The Catholic University of America

Apply for Aid - Prospective Undergraduates

If you are an incoming student applying only for merit-based scholarships and do not wish to be considered for need-based federal or institutional financial aid, you only need to complete your admission application. The Office of Admissions can assist you with any questions regarding your admission application.

The Catholic University of America assists students in financing their education by offering financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. These programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and Catholic University. Scholarships generally use merit or academic achievement as the main criterion. Most grant and loan programs are need based. These programs help students pay the difference between the cost of education and the amount that they (and their parents, if they are dependent students) can contribute. As you continue to pursue your academic endeavours, please take some time to review our aid programs.

Prospective undergraduate students are required to complete the FAFSA and the CSS Profile. The FAFSA is submitted electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The Catholic University of America's Federal Title IV School Code is 001437. The Catholic University of America's school code for the CSS PROFILE is 5104. Please click here for more information on the CSS PROFILE..

 

Early Action & Early Decision

Students seeking admission for the fall can file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming year after it is available on October 1. Students who wish to be considered for institutional, need-based aid should also submit the CSS PROFILE. You should file your FAFSA and CSS PROFILE by December 1 to ensure timely processing.

 

Regular Decision & Transfer

Fall Entrance

Students seeking admission for the fall can file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming year after it is available on October 1. Students who wish to be considered for institutional, need-based aid should also submit the CSS PROFILE. You should file your FAFSA and CSS PROFILE by February 1 to ensure timely processing. The FAFSA and CSS PROFILE should be filed as soon as possible near October 1.

Students submitting a FAFSA and CSS PROFILE after April 1, will be considered for need-based assistance on a funds-available basis.

Financial Aid Notification (FAN) letters for admitted students with a valid FAFSA on file will be mailed beginning April 1.

 

Spring Entrance

Spring transfer students who are seeking financial aid should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS PROFILE for the current year.

Spring transfer students should file their FAFSA and CSS PROFILE by September 1 to ensure timely processing.

Students submitting a FAFSA and CSS PROFILE after December 1, will be considered for need-based aid on a funds available basis.

Financial Aid Notification (FAN) letters for admitted spring transfer students with a valid FAFSA on file will be mailed on a rolling basis, beginning November 15.

 

Additional Documentation

For undergraduate applicants, we frequently ask for additional documentation after we have reviewed the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE  and mailed a Financial Aid Notification (FAN) letter. Your financial aid offer may be revised based on the additional documentation.

 

FSA ID

If you have not previously done so, we also urge you to create a FSA ID at https://fsaid.ed.gov/. If you are a dependent student, one of your parents will also need to create a FSA ID in order to submit the FAFSA. Beyond using it to complete the FAFSA, the FSA ID can be used to make any needed FAFSA corrections and to monitor your status with federal aid programs.