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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 academic programs, activities and services, Saint Louis University also 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 in Spain. Any student from any country in the world is eligible for University-funded aid. Staff in SLU-Madrid’s Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid will work with you individually to help you find the resources to earn your degree.

Scholarships

Students may be eligible for multiple scholarships and awards, increasing the affordability of their SLU-Madrid degree. While students may receive only one Saint Louis University merit-based scholarship, the scholarship they receive may be combined with need based financial assistance or outside funding.

Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are available to any student who has not been previously been awarded an undergraduate degree from any college or university. Students are automatically reviewed for eligibility at the time their application for admission is reviewed.  There is no separate scholarship application form. After the admissions application deadlines, merit-scholarships are awarded based on the availability of funds. 

All first-year students are eligible for these awards if they have been admitted with an SAT, ACT, IB diploma or A-level exam result or if they have studied for more than 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. Contact your admissions counselor if you have questions about whether or not you need to submit an academic English language exam.

The following eight-semester merit scholarships are available to incoming first-year students:

Borja Scholarship

Award Value

The Borja Scholarship has a four-year award value of 6,000 euros and an academic year award value of 1,500 euros to be credited in two equal parts towards fall and spring semester tuition costs.

Eligibility and Duration

The Borja Scholarship is awarded for a maximum of eight semesters of continuous, full-time, undergraduate enrollment or until completion of a bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first. Renewal is automatic but contingent upon the student maintaining a 2.0 cumulative grade point average at Saint Louis University. If a Borja Scholarship recipient’s cumulative SLU GPA falls below the requisite renewal 2.0 cumulative GPA, as reviewed at the end of each spring semester, the student will be placed on scholarship probation for one year. Failure to meet GPA requisite a second year may result in a change or full loss of the scholarship.

Borja Scholarship recipients are expected to adhere to the University’s published Student Codes of Conduct and to participate in University activities that support and further the mission of Saint Louis University – Madrid.

Study Abroad and Transfer

The Borja Scholarship may be used towards tuition expenses by SLU-Madrid students spending a semester as a visiting (i.e. study abroad) student at the St. Louis campus.

For SLU-Madrid students transferring permanently to the St. Louis campus, the Borja Scholarship will automatically convert into the Billiken Scholarship, which is managed by the St. Louis campus and subject to the particular conditions of that scholarship. If the student returns to SLU-Madrid, the scholarship will be converted back to the Borja Scholarship.

The Borja Scholarship cannot be applied towards the cost of study abroad programs sponsored by other universities, other than those with whom the Madrid campus has a formal exchange agreement.

Rubio Scholarship

Award Value

The Rubio Scholarship has a four-year award value of 12,000 euros and an academic year award value of 3,000 euros to be credited in two equal parts towards fall and spring semester tuition costs.

Eligibility and Duration

The Rubio Scholarship is awarded for a maximum of eight semesters of continuous, full-time, undergraduate enrollment or until completion of a bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first. Renewal is automatic but contingent upon the student maintaining a 2.5 cumulative grade point average at Saint Louis University. If a Rubio Scholarship recipient’s cumulative SLU GPA falls below the requisite renewal 2.5 cumulative GPA, as reviewed at the end of each spring semester, the student will be placed on scholarship probation for one year. Failure to meet GPA requisite a second year may result in a change or full loss of the scholarship.

Rubio Scholarship recipients are expected to adhere to the University’s published Student Codes of Conduct and to participate in University activities that support and further the mission of Saint Louis University – Madrid.

Study Abroad and Transfer

The Rubio Scholarship may be used towards tuition expenses by SLU-Madrid students spending a semester as a visiting (i.e. study abroad) student at the St. Louis campus.

For SLU-Madrid students transferring permanently to the St. Louis campus, the Rubio Scholarship will automatically convert into the Ignatian Scholarship, which is managed by the St. Louis campus and is subject to the particular conditions of that scholarship. If the student returns to SLU-Madrid, the scholarship will be converted back to the Rubio Scholarship.

