St. Ambrose offers Iowa high school grads tuition-free scholarship

St. Ambrose University

As part of a strategic effort to eliminate cost barriers to higher education, Iowa high school graduates who are eligible for the Pell Grant may qualify to attend St. Ambrose University tuition free through the Ambrose Advantage program. 

The announcement follows the recent launch of the University’s Black Hawk College transfer student scholarship, and the Ambrose Advantage program is just one of many offerings in St. Ambrose’s comprehensive financial aid package designed to support every type of student, the university said in a news release. 

“At St. Ambrose, we understand the power of higher education and the lifelong benefits earning a college degree has on the individual and community. The Ambrose Advantage scholarship program represents our campus’ total commitment to assisting students in their academic journey,” said LeShane Saddler, vice president for enrollment management.

SAU’s 2023-2024 school year application period is now open. Eligibility requirements for the renewable Ambrose Advantage scholarship are:

  • Student must be an Iowa resident that is Pell Grant and Iowa Tuition Grant eligible.
  • Student must enroll full-time at St. Ambrose University and have a minimum, unweighted high school or transfer GPA of 2.5.
  • Student must be admitted and must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 15 for first-year students, or July 1 for transfer students. Use the St. Ambrose FAFSA code: 001889

On-campus residency is not required for eligibility and the Ambrose Advantage scholarship does not cover the cost of books, fees, room and board.

According to federal student aid data, Iowa residents owed an average of $31,000 in student loan debt as of March 31, 2022. With cost often a deciding factor for prospective students, St. Ambrose University continues to reposition the value of higher learning by expanding scholarship opportunities that create long-term accessibility and affordability for local students.

For more information, first-year students should contact Emily Hannon, senior admissions counselor, at (563) 333-6086, and transfer students should contact Brandi Ahlers, assistant director of transfer and adult admissions, at (563) 333-6302.

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