General Eligibility Criteria for Financial Aid | Financial Aid Refund Policy | Financial Aid Application Process | Student Rights and Responsibilities | Outside Financial Aid Resources | Air Force ROTC Scholarships
The Financial Aid office at The College of St. Scholastica seeks to support the mission of the College by providing services that assist students in identifying resources - federal, state, institutional and others - to finance their education. St. Scholastica's institutional philosophy on student aid places primary responsibility on the student to provide funds for educational expenses; however, the institution's commitment to a diverse and representative student body is reflected in the fact that nine out of every 10 St.Scholastica students are recipients of some form of aid. Students interested in receiving need-based financial aidmust complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The College participates in all the usual federal and state financial aid programs.
There is also a substantial amount of institutional aid invested in financial aid programs. In addition to the $2.3 million in St. Scholastica grants, the College awards need-based scholarships provided by over 139 donors.The generosity of these people and foundations is essential in helping to meet the financial needs of our students.
Academic/leadership scholarships are awarded by the Admissions Office to incoming students. Incoming students can receive information about the following scholarships from the Admissions Office: the Benedictine Scholarship, Opportunity grant and the Raymond Prebilic.
Scholarship Financial aid is awarded in the form of scholarships, grants, loans or student employment.
A student must:
If a student withdraws after a term has started, the College or the student may be required to return a portion of financial aid funding. This is a federal regulation and the specified financial calculation is required for any student withdrawing on or before 60 percent of the termhas been completed. Students are encouraged to consult the Financial Aid Office before withdrawing in order to review the financial implications.
The amount of funding to be returned is based on the number of days left in the term divided by the total number of days in the term. Class breaks of five or more consecutive days are excluded in calculating the total number of days in the term.
The College's refund policy for institutional funding follows the state refund policy. Students who plan to withdraw must notify the vice president of student affairs.
Designated scholarships are offered by many organizations such as labor unions, fraternal orders and religious organizations. Students may obtain information concerning these scholarship opportunities from the secretaries of these groups. Special application forms are usually required.
High school seniors should be in close contact with their guidance office to become aware of scholarships for their high school and/or area graduates.
The Financial Aid Office operates a scholarship directory service (free of charge) to assist students in locating funding from outside sources. Students can access this directory on the College Web site.
Students with physical handicaps who wish to further their education or expand their area of employability may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation benefits. Students should check their home state Division of Rehabilitation Services to determine the amount of financial aid which may be available under this program.
The Veterans Administration pays veterans' benefits directly to qualified students. The college veterans' coordinator will answer questions concerning the G.I. Bill, Dependent Educational Assistance Program Benefits and V.A. Contributory Benefits. The college veterans' coordinator may be contacted through the Registrar's Office.
War Orphans Educational Assistance Act (Ch. 35, Title 38, U.S. Code) provides benefits to sons, daughters, wives and husbands of deceased veterans and of living veterans who have disabilities considered to be total and permanent in nature. The veteran must have died or become disabled as a result of service in the armed forces and must have been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Generally a young personmust be between 12 and 23 years of age to attend school under this program. The eligible young person may receive up to 36 months of education. Applications and further information may be obtained from any county veterans' office or college veterans' coordinator.
Indian scholarship funding may be available from the Minnesota State Indian Scholarship Programand/or the tribe in which the student is enrolled. Students are encouraged to apply early as there may be limited funding. Please either contact these organizations directly or consult with the Financial Aid Office.
St. Scholastica students are invited to apply for Air Force ROTC college scholarships. Air Force ROTC offers high school seniors and college students five-, four-, three-, two- and sometimes one-year scholarships which cover tuition, fees, and a book allowance. Awards are based on the applicant's potential as an Air Force officer, as demonstrated by a combination of the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test score, academic achievement and recommendation of an AFROTC scholarship committee. Application for four-year scholarships must be made early in the senior year of high school. Students seeking scholarships should contact the Department of Aerospace Studies:
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