The Catholic University of America offers several forms of financial assistance to qualifying students. Our focus is on helping as many eligible students as possible achieve their goal of obtaining a high quality academic and values-based education. Eight out of every 10 full-time students at Catholic University receive some level of financial aid, based on both need and academic potential.

Office of Student Financial Assistance

Investing in Your Future

A college degree is an important investment in your future, but financing that degree is often a concern for students and families. CUA's Office of Student Financial Assistance works to help students and families make a Catholic University education accessible.

Understanding Financial Aid at CUA

The process of applying for aid can seem complicated and time consuming, and our goal is to make it go as smoothly as possible for you. Catholic University participates in a wide variety of financial aid programs to assist our students and their families in paying for their post-secondary education. This is the place to find information about the various financial aid programs available at CUA as well as our policies and procedures. Financial aid policies and procedures can change due to changes in federal regulations or university decisions regarding aid; you should check this site regularly to get the most up-to-date information.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Contact Us
Phone: 202-319-5307
Toll Free: 888-635-7788
Fax: 202-319-5573
Email: cua-finaid@cua.edu
Forms/Docs Email: cua-faforms@cua.edu

Latest News

Our office is located in Father O'Connell Hall, Suite 300M

2016 -2017 CSS PROFILE is now available for Fall 2016 new undergrad admits seeking institutional need-based aid.

2015-2016 Direct Loan forms now available. Visit "Direct Loan Forms" section of our Forms page.

PLUS Loan (Federal Direct) process improves for Parents &Graduate students! Tired of doing both paper and online applications? Starting Fall 2015 you only need the CUA paper application! Visit "Direct Loan Forms" section of our Forms page.

Financial Aid Basics

The Catholic University of America offers grants, loans and work study to help assist our students and their families in paying for their post-secondary education. Money for these programs comes from the U.S. Department of Education and Catholic University. The Office of Admission also awards academic scholarships to qualified incoming freshmen and transfer students with outstanding academic credentials.

The process of applying for aid can seem complicated and time consuming, and we want to make it go as smoothly as possible for you. Follow the simple suggestions below to make the process as easy a possible.

  • Request and complete all financial aid forms in a timely fashion.
  • Know deadlines and apply early! Don't wait until the deadline. Avoid mail delays, busy fax lines and busy Web sites.
  • Complete your tax return early. It is easier to complete the FAFSA and any other financial aid application if you can refer to a completed tax return. If you must use estimated tax information, be as accurate as possible.
  • Read all instructions and follow them carefully. Check your work.
  • Respond immediately to school requests for additional information or documents, such as copies of federal tax returns.
  • Ask questions if you don't understand.

FAQs

  1. Can I work on campus?
    There are two ways to seek employment on campus. If you qualify for need-based financial aid (as determined by the FAFSA), you may qualify for a federal work-study grant. In this program, you may work in an office on campus and collect paychecks up to the amount of your award. Your financial aid package will indicate if you qualify for work-study.

    If you do not qualify for a work-study position, you can still find employment on campus. Many departments offer jobs to students in a part-time capacity. At the beginning of the fall semester, the university sponsors a campus job fair where you can speak with representatives from offices that are seeking student workers to fill both work-study positions, as well as part-time positions.

  2. When do students receive notification of their financial aid awards?
    Financial aid packages for admitted student with valid documentation will be mailed in late March.
  3. What is the cost to attend CUA?
    The Estimated Cost of Attendance can be found on the Financial Aid website.
    It is important to realize most families pay far less than this "sticker price," thanks to the many scholarship and financial aid programs offered at Catholic University. These programs - funded by private, university, federal and state sources - are making financial aid available to more students than ever before, even those from middle- and higher-income families.
  4. What is the deadline for applying for both federal and University financial aid?
    For award notification by late March, undergraduate applicants should file the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE by February 15. We strongly suggest that you submit the application electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The Catholic University of America's Federal Title IV School Code is 001437. The CSS PROFILE is available at http://student.collegeboard.org/profileand has a nominal fee.
  5. Does CUA ask for the College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE?
    Yes. Students wishing to be considered for Catholic University need-based assistance are required to submit the FAFSA as well as the CSS PROFILE. Students may begin submitting the CSS PROFILE as early as October 1. There is a nominal charge for completing the CSS PROFILE at http://student.collegeboard.org/profile
  6. Must I file a FAFSA to be eligible to receive scholarships at CUA?
    A FAFSA is not required for scholarships based upon academic ability. Some of our scholarships and grants, however, do have a need component. For this reason, we encourage all prospective students - even those who do not think they may qualify for need-based aid - to file a FAFSA to take full advantage of our scholarship and grant opportunities. Students may begin submitting the FAFSA as early as January 1.
  7. What kind of financial assistance is available?
    At The Catholic University of America, we offer several forms of financial assistance to qualifying students. Because we are interested in attracting students of strong ability and character to the university, many of our programs feature generous scholarships based on academic merit, leadership qualities or a combination of both these strengths.

