Policies & Expectations for Scholarships

  • Scholarship Expectations

Minimum Hour Requirement

  • Maintain the number of credits required by scholarship, typically 14 for fall/winter. (See My Financial Center in myBYU).
  • Independent Study courses, audited courses, and language exam credits do not count.
  • Scholarships will not credit to your account until you register for the appropriate number of credit hours.

Periods and Duration

  • Fall/winter scholarships may be used in the following combinations:
  Fall Winter Spring Summer
1 X X    
2 X   X X
3   X X X
  • Spring/summer scholarships awarded by the Financial Aid Office appear as one lump sum on spring term but can be used across both spring and summer terms.

Dropping Classes and Discontinuance

  • If at any point you fall below the minimum credit hour requirement, your scholarship will be canceled and you will be responsible for any tuition charges and/or discontinuance fees.
  • In some circumstances, you may contract to adjust the minimum credit hour requirement (see below).
  • If there are unusual or extenuating circumstances that require you to drop or discontinue, please visit a OneStop counselor in advance, if possible.

Contracts

See Scholarship Contracts

 

Eligibility Limits

  • The Financial Aid Office limits assistance to eight semesters of fall/winter scholarship per student.
  • Spring/summer scholarships do not count against the eight semesters of eligibility.
  • All scholarship awarded by the Financial Aid Office are for undergraduate students. For graduate scholarship opportunities you will need to contact your department/college.

Application

Leave of Absence

  • Continuing students who miss a major semester for reasons other than a missionary deferment must apply by the appropriate deadline to be considered for scholarships upon their return, even if they are not currently enrolled.

Taxation

  • Funds awarded as scholarships, fellowships, benefits, and grants, are excluded from the recipient's gross income to the extent that they are used for required tuition, books, fees, supplies, and equipment. Funds that exceed these expenses or which are used for other purposes, including room, board, research, and travel, must be included as taxable income.
  • Because you are responsible for taxes due the government, keep receipts, cancelled checks, and other documents to detail qualified expenditures.
  • Consult your personal tax advisor with any questions or concerns.

Extenuating Circumstances

  • Schedule an appointment with a OneStop counselor, (801) 422-7075..

Multi-Year Scholarship Policies

In addition to the above policies and expectations, multi-year scholarships have the following:

Maintaining Your Scholarship

  • You must earn and maintain a minimum 3.60 BYU grade point average through the end of each winter semester.
  • You are expected to enroll at BYU for the equivalent of two semesters during each academic year unless serving an LDS mission.  If you miss a major semester, you have the option of moving the scholarship to spring and summer terms of the same academic year.  If you do not plan on attending BYU during spring or summer terms, you would simply decline that portion of the scholarship.

Attending Spring/Summer

  • You may apply to receive spring-summer scholarships in addition to your multi- year award, although you may not claim both during the same enrollment.
  • To be considered for these additional awards, you must submit the online scholarship application through myBYU by the March 1 deadline.

Questions