Still have questions about our scholarships? We're here to help! Below are answers to some of the most common questions we receive from students.
How do I know if I’m eligible for a scholarship from the College of LSA?
All LSA Scholarships require that a student be admitted to or enrolled in a degree program through the College of LSA. Specific eligibility requirements vary depending on the scholarship program. Details about the eligibility requirements for a specific scholarship program can be found on its corresponding page here on our site. You may also find them listed at the top of the associated conditional application in our scholarship portal.
How do I apply for scholarships from the College of LSA?
All of our scholarships are housed within a single application portal that current students access using their U-M uniqname and password. Admitted students should access the portal using their Friend Account ID and password. Details about Friend Accounts can be found below in the Prospective Student section of this FAQ.
The first step in the application process is to complete the general application that appears when you first log in. This general application will set up your profile in the system and allow you to select the scholarship program(s) to which you are interested in applying.
In your general application, you will find a question asking which scholarship program(s) you are interested in applying for and a list of available programs. You must check the boxes next to the scholarships that you are interested in to access the second portion of your applications.
Once you have made your selections and submitted your general application, the system will grant you access to what are called conditional applications. These are the secondary applications that are tied to each of the checkboxes you selected. For example, if you checked the box for "Returning Student Scholarship" on your general application and clicked submit, you will see the Returning Student Scholarship conditional application appear on your dashboard. These conditional applications are what our team uses to make a decision on your scholarship applications as each conditional application is uniquely tailored to its associated program. Submit conditional applications by their deadlines for full consideration.
You can make updates to your general application at any time, including checking new boxes if you decide to apply for another scholarship program and wish to complete its associated conditional application. Just be sure to hit the "update your application" button at the bottom of the page to submit your changes and gain access to those new conditional applications.
Some of our scholarship opportunities have very specific criteria and require students to complete an additional set of questions for consideration. These show up on all applicants’ dashboards as “recommended opportunities.” Please note that you are only eligible to apply for one of these additional opportunities if you see a blue “apply” button next to it.
I submitted my general application, but I cannot find my conditional applications. Can you help?
It's important to remember that some scholarships are only awarded certain times of year. If you have clicked the checkbox next to a scholarship program, submitted your general application, and still do not see a conditional application, check that program's dates listed in the application and on our website. When that scholarship's application window opens, you will be able to complete the conditional application.
Some scholarships are only for newly-admitted students or for transfer students. If you do not fit the eligibility criteria for a given scholarship program, you will not be able to access the associated conditional application, even after clicking the checkbox and submitting your general application. If the program's dates show that the application should be open but you are unable to access it, double check the program page on our website to make sure you meet the eligibility criteria.
If you are still encountering issues, please reach out to us and we can help troubleshoot.
How and when can I thank the donor of my scholarship?
Thank you letters are completed within our application portal and as part of the process of accepting your scholarship. Once you are offered a scholarship from our office and accept it in the application portal, you will be prompted to complete a short form. Once submitted, this form will be shared with the donor of your scholarship and will serve as your thank you letter.
If you are not prompted to complete a thank you letter upon accepting your scholarship in the application portal, that means it is not a requirement for your particular scholarship. There is nothing else you need to do.
I don't qualify for LSA Scholarships. Are there other funding opportunities for LSA students?
The University of Michigan Library has compiled a comprehensive list of funding sources both internal and external to U-M. This resource can help you find additional funding opportunities available to Michigan students.
Students who have declared a major should also reach out to their home department to inquire about any funding options they may offer.
Can I receive/continue to receive an LSA scholarship if I am minoring in an LSA program?
No. Scholarships are only available for students pursuing a major in an LSA degree program.
Am I eligible for a scholarship if I’m a dual degree student with LSA?
Only students who have officially declared a Multiple Dependent Degree Program (MDDP) with LSA can receive an LSA scholarship.
