affordability february

Some deadlines have passed. In fact, last week Quincy University hosted a group of incoming freshmen who were on campus to compete in our Presidential Scholarship competition. However, even as we think about this outstanding group of students who will join the QU community next fall, we want others to know that this competition is just the tip of the iceberg when we consider the broader range of scholarships and grants that our students receive.

Beyond the highly competitive Presidential Scholarship, there are three main sources of scholarships and grants at QU. If you are accepted for admission, it is highly likely that you will receive one or more of these awards that range up to full tuition.

Talent-based Awards:

  • Music Scholarships - Music scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate a high degree of musical talent, whether instrument or vocal, through on-campus auditions. While participation in music ensembles is required for these scholarships, it is not necessary to major in music to earn these awards.
  • Art Scholarships - A limited number of scholarships are awarded annually by the Division of Fine Arts faculty after submission and review of a portfolio. Art major and participation in departmental activities are required.
  • Athletic Scholarships - QU competes in NCAA Division II, and awards scholarships in 15 sports for men and women. You should contact individual coaches for specific information.

Academic Scholarships:

  • Academic scholarships are based on your high school academic record and scores from either the ACT or SAT. Your application for admission doubles as your scholarship application.
  • These awards range from $8,000 to $16,000 and are renewable for an additional three years.
  • Most accepted students receive one of these awards.
  • Scholarship letters are mailed approximately two weeks after you are accepted for admission.

Need-based Grants:

  • Even with generous Talent-based and Academic Scholarships, many students find they are unable to afford a QU education.
  • QU has a strong commitment to remain affordable to all students who qualify for admission. We award additional grant assistance to back up this commitment.
  • In addition to grants from QU, we also coordinate state and federal grant programs.
  • For students with good academic records and a high level of financial need, the combination of these programs may extend to full tuition.
  • All need-based scholarship and grant programs require that families file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). See the January Affordability Series article for further information.
  • When you have questions about financial aid or filing the FAFSA, we’ll be happy to help. Call us at 217-228-5260 or 1-800-688-4295 ext. 3750.

This year Quincy University students receive more than $14.5 million dollars in scholarship and grant assistance. On average, this covers more than half of their tuition and often brings the cost of a QU education to the level of a state-run university.

If you want the personal attention from faculty that will help you succeed in the classroom, an active learning environment that will give you a step up in the job market, and the close-knit campus community we offer at QU, make sure you explore ALL the scholarship and grant opportunities that can make this possible. Never assume you can’t afford any college or university without first exploring all the options.

Even more important, if you haven’t applied to QU yet, your application starts the entire process. You should have an admission decision within 10 days of completing your application file and you’ll know about scholarships shortly thereafter. The application fee is waived if you apply online.