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2020-2021 Terms & Conditions For Freshman Scholarship Awards

Freshman Scholarship Awards

You have been awarded one or more of the following USF Scholarship(s) due to your high academic achievement in high school, residency status, and admission to USF:

  • USF Benacquisto Scholarship *
  • USF Tradition of Excellence
  • USF Presidential Award
  • USF Directors Award
  • USF Scholars Gold Award
  • USF Scholars Award
  • USF Green & Gold Presidential Award
  • USF Green & Gold Directors Award
  • USF Green & Gold Scholars Award
  • USF Green & Gold Talent Award
  • USF Ventures Scholars Award
  • USF History of Achievement Award
  • USF International Student Scholarship
  • USF IB World Scholars Award

If the total amount of aid you receive from federal, state, and institutional sources, in addition to these scholarship(s), exceeds the estimated total cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room and board, books, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses), some portion of your aid will be reduced so that the total will not exceed the cost of attendance.

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Scholarships are awarded for up to eight (8) consecutive full-time semesters (fall/spring) in four (4) academic years of undergraduate coursework; or receipt of a bachelor’s degree, providing that renewal requirements are met.

* The USF Benacquisto Scholarship will pay for ten (10) consecutive full-time semesters (fall and spring semesters only) or upon the receipt of your bachelor’s degree.

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Your scholarships are awarded for up to eight (8) consecutive full-time semesters (fall/spring) in four (4) academic years of undergraduate coursework; or receipt of a bachelor’s degree, providing that renewal requirements are met.

* The USF Benacquisto Scholarship will pay for ten (10) consecutive full-time semesters (fall and spring semesters only) or upon the receipt of your bachelor’s degree.

  • For your scholarship to be paid, you must register as a full-time (minimum 12 undergraduate USF credit hours) degree-seeking undergraduate student in each term the funds are received.
  • Enrolling in the minimum number of credit hours (12 credits per fall and spring semester) may not be sufficient to renew your scholarship(s), see Renewal Requirements for your award.
    • The full time requirement may include graduate course(s) if you are enrolled in a degree program that includes graduate level coursework (e.g. Honors College, Architecture, College of Medicine, etc.).
    • If you reach the graduate level of an accelerated degree program that leads to a Master’s degree, you will be required to provide documentation from your academic advisor to the Office of Financial Aidto verify your status as a graduate student in an accelerated program in order to be paid the remaining term(s).
    • All scholarship recipients participating in Study Abroad experiences must complete the Study Abroad Enrollment Contract (SAE) prior to their departure to be reviewed for payment eligibility.
    • Tradition of Excellence and Florida Benacquisto Scholarship recipients are eligible for a one (1) semester USF Passport Scholarship of $2,000 for participating in a USF sponsored Study Abroad program experience. Full time enrollment is not required to receive the USF Passport Scholarship.
    • The Florida Benacquisto scholarships cannot be combined with any other awards from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to exceed the USF cost of attendance.
    • Exceptions to the full time requirement may also be made for graduating seniors who complete the Undergraduate Admissions Scholarships: Less than Full-time Graduating Seniors (USGR) form.
  • Scholarships are disbursed after the end of the drop/add period each semester as a payment to your student account.
  • Green & Gold Awards assist you with undergraduate out-of-state tuition at USF. You must remain classified as a non-Florida Resident for tuition purposes to receive this award.
    • The amount credited to your account will vary based upon enrolled USF undergraduate credit hours and the maximum term amount specified by your award.
    • These awards credit in the form of a partial undergraduate out-of-state tuition wavier, therefore, these awards cannot be received for any non-USF course(s) or other charges to the student account.
    • Students are not charged out-of-state tuition for study abroad courses, so this award cannot be used for study abroad.
    • If you are awarded another out-of-state tuition waiver, it may combine with your Green & Gold Award, but the total amount received cannot exceed the out-of-state tuition charges.
    • This award will be paid in the summer term for USF course(s) to assist with expenses related to USF courses required to meet the Renewal Requirements.
    • A summer Green & Gold award payment does not count against the eight (8) semester limit.
    • The Green & Gold Talent Award also requires you to remain classified as a major within the College of The Arts.
  • After all institutional charges on the student account have been paid in full, any remaining amount will be refunded to the student.
  • International students must provide documentation to the Office of International Services in order to document/confirm their citizenship/visa status. If documentation is not received, the scholarship(s) will be cancelled.

