Admissions Office Scholarship FAQ

The following represents commonly asked questions for incoming students. For current students, see the Scholarship Office FAQ.

Spring Academic Scholarships

Beginning Spring 2021, USU will award academic scholarships for spring admits. By submitting an undergraduate application, students will automatically be considered. The application deadline for Spring 2021 is November 1, 2020. The scholarship value and requirements are represented online. For more information, contact the Admissions Office.

Scholarship Eligibility

In order to be considered for admissions scholarships you must meet the following criteria.

  • Submit online application to USU (including application fee)
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident Status
  • Have intent to graduate from Utah State University
  • Be a new first-time student to Utah State University.
  • Returning students and 2nd bachelor students do not qualify for academic scholarships or the WUE.
  • Out-of-State Online students do not qualify for academic scholarships through the Admissions Office or the WUE.
  • Concurrent enrollment students are still eligible for scholarships.

Application Deadlines

  • All academic scholarships offered through the Admissions Office for Fall 2021 semester have the following deadline:
    • Logan & Statewide Campuses
      • Freshmen - January 10, 2021
      • Transfer - March 1, 2021
    • USU Southeast (Eastern, Blanding, and Moab)
      • Freshmen & Transfer - August 1, 2021
  • Completed applications must be submitted and paid for by the deadlines listed above. Late applications will not be reviewed.
  • Improvements to a GPA, ACT/SAT, or index score will not be considered after the deadline.

Acceptance Deadlines

All scholarships offered through the Admissions Office for Fall 2021 (Logan Main Campus and Statewide Campuses) have a May 1, 2021 acceptance deadline, unless otherwise stated on a scholarship award letter.

ACT Scores

  • ACT scores used for scholarship awarding do not include the writing portion.
  • Super-scores cannot be used for scholarship awarding.

Residual ACT

USU offers an ACT for admissions/scholarships and the scores from the USU Residual ACT can only be used at Utah State University. However, these scores will count towards scholarships and admissions. Learn more about the Residual ACT.

SAT Scores

  • SAT taken before March 2016 will use critical reading and math (CR+M) scores for scholarship consideration (based upon 1600 scale). See index for detailed information.
  • SAT taken after March 2016 will use the evidence-based reading and writing, and math (ERW+M) scores for scholarship consideration (based upon 1600 scale). See index for detailed information.
  • SAT scores used for scholarship award do not include the writing portion.

GPA

All weighted GPAs will be unweighted to a 4.0 scale for scholarship awarding.

Nonresident Scholarships

  • Scholarships applying to nonresident tuition are only available for 1 year.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to gain UT residency during their first year (12 months), otherwise they will continue to be charged nonresident tuition.
  • Learn more about establishing Utah Residency.

Deferments/Leave of Absence

  • Students planning to defer admission to a later semester must apply for admission in order to be eligible for scholarships.
  • Scholarships must be accepted by the established deadline, prior to submitting a request for leave.
  • To hold a scholarship, students must request a Leave of Absence.

Scholarship Credit Requirements

Students receiving a scholarship should refer to their scholarship agreement for detailed information on the number of credits required to maintain their scholarship. In general, one-year scholarships require 12 or more credits before the scholarship will pay. Multi-year awards require 30 credits (Logan/Southeast Campuses) or 24 credits (Statewide Campuses) to be completed in the academic year for the scholarship to renew.

Scholarship GPA Requirements

Students receiving a scholarship should refer to their scholarship agreement for detailed information on the required USU cumulative GPA to maintain their scholarship.

GED Scholarship Consideration

Students being admitted will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for academic scholarship consideration. Weight will be placed on the ACT/SAT scores.

Home School Scholarship Consideration

Students being admitted will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for academic scholarship consideration. Weight will be placed on the ACT/SAT scores.

Combining Scholarships

  • In general, tuition can only be covered once. Academic scholarships are not stackable.
  • If a student receives more than one scholarship, information about combining these scholarships will be explained on the scholarship agreement.
  • The following scholarships are offered through the Admissions Office and can be combined (stacked) on top of an other scholarship offered through USU: Sterling Scholar scholarships, National Merit awards, Involvement/Leadership/Service scholarships, and Resident Alumni scholarship.
  • Non USU scholarships (Regents Scholarship, private scholarships, etc) can be combined with USU awarded scholarships.

Tuition Payment

  • It is the responsibility of the student to ensure all scholarships are accepted and are paying correctly.
  • Unpaid expenses may result in the loss of classes.

Transcript Articulation

USU accepts credit from any regionally accredited institution within the U.S. and will try to match credits with courses at USU. The process of finding a course-to-course equivalent is called articulation. If no course match is found, you will receive elective credit for your previous course work. View our course-by-course articulation tables to learn more.

Transfer Scholarship Eligibility

Students transfering to Utah State University will be considered for academic scholarships. Students with 24 earned credits (post high school graduation) will be offered an academic scholarship based upon transfer GPA. NOTE: concurrent/dual enrollment credits earned do not count towards the 24 earned credits. Students with 23 or less earned credits (post high school graduation) will be required to meet freshmen scholarship parameters and requirements (including ACT/SAT scores and high school GPA). 

Concurrent Enrollment Credits

USU accepts concurrent enrollment credits for admissions to USU. However, concurrent enrollment credits are not used when evaluating a student for academic scholarships. This includes incoming freshman and transfer students. Incoming freshmen to USU will be awarded an academic scholarship based upon high school GPA and ACT/SAT test scores. Transfer students will be awarded an academic scholarship based upon college GPA and credits earned, post high school graduation.