The Rubio Scholarship cannot be applied towards the cost of study abroad programs sponsored by other universities, other than those with whom the Madrid campus has a formal exchange agreement.

Arrupe Scholarship

Award Value

The Arrupe Scholarship has a four-year award value of 20,000 euros and an academic year award value of 5,000 euros to be credited in two equal parts towards fall and spring semester tuition costs.

Eligibility and Duration

The Arrupe Scholarship is awarded for a maximum of eight semesters of continuous, full-time, undergraduate enrollment or until completion of a bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first. Renewal is automatic but contingent upon the student maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at Saint Louis University. If an Arrupe Scholarship recipient’s cumulative SLU GPA falls below the requisite renewal 3.0 cumulative GPA, as reviewed at the end of each spring semester, the student will be placed on scholarship probation for one year. Failure to meet GPA requisite a second year may result in a change or full loss of the scholarship.

Arrupe Scholarship recipients are expected to adhere to the University’s published Student Codes of Conduct and to participate in University activities that support and further the mission of Saint Louis University – Madrid.

Study Abroad and Transfer

The Arrupe Scholarship may be used towards tuition expenses by SLU-Madrid students spending a semester as a visiting (i.e. study abroad) student at the St. Louis campus.

For SLU-Madrid students transferring permanently to the St. Louis campus, the Arrupe Scholarship will automatically convert into the University Scholarship, which is managed by the St. Louis campus and is subject to the particular conditions of that scholarship. If the student returns to SLU-Madrid, the scholarship will be converted back to the Arrupe Scholarship.

The Arrupe Scholarship cannot be applied towards the cost of study abroad programs sponsored by other universities, other than those with whom the Madrid campus has a formal exchange agreement.

Sullivant Scholarship

Award Value

The Sullivant Scholarship has a four-year award value of 28,000 euros and an academic year award value of 7,000 euros to be credited in two equal parts towards fall and spring semester tuition costs.

Eligibility and Duration

The Sullivant Scholarship is awarded for a maximum of eight semesters of continuous, full-time, undergraduate enrollment or until completion of a bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first. Renewal is automatic but contingent upon the student maintaining a 3.1 cumulative grade point average at Saint Louis University. If a Sullivant Scholarship recipient’s cumulative SLU GPA falls below the requisite renewal 3.1 cumulative GPA, as reviewed at the end of each spring semester, the student will be placed on scholarship probation for one year. Failure to meet GPA requisite a second year may result in a change or full loss of the scholarship.

Sullivant Scholarship recipients are expected to adhere to the University’s published Student Codes of Conduct and to participate in University activities that support and further the mission of Saint Louis University – Madrid.

Study Abroad and Transfer

The Sullivant Scholarship may be used towards tuition expenses by SLU-Madrid students spending a semester as a visiting (i.e. study abroad) student at the St. Louis campus.

For SLU-Madrid students transferring permanently to the St. Louis campus, the Sullivant Scholarship will automatically convert into the Dean’s Scholarship, which is managed by the St. Louis campus and is subject to the particular conditions of that scholarship. If the student returns to SLU-Madrid, the scholarship will be converted back to the Sullivant Scholarship.

The Sullivant Scholarship cannot be applied towards the cost of study abroad programs sponsored by other universities, other than those with whom the Madrid campus has a formal exchange agreement.

Iñigo Scholarship

Award Value

The Iñigo Scholarship has a four-year award value of 36,800 euros and an academic year award value of 9,200 euros to be credited in two equal parts towards fall and spring semester tuition costs.

Eligibility and Duration

The Iñigo Scholarship is awarded for a maximum of eight semesters of continuous, full-time, undergraduate enrollment or until completion of a bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first. Renewal is automatic but contingent upon the student maintaining a 3.2 cumulative grade point average at Saint Louis University. If an Iñigo Scholarship recipient’s cumulative SLU GPA falls below the requisite renewal 3.2 cumulative GPA, as reviewed at the end of each spring semester, the student will be placed on scholarship probation for one year. Failure to meet GPA requisite a second year may result in a change or full loss of the scholarship.

