GUIDE: How to be a Xavier Ateneo scholar in 2023?

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One of the most prestigious universities in the Philippines, Xavier Ateneo de Cagayan University, is now accepting scholarship applicants for S.Y. 2023-2024. Be a part of their scholarship program and pave your way to a brighter future!

How to be a Xavier Ateneo de Cagayan University Scholar

The best way to receive scholarship grants is to belong to your school’s top-performing students. Consequently, these honor students will be granted the St.Ignatius of Loyola Scholarship. The scholarship entails full-tuition coverage and matriculation to Xavier Ateneo de Cagayan University.

If you cannot compete with your school’s academic rivalries, you can still try for the university’s scholarship examinations. This exam will test your theoretical and abstract knowledge. If you pass the examination but don’t make the cut for the scholarship, it will still count as your entrance exam to courses that require it.



The academic scholarship grants are as follows in their consequent requirements and coverage:

  • Saint Ignatius of Loyola Scholarship – Be in the top 1 or 2 of your senior-high graduating batch with at least 90 students.
    • Full tuition coverage and matriculation
  • President’s Scholarship – Top 1 to 15 performers of the online scholarship examination with a score not less than 90.
    • All school fees and Php 10,000 reimbursement on uniforms, books, and ICT-related expenses
  • Merit Scholarship – Top 16 to 30 performers of the online scholarship examination with a score not less than 90.
    • All school fees
  • Academic Scholarship – Top 31 to 100 performers of the online scholarship examination with a score not less than 90.
    • Full tuition coverage and matriculation
  • St. Francis Xavier Scholarship – Online Scholarship Examinee with a score of at least 87 and a total family income does not exceed Php 500,000.
    • Php 25,000 tuition grant per semester and Php 10,000 during intersession, as required.
  • PHILDEV Science and Engineering Scholarship – Must be a REGULAR SECOND-YEAR STUDENT at the university for S.Y. 2022 – 2023 and is taking up the course BS Electrical Engineering or BS Computer Science. Moreover, QPI during the academic year 2021-2022 must not be less than 3.0, and the gross family income must not exceed Php 500,000.
    • 100% School Fees every semester and a Monthly allowance

Different Types Of Scholarship Grants

Academic Scholarships

For their exceptional academic performance, upperclassmen and incoming first-year students are given academic scholarships each year or semester. Students who meet the qualifications must submit the required documents and attend an interview with the OSFA Director and the Scholarship Committee. 

The recipient keeps the scholarship grants as long as grade compliance and other scholarship requirements are maintained each semester. The university or public and private contributors fund these academic grants.

Grants-in-Aid (G-i-A)

Scholarships for academic study are different from Grants-in-Aid. Some grants are similar to donations, expressing the University’s willingness to serve the underprivileged and pursue justice. G-i-As are often given depending on the family’s estimated financial capacity. 




The award might be renewed every semester based on a financial evaluation, a grade requirement, and other conditions in the scholarship manual. The St. Francis Xavier Grants-in-Aid and other grants sponsored by the University and other private benefactors/donors are administered by the OSFA Director with the College Scholarship Board.

Athletics and Performing Arts Scholarship

Varsity and performing arts group members (such as dance troupe, glee club, theater group, XU Band, and other groups) are given scholarships based on their active participation and outstanding work as artists and athletes. In addition, through their active involvement in promoting sports, culture, and the arts, they serve the University and the larger community.

Scholarship Application Process

For President’s, Merit, and Academic Scholarships (Incoming Freshmen and Non-XU students)

  1. Pay the Php 170.00 examination fee using these payment options:
    • For bank payment, you may pay over the counter or through online fund transfer via this account:
      Account No. BPI 9330-0016-55
      BPI Account Name: Xavier University
    • Pay at the XU Main Campus Finance Office during regular business hours, Monday through Friday (campus entrance requires adherence to dress code and protocol)

*Testing fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.

