On Saint Vincent College’s 200-acre campus in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, you’ll find people who inspire you and opportunities that invite you to take your talents and strengths to new heights and new places – from across town to across the world. Along the way, you’ll discover more about yourself, your power to make a difference for others, and what it means to lead a life of purpose.
Admission to Saint Vincent College is competitive. As we look at your application, our foremost consideration will be your academic potential. We'll look for indications of your academic and extracurricular achievement as well as for information that will help us evaluate your academic ability, character, motivation, and promise.
Here are some of the things we'll take into account:
Applicants who did not take the SAT/ACT may be required to submit one of the following items to aid in the application review process. Your admission counselor will contact you via email and/or phone number provided on your application should one of these supplemental items be required.
To be admitted to Saint Vincent College, you'll need to complete 16 academic units of secondary school work. These 16 units must include four units of English, at least three units of college preparatory mathematics, one unit of laboratory science, three units of social science and two units of a foreign language among five elective units.
If you plan to major in engineering, you must have one unit of plane geometry, one unit of intermediate algebra, one unit of physics, and one-half unit of trigonometry in addition to the other requirements.
If you intend to pursue a degree in music, you must audition for acceptance to that department.
If you're applying to Saint Vincent College to study art, you'll need to submit a portfolio of your work to the Art Department.
If your secondary school program differs significantly from the program we've described, please consult our office of Admission and Financial Aid.
If you plan to major in Nursing (BSN with Carlow University), you must have two units of laboratory science (these must be Biology and Chemistry) and you must meet GPA and test score requirements.
While you begin to explore your financial options for Saint Vincent College, the Net Price Calculator can be very helpful in giving you an estimate of your eligibility for aid from all sources.
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NOTE: Minimal health insurance coverage is required unless a waiver is granted because you are covered under your family's health plan. Premium health insurance coverage is suggested for international students.
Our approach to scholarship awards is rooted in academic rigor and achievement. We strive to make a Saint Vincent education available to all students who desire to challenge themselves. We offer academic merit and need-based scholarships and grants. Merit scholarships are awarded based on academic profile, strength of curriculum, leadership and service experience and other factors. Students applying with or without college entrance exam scores are considered for all awards at the time of acceptance. Additional need-based assistance may be available depending on the results of your FAFSA.
All students who choose to live on campus will also receive a Resident Grant of $3,000 to assist with the additional cost of room and board. Some grants from the College are dependent on factors other than academic merit or financial need and may be added to the full financial package.
|Catholic High School Grant||$2,000||Awarded to all freshmen Catholic high school graduates|
|Out-of-State Grant||up to $750||Awarded to any student residing outside of Pennsylvania|
Additional need-based financial aid from Saint Vincent may also be available to you based on the results of your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Therefore, we encourage every family to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. Filing early will ensure that you are considered for this additional aid. The FAFSA will also determine your eligibility for state and federal aid programs such as grants and/or loans.
Accepted students are encouraged to file the FAFSA and visit our Net Price Calculator to find out more!
Wimmer Scholarship Competition
First-time, full-time freshmen who choose to live on campus receive a Resident Grant of $3000 to assist with the cost of room and board. Transfer students who choose to live on-campus receive a Resident Grant of $1500 so long as they are enrolled full-time. These grants are renewable for up to 4 years.
Transfer Student Grants
Benedictine Pastors’ Awards
Catholic High School Graduate Grants
Aurelius Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of superior academic credentials and potential (including high school performance and ACT/SAT scores), declared major and interest in the Aurelius Scholars program. The program is offered to motivated students interested in the Western intellectual tradition and awards a limited number of competitive scholarships for incoming freshmen each year.
Selected recipients receive a $2,000 ($1,000 per semester) Aurelius Scholarship, applied toward tuition as a part of their financial aid package, over the course of four years, assuming enrollment and satisfactory progress in the Aurelius Scholars program. Recipients will be expected to enroll in Principles of American Politics (a core course in the program) in their first year at Saint Vincent, demonstrate satisfactory progress in completing the Aurelius course sequence, attend occasional lectures sponsored by Saint Vincent’s Center for Political and Economic Thought, and periodically meet with the Aurelius program director to discuss their progress in the program.
