First Year
Money Matters

First Year Experience:
Money Matters

A private education costs less than you may think! Lourdes provides one of the lowest private university tuition rates in the State of Ohio and nationwide, and is comparable in price to many 4-year public universities.

Paying for your education is usually a partnership that can include: the student/family, the federal and state government, the institution, and the private sector. We understand the financial aid process sometimes can be confusing, but we are here to help. Because your needs are individual, our answers are too. Your financial aid counselor is just an email, a call, or an office visit away.

Get Started!  Follow the Steps Below to Apply for Aid:

Apply for AidYour AwardAccept your AwardComplete RequirementsReceive Financial Aid

Where to fill out the FAFSA

To fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), visit

By filing the FAFSA, the Lourdes University Financial Aid Office will automatically consider your eligibility for all federal, state, and institutional aid, including scholarships, grants, and Federal Direct Stafford Loans.

2013-2014 Scholarships

Scholarships can come from a variety of different resources, and do not need to be repaid. To learn more about the scholarships you may be eligible to apply for, please select the categories that best describe you.

Seeking Additional Financial Aid Assistance?

If a student is looking for additional scholarship assistance, explore the opportunities offered at:

Convenient Payment Plans

Payment Options

At Lourdes, we want to make paying for your education an affordable investment that works with your family's budget. Below is a description of payment options available to you.

Traditional Payment Plan

Payment is due in full for each semester prior to the start of classes. Payment due dates are as follows:

  • Summer semester – May 23
  • Fall semester – August 23
  • Spring semester – January 17

The following payment methods are offered:

  • We accept cash, personal check, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover.(Credit card payments are subject to a 2.5% convenience fee per transaction.)
  • Online payment is available for credit or web check payments.(Credit cards are subject to the same fee above; web checks are subject to a flat $3 per transaction fee.)
  • Many families choose to secure loans for the balance. For example, parents may choose to secure a parent PLUS loan. This loan will pay Lourdes in full and your payments will be made directly to the lender. Further information regarding this option can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.

Extended Payment Plan

This payment option divides the balance due for each semester into 5 smaller payments (2 for summer semester). Payments for each semester are due on the 20th of the following months:

  • Summer semester – May, June
  • Fall semester – July, August, September, October, November
  • Spring Semester – December, January, February, March, April

Please note that any payments received after the 20th of the month will be assessed a $25 late charge on a monthly basis. If any changes affecting the amount owed occur (i.e. changes in enrollment, meal plan selection, etc.), it is the responsibility of the student to make appropriate arrangements with the Bursar’s office to adjust their monthly payment and keep their account current.

We ask that all students return the payment agreement form prior to the beginning of the semester to declare your payment intentions. Failure to do so will result in a $50 late financial registration fee assessed to your account.

For more information please contact the bursar at 419-824-3695

Federal Work Study Program

The Federal Work Study (FWS) program is a source of federally funded, need-based financial aid whereby eligible students can search for and obtain a job working on or off campus at a pre-determined FWS location. A student may work up to 20 hours per week and earn a paycheck biweekly. Students who demonstrate financial need based on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be eligible for work study.

Visit the Federal Work Study program for further details or call 800-878-3210, ext. 3732.

Veterans and Service Personnel

Veterans, Service Members & Family Members

Welcome to Lourdes! First, we want to thank you for the contributions and sacrifices you have made for our country. Second, congratulations on your decision to go to college. We are happy to assist you in receiving your VA or other military education benefits.  Lourdes University is a participant in the VA Principles of Excellence Program.

Important Information: The VA determines your eligibility for benefits, (please see “How to Apply for Benefits”). If you are eligible, the VA Certifying Official in the Admissions Office will work with you to certify your education benefits. If you have any questions at any time, please stop in our office, call, or send an email. We are here to assist you!

Amy Houston, VA Certifying Official, at (419) 824-3522 or