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Need-Based Grants

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It is Villanova University's mission to enroll students from different social, geographic, economic and educational backgrounds, and to use its financial aid resources to help make a Villanova degree a reality.  

Villanova University is dedicated to providing students and parents with financial aid, payment options and alternative financing choices that can assist you in meeting your educational expenses.

Villanova University dedicates a significant portion of its financial aid dollars to need-based grants.  To be considered for Need-Based Grants the student and family must demonstrate interest and financial need by completing the financial aid process by the deadlines specificed in the Key Dates Calendar.

Grants are considered "free-money" that does not need to be paid back.  Eligibility for Federal and State grant funding is dependent upon information provided on the FAFSA*, while eligibility for Institutional grant funding is dependent on the FAFSA, CSS Profile, and tax documents.  Below is a list of Institutional, Federal, and State Grants that may be available to a student who demonstrates financial need.

*Students selected for Federal Verification will have to complete additional requirements in order to have their aid credit to their account.  Please view the Verification Policy for more information.

St. Martin De Porres Scholarship

Villanova University offers St. Martin de Porres Scholarships to serve the University’s mission of attracting a richly diverse and talented population of undergraduate students. This scholarship covers the full cost of tuition and general fees.


To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents from one or more of the most underrepresented groups at Villanova University, including (but not limited to) underrepresented racial and ethnic populations, economically disadvantaged backgrounds and/or students whose parents have not graduated from college. All applicants also must have exemplary high school records, leadership roles, and active involvement through service to the community.

Application Process

To apply, you must have already submitted a completed application for admission as a first-year student. Then, you must submit the St. Martin de Porres Scholarship application no later than February 1 and the required essay by February 7. Applicants may apply for admission via Early Action, Early Decision (both November 1 deadlines) or Regular Decision (January 15 deadline).

Essay prompt: How have you emulated St. Martin de Porres throughout high school?

Additional information will be sent to you via email once your completed application is received. Incomplete applications for admission and/or scholarship will not be eligible for consideration. Finalists will be required to interview either in person or via Skype. The selection committee will review qualified applicants and notify recipients by April 1.

Please note that you may be eligible for more than one scholarship, but you must submit the required application and essay for each respective scholarship to which you are applying.

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Villanova University Grant

This is an institutional grant based on financial need. Students must be accepted/enrolled in a full-time (minimum of 12 credits per semester) undergraduate degree program in the day college and pursuing their first baccalaureate degree. All Villanova students must apply for need-based financial assistance to be considered for this institutional grant. This award can be applied only to tuition charges billed by Villanova University during the academic year (i.e. during the Fall and Spring semesters) for a maximum of 8 consecutive semesters (4 years). To be given priority consideration for the grant, students must meet the application deadline. This grant may be replaced by endowed scholarship funds.

The amount of the need-based Villanova Grant is determined each year based on the information on the College Board Profile and after the Office of Financial Assistance has received and reviewed all financial aid applications and documents.  Therefore, this need-based grant amount is subject to change each year as a family's financial information, household size and number enrolled in undergraduate college changes. 

Net operating losses, siblings over 23 years of age, parents enrolled in undergraduate of graduate school, siblings enrolled in graduate school, a community college, pursuing a second baccalaureate degree, or enrolled on a part-time basis are not considered in determining the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for purposes of awarding the need-based Villanova Grant.  The net value of a business or farm and information from the College Board Profile is included in determining eligibility for this grant.

Villanova University Grant when combined with outside privately funded or non/need based gift aid, scholarships, tuition benefits, and tuition remission cannot exceed need.  If need is exceeded, an adjustment is made to reduce self-help aid first (loans, Federal Work-Study) then grant funds.

Federal Pell Grant Program

This is a Federal grant for students demonstrating exceptional financial need and accepted/enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. Application for Federal Pell Grants may be made by submitting an initial FAFSA or a Renewal FAFSA. Part time students may be eligible for Pell grants.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

This is a Federal grant administered by the educational institution based on financial need. Only undergraduate degree candidates are eligible. Priority consideration is given to Pell Grant recipients. All Villanova students must complete an initial FAFSA or the Renewal FAFSA to be considered for the program.

PA State Grant

A Pennsylvania State Grant based on financial need for students and their parents who qualify as Pennsylvania state residents and who are accepted/enrolled in an undergraduate program and enroll for at least six credits each semester. For State Grant consideration, students are required to file either an initial FAFSA or a Renewal FAFSA by May 1. Additional information on the Pennsylvania State Grant can be found at

Other State Grants

Certain States permit its own state grant funds to be used by students attending schools in Pennsylvania, such as Villanova University. Students are responsible for checking with their respective State Higher Education Agency as to the correct application process and deadlines that are necessary for state grant consideration.