Freshman Scholarships & Grants

The University of St. Francis is committed to making quality, private higher education affordable.

  • At USF, we provided our full-time undergraduate students with more than $16.7 million in USF gift assistance for academic, athletic and need-based awards during 2013-2014; students also received more than $5.7 million in gift assistance from federal, state and other sources
  • During 2013-2014 the average gift assistance package for a full-time freshman student living in residence was $21,928
  • During 2013-2014 the average gift assistance package for a full-time freshman student commuting to USF was $17,646
  • Of the $4.7 million dollars to full-time freshman students in gift assistance from all sources 80 percent came from USF sources
  • Most freshman students qualify for federal, state and other assistance programs in combination with USF aid; in 2013-2014 this amounted to $3.7 million in gift assistance for freshman.
  • University of St. Francis participates in all of the education programs administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs including the new Yellow Ribbon GI Bill
  • For incoming freshman who meet the USF admission criteria, with an ACT score of 20 or higher and a GPA of 2.5/4.0, academic awards and scholarships range from $6,000 to $14,000 per year
  • All students should apply using the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

 

Scholarships and are awarded to freshman based upon their high school achievements. The scholarships listed below, require that students be accepted to the University of St. Francis and enrolled full time in a traditional undergraduate program.

  • Most scholarships and grants are renewable annually (four-year award) based upon academic standing at the University of St. Francis or other stated scholarship guidelines.
  • USF Scholars Award, Presidential, Trustee and Franciscan Fellows Award may not be combined.
  • Contact your Admission counselor to determine your eligibility for a scholarship or grant.


USF Scholars Award


From $20,000 up to full tuition ($80,000 four year full tuition value) – Scholarship competition available to selected students accepted to USF before January 31, 2014. Competition will be held February 8, 2014.

Presidential Scholarship


Up to $14,000 annually (maximum $56,000 four year value) – Minimum ACT score of 24. Award varies based on ACT and GPA composite score.

Trustee Scholarship


Up to $11,000 annually (maximum $44,000 four year value) – Minimum ACT score of 22. Award varies based on ACT and GPA composite score.

USF Franciscan Fellows Award


Up to $9,000 annually (maximum $36,000 four year value) – Minimum GPA of 2.51. Award varies based on GPA and ACT composite score.

USF Duns Scotus Honors Program


$1,000 plus 10 percent discount for on-campus housing annually. – Available to Presidential Scholarship recipients. Essay and Interview required. Interview must be completed before January 31, 2014 or at the Scholars Award competition held February 8, 2014.

Biology Fellows Scholarship


$3,000 annually – Major in the Natural Sciences and have received the Presidential Scholarship. Essay and Interview required. Interview must be completed before January 31, 2014 or at the Scholars Award competition held February 8, 2014.

USF Music Scholarship


$100 – $2,500 annually – Music Scholarships are available for students participating in USF music ensembles, including the Schola Cantorum, the Singing Saints, and the Joliet Symphony Orchestra. Awards are given based on talent and financial need and an audition with the Music Department is required. Contact the Music Department to schedule an audition.

Catholic School Scholarship


$1,000 annually – Available to incoming freshman who graduate from a Catholic high school.

Alumni Legacy Scholarship


$300 – $700 annually – Relatives of parents, siblings, and grandparents.

Athletic Scholarship


Awards vary – Contact the USF Athletic Department for details on scholarship oppertunities.

USF Family Discount


5% of full-time traditional undergraduate tuition – Available for immediate family members when 2 or more students are registered full-time in a traditional undergraduate full-tuition rate program.

USF Grant


Amounts Vary – Based upon financial need as determined b the FAFSA and USF awarding policy.