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Private Scholarships

Private scholarships are provided by organizations outside the University.  The organization or donor selects the recipient and sends the funds to the University of Utah in behalf of the recipient.  When the donor does not specify how to disburse scholarship funds, the scholarships office will divide awards equally between fall and spring semesters.  Private scholarships of less than $1000 are credited in full to the current semester charges, unless otherwise instructed by the donor.

If a student enrolls for less than full-time (12 or more credit hours), the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid requires written authorization from the donor before funds will be released.  In case of non-enrollment, scholarship funds are returned to the donor.

Find Outside Scholarships in Online Resources.

Tuition Due Dates

Funds provided by organizations outside the University of Utah must arrive at least one month prior to the tuition due date.  Funds arriving after that date will be processed as quickly as possible, but students are responsible to pay all tuition and fee charges, including late fees, if processing does not occur in time.  Classes will not be held to facilitate late arrival of funds.  (In case scholarship funds do not arrive in time to pay tuition and fees, students may want to apply for a short-term loan at the Income Accounting Office.)

Tuition due dates for the 2020-2021 academic year are as follows:

  • Fall Semester: September 4, 2020
  • Spring Semester: January 22, 2021
  • Summer Semester: May 26, 2021

Co-Payable Checks

When a donor issues a check co-payable to a student and the University of Utah, the student must come to the University Office of Scholarshps and Financial Aid to endorse the check before a credit can be applied to the student’s tuition bill. This may cause unnecessary delays.  To process scholarships in a timely manner, donors should make checks payable to the University of Utah, in the student’s behalf.

Scholarship Checks Sent Directly to the Student

Scholarship checks made out to the University of Utah but mailed to the student must be delivered or forwarded, with a cover letter, to the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at the University of Utah.

Releasing Grades to Private Donors

The 1974 Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act requires that, before disclosing information, the University obtains a written release from enrolled students.  Thus, the scholarships office at the University of Utah must have the student’s signed approval before releasing grades and/or financial information to private scholarship donors.  Please contact the scholarships office to sign a release of information.  However, when a student fails to meet established reasonable academic progress standards (SAT), the University will notify the donor and discuss how the scholarship should be handled.  The University will return scholarship funds to the donor, upon donor request.  Otherwise, we must have authorization from the donor before funds will be released.

Mailing Instructions

All correspondence should include the student’s name, University of Utah ID, and the donor’s disbursement instructions.  Donors should mail checks, payable to the University of Utah, with a cover letter to:

University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
201 S 1460 E, Room 105
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9055

Last Updated: 9/4/20