Renewal Requirements

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You must earn 30 USF credit hours during each academic year (fall/spring/summer) and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA for USF coursework.

For the USF Benacquisto scholarship, students must earn credit for all hours enrolled by the end of the regular drop/add period each term and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA for USF coursework.

Spring Admits – Students beginning in the spring term need to complete 15 USF credits during the remainder of the academic year (spring/summer). Spring admits must also maintain a 3.0 USF GPA. In subsequent academic years (fall/spring/summer) students will be required to complete 30 USF credits while maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

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  • Only USF credit hours will count towards the 30 earned hour renewal requirement.
  • Enrollment at another school will not count for renewal purposes. Exceptions may be made for USF sponsored study abroad, internships, and co-operative education programs via an Undergraduate Scholarship Petition if needed to meet renewal requirements.
  • Grade Forgiveness/Repeating courses may help your GPA, but will reduce your earned hours required for renewal.
  • Advanced Placement credits, dual enrollment, or transfer credits from other colleges/universities are not considered toward your annual earned hour renewal requirement.
  • At the end of an academic year (fall/spring/summer), students who fail to meet the scholarship renewal requirements will forfeit the scholarship(s).

Renewal Evaluation, Notifications and Undergraduate Scholarship Petitions

Academic performance will be evaluated for renewal at the end of each spring semester and you will be notified of the result by email.

  • If you meet the renewal criteria at the end of the spring, your scholarship will be automatically renewed for the following academic year or until you have received eight (8) semesters.
  • If you do not meet the requirements at the end of spring, you may use the summer term to meet the academic renewal requirements.
    • Your grades and/or earned hours may be changed after a renewal evaluation has occurred due to missing grades, grade corrections, grade replacement, etc.
    • You must notify the Office of Financial Aidto re-evaluate your grades and earned hours after your academic history has been updated by the Registrar.
  • If you need the summer semester to meet renewal requirements, an evaluation will be conducted after all summer sessions have ended in August and you will be notified of the result by email.
  • If you are not paid in consecutive semesters (fall/spring), but you earn a minimum of 30 USF credit hours and maintain a 3.0 USF GPA by the end of the summer semester then you will forfeit any unpaid semester(s).
  • If you are notified that you do not meet the academic renewal requirements, you may submit an Undergraduate Scholarship Petition if:
    • You had a documented illness or emergency beyond your control during the academic year that affected your academic performance.
    • You participated in USF sponsored study abroad, internship, or co-operative education program with appropriate documentation.
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FAQs

How much is the Arizona Achievement Award Grant? ›

Award Amount: Up to $20,000 offered. The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $20,000.

What ACT score gets you a full ride to Ole Miss? ›

Entering freshmen from Mississippi with 20 ACT or higher (940 SAT) and 3.2 or higher GPA. Selection is competitive and considers grades, test scores, leadership activities, and Luckyday essay. Financial need may also be considered.

How many credits do I need to keep my scholarship University of Arizona? ›

In order to maintain Arizona Assurance Program funding eligibility, you must complete 24 units by the end of each academic year.

What is the Arizona tuition award? ›

The Wildcat Tuition Award is a highly competitive undergraduate tuition scholarship offered annually to a select number of Arizona resident high school graduates who are first-time, full-time, degree-seeking student (i.e. students who did not attend any higher education institution including Community Colleges, ...

What is the average amount awarded on a grant? ›

Pell Grant Award Average by State
StateTotal RecipientsAverage Award per Recipient
California938,931$4,946
Colorado115,544$4,582
Connecticut77,065$4,402
Delaware17,385$4,521
47 more rows
31 Oct 2022

How do I know if I got an ASU scholarship? ›

Scholarship awards are very competitive and if you are selected, you will be notified by the awarding office noted in the scholarship listing.

What ACT score gets a full ride scholarship? ›

Overall, my research so far has been surprising in that there are a few schools that will offer full-tuition scholarships starting in the 22 – 25 ACT range, but most full-ride scholarships require a 28 ACT or higher.

What is the lowest ACT score you can get? ›

Your Composite score and each test score (English, mathematics, reading, science) range from 1 (low) to 36 (high).

What's the lowest ACT score you can get into college with? ›

In general, many US colleges and universities accept applicants with 16 or 17 ACT scores. In fact, an ACT score of 16 or lower is accepted by 33 schools. On the other hand, an ACT score of 17 or lower is accepted by 58 schools. However, an ACT score this low can keep admission to thousands of US schools.

