University Grants and Scholarships

University Scholars

Freshman applicants who have demonstrated extraordinary aptitude based on their academic grade point average (GPA) and SAT* or ACT scores are invited to enter USF as University Scholars.

  • Minimum 3.8 grade point average
  • Minimum combined SAT* score of 1320 or minimum ACT score of 30
  • Must apply for admission no later than January 15 for the following academic year
  • Renewal is automatic as long as a semester by semester minimum 3.25 GPA is maintained.

Scholars receive a renewable scholarship that pays a substantial portion of the cost of full-time tuition for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study.

* SAT scores are combined Math and Critical Reading (Verbal). ACT scores can be used if no SAT scores are available, or if higher than the combined SAT scores.

USF Academic Merit Award

Freshman applicants who did not qualify for University Scholars may be eligible for one of three merit-based tuition-only awards.

  • Based on a combination of GPA and SAT or ACT scores
  • Must apply for admission no later than January 15 for the following academic year
  • Renewal is automatic as long as a cumulative 2.0 GPA is maintained at the end of every semester and other Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements are met (see our SAP policy).

Academic merit awards can only be used towards full-time tuition costs for up to eight semesters.

University Tuition Grants & Named Scholarships

The University provides tuition assistance to undergraduate students through its Tuition Grant Program. In addition, alumni and friends of the University have provided funds for tuition scholarship programs. Individual scholarships may be intended to benefit students pursuing a particular major or those who have achieved a specific GPA, but they all require a demonstrated financial need. In addition to the requirement of demonstrated need, these grants require a minimum admitted GPA that is determined after our review of the academic transcripts of the applicant pool. University Tuition Grant funding is available for up to 8 semesters of undergraduate study as long as the student reapplies for aid each year by the continuing student priority deadline of March 2nd, continues to demonstrate need, and makes satisfactory academic progress.

New students interested in applying for the coming fall semester must file the CSS Profile application by February 1 for USF need-based grant consideration. Continuing students must complete the FAFSA by March 2. Continuing undergrads who are ineligible to file the FAFSA due to citizenship status should file the California Dream Act Application for USF need-based grant consideration.

School of Management

The University of San Francisco School of Management offers a limited number of partial-tuition scholarships to its undergraduate and graduate students.

Athletic Scholarships

Athletic scholarships are offered for inter-collegiate participation in:

  • Women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field and volleyball
  • Men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and track and field

Please call the Athletic Department at (415) 422-6891 for more information.


The USF Military Science program annually provides two, three and four-year Army ROTC scholarships that provide significant assistance towards the cost of tuition, room and board, and books each year, as well as monthly stipends. Learn more about Military Science ROTC scholarships or call (415) 422-5628 (toll free 800-854-1385).