Transfer Scholarships and Grants

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

We want talented students, and we support you...

  • At USF last year, we provided our full-time undergraduate students with over $19 million in USF financial assistance with academic, athletic and need-based awards.
  • Our students also received more than $5.4 million in assistance from federal, state and other sources.
  • Our average financial aid assistance package, from all sources, for a full-time transfer student was $16,197.
  • It adds up: Most full-time transfer students qualify for federal, state and other assistance programs in combination with USF aid.

Veterans & Their Families Are Welcome!

USF participates in all of the Veterans Administration Education Programs:

    • Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill)
    • Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation)
    • Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill—including Yellow Ribbon)
    • Chapter 35 (Dependents Educational Assistance Program
    • Chapter 1606 (Reserve Education Assistance Program)
    • Chapter 32 (Post Vietnam ERA GI Bill)

Scholarships & Grants

Duns Scotus Fellow Scholarship (Honors Program)

  • Additional $1,000  – interview and application required.

Noyce Science Scholarship

  • For future math and science teachers

Science Fellows Scholarship

  • $3,000 annually – awarded to select students majoring in the natural sciences with a minimum 3.25 GPA. Interview and application required.

Catholic Community College Transfer Scholarship

  • $1,000 annually – available to incoming transfer students who transfer from a Catholic College with an AA or AS degree.

Alumni Legacy Scholarship

  • $300-$700 annually – for relatives of alumni.

Leach Endowed Scholarship

  • Awards vary – for nursing majors with demonstrated financial need.

Athletic Scholarship

  • Awards vary – athletic scholarships may be given in conjunction with academic scholarships.

USF Music Scholarship

  • $100 -$2,500 annually – music scholarships are available for students participating in 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 & Performing Arts Department is required. Auditions are done during the Freshman Scholarship Competition or by appointment.

USF Grant

  • Based upon financial need as determined by FAFSA and USF awarding policy.

USF 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.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

  • $13,000 annually (and a $1,000 on-campus housing grant!) – you must be a member of PTK National Community College Honor Society.

Transfer Scholarship

  • $7,000 annually (2.5 – 2.99 GPA) and a $400 on-campus housing grant
  • $9,000 annually (3.0 – 3.49 GPA) and a $600 on-campus housing grant
  • $11,000 annually (3.50- 4.00 GPA) and a $800 on-campus housing grant

Private Illinois Colleges and Universities (PICU) Scholarship

  • $500-$1,000 one-time scholarship
  • Student must be enrolled in an Illinois community college, complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, have a 3.0 GPA and enroll in one of the 48 PICU member institutions.
  • Offered every semester.
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