Scholarships and Grants

Investing in your future

By pursuing your college degree at Loras College, you have decided to invest in your future. 100% of Loras students receive financial aid. We take great pride in supporting your investment – both through providing an exceptional learning experience and in sharing the cost of your degree. We offer Loras College scholarships, grants and special awards to all students based on their achievements and financial need.

Scholarships and Grants below are available to new students beginning in the fall of 2019.

Scholarships Based on Achievement

Loras College offers a wide variety of scholarships and awards based on academic achievement, musical talent and other criteria. These awards are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who will be full-time undergraduate students. These awards are not based on financial need.

Loras Scholarships and Awards

Loras offers academic scholarships to accepted students based on their high school GPA and ACT score. The GPA utilized for scholarship ranking is based on a 4.0 scale. These awards range from $12,000 – $22,000 and are made without regard to financial need. No additional application is required. To learn more, talk to your admission representative.

Early Acceptance and FAFSA Submission Award

Loras offers a $500 award to students that are admitted to the College by November 15th and submit the FAFSA to the Federal Processing Agency with Loras College listed as a recipient of results no later than November 15th. This award is renewable for continuing students with FAFSA completion by November 15th of each year. Loras School Code 001873.

Loras Competitive Scholarships

Accepted students that meet eligibility criteria are invited to compete for additional Loras competitive scholarships at the fall or spring scholarship competition days. Eligibility for the fall day (November 18th) requires a minimum high school gpa of 3.5 and a minimum ACT composite score of 25. Eligibility for the spring day (February 18th) requires a minimum high school gpa of 3.0. Students are not allowed to compete in both days. Scholarships awarded through the fall competition range in value from $250 to three (3) full-tuition scholarships.  Scholarships awarded through the spring competition range in value from $250 to full tuition.

Eagle Scout or Gold Award

Loras College recognizes the achievement of students that have earned their Eagle Scout or Gold award through the Boy and Girl Scouts of America programs. Students are able to receive a one-time award of $1,000. In order to qualify, students must submit the certificate of achievement from Boy/Girl Scouts of America to the Loras College financial aid office by March 1st.

FIRST Robotics Scholarship
(for students involved in robotics competitions)

Loras College supports the mission, goals and outcomes associated with FIRST Robotics. As a demonstration of this support, Loras College will award up to four (4) non-renewable scholarships of $1,000 to high school seniors who have participated on a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team during their junior or senior year in high school. Funding effective for new students beginning fall 2018. For more details please contact your admission representative.  The full PDF application can be found here.

Loras College Chemistry Olympics Award

The annual Chemistry Olympics allows students to compete in group and individual events. Loras recognizes the top competitors at the college’s annual Chemistry Olympics with one-time scholarships. For more details please contact your admission representative.

Grants Based on Financial Need

Loras grants are based on student financial need and the total of all other Loras College scholarships and grants awarded. These grants can be renewed each year, but renewal is based upon annual FAFSA results and a consistent level of demonstrated need. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to receive this grant. Amount varies. For additional information on these and other grants, please contact your admission representative.

Grants
Federal Pell & Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

Eligibility for Federal Pell Grants is determined by the FAFSA. The maximum award amount is $6,095.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) funds are awarded to students demonstrating exceptional financial need, with preference given to Pell Grant recipients. The award level is dependent upon individual need and the level of federal funding. Loras student eligible for SEOG funds may receive up to $1,000.


Iowa Tuition Grant

These grants assist Iowa residents with demonstrated financial need who choose to attend an Iowa private college. Eligibility to receive funds is determined by completion of the FAFSA by July 1. An Iowa Tuition Grant can be received for a maximum of eight semesters of full-time study. Grants up to $5,650 are awarded.

Out-of-State Grant

Undergraduate students that reside outside the state of Iowa are eligible for up to $4,500 in an out-of-state grant. Students must complete the FAFSA and have an estimated family contribution of $9,000 or less. Students may renew this grant annually if their grade point average remains at a 2.0 or above and they continue to meet the initial eligibility criteria. Effective for new students entering in the fall of 2018.

Loras College Program-Based Scholarships

The following academic and co-curricular programs provide an additional scholarship for selected participants.  The programs listed below engage over 25% of the incoming students each year. While students may apply to multiple programs, cross program participation is restricted to First Generation Scholars and Music Scholarship recipients. If individuals are selected for more than one of the following programs (Breitbach Catholic Thinkers & Leaders, Interfaith Leaders, Civic Leaders, DuSTEM Scholars, or the John Paul II Memorial Scholars), then they must choose one. The maximum stackable funding allowed from any combination of these program scholarships is $3,500 unless the unique program award exceeds this amount (e.g. DuSTEM Scholars and Breitbach Catholic Thinkers and Leaders). Program scholarship awards may not exceed the cost of tuition.

