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 95 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

To receive a financial aid package you must be accepted for admission to St. Bonaventure and file the appropriate financial aid forms. As a result of the Early FAFSA and use of prior-prior year income, the FAFSA becomes available on October 1. We recommend families complete the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) no later than February 1. If you do not file the required forms by the priority date of February 1, you will still be considered for assistance but you may miss out on certain types of limited funds.

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
  • 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 2020-2021 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 $25,000.   
  • New students also received need-based St. Bonaventure Grants-in-Aid ranging from $300 to $8,000.  
  • The average financial aid award was over $30,000 based on a combination of scholarships, grants, loans, and work programs.  
  • 95% 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: 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

Institutional-based named scholarships
The university also administers institutional based named scholarships that recognize special alumni, supporters, and constituents of St. Bonaventure:

  • Maureen Shanahan Memorial Scholarship
    The university invites applications and nominations for this memorial scholarship, named after a St. Bonaventure sophomore student who passed away while studying abroad in Oxford. 

    The award is made annually to a current sophomore, junior, or senior who exhibits some of the special qualities Maureen possessed. In choosing the recipient, consideration will also be given to a student’s financial need. Students must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.25 to be considered for the scholarship.

    For additional information, application, or nomination, please email