Followers of Saint Bonaventure basketball can attest to the excitement brewing at St. Bonaventure University, thanks to March Madness. In addition to the energy from existing students, alumni and staff at the school, prospective students who have their radar on St. Bonaventure are equally thrilled at the visibility the NCAA Tournament lends their potential higher-ed institution.A component of selecting a college or university, however, is always considering the school’ s cost of attendance. St. Bonaventure University provides ample support in this area with financial aid options like scholarships, grants and student loans.St. Bonaventure University offers students an accessible path to assist in paying for their education. For the 2011-2012 academic school year, St. Bonaventure tuition was at $27, 890.Prospective students can look forward to a generous financial aid package as about 95 percent of St. Bonaventure students receive financial assistance, with the average freshmen student receiving up to $21,777 in scholarships, grants, work-study and loans.A couple scholarship opportunities are available to qualifying students and St. Bonaventure provides an array of opportunities to choose from:St. Bonaventure Presidential Scholarships: Students with a proven academic record may qualify for this scholarship if they have a minimum high school average of 95 and have a combined SAT of at least 1300 (or 29 ACT).Friars Scholarships: This scholarship is specifically for freshmen and is a merit-based award. Recipients of this scholarship can stand to receive up to is $15,000 toward tuition and boarding costs. The scholarship is renewable, which means less out-of-pocket expense over the course of a four-year education.St. Bonaventure University recognizes the importance of assisting their students toward greatness and success through financial aid and quality education.“St. Bonaventure University provides our graduates with a competitive edge in today’s economy in a variety of ways… [O]ne of our distinguishing programs stems from our Career and Professional Readiness Center (CPRC), which guides students toward career and professional readiness from the time they arrive on campus as freshmen (and we do the same for transfers who come to us later in their academic careers),” says Emily F. Sinsabaugh, Vice President of University Relations at St. Bonaventure.Saint Bonaventure Basketball secured a fourteenth-seed in their March Madness journey toward a championship. As their first time in the NCAA Tournament since 2000, the team is stepping into the dance with fresh faces, including Senior forward, Andrew Nicholson. Many rooting for the Bonnies have their fingers-crossed for an upset, so the team can carry on into the third round.St. Bonaventure is scheduled to play in round two of the Big Dance on Friday, Mar. 16 against third-seeded Florida State at the Bridgestone Area. The game will air on CBS at 2:45 PM ET.