1. Breitbach Catholic Thinkers & Leaders Program/Scholarship

The Breitbach Catholic Thinkers & Leaders Program is a unique and vibrant four-year experience.  Its goal is to challenge and engage the whole student – academically, spiritually, personally and socially while learning what it means to be a Catholic thinker and leader in today’s world.  The program is intended to put Catholic teachings into action.  Accepted students must submit a completed application by December 14 to be considered for this competitive program.  The program invites up to 15 students to join their ranks each year.  Breitbach Scholars will be awarded an annual scholarship of $4,000 in addition to their acceptance award from the College.  Applicants who are selected for and complete an interview, but are not chosen for the program, will receive a $1,000 one-time award in their first year. More detailed program information and the application are available at loras.edu/bctl.

2. DuSTEM Scholars Program

The Loras College DuSTEM Scholars Program provides financial and academic support for students wanting to pursue an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) disciplines. DuSTEM Scholars will join a learning community that supports their transition from high school to college and from college to career. Throughout the Loras DuSTEM Scholars Program, our goal is to leverage resources to mentor participants into successful professionals. The priority deadline for applications is December 1.  More detailed program information and the application are available at loras.edu/dustem. Effective for new students entering in the fall of 2019.

3. First Generation Scholars

The First Generation Scholars Program strives to support first generation students at Loras as they become the first in their family to complete college.  Through mentoring, leadership and community engagement opportunities, first generation students will develop a supportive and enriching network.  First Generation Scholars are eligible for up to $1,500 annually, dependent upon financial need and continued involvement in the program. Accepted students must complete the First Generation Scholars Program application by March 31.  More detailed program information and the application are available at loras.edu/firstgeneration.

4. Interfaith Leaders Program

In the Loras Program for Interfaith Leaders, students learn how people orient around religion differently, and they discover in themselves abilities to interact with people of diverse religious and worldview backgrounds. The program hopes that, through careful study, self-reflection, and responsible service, students will learn to lead others toward a deeper, more informed fellowship. Interfaith Leaders will be awarded an annual scholarship of $1,000 in addition to their acceptance award. Visit loras.edu/Interfaithleaders for more information.

5. Civic Leaders Program

The Loras Program for Civic Leaders offers students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of leadership, service, justice and responsible contributing across all four years of their college experience.  Designed to blend theory and practice, the program strives to develop students’ capacities to be positive change agents within their communities.  Operating from an asset-based perspective, the program aims to assist students in acquiring the skills needed to work in solidarity with marginalized people and communities.  Accepted students must submit a completed Civic Leaders Program application by March 1.  Civic Leaders will be awarded an annual scholarship of $1,000 in addition to other merit-based aid from the College.  More detailed program information and the application are available at www.loras.edu/civicleaders.

5. St. John Paul II Memorial Scholars Program

To promote the vision of Saint Pope John Paul II, Loras offers eight (8) scholarships to students who combine their studies, spirituality and service in witness to Christ and the truth of the human person. Scholarship awards are $1,500 and require continued program participation to annually renew the award. Visit our loras.edu/jpii page to apply and learn more. Applications must be received by March 1st.

6. St. Cecilia Music Scholarships

Students accepted to Loras are able to audition for vocal and instrumental scholarships. Scholarships range from
$250—$2,000. Scholarship recipients must participate in vocal or instrumental ensembles annually to maintain their award. Auditions will be held in fall and winter. Students participating in Liturgical Music Ministry are eligible for a scholarship to cover their applied lesson fee. Visit loras.edu/musicscholarships  for more information and to schedule an audition date.

Contact your Admission Representative if you have any questions or if you would like additional information on any of the above programs and scholarships.

Scholarships and Grants for Transfer Students
Phi Theta Kappa Awards

Students transferring to Loras that hold membership in Phi Theta Kappa and have a 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point average are eligible for the Phi Theta Kappa awards. These $19,000 awards reflect the highest, single achievement award a transfer student may earn.

Loras Transfer Achievement Awards

Loras College offers Transfer Achievement awards for qualified, incoming, full-time (12 credits or more) transfer students that are not Phi Theta Kappa members.  Awards will be based on a cumulative college grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and at least 15 transferable credits. Awards range from $10,000–$19,000.

Music Scholarships

Students accepted to the college are able to audition for vocal and instrumental scholarships. Scholarships range up to $2000 and are in addition to a student’s acceptance award. Scholarship recipients do not need to pursue a major in music but must participate in vocal or instrumental ensembles annually to maintain their award. Auditions will be held in fall and winter. Students participating in Liturgical Music Ministry are eligible for a scholarship to cover their applied lesson fee. Visit our music scholarship page for more information and to schedule an audition date.

Carver Scholars Program

Scholarships are available to students transferring from an Iowa community college to begin full-time study in the fall semester of their junior year. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have graduated from an Iowa high school or been a state resident for at least five consecutive years. Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. Scholarships are awarded in the amount of $7,600. For additional information visit http://www.carvertrust.org/.

First Generation Scholars

The First Generation Scholars Program strives to support first-generation college students and their families and promote engagement, study skills, and experiential opportunities for the student to have as they successfully progress toward graduation.

This program is designed to recruit and retain first-generation students. First-generation students who opt to participate in the program are eligible for additional funds beyond their initial acceptance award up to a $1,500 scholarship depending on financial need. Awards are renewable with continued program participation. More detailed program information and application at www.loras.edu/firstgeneration.