Can you keep leftover scholarship money? ›

What happens to leftover scholarship money. If you earned scholarships and grants that amount to more than your total cost of attendance, your school may send you a refund of the leftover scholarship money. Keep in mind, you may have to pay taxes on that amount.

What is the average GPA to keep a scholarship? ›

Some scholarship committees only consider applicants whose GPA meets a certain threshold. Minimum requirements range from around 2.0 on the lower end to 3.75 or higher for competitive academic scholarships.

What GPA do I need to keep to keep my scholarship? ›

Keep Your Grades Up

One of the first rules you're likely to see on a conditional scholarship is a minimum GPA, such as a 3.0 or higher. It's vital to stay on top of your studies and ensure your grades are satisfactory.

What is the highest school award? ›

The Blue Ribbon award is considered the highest honor an American school can achieve. A school's use of the National Blue Ribbon Schools logo is restricted.

How can I get free tuition in Arizona? ›

Be an Arizona resident. Graduate from an Arizona high school with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1 of senior year of high school. Qualify for the maximum federal Pell Grant; timely complete the FAFSA application each year for renewal.

What is the Arizona Promise grant? ›

The Arizona Promise Grant (AZP) is a state grant program for Arizona resident, Pell-eligible, first-year University of Arizona students that will fill in the difference between a student's tuition, mandatory fees, tuition differentials and program fees and all other gift aid the student receives (Pell Grant, merit ...

What is the maximum fafsa award amount? ›

Amounts can change yearly. The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $6,895 for the 2022–23 award year (July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023). your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.

When can students expect to receive their financial aid award letters? ›

Typically, award letters will begin to arrive in March or April after you've received an accepted decision. The award letter will come around the same time as acceptance letters from your schools, typically around March or April.

What is a good amount of financial aid to receive? ›

Average and maximum financial aid
Type of AidAverage AmountMaximum Amount
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant$670$4,000
Total Federal Student Aid$13,120 (dependent) $14,950 (independent)$19,845 to $21,845 (dependent) $23,845 to $32,345 (independent)
Total Federal Grants$4,980$10,345
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How do you know if you are awarded a scholarship? ›

Scholarship providers usually only start reviewing applications once the deadline passes. They then usually choose a winner within 3 months of the deadline. If you've won, they'll contact you by phone or email, and explain to you how you'll receive your scholarship prize money.

How do I know if I got accepted for a scholarship? ›

Students will get an email if they've been chosen to receive a scholarship. They can also find out by signing in to their College Board account and looking at their My Achievements page.

How do you know if my scholarship is approved? ›

Step 1: Visit the official website of UP scholarship portal. Step 2: Click on the 'Application Status' button under the 'Status' section. Step 3: Fill in the registration number and date of birth. Click on the 'Search' button to get real-time status of your scholarship application.

Which college gives the most scholarships? ›

The 50 colleges that offer the most student aid
RankCollegeStudents receiving need-based aid
1Columbia University2,973
2Yale University2,732
3Williams College1,014
4Amherst College1,066
46 more rows
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Which university gives free scholarships in USA? ›

Stanford offers several full scholarships for international students, including the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, the Stegner Fellowships, and the Fulbright Scholarships. Stanford university is known for its high-quality education, research opportunities, and state-of-the-art facilities.

Is the ACT or SAT harder? ›

The SAT and ACT generally cover the same topics. Both ACT and SAT scores are used for college admissions decisions and awarding merit-based scholarships. Most colleges do not prefer one test over the other. Neither the SAT or ACT is harder than the other.

What ACT score is needed for most colleges? ›

Schools vary considerably in the kinds of ACT scores they look for in applicants. Less selective institutions tend to accept scores closer to the national average (21), whereas more competitive universities often prefer scores in the 32-36 range.

How can I raise my ACT score? ›

One of the most commonly asked questions of ACT is “how do my students improve their scores?” The simple answer is have them take challenging courses and test prep. Because the ACT tests what students learn in high school, the best way for them to prepare is to take core classes, study, and participate in class.

What colleges will accept a 16 ACT score? ›

Colleges to consider for a 16 ACT score:
  • John A Gupton College, Nashville, TN – $5,433.
  • Coppin State University, Baltimore, MD – $9,346.
  • Prairie View A & M University, Prairie View, TX – $10,795.
  • Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA – $14,507.
  • Bowie State University, Bowie, MD – $14,826.

