Graduate Financial Assistance Programs

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

  • During the 2013-2014 academic USF graduate students received $1,373,000 in gift assistance from USF, federal, state and other outside sources
  • During the 2013-2014 academic year 699 graduate students borrowed $9,300,000 in loans from the Federal Direct Loan Program for an average of $12,780 per student
  • During the 2013-2014 academic year 256 graduate students received $783,000 in some form of tuition reimbursement from their employers (check your own employer for possible benefits)
  • USF offers a tuition reimbursement deferment plan for students who will use this benefit.
  • Graduate students can enroll in our convenient four payment plan each semester at a cost of $40 per semester
  • USF participates in all of the Veterans Administration Education Programs
    • Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill)
    • Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill—including Yellow Ribbon)
    • Chapter 1606 (Reserve Education Assistance Program)
    • Chapter 32 (Post Vietnam ERA GI Bill)
  • All students should apply using the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) at
  • USF offers tuition discounts to graduate students employed at companies or agencies participating in our Corporate Educational Partners program. During the 2013-2014 academic year 235 graduate students received $515,000 in tuition discounts from USF. Ask your HR Office if your organization participates or they can contact the University to see how to become a member. Some participating organizations include:
    • Advocate Christ Medical Center
    • Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
    • Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
    • Advocate South Suburban Hospital
    • Archdiocese of Chicago
    • Archdiocese of Chicago – Catholic Schools
    • Baptist Health of South Florida Systems
    • Carle Hospital
    • Caterpillar (USA Operations)
    • Catholic Health Care West-Arizona
    • Diocese of Joliet
    • Diocese of Joliet – Catholic Schools
    • Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospitals, Inc
    • Froedtert Community Memorial Hospital
    • IL State Soc. Radiation Therapists (ISSRT)
    • Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
    • NorthShore University Health Systems
    • NuMark Credit Union
    • Provena Health Systems
    • Shriners Hospital
    • St. Joseph’s Hospital and Med Center
    • Tennessee Hospital Association (THA)
    • U.S. Veterans Administration Employees
    • Wheaton Franciscan Health Care


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