Freshman Scholarships & Grants

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 $19.1 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.

  • Last year, the average financial assistance package for a full-time freshman student living on campus was $23,812.
  • Contact your USF Admission Counselor to determine your eligibility for a scholarship or grant.
  • For full-time commuter students last year, the average financial aid package was $18,976.
  • 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.

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This is a key point: You should apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov  as soon as possible

Come and compete for even more scholarship money.

Awards up to full tuition ($80,000 four year full tuition value) – USF offers a scholarship competition available to selected students accepted to USF before January 30. Competition is held during the month of February.

Presidential Scholarships

Up to $18,000 annually (maximum $72,000 four year value) – Minimum SAT score of 1350 and 3.76 GPA. Award varies based on SAT and GPA composite score.

Trustee Scholarships

Up to $16,000 annually (maximum $64,000 four year value) – Minimum SAT score of 1200 and 3.60 GPA. Award varies based on SAT and GPA composite score.

Franciscan Fellows Awards

Up to $15,000 annually (maximum $60,000 four year value) – Minimum SAT score of 1130 and 3.00 GPA. Award varies based on SAT and GPA composite score.

Franciscan Leadership Awards

Up to $14,000 annually (maximum $56,000 four year value) – Minimum SAT score of 940 and 2.50 GPA. Award varies based on SAT and GPA composite score.

USF Duns Scotus Honors Program

$1,000 annually available to Presidential Scholarship recipients. Essay and interview required. Interview must be completed at the Scholars Award competition held during the month of February.

Catholic School Scholarship

$3,000 annually – Available to incoming freshman who graduate from a Catholic high school.

Science Fellows Scholarship

$3,000 annually – Major in the Natural Sciences and have received the Presidential Scholarship. Essay and Interview required. Interview must 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.

Alumni Legacy Scholarships

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

Athletic Scholarships

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

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.

The MERIT Scholarship

Up to full tuition – The MERIT Scholarship is a partnership between USF, Joliet Township High School District 204, Joliet Public Schools District 86 and the Joliet business community intended to help recruit, prepare, and create a new generation of teachers of color in Joliet’s schools.