The Catholic University of America

Financial Assistance Resources

At MSPS we are committed to helping students of all backgrounds afford an education and graduate with minimal loans. We offer a number of scholarship programs and work closely with the Office of Financial Aid to ensure that costs are manageable for each student.

CUA Office of Financial Aid Website

MSPS Contact: Financial Aid 202-319-5307

MSPS Undergraduate Scholarships

Sheehy Scholarship: The Sheehy Scholarship is endowed by Dr. Vincent A. Sheehy, a CUA Alumnus and prominent Washingtonian. The Scholarship is designed to assist non-traditional students complete their first undergraduate degree and is exclusively for MSPS students. Students who wish to be considered must apply each academic year. Award amounts vary based on these criteria: financial need, CUA course success (GPA), and academic progress (total number of credits completed). Since its inception in 1993, over 1200 MSPS students have benefited from Dr. Sheehy’s generosity and dedication to the mission and vision of The Catholic University of America. Please see the application form for more information on this prestigious scholarship. The application deadline for current students is June 16 2017 for the upcoming academic year. Application available here. New students for Fall 2017, please contact your advisor on how to apply.

Community College Transfer Scholarship: Offered for articulated community college programs. Read more about the guidelines and access the application.

Alumni Scholarship for MSPS Graduate Students application

FAFSA and Federal Aid

2017-2018 Financial Aid Checklist

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

A FAFSA must be completed to qualify for federal financial aid or any MSPS scholarship programs. The federal government offers a number of grant and loan programs including but not limited to: Pell Grants, Perkins Loans, subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford Loans, and GraduatePLUS loans.

Private Loan Sources

[Note: These lenders serve as an example of private loan providers. We encourage students to work with the financial aid office and conduct their own research in choosing a loan provider of their choice.]

Wells Fargo

Sallie Mae


State Financial Assistance Resources


District of Columbia

Free Scholarship Search Sites

[Note: These websites are suggestions for places to start your search.]


FastWeb Scholarship Search

Peterson's Scholarship Search

Collegeboard Fund Finder

Kaplan Scholarship Center LLC Scholarship Finder

Princeton Review Scholarship Search

US Colleges Scholarships & Grants


Additional Resources

Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship

Veterans Affairs and GI Bill Resources