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.

  • 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.
  • Last year, the average financial assistance package for a full-time freshman student living on campus was $23,812.
  • During 2016-2017, the average gift assistance package for a full-time freshman student commuting to USF was $18,976.
  • 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.

 

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

University of St Francis Scholarship chart

Click to enlarge – This chart describes our USF Academic Scholarships open to all freshman students, renewable every year you are a full time student at USF. (Note: This funding is open to freshmen enrolling Fall of 2018.)

Come and compete for even more scholarship money.

From $1,000 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 $15,000 annually (maximum $60,000 four year value) – Minimum ACT score of 24. Award varies based on ACT and GPA composite score.

Trustee Scholarships

Up to $12,000 annually (maximum $48,000 four year value) – Minimum ACT score of 22. Award varies based on ACT and GPA composite score.

USF Franciscan Fellows Awards

Up to $10,000 annually (maximum $40,000 four year value) – Minimum GPA of 2.51. Award varies based on GPA and ACT composite score.

USF Duns Scotus Honors Program

$1,000 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.

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 at the Scholars Award competition held during the month of February.

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.

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.