What ACT score is needed for d1 college? ›

For example, if you graduate high school with exactly a 2.300 GPA in your core courses, you must have at least a 980 combined score to meet the NCAA SAT requirements or a 75 ACT sum score in order to meet the NCAA academic requirements for Division 1.

How many times can you take the ACT? ›

ACT Inc., which administers the exam, lets you take the test up to 12 times, though it's best to take it no more than 2-3 times. Beyond that, you're unlikely to boost your scores substantially. What's more, multiple retakes might reflect negatively on your college application.

Which ACT scores do colleges look at? ›

Colleges that superscore the ACT will look at your highest individual test scores and calculate a new, composite score across all your test dates. Your ACT Superscore is the average of your highest Math, Science, Reading and English test scores.

Can I buy a car with scholarship money? ›

Some scholarships may allow you to put the money towards transportation costs on campus. But, having a car is not one of them. You might feel tempted to use your scholarship money for personal expenses. But remember, when you win a scholarship, you are signing a contract with the scholarship provider.

What happens if you use scholarship money for something else? ›

Rather, they will send it straight to your college or university to cover the tuition bill. It's important to keep in mind that when you use your scholarship money for anything, it could have an impact on financial aid. Any scholarship money that is won has to be reported to the school.

Do some scholarships expire? ›

Depending on the rules, scholarship winners often have to use the funds by a certain timeline, or the money will be forfeited. While some scholarships renew their funds for four years, others do not. Most scholarship prizes can only fund college tuition for one year, and expire after that use.

How do you ask for a full ride scholarship? ›

Full-ride academic scholarship: Be at the top of your class with a great GPA, take AP/honors classes, and get perfect (or close to perfect) SAT or ACT scores. Along with academic merit, it also helps to also have leadership skills or community involvement, too (see below).

How much does the average student win in scholarships? ›

The U.S. Department of Education awards an estimated $46 billion in scholarship money annually. On average, first-time undergraduates who receive government grants and scholarships at a 4-year college receive about $13,690 annually.

How high does your GPA have to be to get a D1 scholarship? ›

The minimum GPA you can have to be considered an early academic qualifier for D1 is a 2.3 GPA and a 980 SAT combined score or 75 ACT sum score. You will need a 2.2 GPA and a 900 SAT combined score or 68 ACT sum score to be eligible at the Division II level.

What GPA do you need for Pell Grant? ›

At most institutions, the minimum is a 2.0 (the equivalent of a C grade). Maintaining this GPA is enough to show that you are making satisfactory academic progress. If you have trouble meeting this requirement, talk to the Financial Aid Department at your school.

Do I have to pay fafsa back if I fail a class? ›

Failing a class does not force you to pay back your FAFSA financial aid. However, it could put you at risk for losing eligibility to renew it next semester. If you do not make Satisfactory Academic Progress, or SAP, your federal financial aid is at risk of being suspended.

What GPA is required for Harvard? ›

Most students admitted to Harvard have an unweighted GPA of 4.18 or above, so you'll need to have at least a 4.2 to be seriously evaluated. To meet the Harvard requirements, you'll have to score primarily A's on your high school courses.

What are the top 3 graduates called? ›

You may be familiar with the terms summa cum laude, magna cum laude, or cum laude. Collectively known as Latin honors, these three terms signify varying levels of high academic achievement.

What are three types of awards available to students? ›

Summa Cum Laude -- is awarded to candidates whose grade-point-average is 3.900 or higher. Magna Cum Laude -- is awarded to candidates whose grade-point-average is 3.700-3.899. Cum Laude -- is awarded to candidates whose grade-point-average is 3.5000-3.699.

What is a good GPA in college? ›

Like high school, a good college GPA is generally 3.7 or above, and ideally higher in your major classes. Graduate schools in particular tend to weight GPAs more heavily than test scores.

Who qualifies for financial aid in Arizona? ›

Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible for federal aid: Have a High School Diploma or equivalent. Be admitted and enrolled to a degree program. Students must enroll at least half-time and be working toward a degree or combined degree/certificate.

What is the leap Grant Arizona? ›

The Arizona Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (AzLEAP) establishes a state and institutional partnership to provide student financial assistance in the form of need-based grants to low-income, undergraduate, Arizona resident students who have demonstrated substantial financial need, enabling students to ...

