All First- year and Transfer scholarships are awarded by the Office of Admissions. Only undergraduate students are eligible for consideration for Admission scholarships. Consideration for university scholarships is made during the admission application process. Late applications or applications from continuing students will not be considered. University scholarships are awarded based on prior academic performance and are not subject to future increases (except for the Archdiocesan Scholarship).

University scholarships can only be applied to tuition charges billed by The Catholic University of America during the academic year (i.e. during the fall and spring semesters) and are automatically renewed up to eight semesters or until you complete your current degree, whichever comes first. Aid must be accepted each academic year. University scholarships require that a student maintains continuous full-time enrollment status (a minimum of 12 credit hours) in a degree program and is registered by the end of the add/drop period (as published in the University Announcements and Schedule of Course Booklet) each semester. Students are responsible for adhering to all scholarship requirements. Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined in the University Announcements and under the Policies section of the Financial Assistance Web site.

Metropolitan School of Professional Studies(MSPS/Metro) students are not eligible for admission scholarships.

Degree program and other academic changes could impact your admission scholarships. Consult with a Financial Aid Counselor to review your options before making changes.

Scholarship Proration

Please note that scholarships will be prorated if you complete your degree early. This is based on the number of credits enrolled during the final semester. Scholarships are awarded for the academic year(Fall/Spring) and cannot be applied entirely to one semester.

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 Catholic University'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 the 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.

The Catholic University 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 Catholic University 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 free; 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 Catholic University 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.

Most Reverend David M. O'Connell Service Scholarship

Established in 2010, this scholarship will be awarded each year to an entering freshman student from the Diocese of Trenton in New Jersey who embodies Bishop David M. O’Connell’s dedication to service. The scholarship honors Bishop O’Connell, C.M., who was appointed coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Trenton by Pope Benedict XVI in June 2010. Bishop O’Connell served as the 14th president of Catholic University for 12 years before stepping down. During his tenure, Bishop O’Connell emphasized commitment to service, a reflection of his episcopal motto – Ministrare non ministrari – meaning “to serve and not to be served,” from the Gospel of St. Mark.

This four-year, full-tuition scholarship will be awarded to a student with a demonstrated record of service, and a commitment to service while at Catholic University. This award does not require a separate application or nomination form, but students who are interested are strongly encouraged to submit a service resume highlighting service to their communities, schools, and parishes. Applicants are considered for this award based upon the completed Undergraduate Application for Admission. Finalists will be asked to participate in an interview.

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 in 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 Grant

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.

John Paul II Institute Employee Grant

Students who earn admission to Catholic University and who have a parent employed as a full-time faculty or staff member at the John Paul II Institute are eligible for a University Grant of $10,000 per academic year. Grant recipients must be full-time undergraduate degree-seeking students.   The University Grant may be combined with other Catholic University merit scholarships up to the value of full tuition. Students who complete the application process for need-based financial assistance will also receive full consideration for those sources of assistance. The University Grant is renewable as long as the parent maintains continuous full-time employment at the Institute and the student remains matriculated in good standing. Each grant recipient may receive this benefit for up to four years (eight semesters), for an aggregate maximum value of $40,000. 

Basselin Scholarship Program

For consideration, a student must be admitted into the Basselin Fellowship Program. Upon acceptance, a student will receive a 50% waiver of tuition, scholarships for the remaining tuition, room, and board. Students may be permitted to combine this assistance with other aid depending on the aid program and the student’s year in college.

School and Departmental Scholarships

Some schools and departments within the University offer scholarships to students applying to study in certain fields. Top applicants will be automatically considered for these scholarships during the admission review process, but awards are limited. A separate application is not required.

Phi Theta Kappa (Transfer Students Only)

Available to transfer applicants who are active members of Phi Theta Kappa at their current two-year colleges. To qualify for this $3,000 renewable award, applicants must provide a copy of their PTK certificates with their application for admission.

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

Through the D.C. Consortium, Catholic University students may choose to enroll in one of the following programs. Please contact the appropriate office for more information.

Beginning in the Fall 2019 term for students enrolling at Catholic University as first-year students:

-Students who earn full-tuition ROTC Scholarships from the Army, Navy, or Air Force will automatically be eligible for the ROTC Room and Board Matching Scholarship. This scholarship will cover the full cost of on-campus room and board for each year the student receives a full-tuition ROTC Scholarship.

-ROTC candidates whose scholarships are removed or not on full-tuition scholarships will be considered for merit and need-based financial assistance in accordance with University policies for any years not covered by the ROTC award.

If you are interested in pursuing ROTC, please contact the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services at

Through Georgetown University: Hoya Battalion
Contact Phone Number: 202-687-7023
Contact Email:

Through George Washington University (nursing students only)
Contact Phone Number: 202-994-5880
Contact Email:

Air Force ROTC
Through Howard University
Contact Phone Number: (202) 806-6788
Contact Email:

Additional scholarship information for prospective ROTC students:

Donor Sponsored Scholarships

Alumni and Friends of The Catholic University of America have generously provided funding for our students. A portion or all of your scholarships and/or need-based grants may be funded through one or more of the following Donor-Sponsored Scholarship funds. Please note that you may not apply directly for these scholarships.

Adela Pavia-Soto Scholarship for Hispanic Students
Andrew B. Candelaria Scholarship
Annie Lee Knowles Horton
Bishop of Pittsburgh Scholarship
Brady Family
Brother Patrick Ellis Scholarship
Carl A. Westerkamp American Indian Scholarship
Casey Korbecki
Charles Genovese Memorial
Class of 1959
Class of 1984
Collier Chemistry Scholarships
Craves Family Scholarship
Daniel E. Finnegan
David Lynch Scholarship
Dennis & Johanna Cadigan
Diocese of Rapid City Scholarship
Dolores Wahl Griswold
Double H Housing Corp.
Dr. James Donnelly
Edward J. Pryzbyla Scholarship
Farone Foundation
Frank A. Grasso Scholarship
Good Thief Hyland Scholarship
H.R. Franco Scholarship
Helene Monney
Horace McKenna
Hurley Diconcini Scholarship
James L. DeChard
John A. and Eileen F. Carr Scholarship
John Mosby Russell Scholarship
Joseph & Eunice Rankin
Joseph & Mary Della Ratta Scholarship
Kast Family Scholarship Fund
Loughran Foundation
Martin Richard Smith
Mary J Feik Scholarship Fund
Maureen Daley Favo Scholarship
Milholland Memorial Scholarship
Monsignor James Magner
Monsignor John J. McMahon
Mother Theresa Scholarship
Nicholas Michael Hand
Noel J. Slakey Scholarship Fund
Olive S. and Edward C. Sweeney Scholarship
Patrick X Garvin Endowment
Patton Memorial Scholarship
Richard W. Clifford
Roman Catholic High School
Schmitt Family Scholarship — Music
Schmitt Family Scholarship — Science
Senator’s Club Scholarship
Talbot/Richard Scholarship
The Alpha Delta Gamma Scholarship
The Anthony Miranda Scholarship Fund
Toomey Family
USX Scholarship Fund
Walter E. Norris Scholarship
William J. Byron Scholarship