In the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS), we recognize that tuition cost is a major factor in the decision to return to college and finish your degree. Due to the generosity of various donors, foundations and grants, SCPS is able to offer numerous scholarships and awards to support returning college students. 

Most awards are determined based on academic performance, a scholarship essay, and demonstrated financial need.

Award opportunities are awarded annually, and may be renewed each year based on the funds available, a student’s need, and academic merit. Awards may be applied toward tuition only. Award recipients are required to send a letter of acknowledgement to each scholarship foundation, donor, or scholarship trustee.

SCPS Scholarships

Given below is a list of scholarships that SCPS offers.

The SCPS 2017-2018 scholarship application is now open via the new University system called Academic Works. For instructions, please visit this website. Apply today!

Contact Assistant Dean Natasha Teetsov at, should you have any questions.

Custom Scholarships

As an alternate to the above scholarships, students can also apply for these two custom scholarships

SCPS Fellows Program

This program is designed to support company tuition assistance programs through a matching grant of up to $5,250.00. Click to learn about the application guidelines.

One Million Degrees

Scholars and alumni of the One Million Degrees program may apply for this scholarship of $5,000 per academic year. Click here to learn about the application guidelines

Where Do I Begin to Apply for Scholarships?

Fill out the FAFSA. All SCPS scholarships and most types of financial assistance (aid, grants, and scholarships) require the completion of this form every academic year. The FAFSA should be filled out in January in order to be eligible for the largest amount of aid possible, even if you have not completed the application for admission.  For the most up to date information, see

Confirm you are eligible for the SCPS scholarship awards. Only students who are degree-seeking, who have completed the FAFSA, and have enrolled in classes by the application deadline are eligible for a SCPS scholarship award. Non-degree seeking students, students who already have a full tuition scholarship, Loyola employees, and SCPS Fellows are not eligible to apply.

Apply for SCPS Scholarships and Loyola Scholarships via LUC Scholarship Connect. Loyola University Chicago students may apply for both institutional and donor-funded and/or school-specific scholarships available from various academic and student service departments. To apply for institutional, school-specific, and/or donor-funded scholarships, visit LUC Scholarship Connect. 

Log in with your Loyola ID and password and fill out the School of Continuing and Professional Studies application, in addition to the general institutional scholarship application. You must complete the SCPS online scholarship application every semester in order to be considered for this school-specific scholarship opportunity. This includes a separate essay from the general institutional application. The rotating due dates for the SCPS scholarships are listed on the online application.

You may also receive contacts throughout the year about program specific scholarship opportunities that become available through the online scholarship application. The general institution application should be completed each year after March 1.

Explore the Financial Aid Office. Financial assistance is an individual process, and the Office of the Bursar (OTB) and the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) have everything you need to navigate the options best for you. Each semester, students should communicate the number of credits they are taking to the Financial Aid Office to ensure that their financial aid budgets are set up correctly. Students should also contact the OTB if they plan on budgeting to take courses every semester, including the summer semester.

In addition, billing options are available to students receiving reimbursement from their employers, and students can also arrange for deferred billing. An installment plan may make tuition payments more affordable, by spreading payments over a period of months. To explore your options, visit the Office of the Bursar.

The staff of the OTB and OSFA can be contacted at 773-508-7704.

Loyola offers continuing education degrees and certificates for "non-traditional" students. We invite you to visit our downtown Chicago Campus to learn more about our adult education courses.