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Scholarships from the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for Entering Freshmen

Entering freshmen who have submitted a complete admissions application by the Dec. 1 Priority Application Date will automatically be considered for merit and diversity scholarships. The first round of decisions will be mailed one week after admissions decisions are released.

Entering Freshmen who hope to be considered for need-based scholarships must complete the admission application by Feb. 1, and also submit a FAFSA and complete their financial aid file by the Feb. 1 Financial Aid Priority Date.

If you've been offered a scholarship, it must be formally accepted by May 1. You must also confirm your intent to enroll at the University of Utah by May 1. These are two different processes! The University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (UOSFA) has no funds available for international students.

(Consideration for freshman scholarships will not be given in subsequent years, even if the student is still considered a freshman. However, deferment of scholarships may be granted.) Maintaining eligibility requires that you enroll for and attend a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester (full-time enrollment).

Scholarships will be granted based on these factors:

  1. Merit: Based on unweighted high school grade point average (GPA) for grades nine through eleven, and scores on the ACT or SAT. 
  2. Diversity: Based on a student's ability to contribute to the diversity of the campus. Students wishing to be considered for diversity scholarships should also contact the Office of Equity & Diversity, or call 801-581-7569.
  3. Need: Based on demonstrated financial need. If applying for Need-based scholarships, also apply for Financial Aid. (If you plan to apply only for Need-based Scholarships, you must meet the FInancial Aid Priority Date of Feb. 1)

Scholarships for Entering Freshmen 

Scholarships for Entering Freshmen (2016-17 and prior)

Social Security Numbers

The University of Utah Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will use Social Security Numbers to verify your identity and match data.  You are not required to provide your Social Security Number when completing your application for admission to the University, however it is a critical data element used in our processes.   Our ability to determine your eligibility for both Financial Aid and Scholarships will be severely restricted if your Social Security number is not provided in the Application for Admission.  Omission of your Social Security Number may eliminate you from consideration for scholarship funding.


Students are required by state law to certify that they are eligible to receive a scholarship as a U.S. citizen or a citizen of another country who is lawfully present in the U.S.  If students do not know whether they are in the U.S. lawfully, they should seek the advice of an immigration attorney before submitting a scholarship application.

Prior to the disbursement of any scholarship, the University of Utah is required by law to verify the recipient's citizenship status or lawful presence in the U.S. with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Once the University submits a student's information to DHS for verification, this federal agency may have the legal right to share the information with other government agencies.

Financial Aid Checklist

Freshman Admission/ Scholarship Deadlines

  • Merit-based: Dec. 1 Priority Admission Application Date
  • Diversity: Dec. 1 Priority Admission Application Date
  • Need-based: Feb. 1 Financial Aid Priority Date

2017-2018 Scholarship Information:

* Merit scholarship consideration will be based on the ACT/SAT test score and High School GPA with which students are admitted. Results from tests taken after the official October ACT/SAT test date, initial or retakes, will not be taken into consideration for scholarship eligibility.

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Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9055


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Last Updated: 1/10/17