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Financial Aid Programs & Scholarship Guide for Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University is devoted to helping all those who dream of greater things, gain the competence and courage to be more.

And now we’re taking big, bold steps to make it practical for you to receive a quality, private education.

New! Financial Aid Programs

We pride ourselves in providing the kinds of big opportunities that open doors for you. Here’s an overview of some of our newly imagined scholarships and programs.

Tuition Advantage Program

For Florida students with a 3.5 GPA, our newest program will cover your full tuition if your family income is less than $50,000 a year (Adjusted Gross Income on 2019 tax return). Students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be determined to be Florida Residents by Saint Leo’s Student Financial Services Office to qualify.

Here’s How it Works:

The Tuition Advantage Program is designed to cover the full tuition of Florida resident students with a 3.5 unweighted high school GPA or higher, whose families make less than $50,000 per year based on the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)* on their 2019 tax return. The program covers the student's full tuition when institutional, state, and federal funds are added. Students must enter Saint Leo's University Campus as an incoming freshman student.

Students who participate in the Tuition Advantage Program are eligible to attend Saint Leo's University Campus for a bachelor's degree program at no out-of-pocket tuition cost. The four-year estimated value of a Tuition Advantage financial aid package exceeds $100,000. 

*Adjusted gross income is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Florida residency is determined by the FAFSA as well as the Student Financial Services Office at Saint Leo.

Requirements:

  • Maintain continuous full-time enrollment (12-15 credits per semester)
  • Maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA
  • Must complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Catholic Promise Award

As the oldest Catholic institution of higher education in Florida, we’re proud to provide high school seniors across the United States with a unique opportunity to continue their Catholic education at a top-ranked Catholic university. The scholarship awards $3,000 per year for students working toward a bachelor’s degree.

To be eligible, high school seniors must be U.S. citizens, graduate from a Catholic high school within the United States, and attend University Campus.

Requirements:

  • Maintain continuous full-time enrollment (12-15 credits per semester)
  • Maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA

Global Citizen Award

Educating global citizens is a key pillar of the Benedictine tradition, and we are proud to welcome students from more than 100 countries to study at Saint Leo University. As part of our community, international students thrive in a supportive and welcoming environment.

The award provides a stackable award of $3,000 per year for students working towards a bachelor's degree. This award can be combined with academic scholarships, totaling up to a maximum of $17,000 per year.

Requirements:

  • Maintain continuous full-time enrollment (12-15 credits per semester)
  • Maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA

Merit Scholarship Program

Students are automatically considered for our newly designed merit scholarship program once they apply to Saint Leo University. No separate application is required! Freshman students with a GPA of 2.3 and above qualify for merit scholarships between $10,000 – $14,000 per year. Transfer students with a GPA of 2.0 and above qualify for merit scholarships between $7,500 – $12,000 per year.

Microscholarship Program

Take advantage of our new microscholarship program, which awards students with up to $1,000 in additional funding for their first year at University Campus. Students can earn up to four individual $250 awards by attending Open House, Admitted Students Day, filing FAFSA prior to January 15, and completing placement testing by June 15.

Study Florida 50% Tuition Discount

Students who complete an associate degree in the United States qualify for a 50% tuition scholarship. Students must attend University Campus, and have a minimum 2.0 GPA to qualify.

98%

of our students receive some sort of financial aid

97%

receive aid that does not have to be repaid

How it Works

Your college decision depends upon finding the best fit for you – academically, culturally, and financially. Comparing tuition, fees, and financial aid offers will help you cut to the bottom line.

Florida Students

Through a combination of robust university scholarships and state and federal funding, students who live in Florida can attend Saint Leo University at an affordable price without ever having to take out a personal loan.

Florida Students
Estimated Cost of Tuition $23,990
Saint Leo Freshman Awards & Scholarships
Merit Awards from $10,000 to $14,000
(see Awards & Scholarships below for details)
Catholic Promise Award $3,000
Microscholarships $1,000
Saint Leo Transfer Awards & Scholarships
Merit Awards from $7,500 to $12,000
(see Awards & Scholarships below for details)
Microscholarships $1,000
State/Federal Funding*
FL EASE $2,841
FL Bright Futures
(if eligible)
$3,792 - $6,330
FSAG $2,400
FSEOG $2,400
Federal Pell Grant $6,345
Subsidized Loans $3,500
Unsubsidized Loans $2,000
*The maximum award amounts are shown below. Actual award amounts may vary. Students must meet all federal, state, and institutional eligibility criteria to receive each award.