Up to six music scholarships (singers and band) are available to incoming freshmen, valued at $1,000 each. Students must audition to be considered for these scholarships. Deadline is April 1. Interested students should contact Thomas Octave (email@example.com) at least one week in advance to schedule an audition. Video auditions are also possible.
Fred Rogers Scholarship
This scholarship, valued at $2500, is for students interested in pursuing careers involving children, early learning and media for young children.
Stanley Black & Decker Scholarships
Stanley Black & Decker Scholarships are available for first-generation college students majoring in Engineering, Mathematics or Physics. One $1,000 scholarship is are awarded in this program. For more information, or to apply, for the Stanley Black & Decker Scholarship for students majoring in Engineering, Mathematics or Physics, click here.
Two $1,000 annual scholarships are also awarded to first-generation college students majoring in Marketing. Read more.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Talent Expansion Program. Five four-year $5,000 scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen majoring in biochemistry, data science or minoring in biotechnology. For more information on requirements and applying. See www.stvincent.edu/step.
Trooper Michael P. Stewart Scholarship
The Trooper Michael P. Stewart Scholarship of $2,500 (renewable each year up to four years) was established in memory of Trooper Michael P. Stewart through the generosity of his family, friends and colleagues to support young men and women from Greater Latrobe High School wishing to attend Saint Vincent College.
One scholarship is available for 2021. To apply, submit an admission application to SVC and submit an essay (maximum of one page) to Adam Bowser (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 16, addressing the importance of faith and family. The essay should be free of identifying information in the body of the essay.
Byron R. Hunter Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Byron R. Hunter Memorial scholarship was generously established by Mr. Hunter, a 1963 graduate of Saint Vincent College. Mr. Hunter spent his entire teaching career within the Kiski Area School District, located in Armstrong and Westmoreland Counties in Pennsylvania. Therefore, preference will be given to graduates of the Kiski Area School District to receive this eight semester scholarship. For more information regarding the Byron R. Hunter Memorial Scholarship, please call 724-805-2627 or email email@example.com.
Grants are in the amount of $500 per year, renewable for four years. Any non-Pennsylvania resident is eligible for this award.
These scholarships are supported by the generosity of alumni and private donors to the College's Scholarship Endowment Fund.
Federal and State Grants
To be considered for federal and state grants, completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required yearly. Grants do not have to be repaid. The FAFSA is available October 1 at www.fafsa.gov/.
The maximum Federal Pell Grant award for the 2021-2022 year is $6,495.
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is awarded to undergraduate Pell grant recipients with exceptional financial need.
The maximum Pennsylvania State Grant (PHEAA) award for 2021-2022 is $5,000. PA residents must complete the FAFSA prior to May 1. For more information, please visit the Pennsylvania State grant website at www.pheaa.org or call 1-800-692-7392.
Students are encouraged to contact community groups, churches, high school counselors and local civic organizations for information regarding local scholarship opportunities, as well as free national scholarship searches such as those listed below.
After institutional funding, Federal Direct Loans are the most common source of educational funding for undergraduate students. There are two types: subsidized and unsubsidized.
Subsidized loans are need-based and do not accrue interest while the student is enrolled at least 1/2 time, during a six-month grace period or periods of deferment. Unsubsidized loans are not need-based and begin to accrue interest at the time of disbursement.
Direct Loans carry the following yearly limits:
Federal Direct PLUS Loans for parents of dependent students
If your financial aid does not cover all of your costs, a parent can apply for a Federal Direct PLUS Loan at studentaid.gov and completing the application and Master Prom Note. The interest rate is fixed at 6.28% for loans disbursed July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. A 4.228% origination fee is charged for loans first disbursed Oct. 1, 2021, through Sept. 30, 2022. If a parent is denied the PLUS, the dependent student becomes eligible for an additional Direct Loan of up to $4,000 in unsubsidized funds for the first and second years and up to $5,000 thereafter. A parent must apply and be denied each year.
Additional private loans, generally referred to as “alternative loans,” are also available to students to bridge any funding gaps. Most student borrowers will need a co-signer. Payment can usually be deferred until after graduation, but interest accrues from the time the loan is disbursed. Additional information on this type of loan is available through the Financial Aid Office.
