Financial Aid and Scholarships

Your college education is one of the most important investments you’ll ever make, and STU is committed to helping you reach your goals and becoming limitless! 100% of our undergraduate students receive financial aid from STU, in addition to any federal/state scholarships and grants they may receive.

Tuition and Fees

Undergraduate students are billed on a flat rate each semester, meaning all full-time students are billed the same when they take 12 to 18 credits. Depending on how many credits are taken each semester, many students have flexibility to add a double major or minor or take elective classes that meet their interests. At STU, our unique iPad program means there is no extra cost for books, which saves thousands of dollars throughout your education.

Estimated Tuition, Fees, and Costs (2024-25 Academic Year)
Cost Residents Commuters
Tuition (12-18 credits) $33,580 $33,580
Bobcat Experience Fee $1,190 $1,190
Housing $4,030
Meal Plan $5,380
Total $44,180 $34,770
Average Cost (after aid)* $13,405 $3,995

* For domestic students, includes all sources of aid including scholarships, grants, loans, and sources of self-help aid, (Federal Work-Study). Housing and meal plan prices reflect a basic meal plan and a triple room option.

Submit Your FAFSA

The first step to receiving your full financial aid offer from STU is submitting your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is an online form that determines if you qualify for federal, state, and institutional aid, based on your family’s tax information. The FAFSA is free and secure, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to help you pay for your education. Submitting the FAFSA is fast and easy — the entire process takes under 30 minutes! Please use STU’s school code of 001468 to send us your FAFSA information and receive a full financial aid offer.

Net Price Calculator

Want to know how much financial aid you’ll receive from STU? Our net price calculator can provide you and your family with an estimate of how much aid you’ll receive. This calculator is for estimate purposes only; you will receive a full financial aid offer once you are admitted to STU and file your FAFSA. Remember, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and using STU’s school code of 001468 is necessary to be considered for all forms of federal, state, and institutional need-based aid.

STU Scholarships

Scholarships are funds that do not need to be repaid and, in most cases, are the main part of your financial aid offer. They are awarded to students based on academic merit, athletic or extracurricular skill, alumni legacy, and more. All students will be automatically considered for these scholarships based on the information provided on their application.

100% of STU undergraduates receive financial aid

100% of undergraduates receive financial aid

Up to $56,000 merit scholarships available

Up to $56,000 merit scholarships available

$40+ million in institutional aid awarded annually

$40+ million in institutional aid awarded annually

Catholic High School/Dual Enrollment Scholarship

Up to $14,000/year

Through the Catholic High School Graduate Scholar, STU guarantees this scholarship as an academic award to all students who graduate from a U.S. private Catholic High School or were an STU Dual Enrollment student with a high school GPA of 2.5+ or higher. These awards cannot be combined with each other or additional academic scholarships.

Presidential Scholarship

Up to $13,000/year

Awarded to students who have obtained a U.S. high school GPA of 3.6 or higher.

Dean’s Scholarship

Up to $11,000/year

Awarded to students who have obtained a U.S. high school GPA of 3.0 or higher.

STU Award

Up to $9,000/year

Awarded to students who have obtained a U.S. high school GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Campus Visit Award


STU offers a $4,000 Campus Visit Award to eligible students who schedule and attend an in-person tour of campus. This award is renewable for up to four years of study ($1,000 per year) for full-time traditional undergraduate students who maintain on-campus enrollment. To receive this scholarship, students must complete our free application and be admitted to STU. If you have already received an athletic scholarship, it may include the Campus Visit Award. Only certain admissions events count toward the Campus Visit Award.

Athletic Scholarships

To be considered for an STU athletic scholarship, students must be recruited by a coach. To be eligible for this scholarship, students should make sure they list the sport they are interested in on their application.

Band/Choir/Theatre Scholarships

To be considered for an STU extracurricular scholarship, students must be recruited by a program director. To be eligible for this scholarship, students should make sure they indicate the activity they are interested in on their application.

Campus Ministry Scholarship

Our Campus Ministry Scholarship is designed for Catholic students who are interested in furthering their involvement in ministry and service. Students who receive this scholarship are required to be engaged in community service, both on and off-campus, as well as involvement the Campus Ministry Leadership Team. To be considered, students must be Catholic, demonstrate a commitment to community service, have a 2.8+ GPA, and continue to be active in Campus Ministry while enrolled at STU. To be eligible for this scholarship, students should make sure they indicate that they are interested in Campus Ministry on their application.

International Scholarships

Academic scholarships are available to new undergraduate international students based on high school GPA.

  • GPA 3.6 +: up to $13,000
  • GPA 3.0 to 3.59: up to $11,000
  • GPA 2.99 or below: up to $9,000
Alumni/Sibling Award

The Alumni Award is granted to students whose parents or grandparents have graduated from STU. The Sibling Award is granted to students who have a sibling actively enrolled at STU. The Alumni Award is valued up to 45% of tuition, and the Sibling Award is valued up to 50% of tuition (including other earned scholarships).

5000 Role Models Scholarship

STU offers a 50% tuition scholarship for 5000 Role Model participants that are enrolling as new full-time undergraduate students (12-18 credits per semester). To be eligible for this scholarship, students should make sure they indicate that they are 5000 Role Model participants on their application.

Villanova Award

The amount given is based on financial need, leadership, extracurricular involvement, service, and institutional aid. Priority is given to recipients who are admitted and deposited before May 1.


State and Federal Grants

State and federal grant programs are available for students with a demonstrated need for financial assistance. Submitting a FAFSA using STU’s school code of 001468 is required to be eligible for this additional aid.

Florida State Grants and Scholarships

You must complete a Florida Aid Application (FFAA) to apply for all state grant and scholarship programs.

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program

Florida residents must have their high school guidance counselor submit their information and authorization form to the Florida Bright Futures Program via the Florida Department of Education. For further requirements, contact your high school guidance counselor or visit the Bright Futures Program website.

Florida Pre-Paid College Plan

STU accepts Florida Pre-Paid College Plan as a form of payment toward tuition. Florida Pre-Paid pays out at a state tuition rate per credit hour.

Veterans Benefits

Veteran students who plan to utilize their VA educational benefits should contact the VA certifying school official after the appropriate VA application form has been submitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Federal Loans

Federal subsidized and unsubsidized loans are awarded to students who have submitted their FAFSA and qualify based on need. Federal subsidized loans are up to $3,500 for first-year students, while federal unsubsidized loans are typically $2,000 for dependent students.

Federal Work-Study Award

Federal Work-Study positions are awarded to students who qualify based on need. A Federal Work-Study Award on your financial aid offer is not a guarantee of employment or funds; students must find an on-campus job and work the necessary hours to earn up to the amount for which they are eligible.


Scholarship Renewal Criteria

Academic scholarships are renewable for four years of study, as long as students continue to make satisfactory academic progress (SAP). SAP is defined as a cumulative 2.0 GPA, with at least 12 credits earned each semester. Students must also remain in compliance with all policies in our student handbook.

Note: Unless otherwise specified, the above scholarships are intended for traditional full-time undergraduate students enrolled for the fall and spring semesters. These scholarships can be used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, or housing and meal plans. St. Thomas University reserves the right to review and adjust original financial aid award packages, including university-funded scholarships and/or grants received as additional funding from federal, state, or private sources (e.g., FSEOG, FRAG, FSAG, Florida Bright Futures Program, etc.) that exceed the cost of tuition and fees (if applicable). Recipients of multiple institutional awards, including tuition discounts, are eligible to receive the highest individual award only.



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