Frequently Asked Questions

General Scholarship Questions

If you have an Admissions Scholarship, refer to your acceptance email or acceptance letter as to whether it can be held. To hold your scholarship, you must file for a notification of leave. When your notification of leave is approved, we will be notified and will place your scholarship on hold until you return to USU.

For departmental scholarships, you will need to contact the department that awarded you the scholarship to find out if it can be held.

If you have a private scholarship, you will need to contact the donor. Some donors prefer to hold scholarships themselves, and some may allow USU to hold a private scholarship. For questions on whether your scholarship can be held, email


Admissions Scholarships are awarded one time when students are admitted to USU. They cannot be extended. Students may apply for other scholarships at USU or for private scholarships to continue receiving aid.

If you are not able to meet your credit hour requirement due to schedule conflicts or because you don’t need to take as many credits as your scholarship requires this semester and can still graduate on time, you can appeal for fewer hours on your scholarship. To obtain approval:
1) Meet with your academic advisor and develop a graduation plan in DegreeWorks showing how many credits you need each semester.
2) Ask your advisor to lock that plan.
3) After it is locked, submit an appeal to request that your credit hour requirement match your graduation plan.

If you don’t meet your credit hour requirement because you did not pass a course, and you have not been below requirements before, you can appeal for probation.

Admissions Scholarships do not pay for summer term automatically because summer term is not required. If you do have enough semesters left on your scholarship, you can request to use one semester of your scholarship to pay for summer term. When you register for summer courses, submit an appeal to request your scholarship to apply toward summer.

If you choose to use your scholarship in summer term, you will not be required to enroll full time. However, it will utilize a full semester’s worth of your scholarship, regardless of the number of credits you take. You might want to reserve your scholarship for Fall or Spring when you will more likely enroll full time.

If you have a Nonresident Waiver, Alumni Legacy Waiver, or WUE, your scholarship will not apply toward summer tuition charges. Summer tuition is charged at resident rates for everyone. Even if your tuition in summer is called “Nonresident Tuition,” it is only charged at the resident rate.

If you are below your GPA requirements, and you have not been below requirements previously, you can appeal for probation after you are notified that your scholarship is cancelled for a low GPA. Submit an appeal and request probation.

If you have an Admissions Scholarship and you will be below requirements, you can obtain approval for a lower credit hour requirement. To do so:
1) Meet with your Academic Advisor and develop a graduation plan in DegreeWorks showing how many credits you will be taking this current semester and in any future semesters.
2) Ask your advisor to lock that plan.
3) After it is locked, submit an appeal to request that your credit hour requirement match your graduation plan.

Your Admissions Scholarship will be applied to your student account regardless of how many credits you take. If you are below credit requirements it could be cancelled for future semesters. If you take more than 18 credits, your scholarship will also apply toward your tuition charges. Our office typically finds students enrolled in more than 18 credits and can adjust your scholarship payment. You can also email to let us know you are enrolled in more than 18 credits and we can adjust your scholarship payment accordingly.

We look at passed courses for credit hour requirements. If you have a pass/fail course, as long as you pass your class, your courses will apply toward your requirement.

If you had to drop your courses after the third week of the semester, you will still be charged as if you were attending. Your scholarship payment is dependent on your enrollment, however, so your scholarship payment will not apply toward your tuition charges if you are not enrolled. Thus, you will owe USU for the amount of money that was previously covered by your Admissions Scholarship.

If you had to drop your courses due to extenuating circumstances such as a medical or other health emergency or military service, you may contact the Scholarship Team for guidance on how to handle your Admissions Scholarship status. We also encourage you to apply for an academic record adjustment and refund request for your courses. The Registrars Office has information on an academic record adjustment and refund requests.

Scholarship payments are applied first to your student account. If all charges are paid already, your donor may allow any remaining award to be refunded to you. If you have direct deposit set up with USU, the money will be sent to your bank account. If you don’t have direct deposit set up, the money will be mailed via a check to your preferred address on file.

If you did not file for a notification of leave and left USU, your scholarship may not have been held. You can email to find out your options.