  1. Prepare the following documents:
  • Scanned copy of Proof of payment or Official receipt from the university’s financial office;
  • Photocopy of a recent photo with a white background;
  • Copy of a Certificate of Enrollment with the student’s photo or a Copy of a valid School ID
  1. Pay at the XU Main Campus Finance Office during regular business hours, Monday through Friday (campus entrance requires adherence to dress code and protocol).

*Please be aware that the XU Finance Office will check and process your payment within 2-3 working days after successfully uploading your Proof of Payment and other documents and submitting your Registration Form. Please also ensure that your complete name is on the receipt. NO INDICATED COMPLETE NAME ON THE RECEIPT, NO PROCESSING/CLEARING OF PAYMENT.




  1. Once your registration application has been approved, wait for an email from the Testing Office containing your Permit-to-Exam (processing may take 7-10 working days, excluding weekends and holidays). 

Examination Dates: January 25 and 28, 2023;

February 1,4, 8, 11, 15, and 18, 2023;

For St. Ignatius of Loyola Scholarship

  1. Write an email with the subject line: Last Name, First Name_St. Ignatius of Loyola Scholarship Higher Ed Application (ex. Dela Cruz, Juan_St. Ignatius of Loyola Scholarship Higher Ed Application)
  1. Attach a softcopy of the following documents:
  • Application Letter addressed to 
    Tyron Keith Maru V Sabal
    OIC-Director, Admissions & Aid Office;
  • Senior High School report card (form 138);
  • Certification from the School Principal and Guidance Counselor or Class Adviser bearing the school seal as proof that you have graduated top 1 or 2 of the graduating batch with at least 90 students;
  • Proof of Family Income from one of the following:
  • Income Tax Return of the Parents
  • Affidavit of Source of Income (with amount)
  • Photocopy of OFW contract
  • Affidavit of Support (with amount)
  • Admissions of Clearance (issued upon successful entry into the university)
  1. Send your application via email with the complete scanned copy of the required documents to scholarships@xu.edu.ph. Applications lacking in documentary requirements will not be processed. If unable to present a document, add an explanation letter to clarify.
  2. Those who qualify will receive an email with instructions on completing the required scholarship form and submitting the necessary paperwork. 
    Late and Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  1.  Scholarships are only awarded to successfully processed applicants.

For St. Francis Xavier Scholarships

  1. Freshmen at Xavier Ateneo who just graduated from senior high school are required to take the online scholarship test. For information on the test dates and registration, go here.
  2. To be eligible for the scholarship, candidates must meet the cutoff.
  3. The University will send an email with instructions on completing the necessary scholarship form and submitting the required papers to eligible applicants.
    All applications must be submitted by the specified deadline, if not earlier. Submissions that are incomplete or late won’t be processed.
  4. The first 70 successfully processed candidates who meet the scholarship cut-off and family income conditions will receive scholarships.

For PHILDEV Science and Engineering Scholarships

  1. An application Letter addressed to: 
    Tyron Keith Maru V Sabal
    OIC-Director, Admissions & Aid Office;
  2. Accomplished Scholar’s Questionnaire form -> form link
  3. Proof of Family Income from one of the following:
    • Income Tax Return of the Parents
    • Affidavit of Source of Income (with amount)
    • Photocopy of OFW contract
    • Affidavit of Support (with amount)
    • Certificate/Contract Of Employment with Compensation
    • Payslips
      • BIR Tax Exemption Certificates and Barangay Certificate of Indigency are not accepted
  4. Photo in white background
  5. Data Privacy Consent -> form link

Check out the official Facebook post of Xavier University regarding its scholarship programs below:

Closing Remarks

If you don’t meet the requirements for being one of Xavier Ateneo de Cagayan University’s scholars, don’t lose hope! There are plenty of scholarships around. In fact, you may check out our recent post of scholarship programs in the Philippines here.

Good luck! –WhatALife/Vaughn

Sources: (www.xu.edu.ph)


Also read: LIST: 7 Scholarship Programs in the Philippines for Filipino Students (2023 Edition)

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