Cost and Scholarships

Full Time Charges 2024-2025

Item Cost
Tuition and Fees: $42,160
Housing and Food: $13,500
Total: $55,660

These expenses comprise the direct costs of attending Bradley University. Some courses may require additional course fees. Credit hours in excess of 16 per semester result in additional charges. The amount you will spend on books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses, will average an additional $3,984.

The Cost of Attendance is designed to help families budget for their direct and indirect expenses at Bradley.

Scholarships and Other Assistance

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Academic Scholarships

$80,000 to $108,000 over four years

A number of criteria are used in awarding these scholarships including an assessment of academic performance and records of leadership and service in schools and communities.

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Legacy and Sibling Scholarships

These $1,500 annual awards recognize academically-talented students who have siblings that attend Bradley, or who have siblings, parents or grandparents who have a degree from Bradley.

Fine and Performing Arts Scholarships

Awards up to $4,000 per year are available to students majoring in art, theatre and music or participating in competitive speech (forensics). Awards up to $500 are also available to any student selected for one of our many instrumental and vocal performance groups. Consideration for fine and performing arts scholarships requires an audition or submission of a portfolio. Priority consideration will be given to auditions or submissions completed by December 1.

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Arnold/Wheeler Scholarship

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) will offer two FCS incoming first-year students the Arnold/Wheeler scholarship in the fall semester. As a recipient, each awardee will receive an annual scholarship of $4,000. Each scholarship award may be renewed annually for up to four years, provided the student maintains a minimum GPA of 3.00 and completes the scholarship requirements each semester.

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Caterpillar Employee Dependents Scholarship

These $1,500 scholarships benefit the dependent children of Caterpillar employees, retirees and deceased employees. Recipients must be attending Bradley as full-time undergraduate students.

Civil Engineering and Construction Leadership Excellence Scholarship

The CEC Leadership Excellence Scholarship provides recognition and financial support to four recent graduates preferably from Central Illinois high schools who intend to major in civil engineering or construction at Bradley University. Awards are renewable through the completion of the students' engineering degrees.

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First Engineering

In support of the mission of FIRST, Bradley University offers up to four $2,500 renewable scholarships to high school seniors who have participated for at least one full season in a FIRST Robotics Competition or FIRST Tech Challenge in either their junior or senior years.

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Project Lead the Way

Bradley University has formed a partnership with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from our educational system.

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Women in Engineering

The Women in Engineering Award provides up to $2,000 in scholarship recognition for women who enroll in the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology at Bradley University. These competitive Scholarships may be combined with other Bradley University scholarships for awards ranging upward to full tuition. Awards are for a student’s first year of study and are not renewable.

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Foster Family Scholarship Global Scholars

The Foster Family Scholarship for Global Scholars is an integral component of our internationalization initiative. The scholarship provides the college’s top student scholars financial support for a full and rich international business experience.

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Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Technology Scholarship

The Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Technology Scholarship provides recognition and financial support to recent high school graduates who enroll in an IMET program at Bradley University. The number and amount of awards is determined by availability of funds.

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Grant Assistance

A combination of factors are considered when awarding a student grants. They are based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) results and the student's academic performance. Awards vary and can change from year-to-year. This grant assistance could be funded by a variety of sources, including Bradley Grants, state grants (such as the Illinois MAP Grant), and federal grants (such as the PELL Grant). Grant assistance requires a 2.0 GPA for renewal.

Federal Loans

At Bradley, federal loan recipients borrow directly from the federal government. These low-interest loans are deferred until after graduation as long as students maintain at least half-time enrollment.

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College Work Study

Students with limited family resources as determined by the results of the FAFSA are provided this federally-funded opportunity to earn "spending money" through part-time, on-campus employment. Students typically work 8 to 10 hours per week at minimum wage earning about $1500 per year. Paychecks are issued bi-weekly.

Students wishing to work who are not eligible for College Work Study are able to find other on-campus employment opportunities.

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Learn more about scholarships and other assistance for transfer students.