The list of lenders is available online through www.ELMSelect.com. This summary information is intended only as a guide for comparison purposes. Many other options exist for supplemental borrowing. You are not required to use any of the loans or lenders listed on this guide. Please consider the lender and loan product that best meets your needs. More information and a list of private lenders can also be found at www.finaid.org. A list of Pennsylvania Credit unions who offer private loans can be found at http://pennsylvania.studentchoice.org/ along with their requirements. Please refer to the lender for updated information before making your choice. Rates, Terms and Conditions are subject to change without notice.
A work-study position allows you to earn money to help cover non-billable educational expenses by working on or off campus. The position may be paid by federal funds, institutional funds or through the cooperative efforts of PHEAA and Saint Vincent College for community service work.
Federal Work-Study (FWS) is counted as part of your financial aid package and placed on your award letter.
Institutional Work-Study is not considered financial aid and will not appear on your award letter.
Students are not guaranteed a position and are required to secure their own employment, working up to 15 hours per week during the academic year and up to 40 hours per week during breaks. Earnings are paid directly to the student and are not deducted from your bill.
Students can search for on-campus positions through Career Service's database at https://stvincent.joinhandshake.com/login.
Saint Vincent College administers a deferred payment plan that provides flexibility and time to meet your financial obligation. The SVC Payment Plan is administered by the Business Office at Saint Vincent College. The plan has a $45 fee which is due at set-up, but carries no interest charges. The plan allows you to spread out payments over the academic year while are enrolled in classes, rather than making payment-in-full at the start of each semester, and is typically spread over 10 months starting in July.
Information about the SVC Payment Plan will be available at orientation. Contact the Business Office at 724-805-2248 for questions or to obtain an application.
Saint Vincent College Tuition Exchange Program Frequently Asked Questions
Information for Prospective Students
In which tuition exchange programs does Saint Vincent College participate?
We accept applications for Tuition Exchange (TE), Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), and Catholic College Cooperative Tuition Exchange (CCCTE). Students may submit applications for multiple programs.
Who is eligible to apply for a Tuition Exchange Scholarship to attend Saint Vincent College?
You are eligible to apply for tuition exchange if you have a parent who is employed at a tuition exchange institution (referred to as the host institution) and the host institution certifies your eligibility for tuition exchange consideration. The tuition exchange liaison officer at the host institution must electronically submit the tuition exchange certification form to Saint Vincent College.
How many students apply for and receive tuition exchange scholarships at Saint Vincent College?
Saint Vincent College receives approximately 30 to 45 freshman tuition exchange applications each year. For fall 2021, there are a total of 10 new tuition exchange scholarships available.
How is the tuition exchange scholarship awarded?
To be considered for a tuition exchange scholarship from Saint Vincent College, a student must complete an application for admission, be accepted, be a resident student, and have completed the FAFSA. After being accepted for admission, each tuition exchange applicant will be considered for one of the available tuition exchange scholarships. The first reviews will take place around January 15th with a subsequent review around March 15th. Applicants will be considered after March 15th based upon space availability. Tuition exchange awards are based primarily, but not exclusively, on an applicant’s academic profile.
When should I apply for tuition exchange?
You may apply for tuition exchange at any time. It is highly recommended that applications are received by January 1st to be considered in our first review around January 15th. Remember, you need to be admitted to the college and have your tuition exchange certification form submitted by your home school’s tuition exchange liaison officer before we can determine your tuition exchange eligibility.
Do I have to apply for financial aid in general in order to be considered for a tuition exchange scholarship?
Yes, you are required to apply for need-based financial aid at Saint Vincent College in order to be considered for a tuition exchange scholarship. It is necessary to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) prior to our review. Therefore, the FAFSA should be submitted by January 1st if possible. The FAFSA must be filed yearly to remain eligible for a tuition exchange scholarship.
If I am eligible for PELL, PHEAA, or SEOG grants, will my tuition exchange scholarship be reduced?
Yes, student’s eligibility for PELL, PHEAA, or SEOG grants will reduce the tuition exchange.
Is there a housing requirement to be awarded a tuition exchange scholarship?
Yes, students must live on campus to be eligible for a tuition exchange scholarship.
When will I know if I am awarded a tuition exchange scholarship?
All tuition exchange notifications are done by mail after each review. Students should expect to hear from their personal admission counselor immediately following the review, and an official letter will be sent within 10 days of the review. In some situations, a student may be admitted to Saint Vincent College but placed on a waiting list for a tuition exchange scholarship. If this occurs, Saint Vincent College will do its best to notify any waitlisted tuition exchange applicants of the final decision by the freshman enrollment deposit due date of May 1.
