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: $15,000
    - First Year Students: cumulative high school GPA of  3.8
  • Presidential Scholarship: $12,000 
    - First Year Students: cumulative high school GPA of 3.5
    - Transfer Students: cumulative GPA from most recent college of 3.5
  • Honors Scholarship: $10,000
    - First Year Students: cumulative high school GPA of 3.3
    - Transfer Students: cumulative GPA from most recent college of 3.3
  • Dean’s Merit Scholarship: $8,000
    - First Year Students: cumulative high school GPA of 3.0
    - Transfer Students: cumulative GPA from most recent college of 3.0
  • Forerunner Award: $6,000
    - First Year Students: cumulative high school GPA of 2.5
    - Transfer Student: cumulative GPA from most recent college of 2.5
  • PTK (Phi Theta Kappa): Half Tuition Scholarship
    - Transfer Students who are members of the international honor society of two-year colleges
  • IB (International Baccalaureate): Half Tuition Scholarship  
    - First Year students who will or have earned an IB Diploma


  • $1,000 for each of the following:
    - Alumni Grant: awarded to the children of alumni
    - Family Grant: awarded when more than one member of a family attends the University of Dubuque simultaneously.
    - Educator Grant: awarded to students whose parent is employed by an educational instituion.
    - Eagle Scout Scholarship: awarded to students that have earned the Boy Scouts Eagle Scout designation.
    - Gold Award Scholarship: awarded to students that have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award.

  •  $2,000 each for the following:
    - Clergy Grant: awarded to children of ministers.
    - Dubuque Area Partnership Award: awarded to students graduating from a Dubuque County, IA, Grant County, WI, or Jo Daviess County, IL high school and attending University of Dubuque as their first college.

  • $3,000 for each of the following:
    - DoDDS (Deparment of Defense Dependent Schools) Partnership Award: Awarded to students graduating from a DoDDS high school
    - MCEI (Military Child Education Initiative) Award: Awarded to the children of active duty, and/or retired servicemen/women.
    - Veterans Service Award: Awarded to veterans of any military service.
  •  $6,000 for the following:
    - ROTC Service Award (Contracted Cadets): Awarded to cadets who have been awarded an Army ROTC Scholarship and who live on campus.

University of Dubuque Grants
Awarded based on the need of the student.

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

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.