St. Thomas University

 

 

2022-2023
Scholarships, Grants, and Awards
Office of Financial Aid

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Foundation and Institutional Scholarships

Various scholarships have been established through the generosity of the university and philanthropic efforts of our Board of Trustees, donors, alums, businesses, and associations to reward and support student academic performance and achievement.

We encourage students to use our Net Price Calculator to determine the type of aid you may be eligible for.

 Academic Scholarships

*St. Thomas University offers a generous scholarship program. In order to be considered for most merit-based academic scholarships, students need to be first-time, full-time undergraduate students matriculating from high school in the 2022-2023 academic year. Students may not receive institutional scholarship awards that exceed the cost of tuition.

Catholic High School Graduate Scholar

Up to $14,000/year
Through the Catholic High School Graduate Scholar, St. Thomas guarantees this scholarship as an academic award to all students who graduate from a private Catholic High School, and a 2.5+ GPA. The Catholic High School Graduate Scholar cannot be combined with additional academic scholarships.

Presidential Scholarship

Up to $13,000/year
The minimum criteria necessary to qualify for this award is a High School GPA of 3.6.

Dean’s Scholarship

Up to $11,000/year
The minimum criteria necessary to qualify for this award is a High School GPA of 3.0+.

STU Award

Up to $9,000/year
The minimum criteria necessary to qualify for this award is a High School GPA of 2.5+

International Scholarships

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

 

Transfer Student Scholarships (Domestic Only)

Presidential Scholarship

Up to $10,000/year
To be considered for this award the first-time transfer student must have a minimum GPA of 3.6 or higher and 12 transferable hours.

Dean’s Scholarship

Up to $9,000/year
To be considered for this award the first-time transfer student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0-3.59 and 12 transferable hours.

STU Award

Up to $8,000/year
To be considered for this award the first-time transfer student must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to 2.99 and 12 transferable hours.
*Merit scholarships cannot be combined*

 

General Scholarships

5000 Role Models Guarantee
  • Thomas University will guarantee 50% off tuition for 5000 Role Model Students, enrolling as new full-time undergraduate students (12-18 credits per semester).
  • All students are eligible for an academic merit award such as the Presidential, Deans, or STU Scholarship. Merit Scholarships cannot be combined but students will be considered for additional general institutional scholarships if eligible.
  • Students must indicate that they are 5000 Role Model participants at the time of application.
  • Applying for admission to St. Thomas University serves as an application for the 5000 Role Models Guarantee.
Campus Ministry Scholarship

The Campus Ministry Scholarship is designed for Catholic students that are interested in furthering their involvement in ministry and service. Students who are selected are required to be engaged in community service both on and off-campus as well as actively involved in 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 while enrolled at STU. This can be combined with merit awards. Please complete the Campus Ministry Scholarship Inquiry Form  www.stu.edu/campusministry.

Florence Bayuk Educational Trust Scholarship for 3+3 Program

The “Florence Bayuk Educational Trust Scholarship” is a scholarship geared towards prospective undergraduate students at STU interested in pursuing an ethical legal education at the STU Law School.
The scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable grant, in the amount of $4,000 ($1,000 at the end of each semester based on keeping a minimum 3.0 GPA).

To qualify, prospective students must Be admitted to the BA. JD, 3 plus 3 Program.

Apply: www.stu.edu/florencebayuk

Villanova Award

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

Sibling Award

The Sibling Award is available to incoming students who have a sibling enrolled at St. Thomas University. Valued at up to 50 percent of tuition.

Legacy Tuition Grant

The Legacy Tuition Grant is available to the sons, daughters, siblings, and grandchildren of St. Thomas University. Valued at up to 40 percent of tuition.

Band/Choir/Theatre

Available to students who are active members of the St. Thomas University Band, Choir, and Theatre program. For more info, visit our Band, Choir, or Theatre page.

Alumni Award

Award of up to 45% of tuition. Only children of STU Alumni are eligible.

