Freshman Scholarships and Grants

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It’s this simple: The University of St. Francis is willing to invest in you with serious scholarships.

Last year we provided our full-time undergraduate students with more than $22.5 million in academic, athletic, and need-based financial aid. This year we are looking at increasing those awards.

We want good students and we’re putting our own money on the table for you to come here!

Scholarships are awarded to freshman based upon your high school achievements. Our scholarships require that you be accepted to the University of St. Francis and enrolled full time in a traditional undergraduate degree program.

  • Contact your USF Admission Counselor to determine your eligibility for a scholarship or grant.
  • Last year, the average financial assistance package for a full-time freshman student living on campus was $30,262.
  • For full-time commuter students last year, the average financial aid package was $24,423.
  • Most scholarships and grants are renewable annually (for four years) based upon academic standing at the University of St. Francis or other stated scholarship guidelines.
  • University of St. Francis participates in all of the education programs administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs including the new Post 9/11 Yellow Ribbon GI Bill.22

Scholarships, Grants & State Programs

USF hosts a scholarship competition for select students who are accepted to USF before January 30. The competition is held during the month of February. Compete for even more scholarship money and awards up to full tuition ($140,000 four-year, full tuition value)! See available scholarships below, or contact your admission counselor to learn more about what you might qualify for.

Presidential Scholarship: Up to $24,000 annually (maximum $96,000 four year value) – Minimum 3.76 GPA. Award varies based on different factors like GPA.

Trustee Scholarship: Up to $18,000 annually (maximum $72,000 four year value) – Minimum 3.60 GPA. Award varies based on different factors like GPA.

Franciscan Fellows Scholarship: Up to $16,000 annually (maximum $64,000 four year value) – Minimum 3.00 GPA. Award varies based on different factors like GPA.

Franciscan Leadership Scholarship: Up to $15,000 annually (maximum $60,000 four year value) – Minimum 2.50 GPA. Award varies based on different factors like GPA.

MERIT Scholarship: Up to $10,000 annually (maximum $40,000 four year value) – Available to students majoring in education, a student of color, has financial need as determined by the FAFSA and are willing to uphold the partnership between USF, Joliet Township High School District 204, Joliet Public Schools District 86 and the Joliet business community. This scholarship is intended to help recruit, prepare, and create a new generation of teachers of color in Joliet’s schools.

Science Scholars & Leaders Program: Up to $9,300 annually (maximum $37,200 four year value – Available to students majoring in Biology or Biochemistry and has financial need as determined by the FAFSA. Interview required.  Interview will be completed at the Scholars Award competition held during the month of February.

Band Scholarship: Up to $5,000 annually (maximum $20,000 four year value) – Available to students interested in participating in band. 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.

Art & Design Scholarship: Up to $4,000 annually — Available to students majoring in Art & Design, this award is given to students based on an interview with the Art & Design faculty.

Catholic School Scholarship: $3,000 annually – Available to incoming transfers who are transferring from a Catholic College with an A.A. or A.S. degree.

Science Fellows Program: $3,000 annually – Available to students majoring in Biology or Biochemistry and have received the Presidential or Trustee Scholarship. Essay and Interview required. Interview will be completed at the Scholars Award competition held during the month of February.

Music Scholarship: Up to $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.

Duns Scotus Honors Program: $1,000 annually – Available to Presidential and Trustee Scholarship recipients. Essay and interview required. Interview will be completed at the Scholars Award competition held during the month of February.

Alumni Legacy Scholarships: $1,000 annually – Relatives of parents, siblings, and grandparents.

Athletic Scholarship: Awards vary – Contact the USF Athletic Department for details on scholarship opportunities.

USF Grant: Amounts vary – Based upon financial need as determined by the FAFSA and USF awarding policy.

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

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