The Catholic University of America

Outside Aid Policy

The total amount of assistance from all sources cannot exceed Catholic University’s yearly Cost of Attendance (COA). In addition, almost all federal and certain institutional aid programs require unmet need. Outside aid or third-party payments must be coordinated with federal and institutional aid to ensure that these conditions are met.

Students are required to report any outside assistance to the Office of Student Financial Assistance by completing a Notice of Additional Resource form available on the Forms page.  When the Office of Student Financial Assistance becomes aware of outside aid, the aid will be added to the student's financial aid record and any necessary adjustments to existing aid will be made accordingly. If a reduction in an aid program(s) is necessary, aid reductions will be done in the most advantageous way for the student.

Aid Exceeds COA

Aid will be reduced in the following program order until the student’s total aid does not exceed the COA:

  • Private/Plus Loan
  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Federal Direct Student Loan
  • Federal Work Study
  • CUA Grants
  • Federal SEOG Grant
  • CUA Scholarships

Aid Exceeds Need

Aid will be reduced in the following program order until student’s unmet need is not exceeded:

  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
  • Federal Work Study
  • CUA Need Grants
  • Federal SEOG Grant

In cases where both conditions exist, the Office of Student Financial Assistance will follow the “Aid Exceeds Need” list until the student's unmet need is not exceeded and then will follow the “Aid Exceeds COA” list until the student total aid package does not exceed the COA.