Institutional Aid for Undergraduate Students


University tuition grant (need-based) and global award

USF offers additional institutional grants and scholarships to students who have demonstrated financial need. It does not need to be repaid. 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.


need-based scholarships

These scholarships are available to students with financial need. They do not need to be repaid. To be eligible, you must submit a FAFSA or CA Dream Act application by the required deadline. These scholarships can be used for tuition only.

merit aid

All undergraduate applicants are considered for merit scholarships when they apply to USF, regardless of their financial need. If you are awarded a merit scholarship, you will be notified in your admission letter to USF. Merit scholarships are renewable for four years (or eight semesters) for new first-year students and three years (or six semesters) for transfer students, as long as you maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) each semester.

chancellor's award for catholic or jesuit high schools

To be eligible for the award, you must:

  • Be admitted to USF for fall 2024.
  • Graduate (or have graduated) from a Catholic or Jesuit high school before your first semester at USF.
  • If you meet these conditions, you will automatically receive a $5,000 annual award toward the cost of tuition. No separate scholarship application is required.

The award is renewable annually for up to four years (for first-year students) or three years (for transfer students), provided you maintain satisfactory academic progress each semester.

Learn more about the Chancellor's Award for Catholic or Jesuit High Schools

athletic scholarships

Athletic scholarships are offered for intercollegiate participation in:

  • Women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field, volleyball, triathlon, and beach 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.

departmental scholarships

You may follow up with your program department to inquire about departmental scholarship funds availability. Depending on your major, there may be some endowed scholarships available from your department.