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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Merit-based Aid

Accepted first-year and transfer students (no matter their citizenship status) are automatically considered for merit aid. Transfer students can receive up to $28,000 per year in merit aid. These are awarded to students who qualify based on an evaluation of their grades and strength of academic program. Students who qualify for a merit scholarship are notified with their acceptance letter. 

First-Year Merit Scholarship Range per Academic Year
Archbishop Christie
Advanced college prep curriculum and top 2% GPA at a Catholic high school
Advanced college prep curriculum and top GPAs
Holy Cross
Strong college prep curriculum and strong GPA from a Catholic high school
Arthur A. Schulte, Jr.
Strong college prep curriculum and strong GPA from a public, private, or homeschool
Howard Vollum
Strong college prep curriculum (including higher level classes in STEAM) and strong GPA for engineering and computer science majors from a public, private, or homeschool


Need-based Aid

One of the goals of the Office of Financial Aid is to serve students by recognizing that every student has unique financial needs. We help students invest in their futures to attain their educational goals by providing financial options through the financial aid awarding process. Need-based financial aid is determined after a student submits their Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

International Student Scholarships

International students are eligible for the merit-based scholarships above. Visit the International Student Services Scholarships page for more information.

Catholic High School Success Award

The Catholic High School Success Award is for first-year applicants who are graduates of a Catholic high school, in recognition of a commitment to Catholic education and for contributions to the high school community and beyond.

Pilot Venture Award

The Pilot Venture Award is for students who will be venturing to University of Portland from outside the state of Oregon.

Pilots First Award

This award is offered to first-generation admitted students. We recognize and celebrate that when you receive a degree from University of Portland, you will add a new and dynamic layer of history to your family's story.

Music Scholarships

The University offers music scholarships for tuition and private lessons in addition to the University’s financial aid offer. These scholarships are awarded by audition (in-person or recorded). Scholarships are automatically renewable for up to four years assuming continued musical and academic progress. There are also performance grants—awarded by annual audition—for talented students who will make a significant contribution to a UP ensemble, but who are not majors or minors.

Theater Scholarships

Scholarships and grants are available to majors in minors in the theater program. Contact the Theater Department for more information.

Providence Scholarship

The Providence Scholars Program, a partnership between Providence Health and Services (PH&S) and the University of Portland, was created to address the national nursing shortage. Providence Scholars receive tuition assistance in the final two years of their bachelor of science in nursing program (junior and senior years). A UP Grant of 25% coupled with assistance from PH&S gives students tuition coverage of just over 80%. The student will sign a three-year, full-time employment contract with PH&S in exchange for tuition coverage.

Transfer PTK Scholarships

Transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa (two-year honor society) are also eligible for PTK Scholarships, worth $3000 per academic year at UP. No separate application is required, only proof of membership.

ROTC Scholarships

Learn more about Army ROTC scholarships and Air Force ROTC scholarships.

Athletic Scholarships

Learn more about our NCAA Division I Pilot athletics and contact any head or assistant coach with questions.

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