Cardinal Commitment Grant

The University of Louisville is excited to offer the Cardinal Commitment Grant to first-time students from the state of Kentucky.  This grant is intended to provide Pell-eligible students who have demonstrated success in the classroom with the financial support needed to attend a four-year university.

About the Cardinal Commitment Grant

The Cardinal Commitment Grant is a "last dollar" need-based scholarship intended to fill the gap between financial aid and the cost of tuition at the University of Louisville for qualified first-time undergraduate students from the state of Kentucky.

This award is renewable for students who continue to meet satisfactory progress. The award amount is locked for renewed years, regardless of changes to a student's state or federal aid.

First Year Criteria

The primary eligibility criteria for 2023-2024 new student award offers includes:

  • Be admitted to UofL as a new undergraduate degree-seeking freshman beginning Summer 2023 or Fall 2023
  • Be classified as an official Kentucky resident at UofL
  • Have a cumulative weighted high school GPA of 3.25
  • Submit the 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be qualified and awarded a 2023-2024 federal student aid package at UofL that includes Pell Grant
  • Be identified as having a tuition cost gap as determined through the UofL financial aid assessment process
  • Ensure enrollment in a full-time status as of the Fall 2023 semester.
Eligible students are identified and awarded automatically; offer amounts are calculated taking into consideration all federal and state need-based grants, KKES as well as university and institutional aid.


The University of Louisville will continue to award the Cardinal Commitment each semester until the student's first Bachelor's degree is awarded.

  • The award amount is locked based on the Cardinal Commitment award amount offered in the students' first year at UofL.
  • The Cardinal Commitment is only awarded for fall and spring semesters, not summer.*
  • Change in federal or state aid, including Pell, SEOG, CAP, KEES or institutional merit aid does not result in an increased or decreased award in future semesters.

Renewal Criteria

  • Must be enrolled full time each semester to receive the award.
  • Must maintain continuous attendance (does not include summers)
  • Must file FAFSA each year by February 15
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress.


Contact Office of Student Financial Aid at 502-852-5511 or for any questions concerning aid eligibility or renewal criteria.

Contact the Office of Admissions at 502-852-6531 or for any questions concerning status of your admissions application or GPA requirement.


*Students in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering will receive this award for their first summer semester.