Freshman Cost and Aid

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Because of our commitment to affordability, most families pay significantly less than the full-time tuition rate. In fact, 98% of full-time students receive some type of financial aid, which is awarded based on academic merit, financial need, and in the forms of scholarships, grants, work-study, or federal loans. This leads to an average out-of-pocket cost of $13,820 as compared to the 2020-2021 tuition and fee charges of $29,350 per year for full-time undergraduate students attending Viterbo University.

Average Financial Aid Package (2020-21)*

Consider the example below for the average cost to the Viterbo full-time freshman living on campus.

Total direct cost (including tuition and fees, average room, and meals)        $39,020
Gift aid from federal, state, and/or university $16,700
Net Cost $22,320
Federal student loans $5,500
Work-study $3,000
Out-of-pocket cost $13,820


*This average is provided for illustration purposes only. Actual net tuition cost will vary depending upon multiple individual circumstances such as high school grades, ACT/SAT scores, individual and family income, and scholarship eligibility.

General Tuition and Fees Information

What does Viterbo really cost me after financial aid?

We feature an online cost calculator designed to help you estimate your financial aid options for Viterbo University. Use the cost calculator to get an estimate of your real cost to attend Viterbo. It's less than you might think. Visit the Financial Aid Office to complete the entire process to ensure the best possible results.

Scholarship Information and Deadlines

Students only need to submit the online scholarship application one time. Review the specific application requirements and eligibility criteria for each scholarship below. These scholarships are intended to be renewable unless otherwise noted. The scholarship application for students entering Viterbo in fall 2021 will be available on Oct. 1, 2020. If you have questions, contact Admissions at 608-796-3010 or admission@viterbo.edu.

Fall 2021 Scholarships Awarded From Your Application for Admissions

Academic Merit Scholarships
Merit scholarships exist for both incoming freshmen and transfer students enrolling full-time in traditional undergraduate programs. For more information, please select one of the PDFs above.

Alumni Scholarship
$1,000 - renewable for up to three additional years

  • Will be awarded to fall 2021 incoming freshmen.
  • Students must indicate parent/guardian alumni status on their application for admission.

College Readiness Scholarship
$5,000 - renewable for up to three additional years

  • Will be awarded to fall 2021 incoming freshmen that have participated in an approved college readiness program (ex. College Possible, AVID, Chicago Scholars, etc.).
  • Students must indicate participation on their admissions application.
  • Review of admitted students begins Nov. 1, 2020 and will continue through Jan. 15, 2021 if scholarships remain.

Diocesan Scholarship
$1,000 - renewable for up to three additional years

  • Students must graduate from Diocese of La Crosse or Diocese of Winona Catholic schools in spring 2021 and enroll at Viterbo as full-time traditional undergraduate students in fall 2021.
  • Review of admitted students begins Nov. 1, 2020 and will continue through Jan. 15, 2021 if scholarships remain.

Departmental Scholarships
Available for majors in: Criminal and Community Justice, Education, Engineering, Ethics, Culture, and Society, Psychology, and Social Work

$2,000 - renewable for up to three additional years

  • Will be competitively awarded to fall 2021 full-time freshmen in any of the above majors.
  • Review of admitted students begins August 1, 2020 and will continue through Jan. 15, 2021 if scholarships remain.

Local Business Scholarship
$2,000 - renewable for up to three additional years

  • Will be competitively awarded to 10 fall 2021 full-time freshmen who declare a major in a Dahl School of Business traditional undergraduate program, including accounting, arts administration, business administration, finance, health care and wellness management, management and leadership, marketing, or sport management and leadership.
  • Students must have graduated from high school in the surrounding La Crosse region (as far west as Houston, MN, northwest to Winona, MN, north to Galesville and Melrose, WI, east to Sparta, WI, southeast to Cashton, Westby, and Viroqua, WI, or south to De Soto, WI).
  • Review of admitted students begins August 1, 2020 and will continue through Jan. 15, 2021 if scholarships remain.
  • Must remain in an eligible Dahl School of Business major and remain a full-time student to keep the scholarship.

Scholarships Awarded from the Viterbo University Scholarship Application

Alumni Children's (Sr. Celestine) Scholarship
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021
Scholarship amount: $1,000 minimum (one time)
Application Requirements: Online Scholarship Application

Each year, in the name of Celestine Cepress FSPA, Viterbo awards one or more one time $1,000 minimum scholarship(s) to freshman or transfer students who are a legal child of a Viterbo University alumna/us. This award is granted through the Viterbo Alumni Association Board.

  • Must be a new, incoming freshman or transfer student.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Legal guardian must have attended Viterbo (45+ credits).

Coulee Region White Cane Club Scholarship
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021
Scholarship amount: Varies (one time)
Application Requirements: Online Scholarship Application, short explanation of visual impairment

  • Student must enroll at Viterbo University as a full-time undergraduate student in any semester the scholarship is awarded.
  • Must be visually impaired, majoring in education of the visually impaired, or be a learning disabled student with visual perception problems.

