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Flexible and Accessible

Every hungry mind deserves the opportunity to learn and reach their potential.

Through financial aid and scholarships, including both internal and external awards, as well as strategic community partnerships and non-traditional credit, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at Loyola University Chicago allows you to fulfill course requirements and opens doors to college degrees.

Focusing on affordability, accessibility, and flexibility, SCPS helps you transform your career trajectory and pursue your professional goals.

“Loyola was committed to my success, even before I was committed to Loyola.” Haeley Goldsmith ’17

Earning A Degree Matters


of SCPS undergraduate degree students who apply for SCPS scholarships receive some form of scholarship


Average annual award for bachelor degree seeking students


Master's Tuition covered from graduate scholarships


Achieve the Degree Scholarships

Achieve the Degree Scholarships include both merit and need-based scholarships. Newly admitted undergraduate degree-seeking students can expect to receive $2,000 in their first semester while awards for current students range from $1,100 to $3,000 per semester.

SCPS Fellows Program

The SCPS Fellows scholarship program matches the contributions of an employer's tuition assistance program up to $5,250. Any SCPS student, regardless of the degree or certificate they are pursuing, can apply for the Fellows Program.

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EdAssist Discount

As part of our EdAssist-LUC education partnership, Loyola extends a 10% tuition reduction to employees of EdAssist member companies, applicable to over 100 degree and professional certificate programs.

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Returning Rambler Scholarship

The Returning Rambler Scholarship covers 25% of a student's tuition rate for undergraduate alumni enrolling in their first eligible credit-bearing post-baccalaureate certificate program, endorsement, an accelerated bachelor’s to master's program, or master's degree program.

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SCPS Graduate Scholarship

SCPS offers a number of scholarship opportunities for graduate students, including awards covering 20% of total tuition costs.Award letters are sent to eligible students upon admission.

Jean Hellman Ryan Paralegal Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is named for Jean Hellman Ryan, founding director of Loyola’s Institute for Paralegal Studies, and funded by her Loyola classmate, attorney, Kevin Conway. This scholarship is open to students completing a post-baccalaureate certificate in paralegal studies at Loyola University Chicago.

Golden Door Scholars

Golden Door Scholars, an external organization, provides undocumented students with the financial aid and support needed to invest in their education and define their futures.

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DOE Scholarship Database

The U.S. Department of Labor maintains a comprehensive database of merit and need-based scholarships offered by individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, social organizations, and other entities. You can search thousands of scholarships by first visiting the Department of Education’s Scholarship page.

DOE Scholarship Page

External Scholarships

Search through the Loyola Scholarship Connection for external scholarship opportunities offered by organizations and foundations.

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Other Opportunities

Veterans Educational Benefits

SCPS participates in all applicable federal programs for veterans, service persons, and their dependents, including various GI Bill programs, as well as the Yellow Ribbon Program, a partnership with the VA to assist with tuition funding. In addition, some military learning experiences and training programs might be eligible for bachelor’s degree credits through the American Council on Education.

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Community and Employer Partnerships

SCPS is proud to partner with two organizations powering futures: One Million Degrees, an Illinois-based organization providing wrap-around supports to highly motivated community college students; and the Chicago campus of Year Up, a national organization helping to ensure young adults gain the skills, experiences, and support necessary to reach their potential.

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Cost is a major factor for students deciding to return to school and SCPS makes finishing your degree affordable and accessible through varied financial aid options, including grants, scholarships, and knowledge-based credit.

Financial Aid

Committed to making your education as accessible as possible, SCPS staff will work with you to understand the financial aid process. More than half of our students receive financial support from the federal or state government. Learn More


SCPS students can pursue a variety of internal and external scholarships to help cover educational expenses. In fact, 100 percent of our undergraduate degree students who apply for SCPS scholarships receive aid. Learn More

Knowledge-based Credit

SCPS students can earn college credit toward graduation for various qualified learning experiences, including past college-level courses and select training programs. In addition, students can earn credit for passing scores on DSST and CLEP exams as well as credit. Through the American Council on Education (ACE), which provides recommendations for academic credit for professional exams or training, military credit, police training, and other select learning experiences. Students will work with their advisor to identify the knowledge-based credit that can reduce cost and their time to degree or certificate completion.

“I received four scholarships from Loyola’s SCPS and those scholarships were amazing in alleviating some of the worry that can come from financing higher education.” Shannon Cervantes ‘16

We’re Here to Help

Contact us today at gpem@luc.edu or at 312-915-7900 with any questions or to request more information about adult and continuing education programs at SCPS.