    Catholic University also offers need-based financial aid to eligible students and families. To be considered for these awards, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Board's College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE. Each of these forms helps to determine the estimated contribution you and your family can afford to pay toward your education. The FAFSA is available from your high school guidance office or online. The CSS PROFILEis available onlineand requires a nominal fee. Once these forms are completed and your family's need is assessed, you can be considered for university, state and federal need-based grants (that do not require repayment), low-interest loans, and work-study opportunities.

  8. If I have a sibling already attending CUA, can I qualify for additional assistance?
    CUA has a special Family Grant for families with more than one child attending The Catholic University of America. The older sibling receives a $2,000 Family Grant while both students are attending CUA. In order to qualify for this grant, both students must be dependent, undergraduate, full-time students pursuing a first bachelor's degree. Additional criteria and the form that needs to be completed and submitted can be found online.
Visit the Office of General Counsel's website for information about Catholic University's compliance with disclosure requirements under Title IV.

Financial Aid Timeline

FALL OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR:
  • Review the cost of attendance at CUA, use a College Tuition Cost Calculator to help understand the cost and how much you will need to finance.
  • CUA offers a variety of scholarships. There are two awards with specific deadlines that also require separate forms. Be sure to submit the $1000 Alumni Grant and $3000 Parish Scholarship forms on time.
  • Start to research scholarship opportunities from sources other than CUA. There are a lot of organizations and businesses who offer scholarship money to college students.FastWeb and College Scholarships.org are two good sites to begin your search.
  • Beginning October 1 start completing the College Board's CSS PROFILE. File the CSS PROFILE should you wish to be considered for CUA need-based grants. There is a nominal fee for completing the CSS PROFILE. CUA's CSS PROFILE code is 5104. The priority deadline is February 15th.
AFTER JANUARY 1st:
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1, but before the priority deadline of February 15th. CUA encourages all students to use the FAFSA to apply for federal aid. Be sure to designate CUA on the FAFSA application by using CUA's code, 001437.
  • Carefully review your FAFSA information for completeness and correctness. Having the wrong date of birth, Social Security Number, incomplete tax data, missing signature(s) or using can slow down the process of determining eligibility for financial aid.
FEBRUARY
  • You may receive notification from CUA's Office of Financial Aid which indicates you are selected for verification. Verification is a review process in which the Office of Financial Aid determines the accuracy of the information provided on the student's FAFSA. The U.S. Department of Education selects approximately 30% of aid applicants for verification. The Catholic University of America selects another 10 to 20% of our freshmen students for federal and institutional verification.
  • Participation in the verification process is not optional. If you are selected, please complete the necessary steps immediately. If the student does not submit the requested documentation, the student will not be eligible to receive federal or institutional need-based financial aid and parents of dependent student will not be eligible to receive a PLUS loan.
LATE MARCH
  • Should you be eligible for CUA academic scholarships, you will be notified by mail in late March. Additionally, you will be able to log onto Cardinal Station and view your scholarships online in the Financial section of your account.
  • If you submitted a correct and complete FAFSA and are eligible for federal or CUA need-based aid, you will be notified by mail in late March. Additionally, you will be able to log onto Cardinal Station and view your financial aid online in the Financial section of your account.
MAY
  • When you are ready to accept your CUA financial aid award package, you will need to log onto Cardinal Station and accept your awards.
  • CUA offers you the flexibility of monthly payments rather than paying in one or two large payments. The opportunity to make smaller payments on a monthly basis may allow you to minimize the amount you need to borrow in student loans. This optional interest-free monthly payment plan divides tuition and other expenses into eight or ten smaller monthly payments spread out over the year.

Grants, Loans and Employment

For a full list of our grants, loans and employment/work programs, visit: http://admissions.cua.edu/undergrad/finaid/gle.html

Eligibility

Discover if you are eligible for financial aid at http://financialaid.cua.edu/basic-eligibility.cfm or use our Net Price Calculator tool: http://admissions.cua.edu/undergrad/finaid/NetPriceCalculator/calculator.html

Application Process

For helpful tips, important dates and the application process for financial aid, visit: http://financialaid.cua.edu/applying-for-aid.cfm