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Scholarships and Grants

We have numerous scholarships available, including athletic scholarships as an NAIA school.

We value your talents, whether you are an artist, athlete, or academic.

In 2016-17, St. Ambrose University awarded $28 million in institutional scholarships and grants to students of all abilities.

Perhaps you volunteer in your community, are involved in marching band, love working on stage or behind the scenes, or have a gift for writing.

Let us know about you by starting your admission application, and together we will explore your scholarship and grant opportunities.

Generous Financial Aid

30 million

total Federal, state, & institutional aid

With an array of grants, scholarships, work-study programs, and low-interest loans, an SAU education is more affordable than ever.

See Sample Financial Aid Packages


The FAFSA determines your eligibility for federal and state aid. SAU's federal school code is 001889.

Start Your FAFSA Application

More Affordable Than You Think

Did you know that the average First Year student at St. Ambrose University receives more than $19,000 in financial aid?

Your St. Ambrose education is a tremendous value, but not just because of our affordable costs for tuition and housing. Compared to large public institutions, SAU has higher rates for first-year retention and graduation. That tells you our students like it here, focus on their studies, graduate faster, and start their careers sooner. It results in a lower total cost for your degree - and who doesn't like to save money?

We can help you develop a plan that meets your needs.


Scholarships and Grants


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

For need-based support, eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The SAU school code is 001889.

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.

The Admissions Office calculates the award amount by using high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

Ambrose Scholar
For First Year, on-campus residents only. Straight As on high school transcript and a minimum 30 ACT score. Applicants who meet Ambrose Scholar criteria will be invited to compete for a full-tuition scholarship for $@{17-18-Tuition}.

Trustee Scholar
$22,000/year - For First-year, on-campus residents only. Unweighted 3.8 GPA, 28+ACT. May be offset by state and/or federal aid if eligible.

Academic Scholarship
$14,000-17,000/year - Based on GPA and ACT/SAT score

University Grant
$12,000/year - Based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT score

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.

Freeman Pollard Minority Scholarship
$1,000 for on-campus students; $500 for off-campus. For accepted minority students.

Menke Parish Scholarship
Award varies. For First Year students only who are recommended by their parish pastor in the Diocese of Davenport. Recommendation form (pdf) to be completed by your pastor.

Father Welch Alumni Scholarship
$1,000/year. For on-campus students only whose parent is a St. Ambrose graduate.

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

Transfer Scholarships

Amounts are for transfer students entering St. Ambrose in the 2018-19 academic year.

St. Ambrose scholarships are awarded for fall and spring semesters only and renewable up to 120 credits of undergraduate study, which includes credits transferred to St. Ambrose from prior attendance. For example: If you transfer in with an AA/AS degree, you would receive a scholarship for two additional years at St. Ambrose.

For questions about any of the awards below, give our friendly Financial Aid Office a call at 563-333-5775.

Institutional Aid

Guaranteed Minimum Scholarship Award 

based on GPA (Grade Point Average)
3.5-4.00 GPA: $12,000 per year scholarship award
3.0-3.49 GPA: $11,000 per year scholarship award
2.5-2.99 GPA: $10,000 per year scholarship award
2.0-2.49 GPA: $8,000 per year scholarship award

Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society

Criteria: Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society membership
Award: $12,500/year for new transfer students, renewable each year up to eight semesters, including transfer hours. Scholarships awarded for fall and spring semesters only. GPA is based on 4.0 scale.

Out-of-State Grant

Criteria: non-Iowa resident
Award: $2,000/year

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarship

Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate; on-campus students only
Award: $1,000/year

Freeman Pollard Diversity Award

Criteria: accepted diverse student
Award: $1,000/year on-campus; $500/year off-campus

Athletics Scholarship

Criteria: performance and ability
Marching band scholarships also available
Award varies

Fine Arts Scholarship

Criteria: performance and ability in art, music, theatre
Audition or portfolio required
Award varies

Dual Admission Scholarship

Criteria: participant in SAU/community college dual admission program
Award: $1,000 maximum

Federal and State Aid

Federal Pell Grant

Criteria: based on financial need; file FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $5,920 maximum

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Criteria: based on financial need, priority to Pell Grant recipients. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1.
Award: $400 maximum

Federal Work Study Award

Criteria: based on financial need. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $1,850

Iowa Tuition Grant

Criteria: based on financial need, Iowa residents only. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1, deadline July 1.
Award: @{Iowa-Tuition-Grant}

Carver Scholarship

Criteria: Iowa resident and entering junior, visit for eligibility details, deadline April 1.
Award: $7,600 maximum

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.


