Scholarships

Marymount California University is pleased to offer a variety of scholarships that celebrate your academic accomplishments and special talents. As you move through the application process, it is extremely important to us that we establish a strong communication link. We want to get to know you and why you believe that Marymount California University can provide you with a dynamic education and an exciting path to the attainment of your bachelor’s degree.

Please review the criteria of each of the scholarship opportunities listed below. If you submit your application for admission, along with your academic credentials, essay or personal statement and letters of recommendation by the appropriate deadline (Nov. 1 for spring or May 1 for fall), the Office of Admission will determine the appropriate level of your scholarship. All scholarship recipients must reside on campus for their first two years at Marymount California University (unless a waiver is issued).

The academic merit scholarships listed below are designated for first-freshman students who are enrolling in the University for either Spring 2016 or Fall 2016. All students seeking to be considered as candidates for first-time freshman student academic merit scholarships should submit a completed application for admission by our priority admission deadline of February 1. Students applying for admission after this date will be considered for scholarships on a funds available basis.

Academic merit scholarships are contingent upon full-time enrollment (at least 12 units per semester) in the undergraduate programs at Marymount California University. Awards may be renewed annually. Renewed scholarship amounts will be directly connected to the student’s semester of entry. The Director of Financial Aid will review each scholarship recipient’s academic record each semester. It is important that each recipient is aware of the grade point average (GPA) that each scholarship has attached to it for renewal.

These awards are available to students who are accepted for admission with a cumulative high school GPA of:

Cumulative
High School GPA
ACT less than 19
or
SAT less than 900
ACT 19-21
or
SAT 900-1010
ACT 22-24
or
SAT 1020-1120
ACT 25-27
or
SAT 1130-1240
ACT 28+
or
SAT 1250+
3.75 $11,000 $12,000 $13,000 $14,000 $15,000
3.50 – 3.74 $10,000 $11,000 $12,000 $13,000 $14,000
3.25 – 3.49 $9,000 $10,000 $11,000 $12,000 $13,000
3.00 – 3.24 $8,000 $9,000 $10,000 $11,000 $12,000
2.75 – 2.99 $7,000 $8,000 $9,000 $10,000 $11,000

* ACT reflects composite score range and SAT reflects combined CR+M section scores for additional scholarship funds.

Marymount California University GPA required for renewal: 2.50

These awards are available to students who are accepted for admission with a cumulative high school GPA below a 2.75. Award amounts vary based on cumulative GPA and results of SAT or ACT exams.

  • Students must submit ACT composite scores of 19 or higher or SAT combined CR+M
    section scores of 900 or higher to be eligible for additional scholarship funds.
  • Marymount California University GPA required for renewal: 2.00

Prospective students seeking to major in our Media Studies Bachelor of Arts program are eligible to apply for Marymount arts scholarships. These awards vary in amount and are available to first-freshman and new transfer students who are enrolling in the University for either Spring 2016 or Fall 2016. All students seeking to be considered as candidates for arts scholarships will need to participate in the Portfolio Review Day on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Candidates who are unable to attend this program should contact the Office of Admission to schedule an alternate day and time. . In conjunction with our Admitted Students Day, representatives from our Arts & Media Division will be on hand to review both admitted and prospective candidates’ portfolios. Through the portfolio review, aspiring artists will meet with faculty to receive feedback about their portfolios, as well as advice about their admission to the program and availability of scholarships. Portfolios are not required for admission, however reviews are necessary for arts scholarships.

Art scholarships are contingent upon full-time enrollment (at least 12 units per semester) in the undergraduate programs at Marymount California University. Awards may be renewed annually. Renewed scholarship amounts will be directly connected to the student’s semester of entry. The Director of Financial Aid will work in conjunction with the Arts & Media Division to review each scholarship recipient’s academic record each semester. It is important that the recipient is aware of the grade point average (GPA) and additional criteria that each scholarship has attached to it for renewal as outlined in the award letter.

