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The Fontbonne Promise

The Fontbonne Promise

This unique program from Fontbonne University aims to make the dream of a debt-free college education a reality for low-income students.

The Fontbonne Promise is a unique opportunity for first-time, first-year students in Missouri who are calculated with an expected family contribution of zero on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The university will award full tuition and fees for five years to a select number of first-year students.

Students who qualify for the Fontbonne Promise will receive a financial aid award that covers full tuition and fees — loan free. The scholarship funding will be made possible through a combination of federal, state, Fontbonne aid and donor contributions.

Who Can Apply?

Qualifying students include:

  • Missouri residents (as defined by MISSOURI ACCESS eligibility)
  • Those who qualify for enrollment and full-time admission to Fontbonne.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0/4.0
  • Personal Statements
  • Resume (Resume Best Practices)
  • First-round interview with admissions staff
  • Interview with Dr. Nancy Blattner, university president, after first-round selections.


  • Must be a Missouri resident and have attended high school or been home-schooled.  
  • Must be a first-time freshman.
  • Are Pell-eligible and have submitted the FAFSA by February 1
  • 0 EFC
  • Are a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, hold an I-94 visa, or a T-visa (more info here)

Preference will be given to students who have already applied and been admitted to the University. Application deadline April 17, 2023.

What Are The Benefits?

Student Benefits:

  • Become part of an engaging, close-knit learning community where a student’s development and success is our number one priority.
  • Develop leadership experience within the classroom, community and workplace.
  • Engage in experiential learning opportunities.
  • Build a beneficial mentoring relationship that fosters personal, intellectual and social growth.
  • Acquire the skills and knowledge of Fontbonne culture in order to successfully navigate potential barriers to your education and to ultimately persist to graduation.​
  • We have a 92 percent career outcome rate for undergraduate students – based on where our graduates are employed, which fields they’re working in and what their continuing education goals are.
  • Achieve your dream of earning a college degree and fulfilling your personal potential.

How To Apply:

Become a part of The Fontbonne Promise by joining us today.

Support The Fontbonne Promise

Click below to become a donor today!

Donors can sponsor a student for $8,500 a year for five years, or any amount can be donated toward this fund to help deserving students achieve their dream.

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Contact our Office of Admission


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