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We pride ourselves on ensuring that a JCU education is accessible and affordable for all students and families, regardless of their economic backgrounds. Every year, we distribute numerous scholarship awards to incoming first-year students. We encourage you to read through the information below to learn more about awards for which you may be eligible.

Merit Scholarships

Scholarship graphicIn and out of the classroom, JCU students accomplish a great deal and leave their mark on our campus and in the community. Our merit scholarships are designed to recognize and celebrate what students have accomplished throughout high school in hopes that they will share those talents with us.

When you submit your application for admission, you’ll automatically be considered for merit scholarships up to $27,000 per year. No separate application is required for you to be considered for merit scholarships.

Listed scholarship values automatically renew for a total of four years, as long as academic and conduct standards are maintained. You’ll be notified of your merit scholarship at the time of admission.

Merit Scholarship Information
Merit Scholarship Information

Merit awards are determined based on academic performance, rigor of high school curriculum, and standardized test scores (if submitted). 

Note: JCU is test optional for fall 2022 and fall 2023 applicants. For more information, click here.

Merit Scholarship Appeals
For applicants who wish to have their merit scholarship award reconsidered, a one-time request may be submitted to the Scholarship Committee. More information about our merit scholarship appeals process is available here.

 

FAFSA Filer Grant and Legacy Grant Opportunities

Submit both your Common Application to JCU as well as the FAFSA by December 1 to qualify for our $500 FAFSA Filer Grant. For more information, including eligibility details, visit go.jcu.edu/earlyfiler.

Students who are awarded one or more of the following financial assistance opportunities are not eligible to receive this grant. If a student is awarded a FAFSA Filer Grant prior to being awarded one or more of the following financial assistance opportunities, the FAFSA Filer Grant will be rescinded.

  • JCU Faculty and Staff Tuition Grant 
  • Tuition Exchange Programs including FACHEX, TEP, and CIC-TEP
  • Student Veterans receiving full benefits
  • Veteran dependents receiving full benefits
  • ROTC Scholarships

The Legacy Grant is available exclusively to first-year and transfer legacy students enrolling at JCU in fall 2022. Eligible legacy students will automatically qualify to receive this $500 grant that will renew for four years. 

*Eligible legacy students include those students who have had a parent, step-parent, legal guardian, grandparent, or sibling graduate from JCU at the time of application. Applicants should indicate their legacy connection(s), along with their year(s) of graduation on their application for admission. 

Students who are awarded one or more of the following financial assistance opportunities are not eligible to receive this grant. If a student is awarded a Legacy Grant prior to being awarded one or more of the following financial assistance opportunities, the Legacy Grant will be rescinded.

  • JCU Faculty and Staff Tuition Grant 
  • Tuition Exchange Programs including FACHEX, TEP, and CIC-TEP
  • Student Veterans receiving full benefits
  • Veteran dependents receiving full benefits
  • ROTC Scholarships

Academic, Alumni, Regional, and Special Interest Scholarship Opportunities

Admitted students will receive an email containing information about scholarship opportunities at JCU. To be considered for these awards, students must fill out the JCU Class of 2026 Scholarship Application, so please be sure to check your email. The deadline to submit the scholarship application is January 15, 2022. We also encourage students to submit the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by December 1, 2021 to determine if they might be eligible for additional financial support. 

For more information about these scholarships, click here.

Additional Scholarships

The scholarships outlined below have varying criteria and require a separate application, in addition to the JCU Class of 2026 Scholarship Application.

A.M.D.G. Scholarship
$10,000

The A.M.D.G. $10,000 annual scholarship is awarded to up to five students from the New York City area. An application is required. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is January 15, 2022. 

Andrew "Dewey" McCarthy Scholarship
$4,300

The Andrew "Dewey" McCarthy Scholarship $4,300 award recognizes an incoming first-year student who has a demonstrated record of leadership, citizenship, and academic ability and who hails from the New England area. The Andrew McCarthy Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Dewey’s family, friends, teammates, classmates, and co-workers. Since 1983, money has been raised in support of the scholarship, and today the fund is fully endowed. The scholarship has been awarded annually since 1988. An application is required.

Ignatian Heritage Scholarship
Up to full tuition
First-year students applying for admission for fall 2022 from Catholic, Jesuit, and/or Cristo Rey High Schools are eligible to apply for our new Ignatian Heritage Scholarship Competition.* The first-place winner will receive a full-tuition scholarship. The second-place winner will receive free room & board. The third-place winner will receive a $3,000 Mathews Scholarship. To be considered for this scholarship, students must submit a completed application for admission to JCU by December 1 and submit the Ignatian Heritage Scholarship application by January 10, 2022. 

*Catholic, Jesuit, and Cristo Rey high schools need to be affiliated with their local Archdiocese, Jesuit Province, or be a recognized school in the Cristo Rey Network.

Loyola Academy Scholarship
$30,000
The Loyola Academy Scholarship was created to recognize the academic excellence of a Loyola Academy student who represents the characteristics of Ignatian heritage and is committed to Jesuit education. The $30,000 annual scholarship is awarded to a student with an ACT score of at least 27, combined with a 90 or higher on the Loyola Academy unweighted 100 point-scale and evidence of leadership and service. A separate is application required. For more information, please contact your enrollment manager.

Say Yes Scholarship
Up to full tuition
JCU is pleased to provide 5 scholarship opportunities each year to students attending Say Yes eligible schools in Cleveland, OH. As part of this program, students can receive up to 8 semesters of financial support to meet the full cost of tuition and mandatory fees at JCU. For more information, click here.

Thomas M. Tully Family Scholarship
$25,000
The Thomas M. Tully Family Scholarship is awarded to an incoming first-year student from St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, IL. The scholarship is $25,000 per year for 4 years. A GPA of 2.75 is required for renewal. An application is required. For more information, please contact your enrollment manager. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is by January 6, 2021.

Outside Scholarships

Be sure to research and apply for outside scholarships, which can help you gain additional support for your John Carroll educational experience. All legitimate scholarship searches should be free and should not ask for any credit card or bank information. If you are unsure of the legitimacy of a scholarship offer or search, please do not hesitate to contact Student Enrollment and Financial Services or the Better Business Bureau.


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