Financial Aid

Freshmen & Transfer Student Scholarships

The University of Cincinnati is excited to provide scholarship opportunities that reward your achievements and assist you in meeting your college costs. More detailed information for these key campus-wide programs is available through the links in each paragraph. Additional information is available on the scholarship chart.

For maximum UC scholarship consideration, incoming freshmen should complete their admission application (the Common Application including UC-specific areas, high school-submitted transcript, official test scores sent directly from testing agencies (when required), and at least one letter of recommendation) by the early action deadline of December 1.

Learn more about UC's test-optional admissions.

Incoming transfer students must apply by April 30th for UC scholarship consideration.

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


Cincinnatus Scholarship Program

The cornerstone University of Cincinnati freshman scholarship program continues to be Cincinnatus, a program that awards more than $22 million in UC four-year scholarships. Awards are made at multiple levels to the brightest and most promising prospective freshmen in academic disciplines throughout all of the undergraduate colleges.

For Cincinnatus scholarship consideration, incoming freshmen must have their complete admission application (to include official transcript and test score, when required) at UC by December 1st of their senior year.

Scholarships are renewable for up to 8 full-time, in-class semesters subject to completing the annual 30-hour community service requirement and maintaining a minimum 3.2 grade point average.


UC National Outreach Award

The UC National Outreach Award is a scholarship program recognizing the academic merit of students coming to the University of Cincinnati from designated states. 

Students can be awarded a renewable annual award to reduce out-of-state tuition costs. For consideration, incoming freshmen must have their complete admission application (to include official transcript and test score, when required) at UC by December 1st of their senior year.

UC National Outreach awards are renewable for up to 8 full-time, in-class semesters subject to completing the annual 30-hour community service requirement and maintaining a minimum 3.2 grade point average. Further information is available from the Office of Admissions.


Darwin T. Turner Scholarship Program

Named in honor of the youngest person ever to graduate from UC, the Darwin T. Turner Scholarship Program provides in-state tuition and book allowance stipend. First-time students admitted into a baccalaureate program must have a 3.0 GPA for consideration. Students must have a complete admission application (including official transcript and test score, when required) at UC by December 1st.

Scholars enjoy a strong sense of community through academic and service activities required for scholarship renewal.


UC Transfer Scholarships

For consideration, community college students need to have completed their associate degree within two years of their planned enrollment at UC and be transferring directly from a degree-granting community college to a UC bachelor's degree program.

UC offers several transfer student opportunities as well as a scholarship opportunity for transition students from our branch campuses.

  • Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarships - Up to four $6,000 annual scholarships awarded to high achieving students who are current members of the community college honor society Phi Theta Kappa and complete their associate degree with a minimum 3.75 cumulative grade-point-average. Proof of membership is required.  Awarded one time per year for students beginning a baccalaureate program in the fall semester..
  • UC Community College Transfer Scholarships - Up to fifty $2,100 annual scholarship for graduates of two-year programs who have a GPA of at 3.0 or higher.
  • Cincinnati Pathways Scholarships - Cincinnati State associate degree graduates with a 3.0 GPA who are admitted through the Pathways program will be awarded a $2,100 annual scholarship.
  • Sinclair Pathways Scholarships - Up to twelve Sinclair associate degree graduates with a 3.0 GPA will be awarded a $2,100 annual scholarship.
  • UC Blue Ash & UC Clermont Transition Scholarships - UC Regional to Clifton Transition Scholarships - A limited number of $2,500, merit-based scholarships awarded each term to students who have graduated with an associate degree from University of Cincinnati Blue Ash (UCBA) or University of Cincinnati Clermont College (UCCC).  Students with a minimum 3.0 grade point average who are transitioning to a UC on-campus baccalaureate program on the Clifton/Uptown campus are eligible to apply. Awards based upon funding and terms of availability.

For maximum consideration, community college transfer students new to UC must have their admission application and transcript information submitted to UC by April 30th.  UC Regional to Clifton Transition Scholarship application and deadlines available online.

Transfer and transition scholarships can be received over four full-time, in-class semesters (equivalent to the two years generally required for community college transfer students to complete their bachelor’s degree) assuming the student is enrolled full-time at UC, makes satisfactory academic progress and earns at least a 3.2 GPA for PTK award or 3.0 for all other scholarships.

Scholarship Search

Incoming freshmen, transfers and continuing students can explore UC and other scholarship opportunities.

Once you have been admitted to UC, you can log into Catalyst, the student information system to use the scholarship search tile for additional views of non-UC opportunities.

Search tools on non-UC websites including FastWeb can provide additional scholarship options. Students are always cautioned from paying to apply for or receive scholarship information.