The Catholic University of America

Funding Opportunities

The University's Office of Financial Aid offers a number of financial packages. Interested applicants are urged to contact that office directly for information about these packages.  The phone number for the Office of Financial Aid is (202) 319-5307.



Professional Rates

All students studying in the Department of Education graduate programs are eligible for the Professional tuition rate. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the Professional tuition rate is $1,110 per credit hour. This rate is charged per credit hour regardless of the number of credit hours in which the student is enrolled.

Special Tuition Discount for Catholic School Teachers

        *Special Tuition Discount for Catholic School TeachersFull time Catholic educators will receive a discount of 50% off regular Graduate Tuition for Arts and Sciences



Title II - Teacher Education

Best Practices, Notable Features, Title II Pass Rates


2018-2019 Tuition

In the School of Arts & Sciences, Music, and Philosophy:

Full-time, per semester - Undergraduate $22,520

Full-time, per semester - Graduate $23,090

Part-time, per credit hour - Undergraduate $1,785

Part-time, per credit hour - Graduate $1,840


Catholic Educator Discount

Students meeting the below eligibility guidelines may qualify for a 50% tuition discount.  Students qualifying for these discounts will receive a rate equivalent to 50% of the fall rate for their program, regardless of the term in which the student is enrolled.  (The summer rate will be 50% of the tuition rate for the upcoming fall semester.) 

Students in programs offering the Professional and Off-Campus Programs rate are not eligible for an additional 50% tuition discount, as the rate for their program is already discounted.    

This discount is offered to full-time administrators, teachers, guidance counselors, special educators, and librarians who are currently employed in a Catholic preschool, elementary, or secondary school and are enrolled in a degree-seeking program.

To receive the discount, students must submit confirmation of their employment at the start of each semester.  Confirmation letters must:

  • be dated (date should be no earlier than one month prior to the start of hte semester in which the discount is desired)

  • be on school or district letterhead

  • state the position title

  • verify that the student is employed full-time

  • be signed by either the school principal, superintendent, or the human resources department (if the student is the principal or superintendent they may not be the signatory on the letter)

Letters should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies ( no later than later than the add/drop deadline for the semester in which the discount is desired.  

Professional Tuition Rate

The professional tuition rate applies to students enrolled in the graduate Education programs.  The 2017-2018 professional tuition rate is $1,070  per credit hour regardless of the number of credit hours in which the student is enrolled.


Federal Loan Assistance Programs

Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program

Under the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, if you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in a low-income school or educational service agency, and meet other qualifications, you may be eligible for forgiveness of up to $17,500 on your Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and your Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.



Archdiocesan Scholarship

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. For consideration, students must be at the top of their high school class with at least a 3.8 unweighted GPA in a highly demanding curriculum. Finalists will be asked to participate in an interview with University faculty. No separate application is required. 

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.

CUA Scholarship

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. The amount awarded varies, with the current four-year scholarship ranging from $10,000 to $25,000. Candidates must have an exceptional academic profile as determined by the quality of their high school curriculum, GPA, and class rank (if provided). Catholic University is test-optional; students will receive full consideration for all merit awards regardless of whether they submit standardized test scores. 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. No separate application is required. 

Parish Scholarship

First-year and transfer applicants who are parishioners of Catholic churches in the United States and all U.S. territories are eligible for consideration for the Parish Scholarship. Beginning in the Fall 2019 term, students enrolling at Catholic University as new first-year or transfer students will receive $4,000 annually, renewable for up to four years.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure the Parish Scholarship information is completed as part of the admission application process. Applicants seeking consideration are required to complete the Parish Scholarship information section included on the Common Application. The required information must be submitted with the application and students cannot request consideration at a later date. No adjustments to scholarship awards will be made after admission and scholarship decisions have been rendered. Receipt of this scholarship is not automatic and only one Parish Scholarship will be awarded per student.


Legacy Scholarship

Beginning with the Fall 2017 enrollment term, first-year and transfer students who have a parent, grandparent, or sibling who graduated from Catholic University (undergraduate, graduate, law) are eligible for the Legacy Grant, which is a $1,000 grant renewable for up to four years.

No separate application is required. All first-year and transfer students who are offered admission and meet the above criteria will automatically receive this grant.


Blessed Saint John Paul II Tuition Scholarship

For consideration, a student must be admitted as a seminarian. Upon acceptance, a student will receive a 50% waiver of tuition only. Students may not combine this waiver with any other scholarship offered by the university.


College and Career Resources for Student Advisors and Counselors 


College and Career Prep – Student Advisors and Counselors

To support traditional middle and high school student advisors and counselors the
Division of Postsecondary and Career Education in the Office of the State Superintendent (OSSE) has developed the following list of resources. An additional resource list for students and families follows for advisors and counselors to share.

OSSE Program Grants

OSSE manages grants that support college and career readiness work offered by local education agencies, nonprofit agencies, and community partners. These links lead to information about these grants and their application processes.

       Dual Enrollment
OSSE College and Career Programs and Initiatives
OSSE also offers regular programs and initiatives that support advisors and counselors’ efforts to encourage college and career readiness among their middle and high school students.
       DC College Signing Day
       FAFSA Portal 
Access to the portal is determined by user role (Local Education Agency, District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP), community-based organization)
       What's Next Campaign
OSSE Conferences
Multiple conferences for middle and high school students are offered to support college and career readiness.


College and Career Resources for Students and Families