Our merit scholarships are designed to reward those students who have been academically dedicated and engaged in their educational experience. 

  • Charles & Dianna Colman Scholarships are awarded each fall to new first-year and new transfer students who attend full-time. Award amounts are up to full tuition.
  • Trustee Scholarships are awarded each fall to new first-year and new transfer students who attend full time. Award amounts are up to 75% of tuition.
  • Deans Scholarships are given each fall and spring to new first-year students who attend full time. Award amounts are up to 50% of tuition.
  • Phi Theta Kappa Awards are given to transfer students who can demonstrate membership in Phi Theta Kappa.
  • Academic Excellence Scholarships are given each fall and spring to new first-year and new transfer students who attend full-time. These scholarships recognize strong academic achievement.
  • Founders, Recognition, and Regent Awards are given each fall and spring to new first-year and new transfer students who attend full-time. These awards are based on academic achievement.
  • Pfeffer Scholarship supports an incoming female first-year student majoring in science or math who intends to pursue a course of study that would lead her to a career in medicine or medical research.

Grants and Loans

We’ll do everything we can to help you afford Rockford University. That’s why we offer our own grants and loans to supplement your state and federal aid.

  • Rockford University Grants. Awarded to full-time students on the basis of need. Amounts are determined by the students need and GPA.
  • Family Grants. One-time grants of up to $500 for families who have more than one full-time undergraduate student attending Rockford University.
  • Out-Of-State Matching Grants. Need-based grant awarded to full-time students who are non-Illinois residents. Up to $3,000.
  • International Grants. Need-based grants available to full-time international students.
  • Alumni Grants. $500 grants for full-time students enrolling in Rockford University who are the children of Rockford alumni.
  • Helen L. Grant Loan. No-interest loans that are eligibility-based and available to students after establishing a Rockford academic record.  **Beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year, this is now known as the Helen L. Grant Scholarship and does not require repayment.

State and Federal Grants and Loans

The less time you spend worrying about money, the more time you can spend learning and making a difference in the world. We encourage you to check out state and federal financial aid opportunities. Rockford University, in conjunction with the State of Illinois, awards competitive financial aid packages to students – like you – in the form of grants and scholarships. And you don’t have to be from the Prairie State, either. We also offer need-based grants to students from other states, so you can attend Rockford University no matter what state you call home.

  • Illinois Minority Teachers Corp. Awards of up to $5,000 per year for a maximum of four semesters.
  • Monetary Award Program (MAP). Provides grant assistance to eligible Illinois students demonstrating financial need. Must apply by the deadline determined by the State of Illinois. For more information, visit

There are a number of federal programs available to help you with tuition. These aren’t handouts—some will need to be repaid—but they are a leg-up on dealing with university costs. 

  • Federal Pell Grants. Need-based federal grants awarded for up to $6,095.* 2017-2018 grants awarded up to $5,920.*
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG). Need-based grants that range from $200 to $2,000 and determined by Student Administrative Services (SAS).
  • Federal Subsidized Direct Loans. Students may borrow up to $3,500 as first-year students, up to $4,500 as sophomores, up to $5,500 as juniors and seniors. Please refer to our Loan Information page for more details.
  • Federal Unsubsidzied Direct Loans. Independent students may borrow up to $6,000 per year as first-year students and sophomores and up to $7,000 as juniors and seniors. Graduate students can borrow up to $20,500 per year. Repayment schedules are currently the same as subsidized Direct Loans. Dependent students may borrow up to $2,000 in unsubsidized Direct Loans.  Lifetime maximum for undergraduates is $31,000 dependent, $57,500 independent student.  Please refer to our Loan Information page for more details.
  • Federal Perkins Loans. Need-based loans with a maximum value of $8,000 over four years. **program not available for the 2018-2019 school year and going forward
  • Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS). Designed specifically for parents, this program allows them to borrow the difference between aid awarded and actual tuition costs.

*Maximum amounts are determined by federal guidelines and subject to change.


Financial aid is disbursed to a student’s account on a semester basis based on enrollment.  Books and supplies may be purchased and charged at the bookstore on to a student’s account a minimum of 10 days prior to the start of the term, as long as all financial aid, including Pell grants, is completed, accepted, and will create an excess of funds.  

Studying Abroad

Enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by the home school may be considered enrollment in the home school for purposes of applying for federal student financial aid.  Please contact the Office of Student Administrative Services for eligibility information.

Work-Study Programs

It’s often been said that hard work is its own reward. We couldn’t agree more. We have numerous opportunities for you to work part time on campus and earn money at the same time. We have both federal and institutional funding.

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Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program

Rockford University is a proud member of the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement program. To Receive Post–9/11 and Yellow Ribbon Program Benefits, apply through the Veterans Administration (VA) by visiting or calling 1-888-GI-BILL-1. Submit your certificate of eligibility to Rockford University’s certifying official (Kelley Rippentrop, Assistant Registrar, Rockford University, 5050 E. State Street, Rockford, IL  61108. Email: Phone: 815-226-4063. Fax: 815-394-5174.) Apply for admission to Rockford University. Acceptance into the Yellow Ribbon Program will be on a first-come, first-served basis. First-come is defined as a student who has completed all admission requirements, as well as submitted all documents regarding eligibility for the Post–9/11 and Yellow Ribbon Programs.

Department Information

Student Administrative Services (SAS)
Nelson Hall--1st floor
5050 E. State Street Rockford, IL 61108
Fax: 815-394-5174

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