Scholarships for Freshman Students

You should be able to focus on your education, not how you are going to pay for it. Scholarships are a great way to help pay for your education. Benedictine offers several scholarships to help meet the financial needs of our students.

Less debt...
Crain's Chicago Business reported that Benedictine University students graduate with less debt than students at nearly every other public and private college or university in Illinois.

To complete an application, visit If you have questions about your pending application, you can contact or (630) 829-6300.

Scholars Program

Benedictine Scholars Program Award
Eligibility Students must apply and interview with the Scholars program directly. The Scholars Program Award is awarded by the Scholars Program faculty to a limited number of incoming students. The award is not applicable to students in pre-pharmacy programs. Freshman students must have a minimum 3.750/4.000 cumulative GPA; a 27 ACT or 1210 SAT; and two years of foreign language.
Renewability Continued participation in the Scholars Program; cumulative 3.200/4.000 GPA; full-time enrollment.  

Additional Scholarships

Catholic High School Recognition Award
Eligibility Graduate of a Catholic high school.
Renewability Full-time enrollment. 

Music Scholarship
Eligibility Successful completion of music audition with the Department of Music; declared major or minor in music. 
Renewability Maintain a 3.000 GPA; enroll in at least one music course per semester with music department advisor approval; full-time enrollment. 

Family Recognition Award
Eligibility Incoming students of alumni parents and or/grandparents who have a sibling(s) currently enrolled in the traditional undergraduate program or who graduated from Benedictine.
Renewability Full-time enrollment. 

Out-of-State Award
Eligibility Residents of a state other than Illinois who will live in a residence hall (does not include on-campus apartments); Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion; financial need.
Renewability Full-time enrollment and campus resident.

Benedictine University Institutional Aid

During the financial aid process, a student will be considered to determine if they qualify for Benedictine University Institutional Funding in addition to their scholarship and federal aid eligibility. Students must complete the FAFSA in order to be considered for Benedictine University Institutional Aid. Benedictine Institutional Funding is renewable yearly. 

Have you filed your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?

For more information on applying, go to and use Benedictine's school code of 001767.

Please Note

  • Institutional awards applicable for incoming freshmen starting Fall 2017 term.
  • Scholarships are subject to available funding and deadlines.
  • Full-time enrollment is defined as 12 or more semester credit hours per term.
  • Scholarships are limited to a maximum of four years or eight terms of institutional awards.  Awards will be finalized after submission of seventh semester/quarter grades; no revisions to merit awards will be made after the seventh semester/quarter.
  • Student financial aid programs, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice or obligation.
  • Institutional awards are applicable to the cost of tuition only. 
  • Students from the Mesa branch campus are not eligible for these scholarships as they qualify for special tuition rates.


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