Degree Seeking Scholarships and Financial Aid

Undergraduate Financial Aid Opportunities

As part of our commitment to provide an affordable university education for qualified and talented students, John Cabot University offers a variety of financial aid options for our new and current undergraduate students, including merit-based full and partial tuition scholarships, need-based financial assistance grants, tuition reduction grants for siblings and alumni, Federal Direct Student Loan programs, private loan programs and VA Education Benefits for Veterans/military families. Students awarded financial aid will be notified after acceptance to JCU.

Scholarships 

JCU-funded scholarships/aid are awarded at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee and apply to the regular academic year (Fall & Spring semesters). Merit-based scholarships are applicable to summer and pro-rated according to registered credits for the Summer Sessions unless otherwise noted. Scholarships and grants do not cover personal expenses such as housing, travel, books, and other miscellaneous costs.

INCOMING FRESHMAN & TRANSFER STUDENTS

The Global Explorer Scholarship is a prestigious and competitive full tuition scholarship that is awarded to up to 3 exceptional students of the each entering fall class. The Global Explorer Scholarship is renewed annually provided the recipient maintains satisfactory academic progress. This scholarship is not combinable with other JCU scholarships or discounts and does not apply to housing, meal plans, or personal expenses.

All students who have applied for one of JCU's merit-based scholarships will automatically be considered for the Global Explorer award through an internal evaluation process. 

JCU Presidential Scholarships are partial tuition scholarships awarded primarily on the basis of academic achievement at the time of entry to the University. When awarding scholarships, JCU considers information provided during the Admissions process, such as: personal statement, letters of recommendation, SAT scores, IB scores, AP tests, A-levels, and extracurricular achievements. The maximum award amount is up to $9,500 (€7,000) annually.

Scholarships are initially awarded for one entire academic year and are renewed annually provided the recipient maintains satisfactory academic progress at the end of each scholarship year.

Scholarship application deadlines are July 1 (Fall) and November 15 (Spring). Students should take into consideration that as the semester approaches, fewer scholarship funds may be available. Students may only receive one merit-based scholarship.

To apply, please complete the Presidential Scholarship Application.

One full tuition Presidential Transfer Scholarship will be awarded to an incoming Spring student. Scholarship application deadlines are July 1 (Fall) and November 15 (Spring). Students should take into consideration that as the semester approaches, fewer scholarship funds may be available. Students may only receive one merit-based scholarship.

To apply, please complete the Presidential Transfer Full Scholarship Application

JCU Presidential Transfer Scholarships are full and partial tuition scholarship awarded primarily on the basis of academic achievement at the time of entry to the University. When awarding scholarships, JCU considers information provided during the Admissions process, such as: personal statement, letters of recommendation, SAT scores, IB scores, AP tests, A-levels, and extracurricular achievements. Transfer applicants that have earned less than 45 credits at a previous university must also submit high school transcripts for review. The maximum award amount is up to $9,500 (€7,000) annually.

Scholarships are initially awarded for one entire academic year and are renewed annually provided the recipient maintains satisfactory academic progress at the end of each scholarship year.

To apply, please complete the Presidential Transfer Scholarship Application.

The Italian Merit Scholarship provides financial aid for deserving Italian students with consideration of their academic merit, extracurricular activities and financial need.

Learn more about the Italian Merit Scholarship

The Expansion Scholarship is designed to increase ethnic and national diversity at the University and will be awarded to students who are citizens and residents of countries in South and Central America (including Mexico). To qualify for this scholarship, a student needs an incoming GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent) and must have demonstrated leadership potential. The maximum award of the Expansion Scholarship is up to €8,000 annually.

Scholarships are initially awarded for one academic year and are renewed automatically provided the recipient maintains satisfactory academic progress at the end of each scholarship year. 

Scholarship application deadlines are July 1 (Fall) and November 15 (Spring). Students should take into consideration that as the semester approaches, fewer scholarship funds may be available. Students may only receive one merit-based scholarship.

