The University participates in a full range of student financial assistance programs provided by United States Department of Education, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the University. To receive the Pell Grant provided by the US Department of Education, or any other financial aid, applicants must complete the FAFSA and qualify. The FAFSA can be completed electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Since unmet financial need is a very strong factor affecting student retention, the University has undertaken major initiatives to generate resources to provide financial assistance in addition to that which is provided by the federal and Puerto Rico governments. Among them: Athletic Scholarship, Edward L. Bernays’ Scholarship, Special Scholarship for Teachers, Alumni Scholarships, Fund for Gifted Students, Luis Cardinal Aponte-Martinez Scholarship, Presidential Award, and Honor Students Incentive Scholarship, among others.
In order to be awarded, students must meet the financial aid program’s criteria. Most of the programs require that applicants have a 3.00 or higher grade point average, while others are awarded based on athletic, dance, or music abilities and require at least a 2.50 GPA.
For academic year 2012-13, the University will be awarding a limited number of partial scholarships for entering students to the following academic programs: Nursing, Social Work, Chemistry and Education.