What is the value of a tuition exchange scholarship?
The tuition exchange scholarship at Saint Vincent College covers the full cost of tuition for the academic year, less the reduction as noted above for PELL, PHEAA, and SEOG Grants.
Are there any special conditions attached to a tuition exchange scholarship?
Once a student is provided with a tuition exchange scholarship, Saint Vincent College will continue it to a maximum of eight (8) consecutive semesters excluding summer and winter intersessions.
The recipient must meet Saint Vincent College’s standards of academic performance and personal conduct and be certified eligible by his/her host institution. A Saint Vincent College tuition exchange scholarship can be applied to any on or off campus bachelor degree program of study that carries the Saint Vincent College tuition charge. If a tuition exchange student is not in attendance in a Saint Vincent College tuition-charging program for longer than one semester, the student will lose the tuition exchange scholarship and will need to reapply and re-compete to receive any future tuition exchange funding.
If I am not a successful freshman candidate to receive a tuition exchange scholarship, can I re-apply as an upperclassman for a tuition exchange?
Yes, you can re-apply. However, preference is given to first-time, first-year applicants.
If I become eligible to apply for a tuition exchange scholarship after I have enrolled as a current student at Saint Vincent College, will I be considered for a tuition exchange scholarship?
Yes, if you meet all the requirements for a tuition exchange scholarship after you enrolled at Saint Vincent College, you may submit an application for tuition exchange for the next academic year. However, preference is given to first-time, first-year applicants.
Are transfer applicants eligible to apply for a tuition exchange scholarship?
Yes, however, it is rare that a transfer student is offered the tuition exchange scholarship.
Who administers Saint Vincent College’s tuition exchange program?
The Tuition Exchange Officer of the Financial Aid Office acts as Saint Vincent College’s tuition exchange liaison officer and is responsible for the daily administration of the program.
Where can I get more information about tuition exchange?
Contact the tuition exchange liaison officer at the host institution (where your parent is employed). This person is usually from the human resources office or the financial aid office. Also, you may visit www.tuitionexchange.org for general information about Tuition Exchange (TE), www.cic.edu for information about Council of Independent College (CIC), or www.cccte.org for information about Catholic College Cooperative Tuition Exchange (CCCTE). If you have specific questions about Saint Vincent College’s tuition exchange programs, contact the Financial Aid Office, Saint Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650, by phone at 724-805-2555, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Financial Aid Process
Verification is the confirmation through documentation that the information provided on a student's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is correct. The federal government requires colleges and universities to verify or confirm the data reported on the FAFSA. The verification process ensures that eligible students receive all the financial aid to which they are entitled. Students are selected for verification either randomly or because estimated information submitted on the FAFSA is deemed inconsistent. Once selected for verification, students will receive notification from the Financial Aid Office which will outline the documents needed. Federal aid will not be noted on the billing statement as a pending payment or disbursed until the verification process is completed. Updates to the FAFSA as a result of the verification process may result in a change to the EFC and financial aid awards.
Students and parents who have questions concerning the Financial Aid Application Process as outlined above or have unusual circumstances may contact the Financial Aid Office at 724-805-2555 or by email at email@example.com.
Saint Vincent College has a rolling admission policy; that is, we'll notify you of our admission committee's decision shortly after we've received all your credentials.
Priority filing deadline for additional SVC need-based financial aid is March 1.
To be considered for the Pennsylvania State Grant the FAFSA must be submitted by May 1 (other states may have different deadlines).
Documents for students transferring credits to Saint Vincent College.
Any matriculated student at Saint Vincent College may be granted advanced standing credit via AP.
No charge will be made for granting AP credit.
Up to 62 credits may be earned via AP and similar evaluating mechanisms.
Students who have earned credit through AP should be aware of the limitations of AP. Academic credit does not guarantee thorough knowledge of a subject. This is especially important for students in vertical sequence courses.
If a student chooses to take a classroom course for which AP credit has already been awarded, the grade for the course will replace the AP credit. No double credit is possible. A faculty advisor can counsel a student to take a classroom course for the student’s own benefit even though the student has earned credit by AP in that subject area, but the faculty advisor cannot require that the student take the course.