To apply, please complete the Expansion Scholarship Application

Marija Govedarica, '03 was a beautiful woman, friend, confidante, and inspiration to those who knew her. Her life was cruelly cut short in early July 2017 at barely 36. She was an example of what can be accomplished with unwavering passion and persistence, whether one aspires to be a scholar in a faraway country, a citizen, spiritually aware or brave beyond measure.

This memorial scholarship has been established in her name, to perpetuate her memory and to promote the study of International Affairs and Political Science.

The Marija Godaverica Memorial Scholarship is a need-based award. Applicants must be applying to JCU as a degree-seeking student pursuing an academic major in the area in International Affairs or Political Science and be a citizen and resident of Serbia, Montenegro or Bosnia and Herzegovina, who maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Eligible students must fill out the Marija Govedarica Memorial Scholarship Application

JCU Assistance Grants may be awarded to students who demonstrate a legitimate financial need for aid. The grant amount will be based on the official EFC (expected family contribution) as determined by the FAFSA for US students or on an ISEE for Italian students. Students from other countries are required to submit official tax documents translated into English that indicate annual family income. The amount awarded is up to $3,000 (€2,500) annually.

Assistance Grant application deadlines are July 1 (Fall) and November 15 (Spring). Students should take into consideration that as the semester approaches, fewer grant funds may be available.

To apply, please complete the JCU Assistance Grant Application and submit all supporting financial documents to the Admissions Office: [email protected].

The JCU Assistance Grant does not apply to summer sessions.

John Cabot offers tuition reduction grants to siblings of JCU students and alumni and children of JCU alumni.

Learn more about undergraduate external scholarships opportunities through the Secchia Scholars Program.

John Cabot University is proud to announce that we have entered into an articulation agreement with Union County College located in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA. The agreement provides seamless transfer for Union County College associate-degree graduates to begin studying John Cabot University. John Cabot University offers full tuition scholarships for one Union County College graduate every year.

UCC Scholarship Overview

  • One student per academic year
  • Full-tuition scholarship
  • 2 years full-time (Fall semester, Spring semester & Summer)

UCC Scholarship Requirements

  • Accepted to JCU in accordance with the JCU-UCC articulation agreement requirements
  • Application Deadline: March 1st, 2019
  • GPA Requirement: 3.0
  • Motivational Essay: "What sets you apart from other JCU applicants? How do you expect your JCU experience will advance your personal and professional growth?"

*Students who transfer to JCU through the JCU-UCC articulation agreement will be eligible to borrow only private loans, and not US Federal Direct Subsidized, Unsubsidized, and PLUS loans.

Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

RETURNING CURRENT STUDENTS  

The John Cabot University Dean's List Scholarship is awarded to current JCU students who have demonstrated excellent academic performance in their JCU studies by making the Dean's List. Students on the Dean's List have achieved a 3.50 grade point average in a semester of not fewer than 13 completed semester hours earned in a JCU program.

Eligibility and Award

In order to be eligible for the Dean’s List Scholarship a student must be on the Dean’s List. Students who are not receiving a JCU-funded merit-based scholarship (defined as those that are awarded primarily on prior academic achievement such as the Presidential, Expansion or Italian Merit Scholarships) will receive a semester award of $1,000 or €1,000 applied to their tuition, based on their currency of payment. As of Fall 2015, students who received a JCU-funded merit-based scholarship upon admission will receive an award of $200 or €200, based on their currency of payment.

The award will be applied towards the tuition of a regular semester (Fall or Spring) subsequent to their appointment to the Dean's List and does not apply to summer sessions. This award may be received more than once. Students who are dual enrolled at John Cabot University and Università degli Studi di Milano and not-matriculated students are not eligible to receive the JCU Dean’s List Scholarship.

JCU Assistance Grants may be provided to students who demonstrate a legitimate need for aid. The grant amount will be based on the official EFC (expected family contribution) as determined by the FAFSA for US students or on an ISEE for Italian students. Students from other countries are required to submit official financial documents translated into English that indicate annual family income. The amount awarded is up to $3,000 (€2,500) annually.