Grants are money that you don't repay, and they can come from government or private sources. Many grants rely on your FAFSA to determine awards.

Learn more. Contact one of our admissions counselors to get started.

How do i apply for federal and/or state grants?

You need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). SAU's federal school code is 001889.

Filing/completing the FAFSA is very important - and should be done as early as possible - because this one application is used to compute all of the aid for which you qualify: federal, state, and SAU institutional grants; student loans; and even some need-based scholarships. In some cases the funds are first-come, first-serve.

Once you apply to SAU and file your FAFSA, we send you an award letter listing your eligibility for any federal and state grants; SAU grants and scholarships; and student loans.

You must submit a FAFSA for each year you plan to attend. Again, do it early (you can file beginning Oct. 1). Click on this link to fill out the FAFSA today.

Do these grants apply to all four years?

It's possible you will be awarded grants each year. It depends on the information you provide when you and your family file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All grants and student loans for which you are eligible are determined each year, based on the information you've provided in the most recent FAFSA you filed.

You have to submit a FAFSA for each year you plan to attend. Do it early (as early as Oct. 1). Click on this link to fill out the FAFSA now.

Is the FAFSA my financial aid application?

Yes. Your entire aid package is based on the information you provide on the FAFSA (SAU's federal school code is 001889). That aid includes federal and state grants and loans, grants we provide students, and in some cases, scholarships, too.

File, and do so early (as early as Oct. 1). Many funds are first-come, first-serve. Click here to go to the FAFSA website.

Where does the money go?

Grants can be used to cover your tuition, books, and housing costs.

All financial aid awards, including loans, are disbursed in two disbursements: one for the fall term and one for the spring term. SAU receives all grants and loan funds directly, then applies them to your account. If you have any loan funds in excess of your costs, you may receive a refund. If you are a first-time borrower, there is a 30-day hold on your first disbursement.

Questions? Contact our Financial Aid Office.

I've received my award letter. What's next?

We've outlined the information you need; just click here.

Federal Grant Information

The Federal Pell Grant is awarded to students of the highest need based on how much your family can contribute to your education. The U.S. Department of Education sets a Expected Family Contribution (EFC) threshold. Then, when you file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), it computes where you land within that threshold and determines if you qualify for the grant and for how much.

The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) has very little funding available to SAU students. To qualify, you must file a FAFSA by the priority deadline of March 15 and you must qualify for a Pell Grant. This grant is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to students who have submitted all required documents for review, and in time for the review to be complete. If you are eligible for a Pell Grant or SEOG, the awards will appear on your financial aid award letter.

The Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant provides up to $4,000 to students intending to teach in a high-need field at a school that serves low-income families (as determined by the U.S. Department of Education or a state education agency). To receive this grant, students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Enroll in coursework necessary to begin a teaching career
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25/4.00 or score above the 75th percentile on a college admission test such as the ACT or SAT
  • Agree to teach in a high-need field including Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Reading Specialist, Science, or Special Education
  • Agree to teach in other state-identified shortage areas
  • Agree to teach in a school that serves low-income students (
  • Meet with a member of the Financial Aid Office staff to discuss your eligibility
  • Complete TEACH Grant Counseling and the Agreement to Serve (

You must teach in a shortage field and within a low-income school within four of the first eight years after graduation or the grants funds you received will be converted to Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans. You will be charged accrued interest back to the original disbursement dates of each TEACH Grant. TEACH Grants are serviced by FedLoan Servicing. Current TEACH Grant recipients can view additional information about the grant at

Iowa Tuition Grant

iowa college aidTo be eligible for the Iowa Tuition Grant, you must be a resident of Iowa as defined by the State Board of Regents and currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an undergraduate degree program at an eligible Iowa college or university (SAU is eligible). Iowa College Aid administers need-based college financial aid for Iowans, such as the Iowa Tuition Grant.

The maximum award is $5,650 and the amount you receive is dependent on funding and the number of recipients.

To apply for the grant, complete the federal FAFSA form by July 1 of the award year. SAU's federal school code is 001889.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office
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