More than 95% of St. Bonaventure students receive some form of financial aid assistance.

St. Bonaventure University

Financial aid


Students at St. Bonaventure University receive financial aid from a variety of sources. More than 98 percent of our students receive some type of financial assistance. Some students receive aid that is generated by St. Bonaventure.

We make applying for financial aid at St. Bonaventure an easy process for all students. This includes students from our military aligned populations who will also get started with the FAFSA below.

Important forms and deadlines


NOTE: The 2024-2025 FAFSA release is delayed and will become available by Dec. 31, 2023, as announced by the U.S. Department of Education. This is due to the extensive system changes. This change is only temporary for the 2024-2025 academic year to accommodate the extensive work required to overhaul the systems used to award federal student aid. In the 2025-2026 aid year, the FAFSA will be available on Oct. 1, as usual.

Be prepared now and review these videos: 
http://www.youtube.com/@FederalStudentAid/videos

To receive a financial aid package you must be accepted for admission and file the appropriate financial aid forms. We recommend families complete the FAFSA, which also uses the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), by Feb. 1. If you file after Feb. 1, you will still be considered for assistance, but there may be financial aid notification wait time. We are working diligently to provide you a timely and accurate financial aid award.

When you apply for financial aid, the following forms should be filed by February 1 to ensure maximum award consideration: 

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The St. Bonaventure Federal School code for the FAFSA is 002817. Use estimated income figures, if necessary, to meet the deadline. FAFSA forms are available in most high school guidance offices, or by calling the financial aid office. If you wish to file the FAFSA electronically, the website is http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • New York state residents who file the FAFSA electronically will be directed to the link for the TAP Application (TAP on the Web) when they reach the confirmation page of the FAFSA. The application must be completed, signed and returned to NYS HESC. The State Code for St. Bonaventure University is 0695. If you wish to file the TAP application (TAP on the Web), please visit their website

Typical aid ranges


Financial aid packages vary depending on your financial need and academic standing. The 2023-2024 range of financial aid at St. Bonaventure is listed below:

  • New freshmen at St. Bonaventure received academic scholarships and grants ranging from $12,000 to $26,000.   
  • New students also received need-based St. Bonaventure Grants-in-Aid ranging from $500 to $12,000.  
  • The average financial aid award was over $30,000 based on a combination of scholarships, grants, loans, and work programs.  
  • 98% of entering freshmen received St. Bonaventure grants and/or scholarships.

SBU grants-in-aid


St. Bonaventure Grants-in-Aid and other University sponsored grants and scholarships are available to students demonstrating financial need, as determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Other financial aid


The federal and New York state governments award grants, scholarships and loans. St. Bonaventure University participates in the Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (SEOG) and Pell Grant programs, Federal Direct Loan Program and the Perkins Loan program, which are sponsored by the Federal government and New York State's TAP. TAP is limited to New York State residents. In addition, the Federal government sponsors the need-based Federal Work Study Program.

To our military aligned students, please use the following webpage as your primary resource: http://3.happiness-tea.com/admissions/military-students. Our office welcomes you and is here to support you through every step of the financial journey that comes with obtaining a degree. We have individual staff available to review your financial aid application, award, benefits, and questions. We also have available one of the University’s School Certifying Officials (SCO). To initiate those conversations please reach out to finaid@happiness-tea.com

Institutional-based named scholarships

The university also administers institutional based named scholarships that recognize special alumni, supporters, and constituents of St. Bonaventure: 
 
  • Please note: Adjustments may be made to your financial aid at the discretion of the Office of Financial Aid, due in part to income verification, change in credit hours, change in enrollment status, change in housing status, receipt of outside aid, other eligibility factors, and/or during quality data reviews.

    A portion of your St. Bonaventure based grants may be supported by a named scholarship, as a result of the generous contributions made by our St. Bonaventure University donors.



    CARES cash grants and HEERF funding