The Catholic University of America

Grants - Federal, State, & University

Only undergraduate students are eligible for consideration for the following university and federal grants.   Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined in the University Announcements and under the Policies and Procedure section of the Financial Aid Web site.

Federal Pell Grant Program

The Federal Pell Grant is a federal need-based grant program awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. You apply for it automatically by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The amount you receive is based on your EFC and the number of credit hours for which you are enrolled each term. If either of the above conditions change, your grant will be adjusted. You must reapply each year to reestablish your eligibility. The maximum award amount varies annually according to an appropriation from Congress.  Students must file a FAFSA each year to establish their continued eligibility for need-based financial assistance.  Full-time award amounts will be prorated for partial enrollment.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

This institutionally administered federal need-based grant is awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. You apply for it automatically by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements to first receive a Federal Pell Grant before being considered for a SEOG Grant.  Additionally, awards are based on the time of application and the availability of funds.  Students must file a FAFSA each year to establish their continued eligibility for need-based financial assistance.  To be given priority consideration for the grant, students must meet the application deadline. May be replaced by endowed scholarship funds.

Federal Teach Grant

Catholic University does not currently participate in the Federal Teach Grant Program.

CUA Need-Based Grant

The CUA Need-Based Grant is awarded to undergraduate students based on demonstrated significant financial need. The grant is designed to assist students in meeting a portion of their unmet need. The amount you receive is based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)* and your remaining need after all other sources of aid are considered. If any of the above conditions change, your grant may be reduced. This award is not subject to future increases. You must reapply each year by filling a FAFSA to reestablish eligibility. Funding for this program is limited, so offers are made annually on a first-come, funds-available basis. This award is renewable up to eight semesters or until you complete your current degree program, whichever comes first. Transfer students' length of eligibility is prorated based on the number of credits hours accepted by their academic departments. You must maintain continuous full-time enrollment status (a minimum of 12 credit hours) in a degree program and must be registered by the end of the add/drop period (as published in the University Announcements and Schedule of Course Booklet) each semester. This award can be applied only to tuition charges billed by Catholic University during the academic year (i.e. during the fall and spring semesters).  In the future, a portion or all of your CUA Need-Based Grant may be funded through one of our donor-sponsored scholarship funds. Changes to the source of funding for your CUA Need-Based Grant may be made at any time during the year.

CUA Family (Sibling) Grant

If a family has two or more dependent children of the same family are concurrently registered as full-time students (attempting a minimum of 12 credit hours) at The Catholic University of America, pursuing their first undergraduate degrees, the older sibling(s) is eligible for a CUA Family Grant of $2,000 per year. The Family Grant is only offered in the fall and spring semesters, no summer awards are available. No student will be considered eligible for the Family Grant because he or she is married to a student or because of concurrent enrollment of a parent. CUA Family Grants are partially credited each semester to the student’s account. The Family Grant Application must be submitted before or during the semester in which the award is to be credited. Retroactive requests for a CUA Family Grant will not be considered. Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to continue eligibility.

State Scholarships

Most states provide grants for eligible residents. Although many states do not allow thier awards to be used at institutions in other states, generally awards from the following states may be used at Catholic University: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.  You should contact your State Scholarship Administration for eligibility requirements and application procedures.