MDDP students who receive an LSA scholarship will be required to complete their LSA degree or forfeit their scholarship. If the LSA degree is not going to be completed for any reason, please contact us immediately so that we can work with you to minimize negative impacts to your financial aid. Dual degree students who drop their LSA degree without informing us may be billed for the full scholarship amount, beginning from the first semester that the MDDP began. And non-payment of this bill may result in a hold on the student’s diploma, or a block on the request for an official transcript until the amount due is paid. Our team can help you avoid these issues, so please don't hesitate to reach out if you are considering a change in academic plans.
What should I do if I receive an additional scholarship outside of the LSA Scholarships Office?
Congratulations! Please send two emails: one to notify us and another to notify the Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible. We will work with OFA to ensure your financial aid package reflects the change for any outside scholarships you receive.
Remember, you do not need to report your LSA Scholarship to the Office of Financial Aid as our team will take care of that process for you.
If I transfer to another school or college (Ross, Engineering, etc.), will my scholarship transfer too?
Unfortunately, no. LSA Scholarships are funded by generous gifts to the college from donors who wish to support students pursuing an LSA degree. If you accept an LSA scholarship, it will only remain effective during the time you are enrolled in a degree program within the College of LSA. If you transfer to another school or college, you must contact us prior to the beginning of the academic term the transfer will be in effect. If you do not contact our office to remove the scholarship, you may be billed retroactively for each semester you accept funds while not enrolled in a degree-seeking LSA program.
Some schools and colleges may have funding available to match or help offset the loss of your LSA Scholarship, so be sure to explore your options with their respective scholarship office.
What happens to my scholarship if I am enrolled less than full-time?
LSA scholarship funds will not disburse to a student enrolled in less than 12 credits for fall or winter term. Some exceptions can be made, especially for graduating seniors who require less than 12 credit hours to graduate. Please contact us if that's the case for you, and we'll help sort out the details.
What happens to my scholarship if I was enrolled full-time, but I dropped to part-time during the semester?
Students who drop below full-time (12 credit hours for fall and winter) will typically have their scholarship amounts reduced. If you are considering a drop to part-time, please send us an email explaining your unique situation so we can help assist you.
What happens to my scholarship if I need to take time off from school?
If you are a scholarship student and considering the option to take time off of school for any reason, please contact us as soon as possible to set up an appointment to discuss your plans. Unless you are taking a leave from school because of a medical condition, scholarships typically will not carry forward, and scholarship eligibility for the term when you are not enrolled could be forfeit. The decision to continue a student's scholarship after a leave of absence is determined on a case-by-case basis. That's why it's important to reach out to us before you make any big decisions.
I’m on a renewable scholarship. Do I need to fill out my FAFSA each year?
A new FAFSA must be completed each year by students who have been awarded a need-based scholarship.
Students who have been awarded a merit-based scholarship are not required to submit a FAFSA.
I’m on a renewable scholarship. How do I complete my service hours?
Please visit the Scholarship Service Program page for information about our service hour requirements and instructions for logging your hours.
I’m on a renewable scholarship. What happens if my GPA falls below the minimum cumulative GPA requirement?
If this happens to you, don't panic. Our GPA requirement is not intended to be punitive. Rather, it is a tool that better helps us support you both financially and academically. If your GPA falls below the minimum, a member of our team will be in contact with you. We will require that you meet with your academic advisor to complete this Scholarship Evaluation Form. The form is a resource to help you and your advisor create a plan to get your GPA back on track. Once you have met with your advisor, you will submit the completed form to our office. Our team will continue to monitor your GPA and may offer additional resources if they are needed.
Scholarships are only canceled in very rare cases, typically when a student makes no attempt to contact us after receiving many messages from our office. As long as you remain communicative and work with us through the process, you do not have to worry about the future of your scholarship.
I’m on a renewable scholarship. Are there additional scholarships I can apply for?
Students who qualify for need-based support should apply for financial aid through the Office of Financial Aid. Even if you are not sure, the Office of Financial Aid can help you determine any grants, scholarships, or loans that you qualify for.