Iñigo Scholarship recipients are expected to adhere to the University’s published Student Codes of Conduct and to participate in University activities that support and further the mission of Saint Louis University – Madrid.

Study Abroad and Transfer

The Iñigo Scholarship may be used towards tuition expenses by SLU-Madrid students spending a semester as a visiting (i.e. study abroad) student at the St. Louis campus.

For SLU-Madrid students transferring permanently to the St. Louis campus, the Iñigo Scholarship will automatically convert into the Vice President Scholarship, which is managed by the St. Louis campus and is subject to the particular conditions of that scholarship. If the student returns to SLU-Madrid, the scholarship will be converted back to the Iñigo Scholarship.

The Iñigo Scholarship cannot be applied towards the cost of study abroad programs sponsored by other universities, other than those with whom the Madrid campus has a formal exchange agreement.

Director’s Scholarship

The Director's Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition award valid only at SLU-Madrid. First-year applicants are invited to apply by submitting a scholarship essay to admissions-madrid@slu.edu if they meet the following minimum requirements listed below. 

  • 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 essay
  • Official test score of at least 30 composite on the ACT or SAT of at least 1330 (math and critical reasoning) taken prior to March 2016 or a 1390 (math and evidence-based reading and writing) taken after March 2016

 SLU-Madrid also offers merit scholarships to transfer students, which can be applied to up to six semesters of study.

All transfer students are eligible for these awards if they:

  • transfer from a university with the language of instruction entirely in English and the student has successfully completed the equivalent of ENGL 1500: The Process of Composition; or
  • submit 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.
Javier I Scholarship

Award Value

The Javier I Scholarship has a three-year award value of 13,800 euros and an academic year award value of 4,600 euros to be credited in two equal parts towards fall and spring semester tuition costs.

Eligibility and Duration

The Javier I Scholarship is awarded for a maximum of six semesters of continuous, full-time, undergraduate enrollment or until completion of a bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first. Renewal is automatic but contingent upon the student maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at Saint Louis University. If a Javier I Scholarship recipient’s cumulative SLU GPA falls below the requisite renewal 3.0 cumulative GPA, as reviewed at the end of each spring semester, the student will be placed on scholarship probation for one year. Failure to meet GPA requisite a second year may result in a change or full loss of the scholarship.

Javier I Scholarship recipients are expected to adhere to the University’s published Student Codes of Conduct and to participate in University activities that support and further the mission of Saint Louis University – Madrid.

Study Abroad and Transfer

The Javier I Scholarship may be used towards tuition expenses by SLU-Madrid students spending a semester as a visiting (i.e. study abroad) student at the St. Louis campus.

For SLU-Madrid students transferring permanently to the St. Louis campus, the Javier I Scholarship will automatically convert into the Jesuit Transfer I Scholarship, which is managed by the St. Louis campus and is subject to the particular conditions of that scholarship. If the student returns to SLU-Madrid, the scholarship will be converted back to the Javier I Scholarship.

The Javier I Scholarship cannot be applied towards the cost of study abroad programs sponsored by other universities, other than those with whom the Madrid campus has a formal exchange agreement.

Javier II Scholarship

Award Value

The Javier II Scholarship has a three-year award value of 16,800 euros and an academic year award value of 5,600 euros to be credited in two equal parts towards fall and spring semester tuition costs.

Eligibility and Duration

The Javier II Scholarship is awarded for a maximum of six semesters of continuous, full-time, undergraduate enrollment or until completion of a bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first. Renewal is automatic but contingent upon the student maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at Saint Louis University. If a Javier II Scholarship recipient’s cumulative SLU GPA falls below the requisite renewal 3.0 cumulative GPA, as reviewed at the end of each spring semester, the student will be placed on scholarship probation for one year. Failure to meet GPA requisite a second year may result in a change or full loss of the scholarship.