Assistance Grant application deadlines are July 1 (Fall) and November 15 (Spring). Students should take into consideration that as the semester approaches, fewer grant funds may be available.

To apply, please complete the JCU Assistance Grant Application for Returning Students and submit all supporting financial documents to the Office of Financial Aid.

The JCU Assistance Grant does not apply to summer sessions.

John Cabot offers a sibling discount to the siblings of JCU students and alumni, and children of JCU alumni.

JCU Merit-based scholarships are applicable to summer sessions and are prorated according to the number of registered credits up to a 25% discount, unless otherwise noted. Scholarships will automatically be credited to your JCU student account and discounted from summer tuition and fees, once you register for summer classes.

Applicable Scholarships:

  • Global Explorer Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Presidential Transfer Scholarship, Presidential Transfer Full Scholarship, Expansion Scholarship, Italian Merit Scholarship & Jewish Community Scholarship.

Sibling/Alumni Discount, AOSR Discount, Tuition Offsets, Dean's List Scholarship & Sicily/Puglia Scholarship are not applicable during the Summer. 

JCU Assistance Grant is combinable with JCU-funded scholarships and Sibling/Alumni Discounts. JCU-funded scholarships and Sibling/Alumni Discounts are not combinable. JCU merit-based scholarships are renewed annually provided a student maintains a minimum 2.67 cumulative GPA.

EXTERNAL SCHOLARSHIPS & RESOURCES

Students interested in external funding opportunities may find these scholarships & websites helpful in their search. All legitimate scholarship searches should be free of charge.

The Columbus Citizens Foundation's College Scholarship Program awards four-year scholarship that helps underwrite the cost of tuition. The scholarship provide generous assistance towards tuition but will not cover payment for all school costs.

This scholarship is open to you if you meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Students who are of Italian descent (at least 25% Italian)
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 (85% or B) or higher
  • Households total gross income does not exceed $25,000 per capita ($25,000 per person in the household)
  • Seniors in high school who will enter college as freshmen in Fall

To submit an application visit the Columbus Citizens Foundation website.

The application deadline for the CCF Scholarship for Fall 2019 is Friday, February 15, 2019

Through the Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF), the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (OSDIA) offers scholarships ranging from $4,000 to $25,000 every year.

Application deadline for the OSDIA Scholarships:

Fall 2019 is Thursday, February 28, 2019.

OSDIA General Study Scholarship
U.S. citizens of Italian descent enrolled in a four-year undergraduate program or a graduate program at an accredited academic institution for the Fall 2019 term are eligible to apply for the General Study Scholarship.

OSDIA Henry Salvatori Scholarship for General Study
U.S. citizens of Italian descent in their senior year of high school and planning to attend an undergraduate program at a four-year, accredited academic institution for the Fall 2019 are eligible to apply for the Henry Salvatori Scholarship.

OSDIA Italian Language Scholarship
U.S. citizens of Italian descent in their junior or senior year of undergraduate study for the Fall 2019 term, majoring or minoring in Italian language studies at an accredited academic institution. 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

If you receive an external scholarship, please email the Office of Financial Aid a copy of the award letter. External Scholarships can be combined with JCU-funded awards.

Student Loans  

United States citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to borrow U.S. federal direct loans and/or private loans to help finance their studies at John Cabot University. Learn more about financing your education through student loan options.

Veteran & Military Family Education Benefits

John Cabot University welcomes U.S. Veterans and dependents of Veterans! We are grateful to you and your family for your military service and are committed to providing the support you need to study abroad or earn a U.S.-accredited* degree in Rome, Italy. At JCU, your veteran education benefits may grant tuition and fee payments, a monthly housing allowance, and a book and supplies stipend. Learn more about Veterans Aid at John Cabot University.

Tuition & Fees

The Office of Financial Aid is dedicated to helping you learn how to finance your education at JCU. Learn more about our estimated cost of attendance, tuition & fees, and payment options.

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