The Internal Revenue Service of the US government requires USU to charge taxes on non-qualified scholarship payments to international students. Non-qualified scholarships are payments not applied to tuition or required fees that can refund to students. You may be eligible for a refund by filing a tax return with the IRS before April 15th of the next year.

If your departmental scholarship is not paying out, there are different reasons this could be happening. Typically, it is because you are enrolled in fewer credits than the scholarship allows or was originally set up to pay. You can email for guidance.

If you need to obtain approval for taking fewer credits on a departmental scholarship, email We will contact the department that awarded you the scholarship to see if they approve for you to have your scholarship payment. When we have received approval from the appropriate funding authority in your department, we can ensure you receive the scholarship payment.

USU primarily awards scholarships based upon academic achievement or financial need. Some colleges and departments offer scholarships based upon donor gift agreements when the donor directs their funding to a certain population of students. These gift agreements, as well as all institutional awards, do not allow the awarding of USU scholarships based upon race, gender identity, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or age.

USU provides scholarships to students who participate in the Utah Sterling Scholar Program. The Sterling Scholar website provides details about the awards offered by USU. Qualified recipients should submit their award/certificate here.

If you have an admissions scholarship you will notice your scholarship agreement letter states it cannot be used for online out-of-state classes. It can, however, be used for online classes which are based out of Logan or Statewide campuses.

A copy of your scholarship agreement was emailed to you. Check your USU and non-USU email accounts for an email with the following subject line: USU Scholarship Acceptance. If you are still unable to locate your scholarship agreement, please contact or (435) 797-0173 ext. 2.

USU General Scholarship Application Questions (ScholarshipUniverse)

Yes, you will need to be admitted to Utah State University and have your Anumber and password in order to log into the application.

There are several types of scholarships available! You can find scholarships based on your major, minor, college, department, academic merits, financial need, hobbies, interests, affiliations, and more. Scholarships can come from two different sources. School Scholarships are internal and are offered by various departments across campus. External Scholarships are available from sources outside of Utah State University. These can be offered from local, state, or national organizations. Every scholarship posted in the system comes from a reliable source.

It is recommended that you log in to the system at least once a week to stay up to date on any new scholarships that are posted and apply before their deadline. During the peak scholarship application season (typically late fall through mid-spring) it is recommended to log in more frequently.

Yes! Simply enter a name or department in the search tool at the top of the website. After that, you’ll want to sort by internal school scholarships, and you can further filter by selecting an organization (College) and/or department.

It depends! The more profile questions you answer, the more scholarships you might be matched to now and in the future. If you have new profile questions to answer, you will see a gray bar on your Dashboard. You can also view the questions you have already answered and update them by clicking on the Questions tab. Relevant questions that need answering are found on the ‘Scholarships’ tab, under ‘Partial Matches’.

Every year, millions of scholarship dollars are awarded to USU Aggies. While receiving a scholarship is not guaranteed, you may improve your chances by applying to as many scholarships as you can.

If a scholarship application requires that you request a Letter of Recommendation, you can do this directly through the application. Please be sure to ask your recommender before completing your application. Let them know to expect an email from Scholarship Universe with instructions on how to upload your letter.

The submission of a scholarship application is final and essays or any documents submitted cannot be edited. We highly recommend reviewing all documents prior to submitting your application.

Since each department is responsible for reviewing applications, it will vary. Generally, the review period begins once the deadline closes and most of them wrap up during the spring or early summer, or before the semester begins. If you are selected for a scholarship, you will receive an email from the system informing you of any potential next steps such as submitting a Thank You Letter.

To check the status of a scholarship, navigate to the Scholarships tab from the menu and then select the Application Submitted tab. From there, you can see the status of the scholarship you applied to. If the scholarship does not appear on this page, this means the scholarship review process has been completed for this scholarship.

Any outstanding tasks that you are required to complete such as Thank You Letters or Award Acceptance can be done directly from the system. To find action items requiring your attention, look for the Action Required section of your Dashboard.

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