All current LSA students can apply for our Returning Student Scholarship each year to be considered for one-year scholarships for fall/winter tuition support. Please keep in mind that these scholarships are awarded only to students who qualify for need-based support from the Office of Financial Aid. For students already on a renewable scholarship, our team will determine if there is room on your financial aid package for an additional one-year award.
For opportunities outside of our office, the University of Michigan Library has compiled a list of funding sources both internal and external to U-M.
What scholarships are available to transfer students?
Transfer students should follow the application instructions for our Two-Year Renewable and Transfer Student Scholarships to be considered for all scholarships available to them. Transfer students are not eligible to apply for Four-Year Renewable Scholarships as those are for incoming first-year students only.
Once admitted and enrolled in LSA, transfer students can apply for additional scholarships to cover a wide range of educational interests. In particular, we encourage transfer students to explore our spring/summer, study abroad, and internship scholarships.
If not selected for a transfer student scholarship the year they are admitted, transfer students should still continue to apply for our Returning Student Scholarship every year to be considered for fall/winter support scholarships.
How are students selected for scholarships?
Our scholarships are funded by donor gifts to the college and we must follow specific criteria when selecting students for scholarship awards. All of our transfer student scholarships are designated to help students with financial need, so our awards go to students who receive need-based support from the Office of Financial Aid.
Additionally, certain awards may require that we support students who meet more specific criteria. For example, if a scholarship must go to a student transferring from a community college, we will look for an applicant who meets that requirement. If scholarship criteria requires us to award a student who has a demonstrated interest in creative writing, we’ll look for applicants who show a passion for writing.
Do I need to be enrolled to apply?
No. All transfer students admitted to LSA are encouraged to apply as soon as they receive notification of their admission. Two-Year Renewable Scholarships are awarded in April, ahead of the university’s enrollment deadline. We will continue to make one-year Transfer Student Scholarship awards on a rolling basis through August. Visit our Transfer Students tab for more information about these scholarship opportunities.
Are merit scholarships available to transfer students?
No. All of the scholarship opportunities for transfer students require that a student receive need-based support from the Office of Financial Aid. To be eligible for transfer student scholarships through the College of LSA, students must complete a FAFSA and a CSS profile with the Office of Financial Aid and must update their FAFSA annually.
Are admitted students automatically considered for scholarships?
No. All newly-admitted LSA students must apply for scholarships using our Four-Year Renewable Scholarship application. By completing this one application, students will be considered for all scholarships available to incoming first-year students, including the Shipman and Stamps scholarship programs. Students will also be able to view any additional scholarship opportunities they are eligible for through our application portal.
Please note that there is a separate application for students who wish to be considered for the Bell Scholarship. For more information about applying for this scholarship, please visit the Bell Scholarship website. The Bell Scholarship application process is administered outside of our office, so any questions about this application or the review process should be directed to the contact information provided on their website.
What scholarships are available to incoming first-year students?
Newly-admitted LSA students are eligible to apply for a Four-Year Renewable Scholarship through the College of LSA. These scholarships are only for incoming students and are renewable for four years of undergraduate study. For more information about scholarship amounts and the link to apply, visit our Four-Year Renewable Scholarship page. Students who complete the Four-Year Renewable Scholarship Application will be considered for all scholarships available to incoming students through the College of LSA—both need-based and merit.
How many scholarships are awarded each year to incoming students?
Each year, the LSA Scholarships office awards approximately 200 scholarships to incoming students. The majority of these scholarships require that a student demonstrates financial need as reflected on their FAFSA and CSS profile. There are approximately 40 scholarships that are sometimes referred to as "merit" scholarships. This simply means that they can be awarded to students who do not have financial need.
Admitted students who apply using the Four-Year Renewable Scholarship application will be considered for all of the scholarships to which they are eligible.
Do I need to be enrolled to apply?
No. Students must be admitted to apply, but they do not have to be enrolled. We know that financial considerations can be a significant factor in choosing which school to attend. Regardless of the decision on their application, we send notifications to all students before the enrollment deadline, allowing them to make an informed financial decision.