Javier II Scholarship recipients are expected to adhere to the University’s published Student Codes of Conduct and to participate in University activities that support and further the mission of Saint Louis University – Madrid.

Study Abroad and Transfer

The Javier II Scholarship may be used towards tuition expenses by SLU-Madrid students spending a semester as a visiting (i.e. study abroad) student at the St. Louis campus.

For SLU-Madrid students transferring permanently to the St. Louis campus, the Javier II Scholarship will automatically convert into the Jesuit Transfer II Scholarship, which is managed by the St. Louis campus and is subject to the particular conditions of that scholarship. If the student returns to SLU-Madrid, the scholarship will be converted back to the Javier II Scholarship.

The Javier II Scholarship cannot be applied towards the cost of study abroad programs sponsored by other universities, other than those with whom the Madrid campus has a formal exchange agreement.

Javier III Scholarship

Award Value

The Javier III Scholarship has a three-year award value of 19,800 euros and an academic year award value of 6,600 euros to be credited in two equal parts towards fall and spring semester tuition costs.

Eligibility and Duration

The Javier III Scholarship is awarded for a maximum of six semesters of continuous, full-time, undergraduate enrollment or until completion of a bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first. Renewal is automatic but contingent upon the student maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at Saint Louis University. If a Javier III Scholarship recipient’s cumulative SLU GPA falls below the requisite renewal 3.0 cumulative GPA, as reviewed at the end of each spring semester, the student will be placed on scholarship probation for one year. Failure to meet GPA requisite a second year may result in a change or full loss of the scholarship.

Javier III Scholarship recipients are expected to adhere to the University’s published Student Codes of Conduct and to participate in University activities that support and further the mission of Saint Louis University – Madrid.

Study Abroad and Transfer

The Javier III Scholarship may be used towards tuition expenses by SLU-Madrid students spending a semester as a visiting (i.e. study abroad) student at the St. Louis campus.

For SLU-Madrid students transferring permanently to the St. Louis campus, the Javier III Scholarship will automatically convert into the Jesuit Transfer III Scholarship, which is managed by the St. Louis campus and is subject to the particular conditions of that scholarship. If the student returns to SLU-Madrid, the scholarship will be converted back to the Javier III Scholarship.

The Javier III Scholarship cannot be applied towards the cost of study abroad programs sponsored by other universities, other than those with whom the Madrid campus has a formal exchange agreement.

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 — such as the library, bookstore, computer labs, Campus Ministry, Student Life or Office of Admissions — and receive tuition discounts.

Catholic High School Scholarship

Entering first-year students who have completed their last two years of high school at a Catholic 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 Catholic High School Award. This scholarship has a per semester value of 1000 euros starting Fall 2019.

Jesuit High School Scholarship

Entering first-year 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. This scholarship has a per semester value of 750 euros, starting Fall 2019 the value will be 1250 euros per semester.

Madrid Campus Antiguos Alumnos Award

The Madrid Campus Antiguos Alumnos Award is granted to all entering first-year students 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. Only students who have not been previously awarded an undergraduate degree from any college or university are eligible for this award. This scholarship has a per semester value of 750 euros.

Family Awards

Family awards of 750 euros 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.

Visiting Student Scholarships

Visiting students who meet the specific scholarships requirements may apply for additional financial aid through the Robert Tieken and Cristina Acosta and Amy King scholarships. Students who meet the specific scholarship requirements are invited to fill out the corresponding scholarship application forms.

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 Oct. 1 of each year at FAFSA.ed.gov. Saint Louis University's school code is 002506.

Learn more about grants

U.S. loans provide additional means of financing a SLU-Madrid degree. U.S. citizens and permanent residents with questions about their loans should contact the Office of Student Financial Services at the St. Louis campus.

Learn more about loans

Assistantships and Financial Aid Opportunities for Graduate Students

Tuition fees for the Master of Arts in Spanish and the Master of Arts in Political Science and Public Affairs are up to 50 percent lower than those for comparable programs in the U.S. and in Spain. We offer a range of financial aid options for students pursuing the Master of Arts programs on a full-time basis during the academic year, as well as students pursuing the M.A. in Spanish degree exclusively during the summer.