Edward (Pop) Janke Hope Scholarship
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021
Scholarship amount: Up to $2,000 per year (renewable for three additional years)
Application Requirements: Online Scholarship Application

  • Must be a graduate of Brillion High School (Brillion, Wis.) and be enrolling at Viterbo as a full-time freshman student in the traditional undergraduate programs.

FIRST Robotics/Tech Challenge Scholarship
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021
Scholarship amount: $1,000 (one-time scholarship, competitively awarded)
Application Requirements: Online Scholarship Application 

  • Must be a new, incoming freshman student for fall 2021.
  • Participation in FIRST Robotics/Tech Challenge Competition.

Father Michael C. Braun Scholarship
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021
Scholarship amount: Varies
Application Requirements: Online Scholarship Application 

  • Must be a new, incoming freshman student for fall 2021.
  • Must declare a major in religious studies or theology.
  • Must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA.

Health Science Scholarship
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021
Virtual live competition: Feb. 12, 2021
Scholarship amount: $1,000 up to full tuition per year (renewable for three additional years)
Application Requirements: Online Scholarship Application, one letter of recommendation from either a science teacher or school counselor, a short paragraph focusing on applicant's career interests

The Health Science Scholarship awards scholarships to deserving students intending to pursue careers in the health sciences. All students invited to the virtual competition as finalists will receive a minimum of a $4,000 scholarship (over four years). The first place student will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship.

  • Must be a new, incoming freshman student for fall 2021.
  • Must be a pre-health or related health science major (nursing and nutrition sciences excluded).
  • Preference for selection of finalists includes: cumulative high school GPA of 3.4 or higher as well as demonstrated success in rigorous coursework.
  • For more information visit, Health Science Scholarship.

Hope Diocesan Scholarship
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021
Scholarship amount: $6,000 per year (renewable for three additional years)
Application Requirements: Online Scholarship Application, letter of recommendation from high school counselor

The Hope Diocesan Scholarship awards a $6,000, annual, and renewable, scholarship to a La Crosse Diocesan High School senior who enrolls full-time at Viterbo in the fall immediately following their spring graduation. Students must be a current La Crosse Diocesan High School senior and meet two of the following criterion: 

  • Secure a letter of recommendation from a high school counselor.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • Have an ACT score of 26 or higher.

J. Senty Families Scholarship
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021
Scholarship amount: Varies (one time)
Application Requirements: Online Scholarship Application

  • Student must enroll at Viterbo University as a full-time undergraduate student in any semester the scholarship is awarded.
  • First priority in awarding shall go to an employee, or a child of a full-time employee, of a company or business owned or controlled by James and/or John Senty.
  • Second priority shall go to a student who graduated from a high school in Trempealeau County, WI.

John and Anna Mann Scholarship
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021
Scholarship amount: Varies (one time)
Application Requirements: Online Scholarship Application

  • Student must enroll at Viterbo University as a full-time undergraduate student in any semester the scholarship is awarded.
  • First priority in awarding shall be made to a student(s) who, or whose parent or grandparent, is a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Gays Mills, WI or St. Philip's Catholic Church in Soldiers Grove, WI.
  • Second priority shall go to a student who graduated from Kickapoo High School in Viola, WI.

Nightingale Nursing Scholarship 
Deadline: Jan. 8, 2021
Scholarship Amount: $500-$6,000 per year (renewable for three additional years)
Virtual live competition: Feb. 5, 2021
Application Requirements: Online Scholarship Application, two letters of recommendation: one from a teacher addressing your academic strengths and potential to achieve your nursing career goals; one from another individual (non-relative, non-academic) addressing your personal character attributes as they apply to nursing.

The Nightingale Nursing Scholarship, funded through gifts from the Russell and Vera Smith Foundation, awards scholarships to high school students intending to pursue a major in nursing at Viterbo. All students invited to the virtual competition will receive a minimum of a $2,000 scholarship (over four years). The first place student will receive a $24,000 scholarship (over four years), the second place student will receive a $16,000 scholarship (over four years), and the third place student will receive a $8,000 scholarship (over four years).

  • Must be a new, incoming freshman student for fall 2021.
  • Preference for selection of finalists includes: cumulative high school GPA of 3.65 or higher as well as demonstrated success in rigorous coursework.
  • Must intend to major in nursing.

Professional Diversity Scholarship 
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021
Scholarship Amount: $2,500 per year (renewable for three additional years)
Application Requirements: Online Scholarship Application

The Professional Diversity Scholarship awards four renewable $2,500 scholarships to students from diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds. This scholarship is available to transfer students.

  • Must be a new, incoming freshman or transfer student for fall 2021.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Must come from a diverse racial or ethnic background.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA.
  • Preference will be given to students majoring in nutrition sciences, nursing, education, or social work.

