Scholarships & Grants

We make the financial aid process seamless.

UST Transfer Award

The UST Transfer Award recognizes the academic accomplishments of transfer students who have positively contributed to their community. All regularly admitted* transfer students are considered. There is no separate application process; the undergraduate admission application serves as the application for the UST Transfer Award.

Awards vary from $3,000-$18,000 per year. They are renewable provided the student:

  • Remains consecutively enrolled as a full-time UST student
  • Maintains a 2.0 or higher St. Thomas GPA
  • Has less than 160 total credits (transfer and UST credits combined)
  • Has not already earned a bachelor’s degree

*Students admitted to St. Thomas under the condition of "accept with concern", "conduct probation" or "provisional" are not eligible to receive a UST Transfer Award. Students accepted under such conditions may still qualify to receive need-based aid from the university or federal and state governments.

St. Thomas Grant and other need-based aid

The St. Thomas Grant is given to eligible transfer students on the basis of need. By completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you are automatically considered for this grant fund. The FAFSA is available at www.fafsa.gov. Be sure to include UST’s federal school code (002345) so that we can receive your information.

In order to be considered for additional state and federal grants, loans, and work-study, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required.

Departmental and Private Scholarships

Some departments offer scholarships to students interested in their major or minor. Students are encouraged to review the department’s website for scholarship information. Departmental scholarships are generally reserved for returning students, but it’s never too early to look.

“Private scholarships” is the term used when talking about scholarships not awarded by the university. Last year our students received more than $2 million in private scholarships awarded by foundations, community agencies, clubs, social and fraternal organizations, parents’ employers and other groups that provide financial support to students. 

The Office of Financial Aid supports students’ efforts in finding private scholarships by publishing $cholartips. This website is updated monthly during the school year.