FAQs

Scholarship FAQs

 

Scholarship Awarding
Scholarships & Residency Classification
Receiving & Maintaining Your Scholarship
Specific Scholarships
Other
 

Scholarship Awarding

Q: Can my scholarship transfer between campuses?
A: No, scholarships cannot be transferred to other USF campuses and are awarded only to students who are admitted to the USF Tampa campus.

Q. What do I need to do to be considered for a scholarship?
A. Submit a complete admissions application by January 15. There is no separate application needed, but all required information, including application fee or fee waiver, official SAT or ACT scores, official high school transcripts, and any other required documents are needed for an application to be considered complete. Ensure that your application is complete by logging into my.usf.edu, selecting OASIS and reviewing the admissions checklist. Scholarships are awarded on a funds available basis.

Q. Do I need to submit a scholarship application to be considered for admissions scholarships?
A. No, scholarships offered by the Office of Admissions do not require a separate application. Students are automatically considered for these awards when they submit an admissions application by the priority deadline. However, additional scholarship opportunities can be found at www.usf.edu/scholarships.

Q. Is any additional information needed to be considered for a scholarship (e.g. essay, letters of recommendation, etc.)?
A. Most scholarships offered by the Office of Admissions do not require anything more than the complete admissions application, which includes an application fee or fee waiver, official SAT or ACT scores, official high school transcripts, and any other required documents. No essays or letters of recommendation are needed. However, the Ventures Scholarship and Tradition of Excellence Scholarships do require additional verification. Please refer to the Awarding page to view the requirements for these awards.

Q. What criteria do I need to meet to be considered for a scholarship?
A. Criteria can be found on the Awarding page.  

Q. If I meet the posted criteria for a scholarship, am I guaranteed to receive it?
A.Typically, a student meeting all criteria and deadlines for a scholarship will be awarded. However, all scholarships are awarded on a funds available basis each term, so receiving a scholarship is not guaranteed.

Q. What GPA is used for scholarship consideration?
A. The Office of Admissions recalculates students' high school GPA for admission and scholarship purposes. This calculation is based on academic courses and the rigor of the curriculum. If you have questions about your recalculated GPA, please contact your admissions advisor.

Q. If I do not meet the criteria for a scholarship when I apply to USF, can I be considered if I submit new information?
A. Students are automatically considered for scholarships from October-February. Standardized tests (SAT/ACT) taken in December or earlier are used in scholarship consideration. Later tests and senior year grades will not be used and students cannot be awarded scholarships from the Office of Admissions after they have enrolled at USF.

Q. How will I be notified if I receive a scholarship?
A. Notification of your award will be included in your acceptance letter, or in a separate letter that is sent after you are admitted. Awards will also appear on your OASIS account.

Q. How can I be considered for a higher scholarship?
A. Students are automatically considered for upgraded scholarships from November-February. Standardized tests (SAT/ACT) taken in December or earlier are used in scholarship consideration. Later tests and senior year grades will not be used. Students will be notified via postal mail if they are offered an upgraded award.

Q. If I submitted updated test scores or transcripts, when will I know if I will receive a higher scholarship?
A. Students are automatically considered for upgraded scholarships from November-February. Students will be notified within that timeframe if they qualify for a higher award.

Q. If I believe I meet the requirements for a scholarship, but was not awarded, who should I contact?
A. Please contact your admissions advisor or scholarships@usf.edu if you have questions about your scholarship eligibility.

Q. If I almost meet the requirements for a scholarship, is it possible to petition to be awarded?
A. In order to ensure fairness to all applicants, students who do not meet the requirements for a particular scholarship cannot be awarded.

 Q. Does the university offer any other scholarships?
A. Yes. Many departments award scholarships to incoming students, but these require a separate application that can only be submitted after a student has been admitted to USF. Please visit www.usf.edu/scholarships for more details.

Q. Can I receive multiple scholarships?
A. Most awards offered by the Office of Admissions can be combined with other scholarships and financial aid. Please view the Awarding page for details about which scholarship offers can be combined.

Q. If I received a higher scholarship offer from another school, will USF increase my award?
A. The Office of Admissions will consider students for an upgraded award if they meet the necessary academic criteria, but does not increase award amounts based on other offers.

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Scholarships & Residency Classification

Q. How does residency impact my scholarship eligibility?
A. Certain scholarships are awarded based on residency. It is imperative that your residency status is accurate to ensure that you receive the proper award.

