Scholarships and Financial Aid
Getting a degree is an investment in your future. It requires effort and perseverance. It also requires financial planning. In addition to the academic programs, activities, and services we provide our students on their personal journey towards earning their U.S. degree in Spain, Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus, offers scholarships and financial aid to help students achieve their educational goals.
SLU-Madrid is committed to supporting students—and their families—who choose to invest in themselves and their future by studying at the Madrid Campus. Each student, from any state in the U.S., any region in Spain, or any country in the world, is eligible for University-funded aid.
The SLU-Madrid Scholarship and Financial Aid staff will work with you individually to help you find the resources to earn your SLU degree.
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Scholarship/Financial Aid Programs for SLU-Madrid Undergraduate Students
- Merit Scholarships: Available to any student who has not been previously been awarded an undergraduate degree from any college or university and who meets the specific scholarship requirements are automatically reviewed for these and do not need to submit a scholarship application.
- Visiting Student Scholarships: Available to any student who plans to spend a semester in Spain at SLU-Madrid and meets the specific scholarship requirements may apply for these upon completion of specific scholarship application forms.
- Grants and Loans: Available to U.S. students who have applied for Federal Student Aid.
- Administrative Support Scholarships: On campus service experiences that offer discounts on tuition to all students. Priority is given to first and second-year degree-seeking students.
- Jesuit High School Scholarships: Available to any student who earned his or her high school degree from a Jesuit high school located in any country in the world and has not been previously awarded an undergraduate degree from any college or University.
- Madrid Campus Antiguos Alumnos Award: Tuition discounts for dependent children of SLU alumni who have attended at least one full academic year on the Madrid Campus. Only students who have not been previously awarded an undergraduate degree from any college or University are eligible for this award.
- Family Awards: Tuition discounts for families with more than one dependent child enrolled simultaneously at Saint Louis University (St. Louis and/or Madrid Campus). All siblings need to apply for this award every fall/spring semester.
For students pursuing an M.A. Degree on the Madrid Campus, other scholarships and financial aid are available.
Students may be eligible for multiple programs, increasing the affordability of their SLU-Madrid degree. Scholarships will not be applied in excess of the student's tuition bill.
Eight-semester merit scholarships, based on academic achievement, are available to incoming first year students: the "Borja", "Rubio," "Arrupe," "Sullivant," and "Iñigo" scholarships. All first year (new students) are eligible for these awards if they have submitted and have been admitted with an SAT, ACT, IB Diploma, A-level exam results or who have studied for over four years entirely in English. Students not presenting one of the aforementioned exams must submit a TOEFL, IELTS or a PTE exam to be eligible for scholarship consideration. No separate scholarship application is required. Scholarships are awarded until the admissions application deadlines, after which they are awarded dependent on availability of funds. Contact your admissions counselor if you have questions about whether or not you need to submit an academic English language exam.
Beginning the Fall semester of 2017, the merit scholarships are as follows:
- The Borja Scholarship
- The Rubio Scholarship
- The Arrupe Scholarship
- The Sullivant Scholarship
- The Iñigo Scholarship
Additionally, SLU-Madrid also offers the Director’s Scholarship. This is a four-year, full-tuition award valid only on the Madrid Campus. Freshmen applicants are invited to apply by submitting a specific scholarship essay to firstname.lastname@example.org if they meet the following minimum requirements:
- Cumulative high school GPA of 3.85 or higher, weighted or unweighted, as reported on your transcript at the time of submission of the Director's Scholarship application form.
- Official test score of at least 30 composite on the ACT or SAT of at least 1330 (math + critical reasoning) taken prior to March 2016 or a 1390 (math + evidence-based reading and writing) taken after March 2016.
SLU-Madrid also offers merit scholarships to transfer students, the "Javier" scholarships, which can be applied to up to six semesters of study. All transfer students are eligible for these awards if they are transferring from a university with the language of instruction entirely in English and the student has successfully completed the equivalent of ENGL 1500 or the student submits a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE which meets the minimum ENGL 1500 requirements: no less than (550 PBT, 79 IBT), IELTS (6.5 with no band below 6.0) or a PTE (54). No separate scholarship application is required.
