SAU highlights Ambrose Advantage program


For The Catholic Messenger

DAVENPORT — Iowa high school graduates eligible for the Pell Grant may qualify to attend St. Ambrose University tuition-free through the Ambrose Advantage program, which seeks to eliminate cost barriers to higher education.

Noting that Iowa residents owed an average $31,000 in student loan debt as of March 31, 2022, according to Federal Student Aid data, St. Ambrose is continuing to expand scholarship opportunities focused on accessibility and affordability for local students.

“At St. Ambrose, we understand the power of higher education and the lifelong benefits earning a college degree has on the individual and community. The Ambrose Advantage scholarship program represents our campus’ total commitment to assisting students in their academic journey,” said LeShane Saddler, vice president for enrollment management.


The Ambrose Advantage program is one of many offerings in St. Ambrose’s comprehensive financial aid package designed to support every type of student, a news release states. The application period for the university’s 2023-2024 academic year is open.

Student eligibility for the renewable Ambrose Advantage scholarship requires:

• Eligibility for the Pell Grant and Iowa Tuition Grant as an Iowa resident.

• Full-time enrollment at St. Ambrose University and a minimum, unweighted high school or transfer GPA of 2.5

• Accepted admission and completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 15 for first-year students or July 1 for transfer students. Use the St. Ambrose FAFSA code: 001889

On-campus residency is not required for eligibility. The scholarship does not cover books, fees, room and board costs.

For more information, first-year students contact Emily Hannon, senior admissions counselor at (563) 333-6086. Transfer students contact Brandi Ahlers, assistant director of transfer and adult admissions at (563) 333-6302.

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