Degree Seeking Scholarships and Financial Aid

Undergraduate Financial Aid Opportunities in Rome

The Office of Financial Aid strives to make JCU affordable for every student and family. Through our generous aid programs more than 85% of students receive JCU-funding to help pay for college. 

Merit-Based Scholarships 

Merit-based scholarships are awarded upon entry to JCU and are combinable with JCU need-based aid. Scholarships are applicable to the Fall & Spring semesters and are pro-rated according to registered credits during summer sessions. Scholarships do not cover personal expenses such as housing, travel, books, and other miscellaneous costs.

How to apply?

•   Complete: Merit-Based Scholarship Application 
•   JCU Scholarship Committee will consider you for all merit-based scholarships (below) and award you one that has the highest award amount. Applicants may only receive one merit-based scholarship and will be notified pending their acceptance to JCU. 

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 JCU Presidential Scholarship is a partial tuition scholarship awarded primarily on the basis of academic achievement at the time of entry to the University. 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. 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.

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. The award is $1,000 or €1,000 for students not receiving a JCU-funded merit-based scholarship and $200 or €200 for students who received a JCU-funded merit-based scholarship (or certain discounts) upon admission. The award may be received more than once.

The Dean's List Scholarship is not a cash award. It is a reduction applied towards the tuition of a regular semester (Fall or Spring) subsequent to the appointment to the Dean's List. Therefore, graduates or students on the Dean's List after their last semester are not eligible. The award does not apply to summer sessions. Students who are already receiving a full tuition scholarship, are dual enrolled at John Cabot University and Università degli Studi di Milano, and non-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, IDI Discount, AOSR Discount, Tuition Offsets, Dean's List Scholarship & Sicily/Puglia Scholarship and others

Need-Based Grant

The JCU Assistance Grant is combinable with JCU merit-based scholarships and Sibling/Alumni Discounts. The grant is applicable to the Fall & Spring semesters but not applicable to summer sessions.

How to apply?

•   Complete: JCU Assistance Grant Application

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 €/$4,000 annually. 

How to apply?

Required Financial 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


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 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 2024 is May 1, 2024.

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. 

Affiliated Organizations

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

AOSR Discount Overview:

  • 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
  • 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.


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 degree from a US-accredited institution 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.

529 Plans

JCU does accept payments from the 529 plans. If you are planning to use your 529 plan, please include JCU’s school code G33293 on your distribution request. Usually, the plan holder can request that funds are distributed directly to them or to the institution. If you choose to distribute the funds directly to JCU, please advise how the 529 administrator will make payments to us.

List of most used 529 Plans at JCU:

If your 529 plan is not listed, we advise you to contact the Financial Aid Office at [email protected]

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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