An Education from St. Ambrose University Is More Affordable Than Ever

St. Ambrose is affordable, and we make paying for your degree possible through scholarships, grants, work-study, and more.

Out of all First-year students, 100% receive financial aid, and the average amount is more than $20,000!

How is this possible? Because from the day you become an accepted student at St. Ambrose University, our Financial Aid office begins working on a finance plan personalized just for you.

Scroll down to Let's Chat to learn more about this process and why a college degree isn't just a piece of paper. It's your future.

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First-year students receive more than $20,000 in financial aid from various sources.

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Just for transferring to St. Ambrose, you are eligible for need- and merit-based financial assistance up to $15,000.

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The value of a St. Ambrose education

In the classroom and far beyond, we ask our students to explore the unknown, challenge their limits, and act with compassion.

It is through that college journey that St. Ambrose University students discover their passion and after graduation, find a job to feed that passion.

In our Scene Magazine, we highlighted graduates whose SAU education is the foundation of their success today.

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Murphy Garcia

Murphy Garcia '20

"St. Ambrose is a Great place to find out who you are"

Facing lots of college choices, Murphy Garcia from Elburn, Illinois, decided to visit St. Ambrose University. It was the very beginning of a successful college career, a milestone as the first Garcia to attend college, and one of her best decisions.

"The first time I was here, I knew this was the place for me. A focus on the liberal arts was one of the biggest things I looked for, and at SAU it provided me the opportunity to pursue my passion. I think students need to observe their artsy side – whether it's music, the humanities, writing, or art – and when the liberal arts are woven into general education requirements, they become appreciated and enhanced. It definitely makes me who I am as a student."

Read more about Murphy and her Art and Design major

Learn about the ways SAU makes college accessible to everyone

Filling Out the FAFSA
Learn how in this video

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows students to apply for more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds. Check out this video for info about the FAFSA and the resources available to help fill out this important application.

Let's Chat

Talking about money is hard.

It's personal and emotional. We understand that. That's why the financial aid counselors at St. Ambrose are here to help with that conversation.

After you're accepted as a student, you meet with a counselor to review a financial aid package that's personalized based on information we've collected from your FAFSA and any other financial aid documents such as your tax return, cost of attendance worksheet, etc.

We work hard developing this package because we know that earning a degree is important. We know that a bachelor's degree means:

  • your lifetime earnings can be more than $1 million – twice as much as a high school diploma.
  • better job opportunities.
  • you can move to get a job if you have to (job mobility).
  • having a start toward earning a master's and/or doctoral degree (which have even higher lifetime earnings).
  • being proud of your intelligence and dedication!

Whenever you have questions about paying for college, give our office a call: 563-333-5775 or email

10 Ways to Lower College Expenses

1. Pay as you go for tuition. Our flexible payment plan doesn't charge interest.
2. Get a roommate. Select one of our less expensive double room residences.
3. Rent your books for an average savings of 45%. Buying a used book is another option that also can save you some cash.
4. Take 15 or 18 credit hours (it's the same price as 12).
5. Leave the car at home. We'll cover your bus fare throughout the city.
6. Free movies from the SAU library. Just supply the popcorn!
7. Choose the 14-meal plan. The food is great, and 14 meals is plenty for most students.
8. Free Student Activities. We have a full calendar of great campus activities.
9. Graduate in 4 years or less. Each academic program contains a 4-Year Plan to Graduate, and as always, ask your academic advisor for help.
10. Earn college credit for stuff you already know: ask about the CLEP test.

So, what's next?

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