Benedictine University introduces the Eagle Promise for new freshman and transfers beginning fall 2024

Benedictine University has introduced the Eagle Promise, a financial aid program that provides all first-time, first-year freshmen and transfer/degree completion undergraduate students and their families, living in the state of Illinois, the certainty that a private, Catholic, liberal arts education can be financially affordable.

How it works: If a student’s eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant and the State of Illinois MAP Grant does not equal the full cost of the student’s full-time tuition and standard student fees, Benedictine University will cover the remaining difference with an institutional scholarship(s) and/or award(s).

In addition, the program will lock tuition for all first-time undergraduate students, keeping the same first semester tuition until they complete their undergraduate degree and graduate.

The Eagle Promise is available to first-year freshman and transfer/degree completion undergraduate students enrolling for the first time for the 2024-2025 academic year. For more information on the program, including a detailed Q&A, see Benedictine University’s website,

According to Dr. Joseph Foy, who became president of Benedictine University in July this year: “In the Rule of St. Benedictine, the hallmark of community is a call for us to serve the common good. In order to follow that call, we created the Promise Program specifically for students seeking a Catholic liberal arts education who, even with some financial assistant, cannot make their financials work. Thanks to the Eagle Promise, now they can.”

Current Benedictine University undergraduate students that enrolled for the spring 2024 semester and prior are not eligible for the Promise Program.

Tuition for these students is locked, and they can apply for the many endowment scholarships Benedictine sets aside for current students.

The Promise Program will be offered at both Benedictine campuses. At Benedictine’s Mesa, Arizona campus it is called the Redhawk Promise, and is open to all Mesa residents.

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