How are incoming students selected for scholarships?
All of the scholarships available through the College of LSA are funded by generous donors to the college who want to help future communities of students succeed. When donors give to the college, they may request that the funds go to support students from a particular location, with specific academic interests, or in a challenging financial situation. We take this criteria into account for every scholarship we award. For example, if a donor wishes for their scholarship to go to a student from Saginaw, we will look for an applicant from Saginaw. If a donor prefers a student who has a demonstrated interest in creative writing, we’ll look for applicants who express a passion for writing.
In addition to this donor criteria, our team matches students to scholarships based on their answers to the application questions, their admissions materials, and an evaluation of their financial need.
Are merit scholarships available to incoming students?
In LSA, merit scholarships are a bit of a misnomer. Our scholarships are entirely funded by donors to the college, and we must follow their criteria for awarding. Additionally, all students admitted to the University of Michigan are excellent students who demonstrate merit, regardless of their financial circumstances.
That being said, we award approximately 40 scholarships each year that are not need-based. For these awards, there are no minimum required SAT/ACT scores, and we typically consider any LSA student with a 3.5 GPA or greater for these scholarships. Most importantly, we match students to the scholarships that fit our donors’ preferences based on the information students provide in their applications. For example, if a donor prefers to support a student planning to study astronomy, that is the criteria we will use to award.
What is a Friend Account, and how do I get one?
For admitted students who have not yet enrolled at the university, a Friend Account is required to access all university systems, including the LSA Scholarships application portal.
If you do not have a Friend Account, you can request one here.
Once you have created your Friend Account, you will also need to get it authorized to use university systems. This step is required to access our application portal. To authorize your account, go to Wolverine Access. Click on the Students tab, then on New & Prospective Student Business, and log in using your newly created Friend Account ID and password. Verify your personal information, including your eight-digit UMID, which was emailed to you, as well as your birth date.
Once you have requested your friend account and authorized it, you will have access to our application system, plus a number of other university systems.
May I send supplemental materials to support my scholarship application?
While we have no doubt that the materials you wish to provide will demonstrate your many accomplishments and talents, we are unable to accept any supplemental materials. Should you choose to send them to our office anyway, they will not be read.
In order to create an equitable review process for all incoming students, we ask that you include any details you wish to share with us within the scholarship application itself. Remember that we are more interested in learning about you as a person—your interests and passions—than your GPA, test scores, or inclusion in honor lists, all of which we can already see through the admissions portal. Our application process is geared to match you to scholarships based on criteria like your academic interests, geographical location, or career goals, so we hope you'll tell us more about those in your application.
I received competitive scholarship offers from other universities. Will the University of Michigan match these awards?
We understand that the cost of attending Michigan, especially for out-of-state students, can be a big consideration for many families. Even if Michigan is a student's first choice, they may have other offers that are more financially desirable. Unfortunately, the University of Michigan does not match offers students receive from other universities. Incoming LSA students should apply for our Four-Year Renewable Scholarship opportunities to be considered for scholarships, and they should apply for financial aid through the university to see if they qualify for need-based support.
I was not selected for a Four-Year Renewable Scholarship. Are there other scholarship opportunities I can pursue?
First, please know that the scholarship decision in no way diminishes your incredible accomplishments. Our office has very limited funding to share across a large incoming class and must decline thousands of exceptional scholarship applicants every year.
Students who believe they may qualify for need-based support should apply for financial aid through the Office of Financial Aid. Even if you are not sure, the Office of Financial Aid can help you determine any grants, scholarships, or loans that you qualify for.
Students who enroll can apply for our Returning Student Scholarship every year, starting at the end of their freshman year, to be considered for one-year scholarships for fall/winter tuition support. Please keep in mind that these scholarships are awarded only to students who qualify for need-based support from the Office of Financial Aid.
The University of Michigan Library has compiled a list of funding sources both internal and external to U-M. This resource can give you a good sense of the types of funding opportunities available to Michigan students.
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