Incoming transfer students are eligible to be considered for merit scholarships based on their cumulative grade point average (GPA) at the time of admission. Transfer students must have completed a minimum of 24 academically transferable credits to be considered for this scholarship. Incoming transfer students who have completed between 12 and 23 academically transferable credits will be reviewed individually. All students seeking to be considered as a candidate for a merit scholarship must submit a completed application for admission by our priority admission deadline of February 1. Students applying for admission after this date will be considered for scholarships on a funds available basis.

These scholarships are not available to international students and students who enroll in our programs at the Lakeside Campus or in our online programs. Merit scholarships are contingent upon full-time enrollment (at least 12 units per semester) in the undergraduate programs at Marymount California University. Awards may be renewed annually for up to four years. Renewed scholarship amounts will be directly connected to the student’s semester of entry. The Director of Financial Aid will review each scholarship recipient’s academic record each semester. It is important that each recipient is aware of the grade point average (GPA) that each scholarship has attached to it for renewal. The following awards are available to students who are accepted for admission with a cumulative GPA of:

  • 3.75 + receives $11,000 per year MCU Scholarship
  • 3.50 – 3.74 receives $10,000 per year MCU Scholarship
  • 3.25 – 3.49 receives $9,000 per year MCU Scholarship
  • 3.00 – 3.24 receives $8,000 per year MCU Scholarship
  • 2.75 – 2.99 receives $7,000 per year MCU Scholarship
  • 2.5 – 2.74 receives $6,000 per year MCU Incentive AwardMarymount California University GPA of 2.50 is required for renewal of MCU Scholarship and 2.00 is required for renewal of MCU Incentive Award.

Non-US citizens who have taken the ACT or SAT exam may also be eligible for the First-time Freshman Merit Scholarships outlined above. Non-US citizens who are first-time freshman and have not taken the ACT or SAT exam may qualify for an international academic merit scholarship if they have earned an equivalent of a cumulative academic grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher.  All students seeking to be considered as a candidate for an international academic merit scholarship must submit a completed application for admission by our priority deadline of February 1. Students applying for admission after this date will be considered for scholarships on a funds available basis. International students entering the University via established partnerships are not eligible for any Marymount California University scholarship aid.

International academic merit scholarships are contingent upon full-time enrollment (at least 12 units per semester) in the undergraduate programs at Marymount California University. Awards may be renewed annually. Renewed scholarship amounts will be directly connected to the student’s semester of entry. The Director of Financial Aid will review each scholarship recipient’s academic record each semester. It is important that each recipient is aware of the grade point average (GPA) that each scholarship has attached to it for renewal.

Student athletes who are enrolling in the University for either the spring or fall semester may be eligible for an Athletic Scholarship. As mentioned above, all students seeking to be considered as a candidate for an athletic scholarship must submit a completed application for admission by Nov. 1 for the spring semester or May 1 for the fall semester. Award amounts vary. Each coach will recommend a proposed amount of institutional athletic scholarship for an incoming student athlete. Each recommendation will be reviewed by the director of Athletics and the director of Financial Aid. It is important that each recipient is fully aware of the grade point average (GPA) that each scholarship has attached to it for renewal. In the case of student athletes who receive an Athletic Scholarship, the renewal grade point average (GPA) will be determined by the academic scholarship that the candidate receives or is established at 2.50 for non-academic scholarship recipients.

Athletic Scholarship (Amount Varies/year)
  • Recommended by a specific coach and reviewed/approved by the director of Athletics and the director of Financial Aid
  • Marymount California University GPA required for renewal: Minimum of 2.50 or based on academic scholarship

Financial Aid

Email: financialaid@marymountcalifornia.edu
Phone: (310) 303-7217

Assoc. Dean of Enrollment
– Pedro Ladino
Assoc. Director of Compliance
– Nataly De La Peña
Assoc. Director of Operations and VA
– Henry Espinoza
Financial Aid Specialist
– Cristina Retamoza

Location
– Administration Building 111
Hours of Operation
– Monday-Thursday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
– Friday: 8:30 am to 3 pm

Applying for financial aid is simple!  We understand that financing an education can be a confusing and tedious task.  The Office of Financial Aid is dedicated to providing you with the most concise and accurate information about financial aid.

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