Merit scholarships, the Jesuit high school Scholarship and the Madrid Campus Antiguos Alumnos Award are automatically renewed provided the student maintains the minimum cumulative GPA requirement for the given award and has not been awarded an undergraduate degree or exceeded the number of semesters indicated for the scholarship. Students need to apply every semester for Family Awards and Administrative Support Scholarships. Furthermore, students who decide to transfer to SLU's St. Louis Campus, and have maintained their merit scholarships or other automatically renewable awards on the Madrid Campus, will continue to receive a corresponding scholarship.
Visiting Student Scholarships
Visiting (study abroad) students who meet the specific scholarships requirements may apply for additional financial aid through the Robert Tieken & Cristina Acosta and Amy King scholarships. Additionally, SLU-Madrid participates in the AAICU Direct Enrollment Exchange Program which allows for student exchange between participating universities of the AAICU. If you are interested in studying with this program, please be in touch with your home university study abroad office.
Grants and Loans
Grants are one of the most sought after types of financial aid. Like scholarships, students do not have to pay back these funds after graduation. Grants are awarded based upon a student's financial need and awarded from Saint Louis University and the U.S. Federal and State government. No separate application is required. U.S. citizens and permanent residents eligible for Saint Louis University need-based financial aid (federal, state and private-funded grants and loans) must complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The online FAFSA application becomes available on October 1st of each year at www.FAFSA.ed.gov. (Saint Louis University's school code is 002506).
U.S. Loans provide additional means of financing a SLU-Madrid degree. Click here to get more information on loans.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents with questions about their loans should contact the Office of Student Financial Services at the St. Louis Campus. For contact information, click here.
Administrative Support Scholarships
All students may apply for an Administrative Support Scholarship, although SLU-Madrid gives priority to first- and second-year degree-seeking students.
Students collaborate with administrative tasks in various departments and receive tuition discounts (e.g. Library, Bookstore, Computer Labs, Campus Ministry, Student Life, Office of Admissions, etc.).
Madrid Campus Jesuit High School Scholarship
Entering first-year, degree-seeking students who have completed their last two years of high school at a Jesuit high school anywhere in the world, and have not previously been awarded an undergraduate degree from any college or University, are automatically awarded the Madrid Campus Jesuit High School Award by simply completing this form. This scholarship has a per semester value of 750 €.
Madrid Campus “Antiguos Alumnos” Award
The Madrid Campus “Antiguos Alumnos” Award is granted to all entering freshmen who submit documentation confirming to be the dependent child of SLU alumni who have attended at least one full academic year on the Madrid Campus and have not previously been awarded an undergraduate degree from any college or University. This scholarship has a per semester value of 750 €.
Family Awards of 750 € per semester are available for families with more than one dependent child enrolled simultaneously at Saint Louis University (St. Louis and/or Madrid Campus). All eligible students are required to submit the family award form before the first official start date of every given semester.
Assistantships and Financial Aid Opportunities for Graduate Students
Students seeking financial aid should keep in mind the following:
- Plan Ahead: Become familiar with procedures, priority dates and deadlines. Students eligible for FAFSA should take a look at our Financial Aid 101 guide.
- Apply Early: The best time to file the FAFSA for maximum consideration is on October 1st. U.S. students do not need completed tax returns in order to file the FAFSA. It is better to file early with your best estimates (based on W2s and year-end earnings statements) than to file late with exact figures. Financial aid is awarded on a first-come first-served basis.
- Keep Records: Fill out forms carefully and keep copies for your records. Your admit packet or visit folder is a great place to store these forms.
- Respond to Information Requests: Promptly reply to all requests from the Office of Student Financial Services for additional information.
- Reply on Time: The financial aid awarded to you has been temporarily reserved for you. Access MySLU to accept or decline your aid online. Failure to respond in a timely manner may result in the cancellation of your award.
- Re-Apply Each Year: With the exception of Merit Based Scholarships, Jesuit High School Scholarship and Madrid Campus Antiguos Alumnos Award, financial aid is not automatically renewed. You must file a FAFSA to be considered for financial aid each year. Check renewal requirements on all of your awards.
- Manage Debt Wisely: We highly recommend that you limit your borrowing to necessary educational expenses. Your professional counselors can help you develop a plan to pay for your education.
- Special Circumstances: If you have special or unusual circumstances that you would like the office of student financial services to consider, go to our forms page or contact us for additional information.
- Investigate: What sources of financial aid are available outside of Saint Louis University? Check with your employer, the public library, and other organizations by using the Web.
- Ask Questions: Contact the Office of Student Financial Services with your questions or concerns.