Each year, the LSA Scholarships Office awards Two-Year Renewable Scholarships to transfer students entering the College of LSA from another college or university. These awards are made based on a student's scholarship application, their undergraduate admissions application, and their financial need, as demonstrated by their FAFSA and CSS profile.
Incoming transfer students admitted for fall term should complete the Two-Year Renewable Scholarship application as soon as they are admitted to ensure they are considered for all LSA Scholarships they qualify for. Read on to learn more about our Two-Year Renewable Scholarships and the application process for incoming transfer students.
What does the scholarship cover?
The Two-Year Renewable Scholarship covers educational expenses such as tuition, room and board, and textbooks.
Amounts and Duration
Award amounts vary for each scholarship and are awarded exclusively to incoming transfer students. LSA Scholarships Office provide up to $10,000 of support for in-state students or up to $20,000 for out-of-state students each year. All Two-Year Renewable Scholarships are renewable for two years of undergraduate study, provided students maintain eligibility by completing their requirements each academic year.
The Two-Year Renewable Scholarship application for the 2023-24 academic year will open January 15 and close on April 15. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis through mid to late April, so the sooner a student applies, the better their chances of receiving a scholarship. Students who wait until the final deadline to apply may be disappointed to find that all scholarships have already been awarded.
To qualify for a Two-Year Renewable Scholarship, a student:
- Must be transferring into the College of LSA from an external institution or from U-M's Flint or Dearborn campuses.
- Must be an undergraduate admitted for fall term to a degree program in the College of LSA. Students will be considered even if they haven't enrolled yet.
- Must be enrolled (or intend to enroll) full-time (12 credit hours or more) each term.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (i.e. possess a green card).
- Must apply for and receive need-based support through the Office of Financial Aid.
- Must have a FAFSA and CSS profile on file with the Office of Financial Aid (OFA) and must renew their FAFSA annually.
To maintain their Two-Year Renewable Scholarship, a student must:
- Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA.
- Maintain full-time enrollment of 12 credit hours or more per term.
- Must write a thank you letter to the donor of their scholarship, if applicable.*
- Must attend any special events where the donor of their scholarship will also be in attendance.**
*Not all scholarships require a thank you letter. Students will be prompted to complete a thank you letter if it is a requirement of their scholarship.
**Our office will provide details to students as these requirements arise.
How do I apply?
Eligible transfer students should complete our Two-Year Renewable Scholarship application as soon as they are admitted to LSA. The application process has four steps.
Step one: Verify your Friend Account in Wolverine Access. Instructions to do this are below under the question: How do I verify a Friend Account? If you have forgotten your Friend Account password, you can reset it here.
Step two: Once your Friend Account is verified, click the button below and log in to the LSA Scholarships application portal by using your Friend Account ID and password. If you do not verify your account, you will not be able to log in.
Step three: Complete our general application. When asked which scholarship program you are applying to, click the box for the "Two-Year Renewable Scholarship."
Step four: Once the general application has been submitted, you will then be directed to complete the application for the Two-Year Renewable Scholarship program. Submit this application for full consideration.
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm transferring to LSA from another school or college at U-M Ann Arbor. Can I apply for a Two-Year Renewable Scholarship?
No. Students who transfer into LSA from another school or college within U-M's Ann Arbor campus (e.g. Ross, College of Engineering, etc.) are not eligible for Two-Year Renewable Scholarships. However, once they enroll in LSA, cross-campus transfer students are eligible for all scholarships available to current LSA students. Any cross-campus transfer students interested in funding for their fall/winter terms should apply for the Returning Student Scholarship each year. Visit the Current Students section of our website to see all scholarships available to current LSA students.
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.
How do I verify a Friend Account?
If you are an admitted student and already have a Friend Account, you will still need to get it authorized to use university systems, including our application system.
To authorize the account, go to Wolverine Access. Click on the Students tab, then on New & Prospective Student Business, and log in using your 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 authorized your friend account, you will have access to our application system (plus a number of other university systems).
Note: Once you create a new Friend Account and authorize it by verifying your personal information, it may take 24 hours for your new account information to migrate to our application system, granting you access to the application. You may also need to clear your browser's cache once you have finished verifying your information.
What if I don't have a Friend Account?
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. To do this, 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).
Note: Once you create a new Friend Account and authorize it by verifying your personal information, it may take 24 hours for your new account information to migrate to our application system, granting you access to the application. You may also need to clear your cache once you have finished verifying your information.
I received an error when logging in to the LSA Scholarships application portal. Can you help?
If you are an admitted student and receive an error when attempting to log in to the LSA Scholarships portal, first check to make sure you are logging in with your Friend Account ID and password. Then, make sure you have followed all the steps to authorize your Friend Account so that you can access university systems. Instructions to do this are included above under the question: How do I verify a Friend Account?
If you still encounter errors after completing those steps, try clearing your browser's cache or logging in with a different browser entirely. If these actions don't correct the issue, you may contact LSA IT for assistance at 734.615.0100. Be sure to have your UMID ready when you call.
Note: If you have enrolled, make sure you are using your new uniqname and password to log in. If you very recently paid your enrollment deposit and have noticed that you cannot log in to view or update your application, there can sometimes be a delay while our systems integrate your new uniqname information. Wait a few days and try again. If you continue to experience issues, please email us with a screenshot of the error so we can help troubleshoot.