Types of Aid
Traditional Undergraduate Students
At the Mount, we believe that your best investment is an education, and its pursuit should not be limited by financial concerns. For that reason, we are committed to helping you afford your college education by offering both merit and need-based financial aid. With a combination of federal, state and Mount Saint Mary’s aid – including grants, scholarships and awards – you will see that your hard work really will pay off.
Most financial aid packages include merit scholarships, federal and/or state grants, institutional scholarships, loans and work study. Our Financial Aid Office will work with you to make sure you understand the costs and contributions behind a Mount Saint Mary’s education.
We are here to help. Call us at 310.954.4180 with questions. You can also take a look at our Net Price Calculator, which will help you calculate your estimated cost of attendance.
Learn more about the following types of aid:
Mount Saint Mary’s University Academic Scholarships
When you apply to Mount Saint Mary’s University, you are automatically considered for merit scholarships based on your academic achievement. As with most financial aid, you must enroll in a minimum of 12 units per term to receive these awards. These scholarships are renewable each year, as long as students remain in good academic standing.
For First-Time First-Year Students:
Le Puy Founders’ Award: Full-Tuition (Offered to those with exceptional academic achievement and service to their communities. Must apply by Dec. 1 and submit the additional Le Puy Scholarship Essay as part of the application process. Finalists will be invited to interview.)
President's Award: $19,000 - $21,000 (3.82+ GPA)
Carondelet Award: $18,000 (3.52 - 3.81 GPA)
Provost Award: $17,000 (3.14 - 3.51 GPA)
Opportunity Award: $15,000 (<3.14 GPA)
For Transfer Students:
Dean’s Transfer Awards:
$14,000 (3.7+ GPA)
$13,000 (3.4-3.69 GPA)
$12,000 (3.0-3.39 GPA)
$11,000 (<3.0 GPA)
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Award: $4,000
Granted to members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Music Department Awards:
Full-tuition scholarships and award money of varying amounts are available to eligible music majors, minors and non-music majors enrolled in Music Department ensembles. Auditions are required.
Federal and State Grants+-
Additional financial resources are available to you in the form of grants, "free" money that does not require repayment. Grants are provided from a variety of sources, including the following:
Awarded by the State of California, Cal Grants come in two types (A and B awards). To qualify for a Cal Grant, you will be enrolled in an undergraduate program, maintain an eligible GPA, demonstrate financial need, and be a resident of California.
Awarded by the Federal government, Pell Grants are based solely on demonstrated financial need. Your FAFSA information will determine your eligibility and amount of any potential award.
SEOG Grants are reserved for eligible undergraduate students who are enrolled in a minimum of 12 units.
Awarded by Mount Saint Mary’s University, Mount Awards are reserved solely for undergraduate students who have demonstrated financial need. You will be enrolled in at least 12 units, and the amount of your grant will be determined by other financial aid amounts you receive. Mount Awards are funded through the generosity of Mount Saint Mary’s University donors.
Institutional Grants & Awards+-
Institutional Awards and Scholarships
As part of your application to Mount Saint Mary’s University, you are automatically placed into consideration for a variety of talent and achievement awards. As with most awards, you will be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units to receive these awards.
Legacy Grant: Children and grandchildren of Mount graduates are entitled to a $1,000 grant, renewable for four years. Applications are available from Alumnae Relations or by calling 213.477.2767
Distance Award: Students matriculating from states other than California automatically qualify for this $5,000 annual award.
Access Award: Undocumented residents of California will receive this annual $5,000 award.
Campus Resident Grant: $3,000 awarded annually to students living in on-campus housing.
- Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ) Grant: $3,000 awarded annually to students matriculating from one of the CSJ high schools in California.
Another form of financial aid is the student loan. Just as it sounds, this form of educational financing is presented to you as a loan, which you must repay (typically, though not always, after you have completed your studies). Loans may be provided to students, their parents, or both parties, based on the overall need.
The following is a collection of loan options you may wish to consider as part of your overall college financial aid strategy.
Federal Direct Loan:
This is the most common loan type for both undergraduate and graduate students. Federal loans include an interest charge, require repayment, and come in two forms: subsidized and unsubsidized.
With a subsidized loan, the Federal government pays the interest owed while you are in college. You must be enrolled at a minimum of half-time, and your awarded loan amount is based on financial need as documented in your FAFSA. Interest rates are variable and are adjusted yearly on July 1; the maximum interest rate is 8.25%. Subsidized loans require a master promissory note as well as entrance and exit counseling. Your repayment schedule begins six months after your graduation, withdrawal or any time you drop below half-time.
First-year students may borrow up to $3500 per year
Sophomore students may borrow up to $4500 per year
Junior and Senior students may borrow up to $5500 per year
With an unsubsidized loan, you are responsible for paying the interest owed while you are in college as well as after graduation or withdrawal. However, you may defer interest payments while you are attending school; accumulated interest is added to the loan principal when repayment begins. You must be enrolled at a minimum of half-time, but your awarded loan amount is not based on financial need. Interest rates are variable and are adjusted yearly on July 1; the maximum interest rate is 8.25%. Unsubsidized loans require a master promissory note as well as entrance and exit counseling.
Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan:
This loan type is for undergraduates only, and allows your parents to borrow up to the total cost of your education, minus any other financial aid you may receive. Your parents' credit standing affects your loan amount; they must complete the Parent PLUS Loan Application and demonstrate credit worthiness. As a student, you must be enrolled at least half-time to qualify for a Parent PLUS Loan. Interest rates are variable and are adjusted yearly on July 1; the maximum interest rate is 8.25%. Repayment of a Parent PLUS loan begins immediately after the loan is fully disbursed.
Applying for a Federal Direct Parent Plus Loan
This loan type involves private lenders and is designed to supplement your overall educational financing strategy. Your alternative loan applications should be provided to the Office of Student Financing, so that Mount Saint Mary’s University can adjust your overall financial awards, if any, based on loan amounts. Terms vary from private lenders, so you and your parents should compare them carefully, including reviewing any fees added to the loan amounts. Students who borrow may be required to have a co-signer. Repayment typically begins six months after graduation, withdrawal, or any time you drop below half-time.
Loan Counseling (formerly Loan Entrance and Exit Counseling)
If you plan to borrow money in order to finance your education, you may be required to complete both Loan Entrance and Exit Counseling sessions at Mount Saint Mary’s University. This is particularly true for first-time Federal loan borrowers. Counseling helps you understand your rights and responsibilities as a borrower.
Student Employment Through Federal Work-Study
Depending on your financial need, you may qualify for student employment through a Federal work-study program. Money earned helps pay for your education; you work a set number of hours per week. This award is reserved for undergraduates who live on campus.
For more information on student employment, please click here.