Regis 50 and Regis 100 Scholarships

The Regis 50 and Regis 100 scholarships are merit-based awards offered to entering Master of Arts degree candidates who have demonstrated outstanding academic promise and a profound interest in the respective subject matter. Consideration is also given for professionals already working in the field. Both academic year and summer only students (M.A. in Spanish) are eligible for these awards. The Regis 50 has a value of 50 percent of M.A. tuition at the Madrid campus, while the Regis 100 covers 100 percent of the cost of tuition.

Admitted students for the Master of Arts program may apply for the Regis 50 or Regis 100 scholarships by submitting the completed application form and a written statement of purpose to graduate-admissions-madrid@slu.edu no later than April 15.

The Regis 50 and Regis 100 scholarships can be combined with any other scholarships up to, but not exceeding, the cost of tuition for a given semester. They may also be combined with need-based financial assistance or outside funding. They are not compatible with the Manresa Assistantship that is also offered to graduate students.

Applicants will be notified about scholarship decisions in early May.

Manresa Assistantship

SLU-Madrid seeks to encourage its diverse graduate student population to contribute to its academic community. Manresa Assistantships are awarded based on students' academic excellence, experience and professional interests as expressed in the Manresa Assistantship application form. The assistantships provide tuition discounts of 85 euros per credit (up to 2,550 euros).

To be considered for a Manresa Assistantship, you must submit the Manresa Assistantship application form by March 1 for the fall semester and by Sept. 1 for the spring semester.

Jesuit Award for Graduate Programs

The Madrid Campus Jesuit Award for Graduate Programs provides tuition discounts of 50 euros per credit (up to 1,500 euros). This award will be automatically granted to entering graduate students who meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are admitted to the SLU-Madrid master’s program
  • Hold a B.A. (or equivalent) from a Jesuit university anywhere in the world
  • Do not already hold a post-baccalaureate degree
Antiguos Alumnos Award for Graduate Programs

The Madrid Campus Antiguos Alumnos Award for Graduate Programs provides tuition discounts of 50 euros per credit (up to 1,500 euros). This award will be automatically granted to entering graduate students who meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are admitted to the SLU-Madrid master’s program
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from Saint Louis University and attended SLU-Madrid for at least one year of study or is a child (natural born or adopted) of a Saint Louis University graduate who attended SLU-Madrid for at least one year of study
  • Do not already hold a post-baccalaureate degree

Tips for Students Seeking Financial Aid

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 Oct. 1. 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 your 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, the Catholic & Jesuit High School Scholarships and the 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. Our professional financial aid counselors can help you develop a plan to pay for your education.
  • Be aware of 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 at financialaid-madrid@slu.edu
  • Investigate all options. 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.
SLU-Madrid Scholarship Policies

Scholarships will not be applied in excess of the student's tuition bill. While students may receive only one Saint Louis University merit-based scholarship, the scholarship they receive may be combined with need based financial assistance or outside funding.

If a student has to leave the University for any reason, including a suspension or they cannot maintain continuous, undergraduate, full-time, fall or spring enrollment, the student may request a leave of absence from the Office of Academic Advising. Students with merit scholarships should indicate their merit scholarship award information when requesting a leave of absence.

Although a leave of absence can be requested for a longer period of time, requests for merit scholarship continuity will only be granted for leaves that do not exceed one academic year in length. Without granted approval, the student’s scholarship renewal eligibility will be terminated without appeal. If approved, a scholarship recipient is permitted to be absent from the University or be enrolled less than full-time over an approved academic period without jeopardizing scholarship renewal eligibility.

Merit scholarships, the Catholic & Jesuit High School Scholarships and the Madrid Campus Antiguos Alumnos Award are automatically renewed provided the student maintains the minimum cumulative GPA 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 the 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.