Scholarships, Awards, and Grants

University of Dubuque offers a wide variety of merit scholarships, awards, and grants that support the University's Mission while recognizing academic achievement, commitment to community service, and demonstrated leadership.

University of Dubuque Scholarships and Grants


Heritage Society Scholarship

First Year – ACT/SAT (28/1250) and 3.8 GPA

Presidential Scholarship

First Year – ACT/SAT (25/1130) and 3.5 GPA
Transfer – 3.5-4.0 GPA on previous college work

Honors Scholarship

First Year – ACT/SAT (23/1050) and 3.3 GPA
Transfer – 3.3-3.49 GPA all previous college

Dean’s Merit Scholarship

First Year – 3.0 GPA, no ACT requirement
Transfer – 3.0-3.29 GPA    

Forerunner Award

First Year & Transfer – 2.5-2.99 GPA, no ACT requirement

PTK (Phi Theta Kappa) / IB (International Baccalaureate) Scholarships – Half Tuition

Other awards:

Eagle Scout Scholarship (Boy Scout)

Gold Award Scholarship (Girl Scout)

DBQ (Dubuque Area) Partnership Award

DoDDS (Department of Defense Dependent Schools) Partnership Award

MCEI (Military Child Education Initiative) Award  

University of Dubuque Grants

Awarded based on the need of the student.

Out of State Grants
Based on need and are awarded to nonresident students. Award amounts vary.

Alumni Grants
Awarded to the children of alumni.

Family Grants
Awarded when more than one member of a family attends the University of Dubuque simultaneously.

Clergy Grants
Given to children of ordained ministers.

The Dubuque Partnership Award
Awarded to any student graduating from a Dubuque County, Grant County(WI), or Jo Daviess (IL) high school and attending a four year college for the first time.

General Institutional Grants
Awarded to eligible students attending the University.

Dollars for Scholars Matching Program
The University of Dubuque matches dollar for dollar (up to $1,000) any scholarships received through a Dollars for Scholars chapter affiliated with the Citizen Scholarship Foundation of America (CFSA).

Student Employment
Student Employment at the University of Dubuque is available first to needy students as determined by the FAFSA, then to others as needed. The University participates in the Federal Work-study program and the University funded work-study program. The average award is $2,000 per year.

Federal and State of Iowa Grants

Federal Grants
Federal Pell Grants and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are awarded to U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens who demonstrate exceptional need as demonstrated by filing the FAFSA. Awarded amounts are based on individual student eligibility.

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is available to students taking necessary coursework to become elementary or secondary teachers. TEACH Grant eligible students must agree to serve a minimum of 4 years as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a school that serves low-income students. TEACH Grant eligible students must meet certain academic achievement requirements.

State of Iowa Grants
The Iowa Tuition Grant is a need-based grant for Iowa residents in the amount of up to $4,000, depending on enrollment status and funding of the program by the state. A FAFSA must be received by the processing center by the deadline of July 1 for eligibility beginning the next fall semester. For more information check the Iowa College Student Aid Commission's web site.

Federal Loans
A Perkins Loan is a low interest, need-based loan for the neediest students on campus. The loan fund is administered by the University of Dubuque, with limited funds available. 

Federal Stafford Loan
A fixed interest rate loan, currently at 4.66% made by the Department of Education via the Direct Loan program to students. Annual Subsidized limits are first-year ($3,500), sophomore ($4,500), juniors and seniors ($5,500). The Subsidized Stafford loans are need-based with interest paid by the federal government while the student is enrolled at least half-time. 

The Unsubsidized Stafford loans are based on cost of attendance less any other financial aid (dependent students).  The interest rate is also a fixed rate of 6.21%. Dependent students are eligible for $2,000 in Unsubsidized Stafford loan per year for four years.  For independent students, loan maximums are $6,000 per year for first-year and sophomore students and $7,000 for juniors and seniors. Students have the option to pay the interest while in school or allow it to accrue.

Federal Parent PLUS Loan
A low interest rate, federal loan option for parents to borrow on behalf of dependent undergraduates. A credit check is required by the U.S. Department of Education. Maximum eligibility is determined by the cost of attendance minus any other financial aid.  The interest rate is currently 7.21 % fixed.  The PLUS can be deferred while the student is at least half-time.  Applicants for the PLUS can use an endorser if needed.

Presbyterian Church (USA) Financial Aid Programs
National Presbyterian College Scholarships. 
Approximately 75 scholarships are awarded annually by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to eligible high school seniors who are successful in the national competition for them. The scholarships, which are renewable, are funded by the Presbyterian Church (USA). Address inquiries to Presbyterian Church (USA), Office of Financial Aid for Studies, 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY, 40202-1396. Application deadline is December 1 for the following year.

Samuel Robinson Scholarship
The Presbyterian Church (USA) awards a limited number of scholarships of up to $500 each to students who recite the Westminster Shorter Catechism and who write an acceptable essay on an assigned topic related to the Shorter Catechism. These are available to students of any religious affiliation and may be awarded in addition to any other scholarships. The application information is available from the to Presbyterian Church (USA), Office of Financial Aid for Studies, 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY, 40202-1396. Students may qualify in the competition any time between September 1 and April 15.

Outside Financial Resources for Theological Students
Catalog VI provides sources of outside financial aid for seminary students. The Catalog is produced by the Office of Financial Aid for Studies Program Team, National Ministries Division, Presbyterian Church (USA) and The Association of Theological Schools In the United States and Canada, Office of Student Information Resources. Catalog VI requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print. The software can be downloaded for free from the Adobe web site.