Tuition and Scholarships

Cost of Attending

In order to receive an I-20 from SAU, an international applicant must show proof of funds that exceed the cost of attending the university for an academic year.

Please send copies of bank or financial statements showing a total liquid balance that exceeds the yearly cost of your academic program to international@sau.edu. Use the Declaration of Finance Form (pdf) to help you with this process. Select your program from the dropdown menu, and you will see the total cost for one year of studies. Admitted undergraduate students may include their SAU scholarship in calculating the total proof of funding needed. The figures below are for on-campus students, per year.

Academic Year 2018-19

UndergraduateGraduate
Tuition ($942/credit) $30,614 varies
Fees $280 $280
Room and Board* $9,880 $9,880
SAU Scholarship -$12,000
Total Budget $28,774 $10,160
(plus tuition)

Additional Estimated Expenditures 2018-19**

Plane Ticket USA – $1,200
Books, Supplies, Personal – $1,276
Medical Insurance – $1,750
TOTAL = $4,226

Financial Guarantee

Students financially sponsored by a government scholarship program (e.g. SACM) or other agency (e.g. Fulbright) need to submit a financial guarantee in order to receive their I-20. The financial guarantee must state that the provided funding has been approved specifically for the student's enrollment at SAU. Initial scholarship or award letters with no mention of SAU are not sufficient. We will issue acceptance to qualified students who have completed all academic requirements so that they may acquire the guarantee.

*Room and Board costs are based on the average cost of traditional housing options and a 14-per-week meal plan.
**Additional expenditures are average estimated costs and are not guaranteed.
***The best practices for reducing expenses include renting or buying used textbooks, booking flights in advance, and working on campus.

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Scholarships


St. Ambrose University offers scholarships to all admitted undergraduate applicants on the basis of their academic and extracurricular achievement.

Admitted international applicants will be notified of their academic scholarship amount via email along with digital copies of their acceptance letters.

Academic scholarships available currently range from $12,000 to $17,000 per year.

SAU also offers additional scholarships for athletics, art, music, and theatre. See below for additional information.

If you have questions on how to qualify for a specific scholarship, please email international@sau.edu.


Declaration of Finances
What is it?

Watch this video for an explanation, and if you have questions be sure to email us at international@sau.edu

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships

For academic/merit-based awards, eligible students are matched to the qualifying award; some of them are listed below.

You may also qualify for a scholarship or grant due to your talent in the fine arts or athletics. Give us a call or send an email so we can get to know you and find the best package for you. (You're also encouraged to seek outside scholarships and begin that search early.)

Institutional scholarships (2018-19)

There is no need to apply for the scholarships or grants below; students automatically are eligible if they meet specific criteria, although some may require a certain GPA to stay eligible.

Academic Scholarship
$14,000-17,000/year

University Grant
$12,000/year

Additional Scholarships (2018-19)

If you want to apply for any of the scholarships below, contact the Admissions Office.

Fine Arts Scholarships
Award based on performance and ability in art, music, or theatre. Includes the Michael Kennedy Theatre Scholarship. Audition or portfolio required.

Athletics Scholarships
Award varies. Based on performance and ability. Marching Band scholarships available. See below.

Athletic Scholarships

As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), St. Ambrose can award athletic scholarships to student-athletes. These scholarships allow you to earn a college education while competing in the sport that you love. At Ambrose, we embody that value of developing both the mind and body.

How do I qualify for an athletic scholarship?
You must first be eligible to play a sport at St. Ambrose. You can read about those qualifications here. The NAIA also has a complete website on how to register for eligibility at playNAIA.org

Outside Scholarships

There are many opportunities to receive scholarships from outside sources, here are a few websites to begin researching your options:

Another tip: Next time you're on campus, check out the bulletin board outside Bee Central where we post more flyers and applications for outside scholarships.

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? St. Ambrose offers more than 60 programs and 27 athletic teams and sports to join on campus. Become an Ambrosian today!