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Flexible and Accessible

Every hungry mind deserves the opportunity to learn and reach their potential.

Through financial aid and scholarships, including both internal and external awards, as well as strategic community partnerships and non-traditional credit, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at Loyola University Chicago allows you to fulfill course requirements and opens doors to college degrees.

Focusing on affordability, accessibility, and flexibility, SCPS helps you transform your career trajectory and pursue your professional goals.

“Loyola was committed to my success, even before I was committed to Loyola.” Haeley Goldsmith ’17
“I received four scholarships from Loyola’s SCPS and those scholarships were amazing in alleviating some of the worry that can come from financing higher education.” Shannon Cervantes ‘16

Earning A Degree Matters


of SCPS undergraduate degree students who apply for SCPS scholarships receive some form of scholarship


of SCPS undergraduate students obtain Pell Grants from the federal government


of SCPS students are awarded the MAP grant from the State of Illinois


Cost is a major factor for students deciding to return to school and SCPS makes finishing your degree affordable and accessible through varied financial aid options, including grants, scholarships, and knowledge-based credit.


Discover information on tuition and fees for the current and future academic years. Remember that SCPS offers various financial aid options to make your high-quality education affordable. Learn More

Financial Aid

Committed to making your education as accessible as possible, SCPS staff will work with you to understand the financial aid process. More than half of our students receive financial support from the federal or state government. Learn More


SCPS students can pursue a variety of internal and external scholarships to help cover educational expenses. In fact, 100 percent of our undergraduate degree students who apply for SCPS scholarships receive aid. Learn More

Knowledge-based Credit

SCPS students can earn college credit toward graduation for various qualified learning experiences, including past college-level courses and select training programs. In addition, students can earn credit for passing scores on DSST and CLEP exams as well as credit. Through the American Council on Education (ACE), which provides recommendations for academic credit for professional exams or training, military credit, police training, and other select learning experiences. Students will work with their advisor to identify the knowledge-based credit that can reduce cost and their time to degree or certificate completion.

“The Fellows Program is helping me achieve that next big thing” Haeley Goldsmith ’17


Achieve the Degree Scholarships

Achieve the Degree Scholarships include both merit and need-based scholarships. Newly admitted undergraduate degree-seeking students can expect to receive $2,000 in their first semester while awards for current students range from $1,100 to $3,000 per semester.

SCPS Fellows Program

The largest scholarship offered at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, the SCPS Fellows Program matches the contributions of a corporate tuition assistance program up to $5,250. Any SCPS student, regardless of the degree or certificate they are pursuing, can apply for the Fellows Program.

Returning Rambler Scholarship

Launched in 2022, the Returning Rambler Scholarship covers 25% of a graduate student's tuition rate for eligible students.

SCPS Graduate Scholarship

SCPS offers scholarship opportunities for graduate students and awards generally cover about 20% of total tuition costs.

Jean Hellman Ryan Paralegal Endowed Scholarship

A scholarship specifically open for SCPS students pursuing a paralegal certificate.

Additional Scholarships

In addition, the U.S. Department of Labor maintains a comprehensive database of merit and need-based scholarships offered by individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, social organizations, and other entities. You can search thousands of scholarships by visiting the Department of Education’s Scholarship page.

Other Opportunities

Veterans Educational Benefits

SCPS participates in all applicable federal programs for veterans, service persons, and their dependents, including various GI Bill programs, as well as the Yellow Ribbon Program, a partnership with the VA to assist with tuition funding. In addition, some military learning experiences and training programs might be eligible for bachelor’s degree credits through the American Council on Education.

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Community and Employer Partnerships

SCPS is proud to partner with two organizations powering futures: One Million Degrees, an Illinois-based organization providing wrap-around supports to highly motivated community college students; and the Chicago campus of Year Up, a national organization helping to ensure young adults gain the skills, experiences, and support necessary to reach their potential.

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We’re Here to Help

Contact us today at gpem@luc.edu or at 312-915-7900 with any questions or to request more information about adult and continuing education programs at SCPS.