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 Grant

Villanova University provides St. Martin de Porres Grants to serve the University’s goal of attracting a richly diverse population of undergraduate students – an essential component of our effort to offer the highest quality education to all Villanova Students.  St. Martin de Porres Grants are valued at full tuition and general fees.  Grant recipients are from the Greater Philadelphia area and are members of the most underrepresented groups in undergraduate education, including (but not limited to) members of underrepresented racial and ethnic populations, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and students from families in which few or no members have attended college. 

To be eligible for consideration, students must have exemplary high school records, correspondingly high SAT or ACT scores, leadership roles, and active involvement through service to the community.  The Greater Philadelphia area is defined as Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania; Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem Counties in New Jersey; and New Castle County in Delaware.  In addition, candidates must complete a St. Martin de Porres Grant application (PDF) and submit to the Office of Undergraduate Admission by January 15.  Finalists will be required to interview on campus in March.  The selection committee will review qualified applicants and notify the recipient by April 1.

Sponsor:         Villanova University

Award:            Full tuition, general fee

Important Dates:

  • Admission Application Deadline: January 15
  • St. Martin de Porres Grant application Deadline: January 15
  • Finalists Notified: early March
  • On-Campus Interviews: mid March
  • Recipients Notified: By April 1

For more information, please contact: Office of Undergraduate Admission at

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, pursuing a second baccalaureate degree, or enrolled on a part-time basis are not considered in determing 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.

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.


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.

Freshman Class of 2022 Financial Assistance Application Deadlines:

Early Decision Applicants: November 1, 2017

Early Action and Regular Decision Applicants: January 15, 2018

  • 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed online at 
  • 2018-2019 College Board Profile must be completed online at
  • Signed copies of custodial parent(s)', stepparent's, and student's 2016 US Federal or Puerto Rico Tax Return as well as 2016 Federal W-2's, 1099/1099R's, and all tax schedules must be submitted to IDOC.


April 1, 2018 - Completed application materials must be postmarked by this date.

·2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed PRIOR TO this date online at

·2018-2019 College Board Profile must be filed PRIOR TO this date online at

·Signed copies of custodial parent(s)’, stepparent’s, and student’s 2016 US Federal or Puerto Rico Tax Return as well as 2016 W-2’s, 1099/1099R’s, and all tax schedules must be submitted to IDOC ( *Do not submit tax documents to the Office of Financial Assistance*