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State Merit Scholarship

How to Apply

  • Information regarding how to apply for the Fall 2025 semester

will be available by August 1, 2024.

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Merit scholarship for non-resident first-year, first-time students 


  2024-2025 Terms and Conditions
Sponsor: University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (UOSFA)

First-year, first-time students who are a permanent resident of Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, or Oregon and receiving the WUE Tuition Discount.


$3,000 per academic year ($1,500 per semester for fall and spring semesters)

General eligibility applies to first-year, first-time students who have an unweighted, cumulative grade point average of at least 3.60 at the time of application and are permanent residents of one of the following states: Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, or Oregon. Students must be receiving the WUE Tuition Discount to be eligible for this award.

University merit scholarships at The U provide funding to help cover a portion of or all tuition and mandatory fees for students enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours), up to the lesser of the scholarship award amount or the amount of tuition and mandatory fees. Students must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours) by the last day to register for full-term courses each semester in order to be eligible to receive their scholarship award for the term. Failure to be full-time by the last day to register for full-term courses will result in the cancellation of your award and will impact your renewal eligibility. Failure to maintain full-time status during a semester will result in the cancellation of your State Merit Scholarship from that semester moving forward and it cannot be regained. Note that course fees and e-book fees are not considered mandatory fees and are not covered by university merit scholarships. 

University merit scholarships are available beginning Fall 2024 and renewable for up to eight semesters (fall and spring), or until you receive a baccalaureate degree (whichever comes first), as long as you continue to meet scholarship renewal requirements and remain in good standing. This award does not apply to summer enrollment or Learning Abroad programs. More information about financial aid and scholarships and Learning Abroad programs can be found here.

Good Standing Requirements

To remain in good standing and continue to receive this award, you must enroll as a full-time student, and register for and successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester.

Failure to maintain full-time status will result in the cancellation of your scholarship for that term.

Renewal Requirements

Your scholarship may be renewed each year, provided you maintain at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA and complete at least twenty-four (24) credit hours during the two semesters of the academic year (i.e., fall and spring semesters). You must be enrolled full-time each semester regardless of completing 24 credit hours for the year.

UOSFA will review your standing for these requirements each year at the end of the spring semester. Failure to meet the renewal or good standing requirements will result in loss of the scholarship. Once the scholarship is lost, it cannot be regained.

Confirm Enrollment to Accept Your Scholarship and Its Terms

STEP 1: Create Your CIS Account and Activate your UMail Account

  • If you have not created your Campus Information Services (CIS) account, visit as soon as possible.
  • Your login info is your uNID# (found in your admissions letter) and your default password is your birthdate (MMDDYY).
  • After creating your CIS account, activate your University e-mail account (UMail), also in CIS. All official university communication including financial offers will be sent to your UMail account.

STEP 2: Confirm Your Intent to Enroll to Accept the Merit Scholarship

  • Confirm your intent to enroll with the Office of Admissions at At this same link, you can submit your enrollment deposit, or if the enrollment deposit is a financial challenge you may request a deposit extension.
  • By confirming your intent to enroll, you are accepting your scholarship award and the terms outlined in this document. If for any reason you confirm your intent to enroll but want to decline your scholarship or the terms, you should submit your reasons in writing to UOSFA at
  • Your scholarship award generally is available until June 3, 2024. If you have not confirmed enrollment by that date, the scholarship may be cancelled. Please contact if you have not confirmed your enrollment by June 3, 2024.

The State Merit Scholarship applies only to tuition and mandatory fee charges. This scholarship cannot be combined with any other university merit award from UOSFA (other than the Western Undergraduate Exchange Tuition Discount) and is only available to students earning their degree at the U’s main campus. This scholarship applies to or reduces tuition and mandatory fee charges for the fall and spring semesters only as long as all eligibility criteria are met; this award does not apply to enrollment or charges during summer term or for Learning Abroad programs. Receipt of other scholarships could affect eligibility for, or the amount of, the State Merit Scholarship.

Certification to Receive Financial Awards

Students receiving a scholarship, fellowship, or other financial aid administered by the University of Utah are required by state law to certify that they are eligible to receive the 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 accepting this award.

Deferral and Leave of Absence

Newly accepted freshmen who wish to defer their start date to a subsequent semester, and to request their scholarship be held, should first request an admission deferment through the Office of Admissions at

Scholarship deferments may result in a change in the amount and/or value of the scholarship depending upon the subsequent term of entry or matriculation. 

Scholarship recipients considering a deferment should confirm by June 3, 2024 their intent to enroll to accept their scholarship. Students have until the first day of classes (August 19, 2024) to apply for a deferment. Students seeking deferment should submit their enrollment deposit to secure their seat as a matriculated student. You can submit the enrollment deposit, or if the enrollment deposit is a financial challenge you may request a deposit extension, at

The University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (UOSFA) will, in extenuating circumstances, allow a student to take a Leave of Absence from a scholarship once they are a continuing student. A continuing student will need to work with the Registrar’s Office on any type of Leave of Absence ( and be approved for a Leave of Absence through the official processes.

For questions regarding eligibility for either deferral or leave of absence, please contact UOSFA. 

Contact Information

For questions or concerns, please contact UOSFA at or (801) 581-6211.

Last Updated: 3/29/24