 

State Scholarships, Grants, and Special Programs

The 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available at studentaid.gov. The FAFSA determines your eligibility for grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs and is the essential first step in receiving financial aid from federal, state, and private sources. The Financial Aid Office encourages you to file your FAFSA as soon as it becomes available on October 1 each year:

To determine eligibility for these programs, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. For more information about the federal student aid program, visit: www.stu.edu/financialaid

St. Thomas University FAFSA School Code: 001468

Students who are residents of Florida should apply to be considered for state grant programs. Award information is automatically sent to St. Thomas University.

Students must file the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov in order to be considered for State Grants. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. File your FAFSA as soon as possible.

Florida Pre-Paid College Plan

St. Thomas University 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. For details visit: https://www.myfloridaprepaid.com

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 at the Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee. For further requirements contact your high school guidance counselor or visit the Bright Futures Program website.

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. Forms may be submitted to the VA online here.

The STU Access Grant offers additional funding based on need as determined by FAFSA, financial need, and institutional aid. Students must complete the FAFSA by January 15 and submit tuition deposit by May 1 for priority consideration.

 

Other Scholarships Resources

Outside Scholarships are funded by private entities which have various criteria, due dates, scholarship amounts, and renewal requirements. Click here for more information, and you will be directed to the Outside Scholarship page. You must notify the Office of Financial Aid if you are awarded any of these scholarships to avoid exceeding your Cost of Attendance.

COLLEGE BOARD ONLINE
https://www.collegeboard.org/
A broad array of scholarships, college, and career resources.

US NEWS COLLEGES
https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges
Provides college rankings and articles about college search, financial aid, and career and graduate study.

FINAID
https://finaid.org/
A massive index of financial aid links covering all aspects of the search for college financial assistance.

SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCE CENTER
https://www.stu.edu/admissions/financial-aid/Outside-Scholarships/
Provides a list of available scholarships and links to various scholarship Search engines. Maintained by the St. Thomas Office of Financial Aid.

SCHOLARSHIP AMERICA
https://scholarshipamerica.org/

SALLIE MAE
https://Salliemae.com/scholarships
Offers various scholarship opportunities. Remember to check deadlines.

FASTWEB COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID RESEARCH
https://www.fastweb.com/
Matches student eligibility criteria to a large database of available scholarships.
Requires entry of personal data. Offers financial aid advice.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE
https://naacp.org/
In an effort to promote equal opportunity in education, the NAACP annually offers the Earl G. Graves, Agnes Jones, Jackson, Louis Stokes, Lillian, and Samuel Sutton, Roy Wilkins, and Hubertus W.V. Willems Scholarships.

HISPANIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND
https://www.hsf.net/scholarship
Helps Hispanic high school and college students obtain college educations and professional careers.

NURSING SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
https://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/scholarships/nursing
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources offers scholarship opportunities for Nursing students. Complete application online. Watch for deadlines and information on this website.

 

Federal Financial Aid

STUDENT AID ON THE WEB
https://studentaid.gov/
Provides in-depth information about specific federal aid programs.

FAFSA ON THE WEB
https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year as soon as possible on October 1st. St. Thomas University FAFSA school code: 001468

 

Scholarship Renewal Criteria

Admissions Merit-Based Scholarship

Academic scholarships are renewable. In order to meet SAP students must complete a cum 2.0 GPA with 12 credits or more at the end of each term. Academic scholarships cannot be combined with other academic scholarships. Application for admission to St. Thomas University serves as an application for academic scholarships.

 

Note: Unless otherwise specified, the above scholarships are intended for undergraduate full-time day students ages 17 to 22 only. These scholarships can be used for tuition, bobcat experience fee, and room & board charges. St. Thomas University reserves the right to review and adjust original financial aid award packages, including university-funded scholarships and/or grants should you receive additional funding from federal, state, and private sources (e.g. FSEOG, FRAG, FSAG, Florida Bright Futures Program, etc.) that exceed the cost of tuition and dormitory fees (if applicable). All institutional aid is intended for full-time enrollment for the Fall and Spring semesters only. Recipients of multiple institutional awards including tuition discounts are eligible to receive the highest individual award only.