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USF offers both merit- and need-based scholarships for full-time undergraduate students because we know the importance of investing in you. This year, the average merit scholarship for first-year students was over $20,000. If you’re admitted to USF, you’re automatically considered for merit scholarships, no separate application needed.

Merit Scholarships for First-Year Students

Merit scholarships for first-year students are awarded based on your USF-calculated GPA in core academic subjects. Merit scholarships are renewable each year for up to four years, as long as you maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress toward your degree.

Fall 2023 first-year merit scholarships

Merit award* USF GPA Range Amount
University Scholarship > 4.07 $29,000
Presidential Scholarship 3.96 - 4.07 $24,000
Provost Scholarship 3.83 - 3.95 $22,000
Hilltop Scholarship 3.68 - 3.82 $20,000
Ignatius Scholarship 3.51 -3.67 $18,000
Dons Scholarship 3.31 - 3.50 $16,000

*Merit scholarships can only be applied to tuition. Students admitted to our Hilltop first-year nursing program are not included in the criteria above; they are awarded a new Araoz Nursing Scholarship in the amount of $24,000.

Merit Scholarships for Transfer Students

USF automatically considers all transfer applicants for merit scholarships up to $16,000 to be applied toward the cost of tuition. These merit scholarships are determined by your transfer GPA at the time of application, which is a calculated cumulative GPA of all college courses you’ve taken.

Fall 2022 transfer merit scholarships

USF GPA Range Amount per year
≥ 3.75 $16,000
3.50 - 3.74 $14,000
3.20 - 3.49 $10,000
2.90 - 3.19 $7,000*

*Only offered to domestic students
Merit scholarships are not available for students applying to USF’s Sacramento nursing program.

Merit Scholarships for International Students

USF offers merit scholarships to international students applying as first-year or transfer students. When you apply to USF, you will be automatically considered for merit scholarships based on your GPA, English proficiency, and SAT/ACT scores, if provided.

Fall 2023 international first-year merit scholarships

Merit award USF GPA Range Amount
University Scholar > 4.01 $29,000
Presidential Scholarship 3.95 - 4.00 $24,000
Provost Scholarship 3.85 - 3.94 $22,000
Hilltop Scholarship 3.7 - 3.84 $20,000
Ignatius Scholarship 3.5 - 3.69 $18,000
Dons Scholarship 3.2 - 3.49 $16,000

Fall 2022 international transfer merit scholarships

USF GPA Range Amount per year
≥ 3.75 $16,000
3.50 - 3.74 $14,000
3.20 - 3.49 $10,000

Unfortunately, USF does not offer full tuition scholarships for international students, and international students are not eligible for need-based financial aid.

  • USF offers additional institutional grants and scholarships to students who have demonstrated financial need. To be eligible, you must submit a FAFSA (U.S. citizens) or CA Dream Act application (for undocumented or eligible non-citizens) by their required deadlines. These additional grants can be used for tuition only.

  • Athletic scholarships are offered for intercollegiate 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.

  • Army ROTC offers four-, three- and two-year scholarships that pay full tuition costs plus an annual stipend for books and supplies. Learn how to apply for Army ROTC scholarships.

    Please call the Admissions Officer MAJ Robert Bozydaj at (415) 422-2483 for more informtion. 

  • With research and advance planning, you can apply for additional scholarships offered by other companies, foundations, or organizations. These scholarships can help reduce your cost of attendance. Learn more about pursuing outside scholarships.

Office of Financial Aid
Lone Mountain Main 251
2800 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

Monday – Friday:
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Fax (415) 422-6084