Transfer Scholarships & Grants

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

  • At USF during 2016-2017, we provided our full-time undergraduate students with more than $19.1 million in USF gift assistance for academic, athletic and need-based awards; students also received more than $5.4 million in gift assistance from federal, state and other sources.
  • During 2016-2017, the average gift assistance package from all sources for a full-time transfer student was $16,197; of the $2.75 million dollars to full-time transfer students in gift assistance from all sources, 78 percent came from USF sources.
  • Most full-time transfer students qualify for federal, state and other assistance programs in combination with USF aid; in 2016-2017 this USF assistance amounted to $2.1 million in gift assistance for transfer students.
  • 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 and Grants

  • The scholarships listed require that students be accepted to the University of St. Francis and enrolled full time in a traditional undergraduate program.
  • Scholarships and grants are renewable based on a student’s GPA at the University of St. Francis.
  • Phi Theta Kappa, Transfer and the President’s Leadership Award may not be combined.
  • Contact your admission counselor to determine your eligibility for a scholarship or grant.


Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

$12,000 annually – must be a member of PTK National Community College Honor Society.

Transfer Scholarship

$7,000 annually (3.00 – 3.24 GPA)
$8,000 annually (3.25 – 3.49 GPA)
$10,000 annually (3.50- 4.00 GPA)

President’s Leadership Scholarship

$5,000 annually (2.50 – 2.74 GPA)
$6,000 annually (2.75 – 2.99 GPA)

Duns Scotus Fellow Scholarship (Honors Program)

Additional $1,000  – interview and application required.

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 Community College.

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.

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. For more details, visit

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.