Mount St. Joseph University offers several academic scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and payment plan options to assist transfer students in paying for college tuition.

File Your FAFSA 

Need-based aid is awarded on the basis of a student’s financial need calculated from the information supplied on the FAFSA. Learn how to apply for and receive grants or loans in our step-by-step getting started guide.

  • MSJ FAFSA Federal Code: 003033

Transfer Student Merit Scholarships

Students must have a minimum of 12 semester hours of college level coursework, be accepted to the Mount, and plan to attend full-time to be considered for a Transfer Scholarship. All Transfer Scholarships are renewable if the student remains full-time and meets satisfactory academic progress standards. Part-time students and students with previous bachelor’s degrees are not eligible. Transfer credit and transfer GPA must come from a regionally accredited institution. GPA used for scholarship consideration will be a calculation of all regionally accredited coursework. No applications are required for the scholarships listed below unless otherwise noted.

Merit Based Transfer Scholarships (spring 22 & forward)
GPA 2.75 - 2.99 3.0 - 3.249 3.25 - 3.49 3.5 - 3.749 3.75+     
AMOUNT   $11,000    $12,000 $13,000 $14,000 $15,000   

* If you have graduated high school in the most recent academic year, and are planning to transfer and enroll at the Mount full-time for the spring semester please talk with an admissions representative to review scholarship opportunities. 

Additional Transfer & Adult Scholarships & Awards

Scholarship Award Eligibility Information
Mount Opportunity Award $10,000/year Students who do not meet the Transfer Scholarship criteria, but enroll full-time and are earning their first bachelor's degree may be eligible for a $10,000 Mount Opportunity Award. Please contact for details.
Connections Scholarship $2,500/year While enrolled at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, Ivy Tech Community College, Kentucky Community & Technical College, or Sinclair Community College, a Connections Scholars application must be submitted. Requirements to meet the Connections Scholarship include an earned associate’s degree from Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, Ivy Tech Community College, or Kentucky Community & Technical College with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Connections Scholars must be enrolled in full-time status (12 credit hours minimum) at the Mount. This award can be stacked on other eligible merit scholarships. Applications and transcripts must be received two weeks prior to the start of the semester you plan to begin at the Mount. 
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship  $1,000/year A cumulative college GPA of 3.25, an earned associate degree from a regionally accredited institution and verification of PTK membership are required. This award can be in addition to other eligible merit scholarships. This scholarship is renewable if the student is full-time and maintaining a 3.0 college GPA. Part-time students and students with previous bachelor's degrees are not eligible.
MSJ Renaissance $500-$1,000/year Planned participation in: The Art Guild, Ensemble, Peak Productions, Theatre, University Band, University Singers, or Writer's Block. Students may only receive one award, regardless of participation in multiple groups. Does not require separate application. 
Esports Scholarship $2,000/year
Students who are enrolled full-time and participate in Esports practices, team workouts, and competitive events. Students participating in other NCAA Division III sports are not eligible for this scholarship.
Adult Scholarship $1,000/year Any new or current adult student at the Mount with a minimum 2.75 GPA is eligible to apply for this scholarship. Students are required to complete a FAFSA and submit an application. Recipients of this scholarship cannot be eligible for any need-based state or federal grant dollars. Students with a previous bachelor’s degree or students receiving more than 25 percent tuition reimbursement from their employer are not eligible. The scholarship application can be found our forms and applications page.
Moore-Eckel Adult Scholarship $750/year This scholarship is available to current and future MSJ adult students. In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours of coursework per academic year. A completed FAFSA application, personal statement letter, and additional application form must be submitted by June 1st. The scholarship application can be found on our forms and applications page.
Mission Ambassador Award $2,000/year Incoming students; interested in serving as student campus ministers through the Office of Mission Integration. Students applying must be actively involved in a faith tradition and exhibit an openness to persons of other faith traditions. The deadline for applying is January 31.
Choose Ohio First (cITe) Scholarship $8,000/year

Ohio residents only. Consideration for scholarship goes to incoming students that are double majoring in Computer Science (CS) with a concentration in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and another major of their choice. Learn more at


Outside Scholarships 

Click here to request a current list of outside (third-party) scholarships. Scholarship eligibility and application materials vary. 



A grant is a financial aid award typically based on your financial need, and it does not need to be repaid. Grants come from multiple sources including the Mount, the federal government and the Ohio state government. Eligibility is determined upon receipt of a completed FAFSA.  Click here to check out the list of available grants below to learn more.



There are several types of loans that will help finance your education, including low-interest federal government loans and loans from private foundations or banks. Click here to learn more

Tuition Deferment Plan

Students eligible to receive employer tuition reimbursement may participate in the Mount’s Tuition Deferment Plan.

Tuition Deferment Plan Application