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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?
The application process varies depending upon the scholarship. Please read the application procedures for each scholarship carefully. Some awards are automatically renewed and others require yearly applications.

Do I have to file a FAFSA?
Students do not have to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to receive some scholarships from the College of Arts and Sciences. However, many scholarships are need-based awards; students who have not completed the FAFSA are not eligible for need-based scholarships, but they will still be considered for merit-based awards and those based on other criteria.

Does the College automatically award scholarships to continuing students who have high GPAs?
No.

What is the minimum GPA for a scholarship?
Eligibility criteria vary for each scholarship, and may include: GPA, major, residency, financial need, and/or other factors. Attaining a certain GPA does not guarantee being awarded a scholarship. See individual scholarship descriptions for specific requirements.

What is the status of my application?

The selection committee cannot provide information regarding the status of a student’s application. No response will be made to inquiries. Please do not contact scholarship managers after your application has been submitted.

Will I be notified?
Students will receive notification if they are awarded a scholarship. Notification of those students not receiving scholarships will be delayed until after recipients have been notified. NOTE:  Direct Admit Freshmen are not informed if they have not been awarded a scholarship – only award recipients will receive notification.   

When are scholarships awarded?
The College’s Undergraduate Scholarships Committee makes all award decisions by May each year, and awards all available funds for the coming academic year during the summer. After the close of the application period, students may not apply for scholarships again through the College of Arts and Sciences until the following year. During the summer, it is too late to apply for scholarship support for the coming academic year. Students who request scholarship support during the summer are always directed to resources outside the University.

Who serves on the Undergraduate Program Scholarship Committee?
Faculty, deans and professional staff members in the College of Arts and Sciences serve on the committee.

Who can I contact with additional questions about the process or about a scholarship I have already received?
Each scholarship description includes contact information.

Where can I look for other scholarship money?
Check the Office of Student Financial Assistance web site or any scholarship search service. There are several good internet sites that provide free information on scholarship sources. See the Additional Financial Resources for more information.