Aurora University First-Year Scholarships
First-year scholarships are based on merit, composite ACT score and high school grade point average (GPA). Merit awards made to full-time, first-time freshmen are renewable for up to four years for students who maintain full-time status and the required renewable GPA for each scholarship level.

The following scholarships and grants are available to students entering the university during the 2014-2015 academic year:

Scholarship Name
Annual Amount
Board of Trustees Scholarship
James E. Crimi Presidential Scholarship
Deans’ Scholarship
Aurora University Opportunity Grant
Aurora University Promise Grant

Aurora University Transfer Scholarships
Transfer students are eligible for merit awards based on their cumulative transfer GPA from all previous institutions attended. Merit awards are renewable for full-time transfer students who maintain full-time status and the required renewable cumulative GPA at each scholarship level during their undergraduate career.

The following scholarships and grants are available for full-time transfer students entering the university during the 2014-15 academic year to pursue their first undergraduate degree:

Scholarship Name
Transfer GPA
Annual Amount
Presidential Transfer Scholarship
3.50 – 4.0
Deans' Transfer Scholarship
3.0 – 3.49
Spartan Transfer Scholarship
2.5 – 2.99
Aurora University Transfer Grant
2.25 – 2.49

*** An additional scholarship of $1,500 will be awarded for Alpha Beta Gamma and/or Phi Theta Kappa members who have a cumulative transfer GPA of 3.0 or higher from all institutions attended. You must be an active member prior to your enrollment at Aurora University. Your membership will be verified from your official transcript(s) or Alpha Beta Gamma and/or Phi Theta Kappa certificate. Alpha Beta Gamma members must also provide a letter of recommendation from their faculty advisor. These scholarships are renewable up to three years for full-time, transfer students who maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher at Aurora University.

Additional scholarship opportunities for full-time students:

Scholarship Name

Amount per year
Advent Christian Endowed Scholarship

$500 (part-time enrollment)



Range from $500 - $2,000



Advent Christian Endowed Scholarship

  • Available to full-time, traditional undergraduate students that are members of the Advent Christian Church
  • Awards vary depending on number of applicants and availability of funds, which is determined in July
  • An Advent Christian Endowed Scholarship application must be completed  by applicant and pastor and submitted to the Office of Financial Aid by June 1

Alumni Legacy Grants

  • Available to children and grandchildren of alumni who have earned a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree at Aurora University or George Williams College.
  • An Alumni Legacy Grant application must be submitted to verify eligibility.

Aurora University Family Discount

  • Awarded to undergraduate students who have an immediate family member enrolled concurrently at Aurora University or George Williams College.
  • Each family member attending must be a full-time student.
  • A Family Discount application must be submitted to verify eligibility.

Future Educators of America (FEA)

  • Entering full-time freshmen who have been active FEA members during their senior year (or longer) at one of the fifteen FEA-AU partnership schools.*
  • Membership must be verified by the local advisors
  • Scholarship renewal
    • Continuation as a declared Education major
    • Cumulative GPA at AU of 2.75
    • Active participation in the FEAU program at AU during the previous year as verified by the FEAU Coordinators

(* Batavia, East Aurora, Geneva, Hinckley-Big Rock, Kaneland, Neuqua Valley, Oswego, Oswego East, Plano, St. Charles East, St. Charles North, Sandwich, Waubonsie Valley, West Aurora and Yorkville)

Music and Theatre Scholarships

  • Audition/interview required.
  • Participation in music and theatre required.
  • An application must be completed and returned to Luke Kerber. For further information, you can contact Luke at 630-844-5293. For music program information, email For theatre program information, email

Out-of-State Grant

  • This grant of $1,500 is awarded to students whose state of legal home residence is other than Illinois.
  • Parents may not be Illinois residents.

Contact us

Office of Financial Aid

Eckhart Hall 205
347 S. Gladstone Ave.
Aurora, IL 60506
630-844-6191 (fax)