Q. How do I prove Florida residency?
A. The State of Florida requires documentation indicating that the claimant has established and maintained a legal Florida residence at least 12 months before the first day of the semester for which in-state status is sought. In-state status is only for those residents who reside in the state permanently with established legal domicile in Florida. To prove Florida residency, you must submit a Residency Affidavit and supporting documentation. It is the responsibility of the student to submit residency information before classes begin or risk losing their scholarship.

Q. If my residency status changes when I am enrolled, what will happen to my scholarship?
A. If your residency status changes after enrollment, your scholarship will be forfeited. You will not be reconsidered for a different scholarship from the Office of Admissions.

Q. How do students from Latin American and Caribbean countries qualify for in-state tuition?
A. Students from eligible Latin American and Caribbean countries will be temporarily reclassified as Florida residents for tuition purposes for each semester that they receive a qualifying scholarship. It is important to note that this residency status is dependent upon receipt of the scholarship and full time enrollment. Failure to meet the renewal requirements for a scholarship will result in loss of the award and classification as a non-Florida resident for tuition purposes.

Q. I am a resident of a Latin American or Caribbean country and was told that I would receive in-state tuition, but I am still classified as a non-Florida resident. When will that change?
A. If you are receiving an eligible scholarship from the Office of Admissions or other department, and are from an eligible Latin American or Caribbean country, your tuition will be reassessed at the in-state rate during the start of each term.

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Receiving & Maintaining Your Scholarship

Q. What do I need to do to accept my scholarship?

Q. If I accept my scholarship, does that mean I am required to attend USF?
A. No, accepting your scholarship is not a binding commitment to the university. If you are a freshman, you should confirm your intent to attend USF by submitting your $200 admissions deposit by the deadline for your term of entry.

Q. How will my scholarship be paid?
A. Scholarships disburse automatically into student accounts after drop/add week at the beginning of each semester of eligibility.

Q. Do I need to reapply for my scholarship each year?
A. No, provided you meet renewal requirements, your scholarship will automatically pay for each semester of eligibility.

Q. What do I have to do to continue to receive my scholarship?
A. In order to remain eligible for your scholarship, you must enroll full-time in each Fall and Spring term, complete 30 USF credits by the end of each academic year (Fall/Spring/Summer) and maintain a 3.0 USF GPA. You can view the full terms & conditions of your award on your OASIS account.

Q. If I do not meet the renewal requirements for my award, is it possible to have it reinstated in the future?
A. If there are extenuating circumstances that caused you to not meet renewal requirements, you can petition for award reinstatement through University Scholarships and Financial Aid Services.

Q. What can my scholarship be used for?
A. With the exception of Green & Gold Awards, scholarships from the Office of Admissions are credited directly to student accounts at the beginning of each term and will be applied to tuition and other charges (e.g. housing, meal plan, etc.). Any amount remaining after all charges have been paid will be refunded to the student. Green & Gold Awards are credited to student accounts as partial tuition waivers and can only be applied to certain expenses on a student's account.

Q. If I graduate early or do not use all eight semesters of my scholarship, can I still receive that money?
A. Scholarships from the Office of Admissions can only be applied to undergraduate study at USF and will not be credited to the student if the full amount is not used.

Q. Can my scholarship be used to cover study abroad courses?
A. Some admissions scholarships can be applied to certain study abroad trips. You will need to work with University Scholarships & Financial Aid Services to determine if your award can be used.

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Specific Scholarships

Q. My award letter states that my Green & Gold Award will pay "up to" a certain amount. What does this mean?
A. Green & Gold Awards are credited to student accounts as partial tuition waivers and can only be applied to certain expenses on a student's account. The waivable tuition and fees for each account will vary based upon the specific courses in which a student enrolls each term. Green & Gold Awards will pay up to the maximum allotted amount each term. Students can view the exact amount on their OASIS account.

Q. Can I submit additional information to be used in consideration for the History of Achievement Award?
A. No additional information is needed for consideration.

Q. Where do I need to submit my Ventures Scholars Certificate?
A. Ventures certificates should be sent to scholarships@usf.edu prior to March 1.

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Other

Q.  Where can I find additional scholarships? 
A. Other funding opportunities can be found at www.usf.edu/scholarships

Q.Who should I contact if I have questions about Bright Futures or other scholarships? 
A. Please contact University Scholarships & Financial Aid Services at (813) 974-4700.

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