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Bearcat Advantage Program

Launching the Bearcat Advantage program, covering tuition for eligible students.

Through the Bearcat Advantage program, eligible students from Pennsylvania families who earn less than $60,000 can still afford a high-quality education.

The program fully funds tuition with a combination of grants and scholarships. That means more students will be able to enjoy the benefits of a Saint Vincent education rooted in academic quality, community, and the Benedictine tradition.

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Eligibility Requirements

If you're a first-time freshman or transfer student, you'll be eligible for the Bearcat Advantage program as long as you:

  • Complete an application for admission to Saint Vincent College and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by May 1, 2024
  • Are a Pennsylvania resident, as defined by the PA Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)
  • Are eligible for a PELL Grant, regardless of the grant amount
  • Have a household income of less than $60,000 annually.

Helping Families Address Financial Challenges

Saint Vincent College recognizes the financial challenges that many families face when it comes to higher education. The Bearcat Advantage Program aims to break down these barriers and empower deserving students to access a high-quality education. This program reflects Saint Vincent's commitment to expanding access and opportunity to earn a college degree for all, in alignment with its mission and values.

"Saint Vincent College continuously strives to provide our students with tremendous opportunities to grow in all aspects of their personal and professional lives,” explained Father Paul Taylor, O.S.B., President of Saint Vincent College. “By establishing the Bearcat Advantage, we are working to ensure cost does not deter potential Bearcats from exploring all that our campus community has to offer."

Increasing the Affordability of a Saint Vincent Education

Over the past two and a half years, Saint Vincent College has been dedicated to increasing the accessibility of higher education. Previously, 14% of the incoming freshman class had their tuition fully funded through gift aid from institutional, federal, state, and outside sources. Thanks to the continued generosity of friends and family of SVC, the College is now able to extend this support to more students.

In addition to the Bearcat Advantage Program, Saint Vincent College has expanded its scholarship offerings for the fall of 2024. Students can now earn merit scholarships based on SAT/ACT scores, and special awards are provided for students graduating from Catholic high schools. The college also offers numerous endowed scholarships to support students in their academic journey.

Remarkably, 100% of first-time freshman or transfer students receive some form of merit scholarship at Saint Vincent College.

The Value of a Saint Vincent College Degree

Saint Vincent College's commitment to excellence is reflected in its outcomes. A remarkable 98% of graduates are employed in their chosen field or pursuing graduate/professional education within one year of graduation. This outstanding success rate underscores the value of a Saint Vincent education and the opportunities it provides.

Saint Vincent College remains steadfast in its mission to provide quality undergraduate and graduate education rooted in faith, tradition and liberal values. The Bearcat Advantage Program is a testament to the college's dedication to expanding access to education and empowering the next generation of leaders.

Admission Information

Office of Admission
Phone: 800-782-5549 x 2500

Financial Aid Office
Phone: 724-805-2555 or 800-782-5549