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.

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 Jesuit 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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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.

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.

Cost by the numbers

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$43,160
Tuition per year
$724
Average fees per year
$12,304
Room and board per year
(double-room rate)