What is the AZ leap Grant? ›

The LEAP Program helps states provide grants to students who demonstrate substantial financial need, enabling those students to attend postsecondary school.

Who is eligible for Promise grant? ›

Be classified as a resident of California or be a non-California resident eligible for tuition exemption AB 540, or AB 1899 student by Admissions and Records, and for California resident homeless youth as determined by the Financial Aid Office at your college.

How much is the Arizona Achievement Award grant? ›

Award Amount: Up to $20,000 offered. The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $20,000.

How do I know if I got the Promise grant? ›

How will I know? You'll be notified within 30 days after the end of each term if you are being placed on either academic (GPA) and/or progress (course completion) probation. Your notification will include the information that a second term of probation will result in loss of fee waiver eligibility.

How much is AZ empowerment scholarship? ›

The state's expanded Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program provides between $6,000 to $6,500 to participating students. Parents can use these funds to pay for private school tuition or to purchase home education courses, tutoring, materials, and supplies.

How much is the Deans Award at ASU? ›

Twenty incoming first-year students will receive a $1,000 Dean's Circle Scholarship for fall 2023. Recipients must be enrolled as full-time, first-year undergraduate students in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University's Tempe campus for fall 2023.

What is the ELO grant? ›

The Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO Program or ELO-P) is established beginning in fiscal year 2021–22 and provides funding for afterschool and summer school enrichment programs for kindergarten (including transitional kindergarten) through sixth grade.

What is Arizona Promise grant? ›

The Arizona Promise Grant (AZP) is a state grant program for Arizona resident, Pell-eligible, first-year University of Arizona students that will fill in the difference between a student's tuition, mandatory fees, tuition differentials and program fees and all other gift aid the student receives (Pell Grant, merit ...

What is the easiest scholarship to win? ›

Top easy scholarships in 2022
  • $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship.
  • $2,000 Nitro College Scholarship – No Essay.
  • $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship.
  • $5,000 Graduate School Scholarship.
  • $2,000 College Repayment Grant.
  • Annual Protestant Faith Based College Scholarship.
  • Annual Catholic College Scholarship.

Can I buy a laptop with ESA funds? ›

ESA funds can be used to pay not only for college tuition but also K-12 education expenses, room and board, books and supplies, tutoring, transportation, computers, and even internet access.

How can I get 1000 dollars in scholarships? ›

13 Best Tips for Winning College Scholarships
  1. Apply for local scholarships. ...
  2. Apply for scholarships with smaller awards. ...
  3. More work = fewer applicants = better chances. ...
  4. Get personal. ...
  5. Don't introduce yourself in your essay. ...
  6. Don't repeat the essay prompt. ...
  7. Don't use quotes. ...
  8. Satisfy all the requirements.
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How do you get a full ride scholarship? ›

Full-ride academic scholarship: Be at the top of your class with a great GPA, take AP/honors classes, and get perfect (or close to perfect) SAT or ACT scores. Along with academic merit, it also helps to also have leadership skills or community involvement, too (see below).

Is Dean's Honor List a big deal? ›

Earning a spot on the dean's list at your college is one the highest levels of recognition for scholarly achievement. Every term, the highest-ranked students based on GPA receive this award.

Is getting Dean's List a big deal? ›

If your university is one of the top ones in the U.S. or even in the whole world, then making the Dean's list is an achievement which is going to be recognized. The more prestigious the university, the more seriously you should consider putting Dean's list on your resume.

What are the 4 types of grants? ›

What are the 4 Types of Grants for Nonprofits?
  • Competitive Grants. Competitive grants are those for which a nonprofit submits a proposal that gets evaluated by a team of reviewers. ...
  • Continuation Grants. ...
  • Pass-through Grants. ...
  • Formula Grants.
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What are the 3 types of federal grants? ›

Grants: There are three common types of federal grants: formula, project, and matching.

What is a DSU grant? ›

Member Grants are available to DSU members to offset the costs of attending conferences, competitions and events. Each applicant is eligible to receive $100 per year towards their registration and expenses. Please read the DSU Grants Policy before applying. Application dates for the 2022-23 year: November 15.

What is the leap grant Arizona? ›

The Arizona Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (AzLEAP) establishes a state and institutional partnership to provide student financial assistance in the form of need-based grants to low-income, undergraduate, Arizona resident students who have demonstrated substantial financial need, enabling students to ...

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