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Hope and Access: Supporting Financial Aid

The Hope and Access campaign aims to raise $40 million for need-based financial aid, ensuring that a life-changing Holy Cross education is available and accessible to all admitted students.

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Ensuring an Equal Chance at Success

As a highly selective, Jesuit, undergraduate, liberal arts college, we are unique in higher education. Focused on transforming lives, we rise above mediocrity, offering a highly personalized, academically rigorous education with a firm moral and spiritual foundation. We know our endeavor is deeply worthwhile. Our profound responsibility is to ensure that all admitted students have the opportunity to attend Holy Cross and experience this education, regardless of their financial means.

Meeting 100 percent of the demonstrated need of accepted students, as calculated according to nationally recognized financial aid criteria, is central to our mission. The Hope + Access Campaign for Financial Aid will ensure that our transformational educational experience remains affordable and accessible to all.

Share Our Hope

Support financial aid at Holy Cross

$56.312 Million

Goal: $40M

90 New Endowed Scholarships Created


Hundreds of Holy Cross students’ lives have been changed through the support of financial aid. Meet just a few of them, along with some of the donors who are so genuinely committed to enabling student success.

Nathaniel “Nate” Trotman ’22
Nathaniel “Nate” Trotman ’22

Sociology and Economics
Edward Bennett Williams '41 Scholarship
Boston, Massachusetts

"I have nothing but hope for the future because of this place where I’m supported and challenged.”
Read more about Nathaniel

Ryan Clouse ’22
Ryan Clouse ’22

English / Theatre
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Holy Cross Fund Scholar (2019-20)
Hudson Falls, New York

“To put it simply, this scholarship has given me opportunity. … Through the generosity of donors, I’ve been able to follow my dreams by immersing myself in literature and theatre.” 
Read more about Ryan

Maggie Hannick ’23
Maggie Hannick ’23

Mandarin Chinese and Health Studies 
St. Louis, Missouri

“Holy Cross gives me hope every day. It has from the start. … In its kindness and belief in service, through organizations like SPUD and immersion programs.”
Read more about Maggie

Read about those impacted by financial aid.

Why Now

Financial aid remains the College’s highest philanthropic priority. In a moment unlike any other – reckoning with a pandemic, economic instability and racial injustice and inequity – a Holy Cross education will enable the next generation of leaders and change agents to respond to these needs in their communities.

The hope offered by a Holy Cross education should not entail insurmountable economic challenge and debt for any student or family. If a student has been admitted to the College due to their exceptional talent, moral character and future promise, we believe that it is our obligation to ensure these students can attend, regardless of their income level.

By sharing our hope and supporting the Hope + Access campaign, you can help make our transformational educational experience accessible to all. Read more about the campaign launch – Agnes Williams’ $23.5 million gift launches Hope + Access Campaign for Financial Aid.

Agnes Williams
The Williams Match

Through Agnes Williams’ recent $23.5 million estate bequest — the largest gift ever bequeathed to the College —  the Williams family is generously supporting Holy Cross’ Campaign for Hope + Access. 

Over the course of the campaign, all new and increased gifts will be matched dollar for dollar to help us reach our goal of raising $40 million to support financial aid.

The Growing Need for Financial Aid

Approximately 60 percent of Holy Cross students today receive financial aid – up from 54 percent just seven years ago. Average financial aid awards have increased over the past seven years – up from $24,513 in 2013 to $37,800 in 2020. The College awarded $67.5 million in financial aid in 2020, compared to $45.7 million just seven years ago.

$45.7 million


$68 million


Campaign Leadership

Five alumni have volunteered to serve as co-chairs to steward the Hope + Access campaign and the next generation of students at Holy Cross:
John Mullman ’82, P07, Maura Doherty ’86, Kathleen Maggi ’91, Melisa Alves’06 and Gary Acquah ’14. 

Learn about what Holy Cross has meant to John, Maura, Kathy, Melisa and Gary, and why they are committed to ensuring that every qualified student who has the opportunity to come to Mount St. James should be able do so. 

Learn more about our Campaign Leadership »

 Campaign Leadership team
Campaign for Financial Aid

Campaign for Financial Aid