At Saint Louis University, we make an extraordinary education attainable. Nearly all — 97 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.

Financial aid options include need-based grants, loan programs, work opportunities and merit-based scholarships.

Study up on scholarships

SLU offers scholarships based on some things you probably already guessed (your grades and financial need) and some you might not have imagined:

  • Academic merit
  • Financial need
  • Aptitude and performance (athletics, the arts, etc.)
  • Commitment to community service or positive social change
  • Attending a Catholic high school
  • Having a sibling who also attends SLU

We can also help you find need-based grants, loan programs and work-study opportunities.

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Which Competitive Scholarships Could Be a Fit for You? Take a Quiz to Find Out.

Already thinking about how you'll finance your education? At SLU, freshman applicants are automatically considered for scholarships based on academic achievement, but our scholarship options don't end there. Answer these questions to see which applications for competitive scholarships you might want to fill out.

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What other SLU scholarships could you be eligible for?

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Helpful reminders

SLU offers merit-based and competitive awards. Merit-based scholarships are awarded based on your previous academic performance. ACT and SAT scores are not required for admission to SLU or for scholarship consideration. 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 Presidents' Scholarship, but I was also pleased to find out that my brother and I would both receive a sibling scholarship. The scholarships made it easier for me to choose SLU just like my brother did."

Melissa Danly School of Education, Class of 2018

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. Take the quiz above to see if you meet eligibility requirements.

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. Take the quiz above to see if you meet eligibility requirements.

Need-Based Financial Aid

To apply for need-based financial aid, such as low-interest student loans, the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as FAFSA. When you file your FAFSA by Feb. 1 of the year you plan to enroll, you receive for priority consideration for need-based aid.

Help where you are

Saint Louis University’s Office of Student Financial Services and offers online chats and informational virtual presentations to help educate students and families about the financial aid process. In addition, admission counselors provide families one-on-one virtual appointments to go over financial aid packages in detail.

Applying to Saint Louis University? Let your admission counselor know if your financial circumstances change due to COVID-19. They want to help, and they have procedures in place to respond to COVID-19-related needs.

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Daniel Dea-Mattson, Chaifetz School of Business, Class of 2020, 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."

Daniel Dea-Mattson, Chaifetz School of Business, Class of 2020

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