Pell Grant-eligible Iowans can attend the only Iowa private university included in the top 30 schools in the Regional Universities-Midwest category of the U.S. News and World Report's 2022 Best Colleges rankings tuition-free!
Through the Ambrose Advantage scholarship program, a St. Ambrose University education is available to any eligible Iowan for the cost of books, fees, room and board. It's an opportunity that allows recipients to enter the job market with a great degree and minimal debt.
Qualifications: Iowa resident, Pell Grant eligible, minimum unweighted GPA 2.5, admitted to SAU, full-time undergraduate enrollment. Must be admitted and file the FAFSA by March 15, 2022. Pell eligibility will be reviewed each year to maintain scholarship. Campus residency not required. Learn more about our extensive First-Year scholarships and grants here and Transfer scholarships and grants here.
What is your next step to see if you qualify for the Ambrose Advantage scholarship?
- If you haven't already, apply now and submit your needed transcripts.
- If you've been admitted, you need to be sure to complete the FAFSA and include the SAU school code (001889).
If you're unsure of your next steps or want to check on your application status, please contact your Admissions Counselor for assistance.
"It just feels like people really care about you're here." - Arayah Westmoreland
Time spent in the foster care system as a child in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, gave Arayah Westmoreland a glimpse into her future.
"I knew I needed to work with kids who struggled in the system like I did, kids who didn't really have a connection with their counselor in the system," she said.
Arayah might have been able to pursue a social work degree and fulfill that long-held mission somewhere other than St. Ambrose. But preparing to show foster kids someone cares might not have felt as intuitive as it does here.
"Better connection with teachers," she said when asked what she loves about her SAU experience. "Better connections with fellow students. I can say hi to my professors as they walk by me. It just feels like people really care here."
The Ambrose Advantage made all the difference as Alayah weighed the expense of a St. Ambrose Bachelor of Social Work degree vs. bachelor's degrees at other schools. The opportunity to add a Master of Social Work degree in just another year of schooling through the 4 + 1 BSW to MSW track at St. Ambrose made a great deal even better.
"It's the perfect school, the perfect degree, for me," she said.
"It feels like home from five hours away." - Braden Mohr
Braden Mohr grew up in Council Bluffs on the Missouri River. He might have chosen a school closer to home, but the future nurse is glad the Ambrose Advantage called him to SAU.
"College anywhere is not cheap," he said. "I'm paying for my own schooling so I was looking mainly for a nursing program where I could narrow the cost. The Ambrose Advantage helped me choose St. Ambrose."
And a good choice, it has been.
"Everybody's cheerful," Braden said of his campus experience. "The classes are small and the professors are focused on their students. I like the community feeling. It feels like home from five hours away."
Braden has felt the calling to be a nurse since being diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of 8. "I had pediatric nurses who influenced me," he said. "I want to do that for someone else."
"Cost is obviously a big thing for anybody going to college. When I found out about the Ambrose Advantage, it took the stress of me and my family. Now I can focus on my classes and getting a start on my career."
"I always wanted to go to college but finances were an issue. With the Ambrose Advantage, I don't have to worry. My tuition is paid and I'm getting a good education."
"The Ambrose Advantage allowed me to come to come to college without much worry about debt in my future."