The Catholic University of America

Funding Opportunities

Financial Aid

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. The School of Arts and Sciences also offers full- and half-tuition scholarships for students of exceptional academic quality. These scholarships are administered through the department.  Applicants to the Department of Education who plan to attend full-time and wish to be considered for a full-tuition, merit-based University Scholarship must submit GRE test score results. Students interested in these awards should contact the Chair of the department.  

Additionally, the department has a limited number of financial aid awards for graduate students.  These awards are in the form of teaching assistantships or research assistantships, and each includes a stipend plus partial or full tuition remission. Applicants for teaching or research assistantships may submit either MAT or GRE scores as part of their application. These awards are made as funds are available and do not have a fixed deadline for application.

 

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 (cua-graduatestudies@cua.edu) 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.

 

Scholarships

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 Puerto Rico are eligible for consideration for this $3,000 scholarship, renewable for up to four years. Receipt of this scholarship is not automatic and only one Parish Scholarship will be awarded per student.

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. The Parish Scholarship application is available on the Office of Admission's Scholarship page.

 

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.