Cardinal Commitment Grant

The University of Louisville is excited to offer the Cardinal Commitment Grant to Fall '24 new first-time students from the state of Kentucky. This grant is intended to provide aid for college-ready Kentucky students, giving them the financial support needed to earn a degree from UofL.

About the Cardinal Commitment Grant

Amount/ Year Criteria

The grant will help close the gap between financial aid and the cost of attendance* 

Students receiving a 24-25 financial aid package that includes a Pell and CAP Grant will have 100% of their tuition covered 

Other awards will range from $2,000-$7,000

  • Kentucky residents
  • First-time freshmen accepted to UofL
  • Income information obtained from the FAFSA
  • No scholarship application required

*Cost of Attendance is defined as tuition, housing, dining, transportation, books and other miscellaneous expenses. View complete 2023-24 COA information.

* Unmet Need is defined as COA minus all federal and state grants, Federal Student Aid Index (SAI), KEES, as well as university and institutional aid.  Offer amounts will be calculated taking into account all of these factors.

Eligible students are identified and awarded automatically; offer amounts are calculated taking into consideration all federal and state need-based grants, KEES as well as university and institutional aid.  Cardinal Commitment Grants will be available until funding is exhausted.


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


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

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

SPECIAL NOTE FOR ONLINE PROGRAM STUDENTS: Student enrolled in a 100% online program are limited to a 12-credit hour award. Additional credit hours taken above 12 credit hours are charged the online per credit hour rate.  The Cardinal Commitment Grant will not be adjusted to cover this additional tuition.