Loyola University Chicago

Financial Aid Office

Undergraduate Scholarships

Loyola also recognizes talented students through a variety of other scholarships that are awarded without consideration of financial need. Please review the following list of scholarship opportunities that will provide you, if eligible, with additional resources to help make your Loyola education more affordable. Review the descriptions below, and either call or e-mail for an application.

In order to be considered for any of Loyola University Chicago's academic scholarships, students must submit a completed Application for Undergraduate Admission (there is no separate scholarship application). Because freshmen should be admitted no later than February 1 for scholarship consideration, the completed application should be sent to the Undergraduate Admission Office by December 1. Transfer students must be admitted by June 1 for scholarship consideration.

Each application is carefully read and scholarships are competitively awarded based on outstanding academic achievement, and standardized test scores (ACT or SAT). Admission applications are reviewed for scholarship consideration on a first-come, first-served basis.

Academic scholarships

Presidential, Damen, Loyola, Trustee, and Dean's Scholarships: These scholarships are awarded to academically qualified students entering Fall 2018 based on information provided in the admission application process, without regard to financial need. Scholarship amounts range from $16,000 to $21,000 per year.

Rambler Award: New freshmen entering Fall 2018 will be considered for a $30,000 Rambler Award at the time of admission. This award will be in recognition of the student's academic achievements and commitment to service and leadership. The Rambler Award provides $7,500 annually toward tuition. Students must be admitted by February 1 to receive consideration. Students eligible for any of Loyola's merit scholarships are not eligible for the Rambler Award. Any student originally awarded the Rambler Award who later qualifies for a merit scholarship, will see the Rambler Award replaced by the merit scholarship.

Heritage Award

Catholic Heritage Award: This award (awarded for four years of consecutive, full-time enrollment) is made to new freshmen graduating from a Catholic high school within the Archdiocese of Chicago or the Diocese of Joliet. This award is restricted to tuition. Students graduating from a Jesuit high school in Chicago will be awarded the Jesuit Heritage Award instead.

Undergraduate research

LUROP: The Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (LUROP) is the umbrella under which all funded undergraduate research programs offered at Loyola University Chicago are centralized. The goal of LUROP is to enrich, enhance, diversify, and individualize the learning experiences of undergraduate students. Each program is unique, providing students from any school or department with the opportunity to conduct research in their area of interest. For more information, please visit the LUROP website.

Fellowships: The Fellowship Office assists Loyola undergraduates and recent alumni to apply for national and international fellowships and scholarships, which commonly provide funding for graduate school or study and research overseas. Get more information at www.luc.edu/fellowshipoffice.

Mulcahy Scholars Program: This program offers students the opportunity to work closely with faculty on projects of scholarly significance that reflect the diversity of academic activity throughout the College of Arts and Sciences. The program accepts applications from students in CAS majoring in the hard sciences. Each recipient of a Mulcahy Scholarship receives a stipend of $1,000, and is eligible to receive up to $1,000 in project support. For more information, call the Dean's Office of the College of Arts and Sciences at 773.508.3500, or visit the College of Arts and Sciences.

Magis Scholarship

 DACA Scholarship (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

Loyola offers five scholarships for admitted transfer and freshman with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. DACA scholarships cover tuition, on campus room and board, and mandatory student fees. These scholarships are highly selective and finalist will be required to attend an on-campus interview.

Scholarship applications are available on the student’s application status page (uao.luc.edu/status). The Freshmen Magis application is due March 5, 2018. The Transfer Magis application is due March 30, 2018. If you have questions about this award please contact the Undergraduate Admission Office at 800-262-2373 or admission@luc.edu.

Departmental scholarships

Once you are a student at Loyola, you may qualify for scholarships offered by academic departments. These awards are typically offered to students beyond the freshman level, so after you are established in your major, you can begin to make inquiries with your academic department. The number and amount of awards vary by department, as do eligibility criteria. Contact your academic department for more information about scholarship options.

Athletic scholarships

These scholarships are offered to students demonstrating outstanding athletic ability who plan to participate in inter-collegiate athletics at Loyola. For information, please contact Loyola's Athletics department. Scholarship amounts will vary and are determined by the athletics department.

Accounting and Business Law (ABL) scholarships

The application form should be used for applying for all ABL Area scholarships. Please check off which scholarships you are applying for and be sure to provide all the appropriate documentation. Pease contact Professor Brian Stanko at 312.915.7106 or bstanko@luc.edu if you have any further questions.

