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How to Apply for University of Utah Scholarships

The University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid offers scholarships to incoming freshman, transfer students, and current students. Check out the following guide on how to apply for scholarships through the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. 

The University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (UOSFA) awards scholarships to incoming resident and non-resident freshman students. Scholarships are awarded for the academic year (fall and spring semesters). These scholarships are based on: merit (previous academic performance), diversity, and demonstrated financial need

  1. Take the ACT or SAT test in the spring of your junior year or, at the latest, by Oct. of your senior year. 
  2. Apply for admission to the University of Utah by the Dec. 1 Priority Date to be considered for merit and diversity scholarships. No separate application is required. If you are a diversity candidate, complete all sections of the application so we have a better understanding of your background. If you are planning on applying for federal aid and need-based scholarships, please include your social security number on the admissions application. If your social security number is not provided, it will delay financial aid awarding. 
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using school code 003675 to apply for based scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. The FAFSA is available on Oct. 1 of every year. 
  4. Read your admissions letter carefully because it includes your student ID, which you need to access Campus Information Services (CIS). Admissions decisions will be released on  Jan. 15 for students that applied by the Dec. 1 Admissions Priority Date. 
  5. If you received a scholarship offer from our office, read the award letter carefully. The scholarship offer will include terms, conditions, and how to accept. Merit and diversity scholarship offers are sent out one week after admissions decisions, and need-based in March/April. Most of the freshman scholarship offers through the UOSFA must be accepted/declined by May 1 through CIS. 
  6. Create your CIS account at cis.utah.edu using your student ID and password that was provided in your admissions letter. 
  7.  Activate your university e-mail account (UMail) at www.umail.utah.edu. All university communications are sent to your UMail account, so be sure to check it often and submit requested information in a timely manner.
  8. Research scholarship opportunities through the department of your major or other campus entities. Applications are typically available late fall semester or early spring semester. 
  9. Check your financial aid status in cis.utah.edu. Follow up on any requests from the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid in a timely manner. Make sure your financial aid file is complete by the Feb. 1 Financial Aid Priority Date for consideration for all available aid options, including need based scholarships
  10. If you are planning on deferring admissions, please visit admissions.utah.edu/apply/deferment. Not all scholarships can be deferred. Please refer to your award letter. The Office of Admissions will notify the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid of a deferment request. The UOSFA will contact the student if the request for scholarship deferment was approved/denied.

The University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (UOSFA) has merit and diversity scholarships for resident and non-resident transfer students. Students who are transferring with 60 or more credit hours are considered for merit and diversity scholarships through the UOSFA. There may be additional scholarships with unique application processes and deadlines across campus, that are not administered by the UOSFA. Scholarships are awarded for the academic year (fall and spring semesters). The UOSFA does not have spring semester only scholarships. Transfer students entering in spring semester will be considered for merit scholarships for the following academic year. 

  1. Apply for admission to the University of Utah by Feb. 1 to be considered for merit and diversity scholarships. No separate application is required. If you are a diversity candidate, complete all sections of the application so we have a better understanding of your background. If you are planning on applying for federal aid and need based scholarships, please include your social security number on the admissions application. If your social security number is not provided, it will delay financial aid awarding. 
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using school code 003675 to apply for based scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. The FAFSA is available on Oct. 1 of every year. No separate application is required for need based scholarships. If you are transferring into the University of Utah spring or summer semester and have already completed the FAFSA, be sure to update your FAFSA with school code 003675
  3. Read your admissions letter carefully because it includes your student ID, which you need to access Campus Information Services (CIS). 
  4. If you received a scholarship offer from our office, read the award letter carefully. The scholarship offer will include terms, conditions, and how to accept. Merit and diversity scholarship offers are sent out one week after admissions decisions, and need-based in March/April. Most of the transfer scholarship offers through the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (UOSFA) must be accepted/declined by July 1 through CIS.
  5. Create your CIS account at cis.utah.edu using your student ID and password that was provided in your admissions letter. 
  6.  Activate your university e-mail account (UMail) at www.umail.utah.edu. All university communications are sent to your UMail account, so be sure to check it often and submit requested information in a timely manner.
  7. Research scholarship opportunities through the department of your major or other campus entities. Applications are typically available late fall semester or early spring semester. 
  8. Check your financial aid status in cis.utah.edu. Follow up on any requests from the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid in a timely manner. Make sure your financial aid file is complete by the Feb. 1 Financial Aid Priority Date for consideration for all available aid options, including need based scholarships.
  9. If you are planning on deferring admissions, please visit admissions.utah.edu/apply/deferment. Not all scholarships can be deferred. Please refer to your award letter. The Office of Admissions will notify the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid of a deferment request. The UOSFA will contact the student if the request for scholarship deferment was approved/denied.

The University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (UOSFA) offers need-based and a limited number of diversity scholarships (deadlines vary) for current undergraduate students.  

To apply for need-based scholarships, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and your financial aid file before the Feb. 1 Financial Aid Priority Date. Most need-based scholarships do not require a separate application. Need-based scholarships requiring an application will be advertised on the UOSFA website and social media pages. 

Diversity scholarships will be advertised through the UOSFA website, Office of Equity and Diversity website, and through social media. These applications are available in spring semester. 

The UOSFA recommends students to apply for scholarships through the department of their major or through other campus entities. Applications are typically available in late fall and early spring semester. 

The University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid does not have scholarship funding for graduate students. Please see the department of your program or the Graduate School

Last Updated: 9/8/16