Scholarships & Aid

The University of Cincinnati is excited to provide scholarship opportunities that reward your achievements and assist you in meeting your college costs. More detailed information for these key campus-wide programs is available through the links in each paragraph. Additional information is available on the scholarship chart and from the Scholarship & New Student Financial Aid Center (; 513-556-2420).

Cincinnatus Scholarship Program

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The cornerstone University of Cincinnati freshman scholarship program continues to be Cincinnatus, a program that awards more than $22 million in UC four-year scholarships. Awards are made at multiple levels to the brightest and most promising prospective freshmen in academic disciplines throughout all of the undergraduate colleges.

For Cincinnatus scholarship consideration, incoming freshmen must have their complete admission application (to include transcript and official test scores) at UC by December 1st of their senior year.

Scholarships are renewable for up to 8 full-time, in-class semesters subject to completing the annual 30-hour community service requirement and maintaining a minimum 3.2 grade point average.

Darwin T. Turner Scholarship Program

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Named in honor of the youngest person ever to graduate from UC, the Darwin T. Turner Scholarship Program provides in-state tuition and book allowance stipend. First-time students admitted into a baccalaureate program must have a 3.0 GPA and a 24 ACT/1090 SAT/1160 SAT-R for consideration. Students must have a complete admission application (including transcript and official test scores) at UC by December 1st.

Scholars enjoy a strong sense of community through academic and service activities required for scholarship renewal.

Cincinnatus Excellence Scholarship for National Merit and National Hispanic Finalists

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Up to 60 National Merit and National Hispanic Scholars Finalists are eligible for the Cincinnatus Excellence Scholarship, which elevates the Cincinnatus award to a scholarship totaling in-state tuition and fees (out-of-state students are responsible for the out-of-state surcharge) and standard residence hall room cost (if living on campus or in university-affiliate housing). Awardees also receive admission to UC's University Honors Program and a $1,500 one-time allocation toward the purchase of a computer, undergraduate research study or study abroad experience.

The Cincinnatus Excellence Scholarship is renewable for up to 8 full-time, in-class semesters subject to completing the annual 30-hour community service requirement and maintaining a minimum 3.2 grade point average. Further information is available from the Office of Admissions.

Alumni Legacy & Network Scholarships

UC Alumni Legacy Scholarships

University of Cincinnati Alumni Scholarships are awarded to qualifying students who are lineal descendants (children or grandchildren) of UC graduates who are Loyal Bearcat or William Howard Taft donors (former Sustaining and Life Members) as well as to students from participating UCAA regional alumni network areas.  All scholarship awards are based on academic achievement, demonstrated service, and leadership and require a complete admission application by December 1st for consideration.

UC Global Scholarship

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Exclusively for international undergraduate students, the UC Global Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to full tuition per year and are renewable for up to four academic years.  All international applications are automatically considered -- no additional materials required.  Priority consideration is given to students who apply by the scholarship pool deadlines.  Deadlines and more information can be found on the UC Global Scholarship site. 

Financial Aid

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Once you have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) the UC Student Financial Aid Office considers you for all aid sources. We first look at scholarship and grant eligibility based on merit or need. Self-help sources such as work-study and loans are then assessed. It is in your best interest to submit your financial aid application early if you wish to be considered for all these funding possibilities.

Important Dates

Oct. 1. - The FAFSA becomes available!

For priority financial aid consideration, complete the FAFSA as soon after this date as possible.

Dec. 1. - Early Action Deadline

A complete admission application (including transcript and official test scores) must be received by this date for maximum scholarship consideration.

More Aid Information

Cincinnati Pride Grants
Cincinnati Public School graduates can receive the Cincinnati Pride Grants.

Transfer & International Scholarships
International students and transfer students should review scholarship information specific to your student population.

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