Russell and Vera Smith Finance Scholarship
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021
Scholarship Amount: $1,000 per year (renewable for three additional years)
Application Requirements: Online Scholarship Application.

  • Must be a new, incoming freshman student for fall 2021.
  • Must declare a major in finance.

Russell and Vera Smith Foundation Scholarship for the Dahl School of Business
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021
Scholarship Amount: Varies (one time, can reapply each year)
Application Requirements: Online Scholarship Application, letter of recommendation from a high school teacher

  • Must be a new, incoming freshman student for fall 2021 (note: continuing Viterbo students are eligible, but should complete the separate continuing student application at the Dahl School of Business scholarships page).
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Must graduate in the upper 25% of your high school class.
  • Must declare a major administered by the Dahl School of Business.

Sister Thea Bowman Minority Scholarship
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021
Scholarship Amount: $2,000
Application Requirements: Online Scholarship Application

Sister Thea Bowman was born in Mississippi and later joined the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. A poet, preacher, master teacher, vocalist, evangelist, and African American catalyst, she celebrated the gifts of all people, and encouraged African Americans to proudly celebrate their own identity.

  • Must be a new, incoming freshman or transfer student enrolling in a full-time traditional undergraduate program for fall 2021.
  • Must be African American.
  • Must have financial need, after utilizing any institutional, federal, or state aid.
  • Preference for:
    • Students attending high school in Mississippi
    • Students participating in Chicago Scholars Foundation program
    • Students attending high school in Racine, Wis.

Viterbo Community Fellows
Scholarship Amount: $2,500 per year (renewable for three additional years)

  • Must be a new, incoming freshman student for fall 2021.
  • Must have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher. 
  • Must have an ACT (or SAT equivalent) score of 25 or higher 
  • Must declare a major in the liberal arts. Primary consideration will be given to majors in: English, criminal and community justice, applied mathematics and analytics, ethics, culture, and society, psychology, religious studies and theology, or Spanish. Secondary consideration will be given to majors in social work and secondary education majors in art, social studies, English, and Spanish.
  • Benefits of the Scholarship:
    • Guaranteed admission to the Viterbo University Honors Program (if desired), a benefit of which includes one guaranteed paid summer research experience.
    • Yearly registration in the ethics symposium (if desired).
    • Annual participation in at least one Viterbo service event.
    • Opportunities for leadership in the Ethics Center or Service Saturday Program are available (if desired).

Xcel Energy Scholarship for Women in Science
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021
Scholarship Amount: $875 per year (renewable for three additional years)
Application Requirements: Online Scholarship Application

This scholarship is to support highly able women to study science at Viterbo University. 

  • Must be a new, incoming freshman student for fall 2021.
  • Must be a female student intending to major in science or math.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA.
  • Preference will be given to students who choose biochemistry or math as a major, intend to pursue a career in science, and live within an Xcel Energy area.

    Scholarships with their own application processes and deadlines

    Freshman and transfer students may be eligible.

    Army ROTC
    Freshman Applicant Deadline: varies, typically early winter of senior year
    Scholarship Amount: Up to full tuition (renewable for three additional years)
    This scholarship is determined by eligibility criteria found at www.goarmy.com/rotc

    Talent Scholarship for Theatre and Music Theatre
    Deadline: April 1, 2021
    Scholarship Amount: Up to $2,000 per year (renewablee for three additional years)
    Audition Required. Visit www.viterbo.edu/theatreapply for more information.

    • Must be a new, incoming freshman or transfer student
    • Must intend to major in Music Theatre or Theatre

    Talent Scholarship for Vocal Music and Piano
    Deadline: March 1, 2021
    Scholarship Amount: Up to $2,000 per year (renewable for three additional years)
    Audition Required. Visit www.viterbo.edu/musicapply for more information.

    • Must be a new, incoming freshman or transfer student
    • Must intend to major in a music program

    Talent Scholarship for Athletics
    Deadline: Varies by sport
    Scholarship Amount: Amount varies
    Contact sport-specific coach. Decisions are made by the coach. Visit www.viterboathletics.com for more information.

    The Jack and Rosanne Glendenning Family Scholarship for The Dahl School of Business (Transfer Students Only)
    Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021
    Scholarship Amount: $5,000 (one time, can reapply)
    Application Requirements: Letter of recommendation from a Western or Viterbo faculty member, essay

    • Must be a full-time student who is admitted to the Western Technical College-to-Viterbo University business transfer program
    • Must have a cumulative transfer GPA of 2.75 or higher
    • Click here for more information

    Western Technical College Transfer Student Scholarship (Transfer Students Only)
    Deadline: June 1, 2021
    Scholarship Amount: $2,000
    Application Requirements: Essay

    • Must be a new, incoming transfer student from Western Technical College with an AAS in one of the Western to Viterbo articulation programs
    • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
    • Must plan to enroll full-time in the articulated traditional undergraduate program (Bachelor Completion programs excluded)
    • Click here for more information