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 numerous financial aid opportunities! Students may apply for merit-based full & partial tuition scholarships, need-based financial assistance grants, tuition reduction grants for siblings/alumni, external scholarships, Federal Direct Student Loans, private loans and Veteran Education Benefits.

Merit-Based Scholarships 

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

To apply for a scholarship, complete the Merit-Based Scholarship Application

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 apply for a merit-based scholarship will automatically be considered for the Global Explorer award.

The JCU Presidential Scholarship is a 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/ACT scores, IB scores, AP tests, A-levels, and extracurricular achievements. The maximum award amount is up to $9,500 (€7,000) annually.

One Presidential Transfer Full Scholarship covering full tuition will be awarded to an incoming transfer student in the Spring semester. The scholarship will be awarded primarily on the basis of academic achievement, personal statement, letters of recommendation, test scores, and extracurricular achievements.

The JCU Presidential Transfer Scholarship is a 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.

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.

The Italian Merit Scholarship provides financial aid for deserving Italian students, coming from an Italian secondary school (in Italy or abroad), with consideration of their academic merit, extracurricular activities and financial need.

Apply and learn more about the Italian Merit Scholarship

Need-Based Grant

The JCU Assistance Grant, a need-based grant, may be awarded to new or current students who can demonstrate a legitimate need for aid. The award amount will be based on your family's annual income that will be demonstrated by supporting financial documentation. The amount awarded is up to $3,000 (€2,500) annually.

Required documentation:

  • U.S. students: submit FAFSA application showing official EFC (expected family contribution)
  • Italian students: submit ISEE
  • International students (non US/Italian): submit official financial documents, translated into English, indicating annual family income

The JCU Assistance Grant is combinable with JCU-funded scholarships and Sibling/Alumni Discounts. The grant is applicable to the regular academic year (Fall & Spring semesters) but not applicable to summer sessions. 

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

Discounts

John Cabot University offers a 20% Sibling Discount, off tuition & fees, to the siblings of current JCU students or siblings of JCU alumni.   

Sibling Discounts:

  • Do not cover personal expenses such as: housing, travel, student activities, books or other expenses.
  • Are not combinable with JCU merit-based scholarships.
  • Are not applicable to summer sessions.
  • Are awarded to only one sibling attending JCU at a time.

JCU Alumni and children of JCU alumni are eligible to receive a 20% Alumni Discount off undergraduate tuition & fees. 

Alumni Discounts:

  • Do not cover personal expenses such as: housing, travel, student activities, books or other expenses.
  • Are not combinable with JCU merit-based scholarships.
  • Are not applicable to summer sessions.

Students who enroll in John Cabot University's undergraduate program after passing ENLUS II will receive an ENLUS Alum Discount up to €1,000 towards their first semester at JCU. This scholarship is intended to reward those who have invested their time perfecting their English skills.

Affiliated Organizations

John Cabot University offers special discounts for American Overseas School of Rome (AOSR) graduates who are accepted at JCU. 

AOSR Discount Overview:

  • One 50% tuition discount designated jointly by AOSR and JCU from all student applicants
  • 25% off tuition for any AOSR graduate accepted at JCU

Terms & Conditions

  • AOSR Discounts do not cover personal expenses such as: housing, travel, student activities, books or other expenses.
  • AOSR Discounts are not combinable with JCU merit-based scholarships.
  • Not applicable to summer sessions.
  • Recipients of the AOSR Discount must maintain a CUM GPA of 2.5 each semester.

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, 2020
  • 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.

Students who have completed a semester or year abroad with YouAbroad may receive an annual discount of € 1,000 off JCU tuition & fees. 

Children/grandchildren of Rotary members may receive a €1000 one-time discount off the first years tuition at John Cabot University. 

Children/grandchildren of Federmanager Rome members may receive an annual discount of € 1,000 off JCU tuition & fees. 

Current Student Scholarships  

The Dean's List Scholarship is awarded to current 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 & Award:

A student must be on the Dean's List to be eligible for the Dean's List Scholarship. 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 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 & fees, once you register for summer classes.

Applicable Scholarships in Summer:

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

Not applicable in Summer:

  • JCU Assistance Grant, Sibling/Alumni Discount, AOSR Discount, Tuition Offsets, Dean's List Scholarship & Sicily/Puglia Scholarship 

EXTERNAL SCHOLARSHIPS 

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

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

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 2020 is February 2020

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 2020 - February 2020.

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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 term, majoring or minoring in Italian language studies at an accredited academic institution. 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

If you receive an external scholarship, email the Financial Aid Office a copy of the award letter. External Scholarships are combinable 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 JCU. 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 you tuition payments, monthly housing allowance, and book/supply stipends. Learn more about Veterans Aid at JCU.

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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