The Catholic University of America offers several forms of financial assistance to qualifying students. Our focus is on helping as many eligible students as possible achieve their goal of obtaining a high quality academic and values-based education. Eight out of every 10 full-time students at Catholic University receive some level of financial aid, based on both need and academic potential.
These full-tuition, four-year scholarships are CUA's most prestigious awards and 5 are awarded each year. Students must have a minimum 3.8 GPA (4.0 scale) in a highly demanding curriculum and rank in the top 10% of their high school class. For those who submit standardized test scores, a minimum SAT of 1450 (Math and Critical Reading) or an ACT of 32 is recommended for consideration.
University Academic Scholarships:
These CUA scholarships are awarded to students who have a proven academic profile as determined by the quality of their high school curriculum, their GPA, and their class rank (if provided), as well as a strong personal profile, shown through leadership experience and extracurricular activities. Catholic University is test-optional; students will receive full consideration for all merit awards regardless of whether they submit standardized test scores.
Federal, state and Catholic University-funded grant programs are awarded based on demonstrated financial need. Grants are often awarded as a part of a package of aid. Students are asked to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( FAFSA) to be considered for federal financial aid and loans and should complete the College Board’s CSS PROFILE for additional university need-based aid.
CUA Alumni may nominate entering freshmen or transfer students for a $1,000 Alumni award renewable for up to four years. Completed Alumni Grant Recommendation Forms must be submitted with the Undergraduate Application for Admission and must be received along with all other materials submitted in support of a complete application. Once an admissions decision and scholarship recommendation have been made, adjustments are not possible
Entering freshmen or transfer students who are parishioners of Catholic churches throughout the United States may be nominated by their parish pastor for a $3,000 Parish scholarship, renewable for up to four years. All paperwork for scholarships and grants must be submitted with the Undergraduate Application for Admission and must be received along with all other materials submitted in support of a complete application. Once an admissions decision and a scholarship recommendation have been made, adjustments are not possible.
If two or more dependent children of the same family are concurrently registered as full-time students, pursuing their first undergraduate degree, the older sibling(s) is eligible for a Family Grant of $2,000 per year. The Family Grant is only offered in the fall and spring semester, no summer awards are available.
- Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA)
Students are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). After reviewing your completed application, you may be considered for state and federal need-based grants, low-interest loans, and work-study opportunities.
- Application for the CSS PROFILE
Entering freshman and transfer students pursuing institutional need-based aid need to complete this form in addition to the FASFA. You can apply online.
At CUA, we offer a wide range of scholarships that recognize and reward you for outstanding academic performance in high school - as well as exceptional leadership and service in your school, church and community.
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