Cristo Rey Scholars Program

Students attending Cristo Rey Network schools around the country are invited to apply to join the next class of Cristo Rey Scholars at Loyola University Chicago. Starting the summer before entering Loyola, Cristo Rey Scholars engage in a dynamic program to enrich their academic, social, spiritual, community, and professional experiences in college.

In order to be eligible for the scholarship program, applicants must be admitted to Loyola by February 1. Completed applications for the Cristo Rey Scholars Program must be submitted by March 5, 2018.  Selected finalists will be required to attend an on-campus interview on Saturday April 7, 2018. Scholarships recipients will be notified by mid-April.

The Deloitte Accounting Scholarship

This scholarship offers up to $7,500 in tuition reimbursement over three semesters and is limited to Sophomore and Junior accounting majors enrolled in the Quinlan School of Business who demonstrate financial need, who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who have an interest in pursuing a career in public accounting. Preference will be given to students for whom English is their second language and/or are first generate in their family to attend college.

Elaine Bruggemeier Debate Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to students with previous debate or forensic experience who plan to participate in the inter-collegiate debate program at Loyola. Loyola sponsors a policy debate program that competes in NDT and CEDA. Scholarship amounts will vary. Prospective candidates must be admitted to Loyola by March 1. Please contact David Romanelli, Director of Debate, at: 773.508.3808.

Gannon Scholars

Ten $8,000 scholarships are awarded annually to students who demonstrate outstanding leadership, scholarship, and service and who will advance the mission of the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership. The scholarship is renewable for three additional years based on successful participation in the Gannon Scholars Leadership Program. Interested applicants are encouraged to learn more about the program here: http://www.luc.edu/gannon/gslp.shtml.

All applications must be submitted by February 1, 2018. Applicants will be notified about their application status no later than March 7. Applicants chosen as semi-finalists will be expected to participate in a Skype or on-campus interview during Loyola Weekend on April 7. Please contact shallett@luc.edu with any questions.

Martin J. Svaglic Humanities Scholarship

Two $2,500 per year scholarships will be awarded to qualified new freshman or transfer students who have been admitted into one the following areas in the humanities: Classical Studies, Communication, English, Fine and Performing Arts, History, Journalism, Mondern Languages, Philosophy, Theology, or Theatre. Prospective candidates must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. New Freshman must have a 26 ACT or 1170 SAT and be admitted to Loyola prior to February 1, 2018. Scholarship application are available on the student’s application status page (uao.luc.edu/status). The Martin J. Svaglic Humanities Scholarship application is due March 2, 2018. If you have questions about this award please contact the Undergraduate Admission Office at 800-262-2373 or admission@luc.edu.

Ignatian Scholarship

The Ignatian Scholarship is an invite-only full tuition scholarship awarded in the freshman year. The scholarship is renewable based on the criteria in the Scholarship Renewal Policy. Applicants must have a minimum ACT composite of 33 or higher or a minimum SAT combined math and critical reading score of 1440 (if taken prior to January 2016) or a combined SAT R score of 1490 (if taken March 2016 or later), and a cumulative high school GPA of a 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Candidates for this scholarship must attend a mandatory on-campus interview with faculty and administrators on Friday, April 7, 2018.


Immaculata High School of Chicago Alumnae Association Scholarships

Scholarships are available to alumnae of Immaculata High School of Chicago or families of Immaculata High School of Chicago alumnae. Prospective candidates must be accepted to Loyola by May 1. Eligible family members include: children, stepchildren, adopted children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren of Immaculata High School of Chicago alumnae and also descendants of spouses of alumnae. Awards vary from $100 to $500 and are based on financial need. Download the applicationImmaculata Scholarship 2017-2018‌. For more information, contact Edward R. Moore, Scholarship Director, Office of Student Financial Assistance, at: 773.508.7704.

