Scholarship Office Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for my scholarship?

Students who accepted an Admissions Scholarship prior to 2018 can email for a copy of the requirements agreed to for Admissions Scholarships.

For students who received an Admissions Scholarship beginning in Fall 2018 and accepted the scholarship online, refer to the confirmation email received when accepting the scholarship. Students who accepted an Admissions Scholarship online in ServiceNow can also go log in to their student account. Then, click on “My Activities” in the left column, and click “My Requests”, then click on “My Closed Requests”. They can find the scholarship acceptance and click on that item to see the requirements agreed to.

Students can also see what scholarships they accepted and are paying toward their student account by going to MyUSU and looking at their Financial Summary for the current semester.

Can my scholarships be placed on hold if I take a leave of absence?

Most Admissions Scholarships can be held. 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

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 leave of absence. When your leave of absence is approved, we will be notified and will place your scholarship on hold until you return to USU.

Can I have an extension of my scholarship?

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

How can I apply for scholarships?

The main application for USU scholarships is open January through the end of March. These scholarships will apply to the following Fall and Spring of the next aid year. On the scholarship's website,, there is a link to the AwardSpring application. Fill out this application thoroughly.

We also recommend that you fill out a FAFSA form for financial aid. You can find a link to do so at the scholarship's website. Some scholarships use information from the FAFSA form.

For additional information about the FAFSA, contact the Financial Aid office directly.

There are also private scholarships available all year long. This website lists scholarships from various donors. Pay attention to the deadlines for each scholarship. You are welcome to apply for as many of these as you can.

What can I do if I will not meet my credit hour requirements?

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, first meet with your academic advisor and develop a graduation plan in DegreeWorks showing how many credits you need each semester. Then, ask your advisor to lock that plan. 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.

Can I use my Admissions Scholarship for summer term?

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 are not taking a full load in summer term, you might want to reserve your scholarship for Fall or Spring when you will more likely take a higher course load.

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.

What are my options if I will not meet my GPA requirements?

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.

What happens to my scholarship if I drop a class that will put me below my credit hour requirement?

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, 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. Then, ask your advisor to lock that plan. After it is locked, submit an appeal to request that your credit hour requirement match your graduation plan.

Will my scholarship pay for more than 18 credits?

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 submit an appeal to let us know you are enrolled in more than 18 credits and we can adjust your scholarship payment accordingly.

Will Pass/Fail graded classes count toward my credit hour requirement?

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.

What happens to my admissions scholarships if I drop all my classes and leave USU after the third week of the semester?

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 appeal 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.

How will private scholarship money be applied to my account?

Scholarship payments are applied first to your student account. If all charges are paid already, and there is money left after applying scholarships, the money will 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.

What happens to my scholarships if I leave USU without filing for a leave of absence?

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

Why am I being charged an international tax on my scholarship payment?

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 can always get a refund for the taxes you paid by filing taxes with the IRS.

What do I do if departmental scholarships are not paying out on my student account?

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.

How do I file for an appeal on my Admissions Scholarship?

To file for an appeal on a scholarship you already accepted and are using, visit our resources page. Be sure to include an explanation for your appeal.

If you are a new student who wants to appeal for a change in your Admissions Scholarship that you have not yet begun to use, submit an appeal to the Admissions Office.

If you are a student with the Alumni Legacy Waiver 1 or 2 and you want to change your Alumni Legacy Waiver due to residency issues, you will need to submit an appeal to the Admissions Office.