Live Wisely: USF Affordability

USF offers an array of endowed and specialized scholarships, rewarding more than $1 million in scholarship aid each year. See what’s right for you!

New Student Scholarships

New Student Scholarships are available to first-year and transfer students who enroll after August 27, 2018. For a list of all USF scholarships, please visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Pay It Forward Scholarship

Apply to win a full tuition scholarship!

At USF, we believe that acts of kindness make the world a better place. Do you? If so, tell us how you have paid it forward to someone else in life. Follow the instructions on our application form and submit it with (or after) your USF application.

The University will award one full tuition/fees scholarship and two half tuition/fees scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. The deadline to apply is January 1, 2018. Pay It Forward Scholarships are renewable up to four years.

Eligibility: First-time and transfer students seeking their first undergraduate degree at USF are eligible to apply. Recipients must attend USF full-time (at either the Fort Wayne or Crown Point campus) to receive this scholarship.

Catholic School Scholarship

First-time, full-time undergraduate students who graduated from a Catholic High School are eligible for this $2,500 per year renewable scholarship. No other application is required.

Academic First-year Student Scholarships

Top academic first-year students receive awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 (based on GPA and test scores). Academic Scholarships are renewable and no other application is required.

Academic Transfer Scholarships

Academically strong transfer students with a GPA of 3.0 and above are eligible for a $5,000 scholarship. Academic Scholarships are renewable for four years and no other application is required.

Athletic Scholarships

Athletic scholarships are awarded to USF athletes. Recipients must participate on a USF athletic team (as determined by the coach) and maintain full-time enrollment. Renewal of the Athletic Scholarship is granted by the coach and reviewed by the athletic director. Receipt of an Athletic Scholarship may adjust or replace the student’s federal loan and work-study eligibility to remain within federal limitations. Additionally, it may be subject to reduction based on receipt of additional USF funding. Scholarship recipients must file their FAFSA forms in time to be processed by April 15. Recipients who submit the FAFSA after the April 15 priority deadline may jeopardize their athletic scholarships.

Academic Talent Awards

Academic Talent Awards are available to first-time, full-time students based on talent. All awards are determined by the appropriate academic division and are renewable up to 4 years. Total combined Academic Talent Awards may not exceed half of tuition.

To apply, students must attend a USF Event Day for the specific division or School.

Upcoming Event Days include:

  • Kinesiology and Nutrition (KAN) Symposium: November 3, 2017
  • USF Open House & Scholarship Day: November 4, 2017
  • Science Symposium
  • Health Careers Preview Day
  • Art Talent Day
  • Communications Workshop: November 16, 2017
  • Art and Music Tech Workshop: November 17, 2017
  • Business Symposium: November 17, 2017
  • Art Portfolio Talent Day on December 1, 2017

Register for Open House & Scholarship Day 

To register for other USF Event Days, contact the Office of Admissions:
Office of Admissions at or 260.399.7700

USF Affordability Grants

USF Affordability Grants are awarded to full-time students who demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA. To have your eligibility assessed by the Office of Financial Aid, file your FAFSA before the priority deadline of April 15. Receipt of additional federal, state or USF funds may adjust or replace the Affordability Grant.


  • Parkview Scholarships
  • National Science Foundation — Roger Bacon Scholarships
  • Steel Dynamics Foundation Scholarship
  • Campus Ministry Service Grant
  • Matching Programs
  • Lilly Room and Board Scholarship
  • Tom Jehl Lifetime Sports Academy Scholarship
  • Endowed Scholarships
  • Yellow Ribbon Grant

To learn more, visit the Office of Financial Aid.