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Financial Aid & Scholarships Office

Scholarship Resources Office, University of Colorado Denver

Frequently Asked Questions

How many scholarships can one student get?
When are scholarships due?
What resources can I utilize in the Scholarship Resource Office?
What types of scholarships are available to students?
Do I have to apply for scholarships every year?
Are scholarship search sites, like fastWeb, worth investing time into?
If I don’t qualify for FAFSA should I still apply for scholarships?
What attributes will make my scholarship application stronger?
Is there a website to help Spanish speaking parents/students with financial aid?
What is the difference between grants, internships, fellowships, and scholarships?
Are all scholarships based on financial need?
Are there scholarships available for graduate students?
Is there a benefit to starting school in the fall?
Are Scholarships considered taxable income?

If a payment meets all three of these tests, it is excludable from the recipient's gross income; however, if any part of a scholarship/fellowship payment fails any one of these tests, the payment is taxable to the recipient.
1. The payment is a "qualified scholarship": An amount will be treated as a "qualified scholarship" if it is a payment for either (i) tuition and fees required for enrollment or attendance at the educational institution, or (ii) fees, books, supplies or equipment required for courses of instruction. Note that the fees, books, and other non-tuition items must be "required" for either enrollment or a course of instruction. Voluntary fees and "suggested" books and supplies do not qualify;
2. The recipient is a "candidate for a degree": The definition of a "candidate for a degree" is broader than one might initially expect. It includes, of course, those individuals who are actually enrolled in a degree-seeking program, but also covers enrolled students who are not actually seeking a degree, as long as the educational institution that the person attends offers degrees and is properly accredited. For example, an individual who receives a one year fellowship to study at UCD is a "candidate for a degree" even though the individual will not receive a degree at the end of the fellowship because UCD is an accredited educational institution that offers degrees; and
3. The award is for the purpose of conducting study or research at an "educational organization": The "educational organization" test is easily met in most instances because it simply requires that the institution have a faculty, a curriculum, and a regularly enrolled body of students.

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