Loyola University Chicago

Financial Aid Office

Summer Scholars

The Summer Scholars program and the Office of First-Year Experience (FYE) work in conjunction with the Financial Aid Office to distribute available funding to students who demonstrate financial need.  While amounts vary each year, we do our best to try to provide some form of relief to students who meet the criteria for each award listed below:

Presidential Awards

In the summer of 2009, we were fortunate enough to begin offering these grants to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need.  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be used to determine who receives the Presidential Awards, and the student’s expected family contribution (EFC) will help determine the amount each student will receive.  No separate application is required.  Please complete the following steps to be considered:

  • Step 1: Submit 2013-2014 FAFSA with tax return information to determine parent/guardian’s EFC.
  • Step 2: Request a pin number which will serve as an electronic signature, allowing you to submit all FAFSA paperwork online.  To get your PIN, fill out the brief application at www.pin.ed.gov.  Your PIN can be viewed instantly or emailed to you.  The 2013-2014 FAFSA can be completed without a PIN, but you will need to print and mail in the signature page.
  • Step 3: List Loyola University Chicago (school code 001710) on your 2013-2014 FAFSA.  The results will be sent to us automatically.
  • Step 4: Observe deadline – All applications for financial assistance must be received by Friday, May 3rd 2013.  Once the FAFSA is completed, there is no separate application for the Presidential Award.

January 1, 2013 is the first day you are eligible to file the 2013-2014 FAFSA application.  Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible!  Also, please be aware that www.fafsa.ed.gov is the ONLY website in which to enter your personal information.  This application is free and hosted by the federal government. 

FYE Merit Awards

Students who receive these awards are well-rounded individuals.  They have been involved in high school, active in their community, or have otherwise led interesting lives.  As usual, a person’s GPA is an important characteristic, but we look at a student’s application as a whole when determining who will be awarded funds.  That being said, a limited number of these FYE Merit Awards are available for students who choose to enroll in the 3 & 6-week programs ONLY.

Interested applicants must write an essay, of no more than 1000 words, in response to the following:

To be accepted into Loyola University Chicago's Summer Scholars program, applicants have to demonstrate the ability and motivation to excel academically.  But as a University, a Loyola education focuses on more than just academics.  As your own decision about which college/university to attend grows closer, what do you hope to get out of your collegiate experience? 

Some ideas to focus on:

  1. Does the concept of social justice fit into your expectations of a college experience?  How?
  2. Will service have a place in what makes up your foundational experiences?
  3. Chicago is a global city; give an example where you demonstrated open-mindedness and gained an understanding of a perspective not your own.
  4. How will this scholarship help you meet your educational and career goals?
  5. Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability both in and out of school.
  6. Discuss a special attribute or accomplishment that sets you apart.
  7. Given the high price of higher education in the United States, some critics have wondered whether a college degree is “worth it.” In your view, what is the value of a college degree?

Essays may be submitted by mail or sent electronically to the following address:

Summer Scholars Essay Submission
C/O Office of First-Year Experience
255 Sullivan Center
Loyola University Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660

Materials must be received by Friday, May 3, 2013 in order to be reviewed; be sure to include your name on both your essay and submission envelope.  The number of SCPS Merit Awards is limited and the consideration process is highly competitive -- earlier submissions are recommended!

Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for additional information.