All University Admission scholarships are awarded by the Office of Admissions. Only undergraduate students are eligible for consideration for Admission scholarships. Consideration for university scholarships is made during the admission application process. Late applications or applications from continuing students will not be considered. University scholarships are awarded based on prior academic performance and are not subject to future increases (except for the Archdiocesan Scholarship).
University scholarships can only be applied to tuition charges billed by The Catholic University of America during the academic year (i.e. during the fall and spring semesters) and are automatically renewed up to eight semesters or until you complete your current degree, whichever comes first. Transfer students' length of eligibility is prorated based on the number of credit hours accepted by their academic departments. University scholarships require that a student maintains continuous full-time enrollment status (a minimum of 12 credit hours) in a degree program and is registered by the end of the add/drop period (as published in the University Announcements and Schedule of Course Booklet) each semester. Students are responsible for adhering to all scholarship requirements. Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined in the University Announcements and under the Policies and Procedure section of the Financial Assistance Web site.
Each year upon acceptance, candidates are reviewed by a scholarship committee in order to identify recipients of the Archdiocesan Scholarship. These full-time, four-year scholarships are CUA's most prestigious awards. To be considered for the Archdiocesan, an applicant must meet minimum academic standards (set each year) in SAT or ACT scores, GPA and class ranking. Please contact the Office of Admission to determine the upcoming year's minimum requirements.
In addition to maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), Archdiocesan Scholarship recipients are required to maintain a 3.20 cumulative grade point average at all times.
Each year upon acceptance candidates to each of the six schools (Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Music, Engineering, Architecture and Philosophy) are reviewed by a scholarship committee in order to identify recipients of the CUA Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded to students who have a proven academic profile as determined by their GPA and SAT (or ACT) scores, as well as the strength of their high school. This competitive program provides scholarships in various fixed dollar amounts. In the future, a portion or all of your CUA Scholarship may be funded through one of our donor-sponsored scholarship funds. Changes to the source of funding for your merit award may be made at any time during the year.
Parishioners of Catholic churches may be eligible for this $3,000 scholarship, renewable for up to four years. The pastor may nominate any number of parishioners (new freshman or transfer) for this award. Funding is provided by The Catholic University of America. Receipt of this scholarship is not automatic and limited funding is available. Only one Parish Scholarship will be awarded per student. The recipient be a U.S. citizen and a parishioner of a Catholic church in the United States or Puerto Rico. Please note: adjustments to scholarship awards cannot be made after admission and scholarship decisions have been rendered. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure the recommendation form is turned in by the appropriate deadline. The Parish Scholarship application is available on the Office of Admission's Scholarship page.
Graduates of Catholic University may nominate a new freshmen or transfer student for a $1,000 scholarship. Receipt of the grant is not automatic and limited funding is available. Only one Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per student. The recipient must be a U.S. citizen. Please note: adjustments to scholarship awards cannot be made after admission and scholarship decisions have been rendered. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure the recommendation form is turned in by the appropriate deadline. The Alumni Scholarship application is available on the Office of Admission's Scholarship page.