Gonzaga has Scholarships!

College costs are rising and the sticker price of going to college can be quite scary. Despite the apparently high cost, many private colleges offer substantial financial aid, and Gonzaga is not different. At Gonzaga, we work closely with families to make college more affordable. In fact, last year GU awarded approximately $85 million in financial aid to students!

At Gonzaga, 98% of incoming students earn merit scholarships. These scholarships are “need-blind” (only based on the merit of the applicant, not family income), and awarded based on the application for admission, evaluating on the following factors:

  • Grade point average (GPA)
  • SAT or ACT scores,
  • Difficulty of curriculum (Honors/AP/IB/Cambridge Courses (or similar) in all four years of high school)
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Quality of the Common Application essay
  • Recommendations
  • Optional interview

First-year merit scholarships range from $9,000 to $22,000 per year, and are guaranteed for all four years (as long as a student remains full-time and in Good Academic Standing).

In addition to merit scholarships, we offer application-based scholarships as well. Application-based scholarships do feature additional academic requirements, but stack on top of merit-based scholarships and are a great way for GU students to earn extra funds toward their education.

Private scholarships from outside organizations are another fantastic way to help fund your college education, and can be used at any college. At GU, our students brought in approximately $1.5 million in outside resources last year. Ask your counselor about private scholarship opportunities in your area, and check out some great websites like, and to find other scholarship opportunities.

Lastly, consider filling the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1, because many colleges (including Gonzaga) offer institutional grants.  Gonzaga Grant Funding is awarded on a combination of financial need and academic merit, so many students who do not think they will qualify for need-based aid can earn additional aid from Gonzaga (including many students who do not qualify for federal or state-funded financial aid).