At Saint Louis University, we hope to make an extraordinary education attainable. Nearly all — 96 percent — of new SLU students receive financial aid, and 44 percent graduate with no student debt. In fact, when you apply to SLU you’re automatically considered for many of our merit-based scholarships.
While deciding how to pay for college is often a big question, you and your family don’t have to answer it alone. Each incoming Billiken is assigned an admission counselor to answer every question you have about admission, scholarships, financial aid and more. They are personally invested in creating the best financial aid package for you. Many of them are graduates of SLU themselves!
Financial aid options include need-based grants, loan programs, work opportunities and merit-based scholarships.
Keep in mind
SLU offers merit-based and competitive awards. Merit-based scholarships are awarded based on your previous academic performance and your official ACT or SAT test scores. Competitive scholarships involve separate applications and consider your leadership qualities and involvement, as well as your grades.
SLU uses priority consideration for scholarships. That means you should apply by Dec. 1 to automatically be considered for many of SLU’s merit-based scholarships. If you apply after Dec. 1, you may still be eligible for a scholarship, but fewer funds will be available.
What is work study?
Federal Work-Study allows you to work part-time (typically no more than 15 hours per week) and earn money for your education.There are more than 570 federal work-study positions on campus and 1,900 non-federal work-study positions open to students.
Melissa Danly, School of Education, Class of 2018, says, "Saint Louis University was a top choice of mine, and in making my decision, the scholarships I was offered definitely tipped the scale in SLU’s favor. Not only did I receive a Vice Presidential Scholarship, but I was also pleased to find out that my brother and I would both receive a sibling scholarship. The discount to tuition made it easier for me to choose SLU just like my brother did."
Featured scholarship: Presidential Scholars
Application Deadline: Dec. 1
Saint Louis University’s Presidential Scholarship is a four-year award for exemplary student leaders. This competitive award covers the full cost of tuition for eight consecutive full-time (up to 18 credit hours) fall and spring semesters. Presidential Scholars can also apply for up to $1,200 to support an Investigative Learning Experience, such as research, a service project or internship.
Featured scholarship: MLK Scholars
Application Deadline: Feb. 1
SLU’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship is a four-year award offered to students who have demonstrated leadership as agents of change or influence at their school and/or through community activities. On average, MLK Scholars receive a total of $24,000 in scholarships and aid per year from the University. It is available to first-year and transfer students.
No appointment necessary
Students can stop by SLU’s Office of Student Financial Services anytime during business hours to get assistance.
Help where you are
Saint Louis University’s Office of Student Financial Services visits high schools in the St. Louis area during the fall and spring, and offers online chats and informational online presentations to help educate students and families about the financial aid process. In addition, admission counselors travel throughout the country to offer families one-on-one appointments to go over financial aid packages in detail.
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Daniel Dea-Mattson, Chaifetz School of Business ’20, says, "Coming to college I already knew it was going to be something I’d be paying for largely on my own. I’d previously attended Jesuit high schools, and I really hoped to continue that journey with Jesuit education. Thanks to the help I received from scholarships provided by SLU, I was able to make that dream a reality."