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Academic Scholarships and Grants

Catholic University focuses on helping as many eligible students as possible achieve their goal of a quality, values-based education. Eight out of every 10 full-time CUA students receive some level of financial aid, based on both need and academic potential. However, only in rare circumstances do students qualify to receive more than one academic merit scholarship.

The following awards do not require a separate application or nomination form. Applicants are considered for these monies based upon the completed Undergraduate Application for Admission.

Archdiocesan Scholarships
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, an SAT score of 1450 (Math and Critical Reading) or an ACT of 32 is recommended for consideration.

University 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.

CUA Grants
Students may qualify for these need-based grants based on demonstrated financial need on the FAFSA.

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