To be considered for the FGSP you must:

  • Apply, and be admitted to Loras College
  • Be a first-generation student, which for this program means that your parent(s) or guardian(s) has/have no bachelor’s degree
  • Be an incoming transfer student with at least 60 credits left to complete their degree
  • Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Preference will be given to those with unmet financial need as determined by the Loras College financial planning office
  • Be willing to fully participate in the First Generation Scholars Program and activities for as long as the award is accepted.
  • Complete applications must be received by April 15th.

Students selected to be a First Generation Scholar must:

  • Agree to attend the Loras College REACH Orientation prior to the start of their First Fall semester;
  • Agree to participate in 2 years of progressive and socially challenging programming, campus activities, and career readiness workshops;
  • Agree to attend designated meetings with the Director of Intercultural Programs or designee;
  • Transition to leadership roles as upperclassman with participation as student leader in REACH Orientation program and potential mentorship role for incoming students;

Renewal

  • Maintain full time status
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress toward degree completion
  • Live in campus housing all 2 years
  • Abide by all Loras College policies found in the student handbook
  • Represent the college in a positive manner

Disclaimer: The College reserves the right to change program participation criteria. Any changes would be made in the Spring term for Fall implementation.

 


Phi Theta Kappa and Transfer Achievement awards are not eligible to be combined (e.g., are not stackable). Total awards for students cannot exceed full tuition. Contact the Loras College Admission Office with questions or for additional information on scholarships and grants at 800.245.6717, 563.588.7236 or financial.planning@loras.edu.

Scholarships and Grants for International Students

All international students seeking their first bachelor’s degree are eligible for merit-based scholarships and grants once they are accepted to Loras College.  Awards are based on full-time enrollment and residency in campus housing.  Awards are renewable as long as award criteria is met annually.

LORAS SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

Loras offers academic scholarships to accepted international students based on their secondary school achievement. These awards range from $14,000 – $20,000 and are made without regard to financial need. No additional application is required. To learn more, talk to your admission representative.

EARLY ACCEPTANCE AND CERTIFICATE OF FINANCES AWARD

Loras offers a $500 award to students that are admitted to the College by November 15th and submit their Certificate of Finances documentation to Loras College no later than November 15th. This award is renewable for continuing students with Certificate of Finance documentation completed annually by November 15th of each year.

#YOU ARE WELCOME HERE SCHOLARSHIP

Loras College is proud to join other colleges and universities across the United States in offering international students financial assistance through the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship program. The eligibility criteria and application for this $5,000 annual, renewable scholarship may be found at loras.edu/youarewelcomehere. Up to four (4) awards will be offered annually.

UNITED WORLD COLLEGE (UWC) ALUMNI AWARD

Loras College is proud to offer alumni of any of the 17 United World College (UWC) campuses access to a Loras College undergraduate education through a full-tuition scholarship. Loras College stands in solidarity with the founding mission and on-going vision of the UWC movement. The eligibility criteria and application for this annual, renewable scholarship may be found at loras.edu/uwc. Up to three (3) awards will be offered annually.

Guidelines for Loras College Scholarships, Grants and Awards

1. Students must be full-time undergraduates and meet the GPA requirements associated with each scholarship.

2. The total of all awarded Loras scholarships, grants and awards may not exceed the cost of full tuition. External awards may be used beyond the cost of full tuition.

3. Some of our scholarships, grants and awards can be combined; however, most cannot. Specific questions can be directed to your admission representative.

4. Scholarships, grants and awards are available for a maximum of eight semesters.

5. Scholarships, grants and awards are subject to fund availability and may be replaced by alternative funds when necessary.

6. Students must live in campus housing to receive the full amount of these scholarship funds.  The scholarship will be reduced by $1,500 for commuting students.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

The search engines listed below are provided to aid families in identifying possible external scholarships and grants. Many organizations want to financially support students who are earning their college degree. Finding the scholarship opportunities that match your specific attributes will involve research. The search engines listed below may be helpful to you in researching possible external scholarships and grants.

Scholarship Search Engines
 
Cappex https://www.cappex.com
Chegg Scholarships http://www.chegg.com/scholarships
College Board https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search
College Greenlight https://collegegreenlight.com/
College Scholarships.com www.college-scholarships.com/free_scholarship_searches.htm
Education Portal.com www.education-portal.com
Fastweb.com  http://www.Fastweb.com
Finaid.org http://www.Finaid.org
Free 4u.com www.free-4u.com/iowa_state_resident_scholarships1.htm
Ihaveaplaniowa.org www.ihaveaplaniowa.org
Icansucceed.org www.icansucceed.org
Peterson’s https://www.petersons.com
Red Kite https://redkite.com/
Scholarship America https://scholarshipamerica.org/
Scholarships and Grants www.scholarshipsandgrants.us
Scholarships.com http://scholarships.com/
Scholarship Guidance http://scholarshipguidance.com
Scholarship Monkey www.scholarshipmonkey.com
Scholarship Search https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search
Scholarship Search by Sallie Mae https://www.salliemae.com/plan-for-college/scholarships/scholarship-search/
Student Scholarships https://studentscholarships.org

 

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