James Wesley White, Jr. Scholarship

The Directors of the James Wesley White, Jr. Scholarship Fund are pleased to announce they are accepting applications for its annual scholarship in honor of James “Jay” Wesley White, Jr.  Current sophomores and juniors majoring in theatre are eligible to apply for the $1500 scholarship.  Applications are due by July 1, 2017.  You may contact the scholarship committee for more information at jwwjscholarship@yahoo.com or angele_white@yahoo.com. James Wesley White Jr. Scholarship Application

Jesuit, Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) and Sisters of Christian Charity High School Half Tuition Scholarships

These half tuition scholarships are awarded to one student from each Jesuit, B.V.M., Sisters of Christian Charity high school in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Candidates must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA, a minimum of 23 on the ACT or a combined verbal and math of 1160-1190 on the SAT and must be nominated by their high school principal or their designate (one nomination per school).  Nomination forms will be sent to each eligible school in December and nominations must be received by March 1, 2018.  Scholarship recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher while at Loyola Chicago and complete 20 hours of community service per semester.

Latino Art Beat

Two $8,000 scholarships ($2,000 each year for four consecutive years) are awarded to three new students accepted to Loyola and also named winners in Chicago's Latino Art Beat competition by Mr. Don Rossi Nuncio, president. These scholarships are restricted to tuition.

National Merit/National Achievement Finalists

One full-tuition scholarship is available to students who have been named National Merit/National Achievement finalists by the National Merit Corporation. Qualified students should submit a copy of their award letter from the National Merit Corporation as their application for one of these scholarships by March 1. A committee will review each student's application for admission, writing sample and transcript. Any National Merit/National Achievement finalist who does not receive one of the full-tuition scholarships may receive a Loyola-sponsored $2,000 scholarship.

For both scholarships students must name Loyola Chicago as their first-choice school with the National Merit Corporation. The full-tuition scholarship recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher for renewal. Recipients of the $2,000 scholarships must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Interested candidates should e-mail Edward R. Moore, Scholarship Director, Financial Aid Office at: emoore@luc.edu.

Rachel Carson Scholarship in the Institute of Environmental Sustainability

The Rachel Carson Scholarship provides the opportunity for students to learn about nature by studying in nature through summer coursework at Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC). LUREC is Loyola’s newest campus located 50 miles NE of Chicago, on 98 acres of wetland, forest, prairies, and ponds, with a 3 acre organic student farm. Courses offered at LUREC include Field Ornithology, Principles of Ecology, Wetland Ecology, Restoration Ecology, Conservation Biology, and Sustainable Agriculture. Awardees will be required to take one 3-week course during the early summer session, in each of two years while at Loyola, and also serve as ambassadors for LUREC with their peers. Four $2,500 per year scholarships will be awarded for up to four years each to qualified new freshman or transfer students who have been admitted into the Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES). Prospective candidates must be admitted to Loyola prior to February 1, 2018. The Rachel Carson Scholarship application is due March 2, 2018. If you have questions about this award please contact the Undergraduate Admission Office at 800-262-2373 or admission@luc.edu.

School of Education Half-Tuition Scholarship

Two half-tuition scholarships are offered to incoming freshman entering the School of Education. Applicants must have a composite score of 25 or higher on the ACT or equivalent SAT score and a 3.4 high school GPA or higher. This scholarship may not be combined with another academic award and will replace any previously awarded scholarship. The deadline to apply for this application is February 28, 2018. Please check your admitted student status page for the application.

Senn High School Scholars

Loyola University Chicago offers five awards of varying amounts via a selective process to admitted students from Senn High School. Eligible students must graduate from Senn High School by the Summer 2018 and be admitted to Loyola by February 1, 2018. Admitted students are also encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by February 15, 2018 given the opportunity to qualify for the Illinois Monetary Program (MAP) amongst other need-based awards. Undocumented students are invited to apply as well. The application deadline is March 1, 2018. Please check your admitted student status page for the application.

For more information about scholarship opportunities for undergraduates, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 773.508.7704 or lufinaid@luc.edu.

Zolp Scholarship

Zolp Scholarship

The Wm. Zolp Scholarship is an endowed scholarship available to pay toward tuition to any Catholic student by the last name of Zolp who attends Loyola University Chicago. A copy of a birth certificate and a baptismal or confirmation certificate confirming the last name of Zolp and that the applicant is Catholic must be filed with the Financial Aid Office. Prospective candidates must be admitted to Loyola by February 1. Scholarship amounts will vary depending upon fund availability and the number of eligible recipients. Newly Admitted Freshmen for Fall 2017 can apply through the LUC Scholarship Connect at https://luc.academicworks.com/users/sign_in  after January 1, 2018. Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2018.