Helping You Discover Affordable Options


INVEST IN YOURSELF

Cost and Aid

What one family perceives as affordable may seem out of reach for another. But through generous financial aid packages, scholarships, federal and state grants, and work study programs, we'll work with you to develop a plan that meets your needs.

Think of a St. Ambrose University education as an investment in yourself. Our personalized learning environment means you'll get more out of your coursework and a greater return on your investment based on lifetime earnings.

AVOID A DEBT SENTENCE

The last thing any student wants to leave college with is a mountain of student loan debt. Our financial aid programs are designed to make college affordable ... before and after graduation.

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A HONEY OF A PLAN

Students who adhere to the plan terms are guaranteed to graduate on time—in four years or less. If any coursework remains after four years, the university will waive tuition and fees for that coursework.

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YOU CAN AFFORD THIS

First-year students receive an average of $19,056 in financial aid from various sources.

Affordability

A St. Ambrose Education is definitely worth it.


Learn how we can customize packages that maximize financial aid to help defray your direct costs as a residential student, plus look into our various payment plans. Then check out a few of our recent graduates who are making the most of their education—and an impact in their fields.

Sample Financial Aid Packages

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Athletic Scholarships

Wanted: Outstanding Student-Athletes

You may qualify for a scholarship due to your talent in athletics. The award varies and is based on performance and ability. Contact us to see if you're eligible.

Are You Game?

Financial Aid Information


Financial aid is about discovering options that work for your family's situation. Together, our financial aid office will work with you to find the right combination.

Perhaps it's a scholarship or grant based on your stellar grades in high school. Keeping up your performance on the playing field and in the classroom may reap dividends for you with an athletic scholarship. There are also scholarships and grants based on demonstrated financial need, of course.

General Information

St. Ambrose University sets rates for tuition and fees each fall. Tuition, fees, room and board are due each semester before students attend class, unless payment arrangements are made with the Student Account Services Office.

All students attending St. Ambrose University pay a technology fee based upon courseload. Some courses carry additional fees.

2017-18 Fees

  • Undergraduate/Accelerated students taking 12 or more credit hours $280/yr. ($140/semester)
  • Undergraduate/Accelerated students taking 11 or less credit hours $140/yr. ($70/semester)
  • Graduate level students taking 9 or more credit hours $280/yr. ($140/semester)
  • Graduate level students taking 8 or less credit hours $140/yr. ($70/semester)
  • Online course fee $25/credit hour
Undergraduate Tuition

2018-19 Tuition

$30,614

$942/credit hour

Adult Completion Tuition

Rates are effective starting with the fall semester and run through the summer semester.

Attend ACCEL's accelerated courses part-time and you receive reduced tuition: save over $1,000 for every 3-credit course!

Commit to full-time study through ACCEL and you're eligible for academic scholarships. If you recently decided to attend as a full-time student, please consult with your admissions counselor about receiving an academic scholarship.

2017-18 Tuition

Part-time students (1-11 credits)

  • Any class 8 weeks or less, $547/credit
  • Any class 9 weeks or more, $915/credit

Full-time students (12-18 credits)

  • $14,868/semester
Housing and Meal Plan Costs

Housing

2018-19 per semester

  • Traditional Hall, double (Davis double, Davis single): $2,385
  • Traditional Hall, double (Cosgrove): $2,885
  • Traditional Hall, double (Bechtel, Franklin, North, Rohlman): $3,310
  • Preferred Housing, double (Houses): $3,700
  • Preferred Housing, double (Tiedemann, townhouse, McCarthy): $3,800
  • Preferred Housing, single (North): $3,935
  • Preferred Housing, single (Hagen): $4,120
  • Super Single* (for students who want to be the sole occupant in a double room)
    • Davis: $3,100
    • Cosgrove: $3,600
    • Bechtel, Franklin, North Traditional, Rohlman: $4,025
    • Tiedemann, Townhouse, McCarthy: $4,750

*When available
Housing Deposit: $250

Meal Plans

  • 7 Meals + $100 spending/per semester: $1,545
  • 10 Meals + $100 spending/per semester: $1,880
  • 14 Meals + $100 spending/per semester: $2,080
  • 19 Meals + $100 spending/per semester: $2,250
  • Flex 160 + $100 spending/per semester: $2,155

Students who live on campus are required to choose a meal plan.

Meal Plan Changes and Appeals

Meal plan change and appeal processes are available on the Housing Options and Meal Plans portal page.

Contract

If you would like to receive a copy of your signed housing contract, please email reslife@sau.edu.

Graduate Assistantships

Most of our graduate programs offer graduate or departmental assistantships, which might include stipends or tuition benefits. Graduate assistantships typically contribute 20 hours of work each week, and their appointments may be anywhere on campus, including:

  • Research with College of Business faculty members
  • Handle public relations with the sports media
  • Organize Wellness and Recreation activities and events
  • Coordinate and develop student activities

To learn more about a graduate assistantship opportunity or inquire about open positions, please contact Human Resources.

Tuition Refund Insurance

St. Ambrose has partnered with Sallie Mae to offer an opt-in tuition insurance plan. Participation in the tuition insurance plan is optional and St. Ambrose University does not administer the program. The University's withdrawal and refund policies are applicable whether or not you enroll in the tuition insurance plan.

Each year thousands of college students are unable to complete classes for the semester due to unforeseen medical issues such as illness, accidents, concussions, or issues related to mental health.

Unfortunately, in many cases these families are unable to recoup all of their tuition dollars. At St. Ambrose, depending on the timing of the withdrawal, there may be circumstances where you may not be eligible to receive a full refund of your tuition and fees. We understand these types of situations can be a financial hardship for many families. Therefore, we are pleased to make available the Tuition Refund Insurance plan.

Tuition Refund Insurance can help refund your tuition, fees, and room/board charges - up to the policy limits - if you are unable to complete the semester due to a covered medical reason such as an illness, accident, or mental health issue (two-day hospital stay required for mental health related issues). This insurance program complements and enhances our school's refund policy, and we believe families will benefit from this added protection.

Visit GradGuard for more information.

Award Letter

Your Next Steps

You've got your award letter. Now what? Follow these easy steps:

  1. Read and understand the factors that may affect your financial aid. Click here to read the award terms online or download them (pdf).
  2. Maintain satisfactory progress towards your degree. Changes in your enrollment also will affect your financial aid. Click here to review the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
  3. It is not necessary to formally accept your award letter; we will assume you want the awards you have been given. However, if you would like to decline any or all of your awards, please email us at beecentral@sau.edu or call our office at 563-333-5775.
  4. If there is a Federal Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized loan listed on your award letter, be sure you follow through with the Direct Loan Process. Students returning to St. Ambrose for a subsequent term may skip this step if they have already borrowed Direct Loans before.
  5. If there is a Perkins Loan listed on your award letter, be sure you follow through with the Perkins Loan Process.

What to Look for on an Award Letter

Scholarships and Grants

If these types of awards are the only thing listed on your award letter, then there is nothing else you need to do. Acceptance of these awards is assumed and they will automatically be posted to your student account accordingly.

Work Study

If you have work study listed on your award letter, you will need to contact the Career Center in order to apply for a position.

Federal Student Loans

If you have a Federal Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized loan listed on your award letter you will need to complete the Direct Loan Process in order to receive those funds if you haven't already done so.

Federal Perkins Loans are processed through the Student Accounts Office. Visit the Federal Perkins Loans page for more information.

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So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? St. Ambrose offers more than 50 programs and 26 athletic teams and sports to join on campus. Become an Ambrosian today!