Out-of-State Students

Students who live outside of Florida have the greatest opportunity to pursue a degree from one of the top five universities in the Southeast while receiving a private university education at an affordable price.

Out-of-State Students
Estimated Cost of Tuition $23,990
Saint Leo Freshman Awards & Scholarships
Merit Awards from $10,000 to $14,000
(see Awards & Scholarships for details)
Catholic Promise Award $3,000
Microscholarships $1,000
Saint Leo Transfer Awards & Scholarships
Merit Awards from $7,500 to $12,000
(see Awards & Scholarships below for details)
Microscholarships $1,000
State/Federal Funding*
FSEOG $2,400
Federal Pell Grant $6,345
Subsidized Loans $3,500
Unsubsidized Loans $2,000
*The maximum award amounts are shown below. Actual award amounts may vary. Students must meet all federal, state, and institutional eligibility criteria to receive each award.

International Students

International students on an F-1 Visa now have access to a full offering of scholarships and awards from Saint Leo University.

International Students
Estimated Cost of Tuition $23,990
Saint Leo Freshman Awards & Scholarships
Merit Awards from $10,000 to $14,000
(see Awards & Scholarships for details)
Global Citizen Award $3,000
Microscholarships $1,000
Saint Leo Transfer Awards & Scholarships
Merit Awards from $7,500 to $12,000
(see Awards & Scholarships below for details)
Microscholarships $1,000

Awards & Scholarships

You may be surprised to learn that students from Florida, across the United States, and around the world are setting new sights on private education, confident that it will be one of the most practical investments they could ever make.

Awards & Scholarships
  Freshman Transfer Availability
Presidential Award
Minimum 3.7 GPA
$56,000
($14,000 per year)
$48,000
($12,000 per year)
Award available to Florida StudentsAward available to Out-of-State StudentsAward available to International Students
Dean's Award
Minimum 3.3 GPA
$52,000
($13,000 per year)
$42,000
($10,500 per year)
Award available to Florida StudentsAward available to Out-of-State StudentsAward available to International Students
Excellence Award
Minimum 3.0 GPA
$48,000
($12,000 per year)
$36,000
($9,000 per year)
Award available to Florida StudentsAward available to Out-of-State StudentsAward available to International Students
University Award
Minimum 2.7 GPA
$44,000
($11,000 per year)
$30,000
($7,500 per year)
Award available to Florida StudentsAward available to Out-of-State StudentsAward available to International Students
Campus Award
Minimum 2.3 GPA
$40,000
($10,000 per year)
- Award available to Florida StudentsAward available to Out-of-State StudentsAward available to International Students
Catholic Promise Award
(available to Florida students and out-of-state students)
$12,000
($3,000 per year)
- Scholarship available to Florida StudentsScholarship available to Out-of-State Students
Global Citizen Award
(available to international students)
$12,000
($3,000 per year)
- Scholarship available to International Students
Tuition Advantage Program
Minimum 3.5 GPA and Family AGI < $50,000 (2019 tax return)
$100,000
(Full tuition per year)
- available to Florida Students
Study Florida
Associate Degree Completed
- $23,990
($11,995 per year)
available to Florida Studentsavailable to Out-of-State Studentsavailable to International Students

Families Just Like Yours
Afford Saint Leo University

family income pie chart
  Less than $50,000 50%
  $50,000 – $99,999 23%
  $100,000 – $150,000 14%
  More than $150,000 13%
*Family income of all Saint Leo undergraduates who filed FAFSA 2020-2021

Cost Overview

Best Colleges, U.S. News and World News Report - Regional Universities: Best Value 2021

While costs may be easy to compare, the experiences you will gain at Saint Leo University are unlike any other.

Ranked among Top Universities in the South for 11 consecutive years, Saint Leo is also ranked one of the best values, 4th in the South by the 2021 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges.

Undergraduate Tuition (Tuition freeze in effect for Fall 2021 – Spring 2022)
2021-2022 Tuition $23,990 per year
University Campus Fees (per year)
Student Health Plan $1,396
Student Activity Fee $490
Orientation Fee $500
Technology Fee $390
Student Success Fee $290
University Campus Room & Board (per year)
Room $6,400 – $11,280
Meals $1,970 – $5,900

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