount of your award. Your financial aid package will indicate if you qualify for work-study.

If you do not qualify for a work-study position, you can still find employment on campus. Many departments offer jobs to students in a part-time capacity. At the beginning of the fall semester, the university sponsors a campus job fair where you can speak with representatives from offices that are seeking student workers to fill both work-study positions, as well as part-time positions.

8. If I have a sibling already attending CUA, can I qualify for additional assistance?
CUA has a special Family Grant for families with more than one child attending The Catholic University of America. The older sibling receives a $2,000 Family Grant while both students are attending CUA. In order to qualify for this grant, both students must be dependent, undergraduate, full-time students pursuing a first bachelor's degree. Additional criteria and the form that needs to be completed and submitted can be found online.

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