Scholarships & Grants
Explore the many opportunities for students to receive gift aid that does not have to be repaid.
From merit scholarships to University, state, and federal grants, USJ offers a variety of University and external scholarships and grants.
Explore the USJ Scholarship & Grant options in this section, contact Student Financial Services at 860.231.5223 or [email protected], or visit the office on the second floor of Mercy Hall, Room 201 to find out more.
USJ Scholarships & Grants
USJ values academic excellence, leadership, diversity, service to our communities and country, and the ability to overcome adversity. Our scholarship and grant programs reflect our values and are intended to assist our students in achieving their potential. These various awards are available to new full-time first-year and transfer students unless noted otherwise. Be sure to file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by USJ’s Financial Aid Priority Date (February 15 for incoming students) in order to optimize your eligibility for need-based gift aid.
USJ Catholic Promise Scholarship*
The $100,000 ($25,000 per year) merit and need-based USJ Catholic Promise Scholarship is available to any incoming fall 2022 first-year or transfer student who has met the following criteria:
- Completed four years of study and graduated from a regionally-accredited Catholic high school
- Earned at least a 3.0 unweighted high school GPA at the time of admission to USJ
- Enrolls as a full-time residential USJ student with an active campus housing assignment in fall 2022
Catholic Promise scholarships of $25,000 annually are renewable for up to four years if the recipient maintains full-time enrollment, resides on campus, and if academic conditions are met while enrolled at USJ.
$25,000 annually for up to four consecutive years ($100,000) for students who accept an invitation to participate in the Honors Program. To be reviewed for Honors, students must have a 3.7 unweighted GPA and a B or higher in at least 10 or more Honors, AP, IB, or Dual Enrollment courses. Recipients of the Honors Scholarship must maintain continuous full-time enrollment, reside on campus, and maintain a 3.25 cumulative college GPA for renewal each year.
Academic Merit-Based Scholarship*
Up to $20,000 annually for up to four consecutive years ($80,000) based on a student’s high school academic record. The Academic Excellence Scholarship requires continuous full-time enrollment and good academic standing for renewal each year.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship*
Up to $15,000 annually for up to four consecutive years ($60,000) awarded to community college transfer students who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The Phi Theta Kappa scholarship requires continuous full-time enrollment and good academic standing for renewal each year.
Mercy Values Scholarship
Up to $10,000 annually for up to four consecutive years awarded to full-time undergraduate students who embody the core values of USJ. Contact the Office of Admissions for the Mercy Values Scholarship Application.
Campus Visit Scholarship
$1,000 toward tuition for full-time undergraduate students who make an official campus visit scheduled through the Office of Admissions (campus tour, virtual meeting, or attendance at a USJ Admissions event). The award is made within the context of the student’s financial aid package and is not renewable beyond the first year.
USJ Endowed Scholarships
Thanks to the generosity of donors, USJ has more than 65 endowed scholarships. Students who apply for financial aid are automatically considered for these scholarships.
This grant varies in amount and is awarded to full-time students who demonstrate financial need. It is based on the information provided by the student on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
USJ combines grants, loans, scholarships, and work awards supported by the federal and state governments and the University in order to provide students with an affordable education of value. Award funds and amounts vary based on the student’s initial year of enrollment.
*Catholic Promise, Honors, Academic Merit, and Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships may not be combined.
Students from Ontario, Canada may apply for aid through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).