Financial Aid

Cincinnatus

December 1st Admission Application Deadline for Cincinnatus Consideration!

The cornerstone scholarship program for incoming freshmen to the University of Cincinnati is Cincinnatus. The brightest and most promising prospective freshmen in all academic disciplines are selected to receive renewable awards totaling more than $22 million in University of Cincinnati four-year scholarships.

To be considered for awards, incoming freshmen with a strong high school record must have a complete application for admission* by December 1st of their senior year.  Eligible Cincinnatus scholars will be determined by academic program.

A complete application is the Common Application including UC-specific areas, high school-submitted transcript, and official test scores sent directly from testing agencies if applying to a program that requires these scores. Learn more about our test-optional policy.


2021 Cincinnatus Scholarship Award Levels

  • Presidential awards of $94,000
    • Estimated $23,500 per year covers full tuition, fees, room, board, and a book allowance
  • Distinction awards of $46,000
    • Awarded to National Merit and National Hispanic Finalists should contact Admissions for award.
    • Estimated $11,700 per year covers in-state tuition
  • University awards
    • Ranging from $6,000 to $24,000 ($1,500 to $6,000 per year)
  • Century awards
    • Ranging from $6,000 to $8,000 ($1,500 to $2,000 per year)
  • Annual $3,000 Cincinnatus Out-of-State Scholarship added to awards for students ineligible for Ohio, reciprocity or metropolitan tuition rates or UC National Outreach Award.
  • All Cincinnatus scholarships are renewed for the length of the undergraduate academic program providing the student maintains a 3.2 GPA and completes the annual 30-hour community service requirement.

Award Determinations

Again, only students whose admission application (including transcript and official test scores) are complete by December 1, 2020, will be considered for scholarship awards.

  • Qualifying students will be determined based on their overall admission application (including response to the personal statement), transcript, and, when required, test scores.
  • Consideration for award amounts will be based on the qualifying student for each academic program.

Cincinnatus scholarship awards will be mailed to the highest achieving students in their selected academic program. Based on institutional enrollment goals, additional students may be awarded at the discretion of the university.

December 1 is also the early action deadline used for most other UC freshmen scholarship awards including most college-based awards.

For maximum scholarship consideration across campus, all incoming freshmen are encouraged to have a complete admission application* submitted by December 1.

Details will be sent to Cincinnatus-qualifying students in early February. Cincinnatus awards will be made in mid-March.

All UC scholarship awards are made in accordance with the UC scholarship policies.

Cincinnatus is not just another scholarship program. With its focus on community service while enrolled, students turn their unique experiences, aptitudes, and abilities into a quality education at the University of Cincinnati.