Catherine McAuley Scholarship

Free tuition puts a college education in reach. Education shouldn’t be a luxury; that’s why we’re making it affordable for even more Iowans. It’s what Catherine McAuley believed was right in 1827, and it’s what Mount Mercy University still believes today.

The Catherine McAuley scholarship provides free tuition to Iowa students whose family income is $45,000 or less annually. These scholarships are renewable for up to four years.  To be eligible, students simply need to:

  1. Be an Iowa resident and graduate from an Iowa high school.
  2. Be admitted as a new freshmen to Mount Mercy.
  3. Reside all four years on Mount Mercy’s campus during the academic year.
  4. File the FAFSA* prior to July 1 (first year) and May 1 (subsequent years) that shows family income of $45,000 or less and Pell Grant eligibility.

Additionally, to maintain the scholarship from year to year, students will need to show satisfactory academic progress and participate in Mount Mercy’s College Success Program during their first year on campus.

Students are automatically considered for the Catherine McAuley Scholarship once they apply and are admitted to Mount Mercy.

Please note that the Catherine McAuley scholarship supersedes all other Mount Mercy grants and scholarships. Athletic scholarships will remain a part of the student’s financial aid award. However the total amount of the Catherine McAuley scholarship, the Athletic Scholarship, the Pell Grant and the Iowa Tuition Grant will not exceed the cost of tuition.

For more information, email Admissions at  To apply for admission click here.

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*FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  You can fill out the FAFSA free of charge at .  For more information on financial aid and filing the FAFSA, click here.