Still have questions about LSA's scholarship opportunities for incoming transfer students?
Check this page first for quick answers to some of the most common questions we receive from students and parents.
What scholarships are available to transfer students?
Students transferring into the College of LSA from another university or from U-M's Flint or Dearborn campuses should complete our Two-Year Renewable Scholarship application to be considered for all scholarship opportunities available to them. Students transferring into LSA from another college within U-M's Ann Arbor Campus (Ross, College of Engineering, etc.) can apply for our current student scholarship programs, including the Returning Student Scholarship.
Once admitted and enrolled in LSA, all 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 Two-Year Renewable Scholarship the year they are admitted, transfer students should apply for our Returning Student Scholarship every year to be considered for fall/winter scholarships.
How are transfer students selected for scholarships?
All of the scholarships available through LSA Scholarships 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 meeting specific criteria. Our office follows this criteria closely when selecting students for scholarship awards. All of our transfer student scholarships are designated to help students with demonstrated financial need, so our awards go to students who receive need-based support from the Office of Financial Aid.
Additionally, some awards may require that we support students who meet certain academic or geographic requirements. For example, if a scholarship must go to a student transferring into LSA from a specific community college, we will look for an applicant who meets that requirement. If scholarship criteria requires us to award a student who shows a demonstrated interest in creative writing, we’ll look for applicants who show a passion for writing, whether through formal studies or community engagement.
Do I need to be enrolled to apply?
Transfer students admitted to LSA from another university (including U-M's Flint or Dearborn campuses) do not need to be enrolled to apply for Two-Year Renewable Scholarships. These students are encouraged to complete their scholarship application as soon as they receive notification of their admission. Two-Year Renewable Scholarships are awarded ahead of the university’s enrollment deadline to help students make an informed financial decision.
Transfer students coming to LSA from another college on U-M's Ann Arbor campus (Ross, College of Engineering, etc.) do need to be enrolled in a degree program within LSA to be eligible for the Returning Student Scholarship and all other scholarship opportunities for current LSA students. Visit our Current Students tab for more information about these scholarship opportunities.
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.
Is scholarship support available for students transferring into LSA during winter term?
Unfortunately, no. Two-Year Renewable Scholarships are only awarded to students admitted for fall. Students who are beginning their LSA degree program during winter term should apply for the Returning Student Scholarship during the application window to be considered for scholarship support for their next fall and winter terms. We also encourage students to explore the other scholarship programs available to current LSA students.
Are merit scholarships available to transfer students?
No, not at this time. All of our scholarship opportunities for transfer students require that a student receive need-based support from the Office of Financial Aid. To be eligible for a Two-Year Renewable Scholarship or a Returning Student Scholarship 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.
I was not selected for a Two-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 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.
Transfer students who make the decision to enroll can apply for a Returning Student Scholarship every year to be considered for one-year scholarships for fall/winter tuition support.
In addition, 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 and can point you toward external foundations and organizations with available scholarship opportunities.
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