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Types of Aid

At LRU we work with you to find the right combination of financial aid offerings to put a top-notch private university education within your reach.

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants can be merit-based or need-based, and they can come from a variety of different sources. These are funds provided for your education that do not need to be paid back.

LRU awards $11 million in merit scholarships each year, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,586 for full-time freshmen. Discover all LRU scholarships.

Helpful tips:

  • Apply for grant aid and utilize outside scholarships to reduce the overall price of education.
  • Apply for outside scholarships. Visit or to research and apply for additional scholarships.
  • Check with your high school guidance counselor, community organizations, your employer, utility companies and religious affiliations to learn about potential scholarship opportunities.


Loans provide funds for your education now but need to be paid back in the future. These can come from private sources, such as banks, or state and federal programs. Explore loan options.

Work Study

Work study is a need-based program that allows students to earn money to use toward their personal or educational expenses. Work-study dollars are paid directly to the student like a paycheck, and are not credited toward the student’s bills. Funds are limited.

What Aid Are You Eligible For?

The Federal Student Aid Estimator can help you understand your options to pay for college. It provides an estimate of the types of federal student aid you may be eligible to receive before completing the FAFSA form. You’ll also learn about next steps in the financial aid process.

When Should You Apply?

The Federal Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA) allows students to apply for financial aid, including grants, work-study positions and loans.

Complete the FAFSA in October prior to any academic year. LRU’s school code is 003987.

The deadline to file is May 1. Applications can be filed after the deadline but will be processed according to the date received and may reduce your eligibility for aid resources.

You must reapply for financial aid every academic year (July 1 – June 30), not every semester.

Other Aid Resources

Payment Plan
Families may make use of a payment plan to spread the student’s remaining semester balance over four months. Students need to enroll in the payment plan each semester. For more information, contact the Student Accounts Office at 412-536-1030.

SAGE Tuition Rewards Program
La Roche is a member of The SAGE Tuition Rewards Program, a visionary approach to saving for college education.

SAGE stands for Savings And Growth for Education. Members receive a nominal return on their investments: dividends, interest and growth, and an additional five percent rebate in reduced tuition.

Students may receive Tuition Rewards from multiple sponsors, such as parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

We’re Here to Help

We’re here to help and answer your questions. Reach out to the Office of Financial Aid: 412-536-1125 or

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