Merit Scholarships

First-year and transfer scholarships are based on outstanding academic records, competitive test scores, and significant community involvement. Talent-based scholarships are also available in music, theatre arts, and visual arts. Partial tuition scholarships range from $2,000 - $20,000 annually.

Every student is automatically considered for a scholarship based on their admittance credentials. In order to be considered for a scholarship, please provide a complete Application for Undergraduate Admission to Loyola by January 15. Scholarship awards are allocated in February. To renew a merit scholarship, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for more more information.

An interview is required for all candidates for the Ignatian Scholarship for Academic Excellence, and strongly recommended for all other scholarship types. The interview may take place either before or after you apply to the university, but must be done by December 1. Please remember that all applicants must submit a résumé displaying significant community involvement and demonstrated leadership abilities.

The test scores and grade point averages (GPA) listed below are the minimum for which to compete for scholarships.

First-year, Full-time Applicant Scholarships

Ignatian Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA on a 4-point scale in academic subjects, as calculated by the Loyola Office of Admissions; minimum 29 ACT composite or minimum 1300 SAT combined score to compete for this scholarship; December 1 priority deadline; 10 scholarships are awarded annually.

Dean's Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA on a 4-point scale in academic subjects, as calculated by the Loyola Office of Admissions; minimum 29 ACT composite or minimum 1300 SAT combined score to compete for this scholarship; December 1 priority deadline.

Loyola Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA on a 4-point scale in academic subjects, as calculated by the Loyola Office of Admissions; competitive test scores; December 1 priority deadline.

Business Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA on a 4-point scale in academic subjects, as calculated by the Loyola Office of Admissions; remain a business major for four years; competitive test scores; December 1 priority deadline.

Social Justice Scholarship

Minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA on a 4-point scale in academic subjects as calculated by the Loyola Office of Admissions; must submit a résumé of demonstrated commitment to community service in the promotion of social justice; intent to major or minor in sociology; December 1 priority deadline.

Theatre Arts Scholarship

Theatre arts majors only; by audition and appointment. Click here for this year's theatre arts audition days. While we hope to see you on campus, we understand that is sometimes not possible.  We do accept DVD auditions, which can be mailed to the Office of Admissions.  March 1 is the deadline for first-year applicants to submit a recorded audition and receive consideration for both admission and scholarship.  After March 1, recorded auditions will be considered for admissions only.  Transfer student recorded auditions are accepted on a rolling basis for admissions and scholarship.  Click here for audition requirements.  Please contact the Department of Theatre Arts at 504-865-3840 for more information. Theatre Arts Audition Application

Music Scholarship

Music majors only; by audition and appointment. Click here for this year's music audition days. While we hope to see you on campus, we understand that is sometimes not possible.  We do accept DVD auditions, which can be mailed to the Office of Admissions.  March 1 is the deadline for first-year applicants to submit a recorded audition and receive consideration for both admission and scholarship.  After March 1, recorded auditions will be considered for admissions only.  Transfer student recorded auditions are accepted on a rolling basis for admissions and scholarship.  Please note that no admissions decision will be rendered until the audition requirement has been fulfilled.  Click here for audition requirements.  Please contact the College of Music and Fine Arts at 504-865-3037 for more information.  Music Audition Application

Visual Arts Scholarship

Visual arts majors only; audition and portfolio review required.  Click here for this year's portfolio review days.  While we hope to see you on campus, we understand that is sometimes not possible.  Students can mail their portfolios to the Office of Admissions.  March 1 is the deadline for first-year applicants to submit a portfolio and receive consideration for both admission and scholarship.  After March 1, portfolio reviews will be considered for admissions only.  Transfer student recorded auditions are accepted on a rolling basis for admissions and scholarship.  Click here for portfolio requirements.  Please contact the Department of Visual Arts at 504-861-5456 for more information; March 1 deadline. Visual Arts Portfolio Review Application

Transfer Applicant Scholarships

Transfer Scholarship

Minimum college cumulative 3.2 GPA on a 4-point scale in 12 or more hours of academic credit; June 1 deadline.
All transfer students interested in competing for academic scholarships must:

  1. Submit an application for admission and all supporting documents to Loyola University by March 1 priority deadline (June 1 regular deadline).
  2. Have a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA on a 4-point scale in academic subjects, as calculated by the Loyola Office of Admissions.
  3. File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

For more information, visit the Loyola University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.