JPCatholic Renews and Expands COVID Response Scholarships for 2021

For Immediate Release: Nov. 24, 2020

John Paul the Great Catholic University (“JPCatholic”) has announced that their COVID Response Scholarship programs will be extended for California students who begin at the University in 2021.

For California residents who are eligible for Cal Grant-A, JPCatholic’s COVID Zero Tuition Scholarship will cover their tuition gap completely. When combined with state and federal aid, eligible new freshmen and transfer students will be able to attend JPCatholic with zero out of pocket tuition costs and without using any loans.

For Southern California students ineligible for Cal Grant-A, the Stay Local Scholarship will provide eligible new freshmen and transfer students with aid packages that make JPCatholic’s education financially comparable to local public CSU and UC institutions. When the Stay Local Scholarship was created in summer 2020, the program applied only to San Diego County residents. For 2021 applicants, the program has been expanded to include residents of six California counties: San Diego, Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, Imperial, and San Bernardino.

“COVID has had a cruel and adverse impact on so many families in Southern California,” said President Derry Connolly. “This scholarship program is our effort to keep Catholic higher education accessible to the many Catholic families for whom it is very important and for whom it may seem out-of-reach at this time.”

The University describes itself as “The Catholic University for Creative Arts and Business Innovation”, focusing on combining hands-on programs such as film, animation, graphic design, acting, and business entrepreneurship with a Catholic liberal arts education in theology, philosophy, and humanities. Launched in 2006 in the Scripps Ranch community of San Diego, John Paul the Great Catholic University relocated to a permanent campus in downtown Escondido in 2013 and has been accredited with WSCUC since 2015. JPCatholic operates on a year-round quarter system, with students earning a bachelor's degree in just three years.

More information and full eligibility requirements can be found at