Financial Aid

Financial Aid

The Institute offers two main resources to help support the financial needs of students who attend: Federal Loans and individual Scholarships.

Federal Loan Programs

Students enrolled at the John Paul II Institute who carry at least six academic credits are eligible to apply for low-interest student loans to finance tuition and living expenses through the Stafford Direct and Graduate Plus loan programs.  Students may apply for these loans by completing the FAFSA online.

Our federal school code is G41427

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen with a Social Security Number.
  • You must be classified as a degree-seeking student at The John Paul II Institute to be eligible for financial aid. Unclassified students, non-degree-seeking students, and provisionally admitted students are not eligible for financial aid.
  • Your financial assistance is awarded based upon calculated need as determined from the information provided on your financial aid application forms. Financial aid awards are subject to adjustments or cancellations due to changes in laws, regulations, appropriations, changes in your financial situation, verification, discovery of data errors, or changes in your enrollment status, among other things.
  • If you receive any financial assistance from an outside source (e.g., a private scholarship) that is not included on your Award Letter, you must inform the Office of Financial Assistance.
  • You must be enrolled full-time to receive most types of financial aid. To receive federal loans, you must be enrolled at least half time (minimum of 6 credits).
  • Classes taken for audit are not eligible for financial assistance and do not count toward enrollment for purposes of financial assistance. It is the student’s responsibility to inform The Institute’s Office of Financial Assistance if he/she enrolls in a class for an audit grade.
  • You must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for the program in which you are enrolled.
  • If requested, you must provide documents to verify the accuracy of information reported on the FAFSA before financial aid can be awarded or disbursed.

FAFSA Loan Application Deadlines

In order to receive federal loan funding for tuition and living expenses during the initial term disbursement (second week of the academic semester), you must complete the FAFSA by the dates noted above. After this date, you may apply for federal aid up to the final request deadline date and receive your funding on a rolling basis.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is available at

The FAFSA site also answers frequently asked questions regarding the application process, and you can find additional information here:

Loan Program Instructions and Guidelines

In addition to the FAFSA form, in order to receive federal aid, please complete the PDF form below with the amount you would like to receive during the fall and spring terms of study and email it to the Office of Federal Aid Awards: [email protected].

2022-23 Loan Request Form

Cost of Attendance (COA)

Academic Year 2023-2024

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

**All international students and all full-time domestic students are required to carry health insurance. This fee estimates the cost of purchasing health insurance.

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Assistantships

Each year, the Institutes awards a limited number of tuition scholarships in memory of Bl. Michael J. McGivney of the Knights of Columbus for students who are engaged in full-time coursework (minimum of 9 credits per term). These scholarships usually cover part of the tuition costs and are based primarily on academic merit. It is the Institute’s priority to grant as many partial scholarships to qualified applicants as funding permits, and in exceptional cases, a complete scholarship award. These scholarships are merit based and are usually awarded in the form of a student assistantship (5-6 hours/ week) in support a professor at the Institute.

M.T.S. and S.T.L. scholarships are renewable for up to four semesters of full-time study, while S.T.D. scholarships are renewable for two semesters. Ph.D. scholarships are renewable for five years. In all cases, every effort is made to continue the amount of the initial award through the remainder of the recipient’s time of eligible full-time coursework, while making satisfactory academic progress (SAP).

The deadline for submission of the McGivney Scholarship form is January 31 for the upcoming academic year of study, both fall and spring terms. After this date, applications for scholarship aid will be considered only when funding remains available and after an application for admission to a full-time, degree-seeking program has been submitted. Please select and complete the appropriate form below and send it to [email protected].

McGivney Scholarship Application (new applicants)

McGivney Scholarship Application (renewal)

Applicants are notified of scholarship awards by letter in mid-March, along with their letter of acceptance. Returning students are notified in April.

Each year, the Knights of Columbus sponsors three full-tuition scholarships, through the administration of the Institute, to assist American and Canadian priests who plan to pursue the S.T.L. or S.T.D. degrees at the Washington Session. These scholarships are merit based.

To apply for this scholarship, please complete the McGivney Scholarship application form, found in the tab above.

Sobota-Kardos awards are granted through a fund established by Paul and Paulette (Sobota) Kardos. These awards are available to lay students in full-time coursework who qualify for financial assistance and are disbursed in equal payments at the start of each semester. Special consideration is given to married students.

The deadline for this scholarship is February 28 for the upcoming academic year.

Sobota-Kardos Award Application

Applicants who are accepted to the Ph.D. program are awarded an annual living stipend for the first five years of study, while making satisfactory academic progress (SAP). Those applying for the Ph.D. program should complete the McGivney Scholarship application for the first year of study to receive the full-tuition scholarship available to Ph.D. students.

Below are several online resources that may be helpful for incoming and returning students to search for outside funding for their studies at the Institute. The Institute has no affiliation with these sources, but applicants and current students may use them at their own discretion in searching and applying for scholarships or grants that may match their skills.

  1. Scholarship Search through FastWeb
  2. Search for Scholarships with College Board
  3. Search Scholarships in the United States with
  4. CareerOneStop (through the U.S. Dept of Labor and American job center network)

For Tips on how to apply for Scholarship, you may wish to consult the Candid Learning website.