Each student will receive a yearly budget, based on tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, medical, and personal expenses.
A student can apply and receive as many scholarships as possible to reach the cost of attendance at his/her institution.
The due date for scholarships varies depending on which scholarship a student is applying for.
The University of Colorado Denver scholarship’s are primarily due April 1st for the following fall and spring semesters, however there are some scholarships that don’t follow this deadline date.
In general scholarships are due between January and April for the fall semester and October and December for the spring semester.
The Scholarship Resource Office is available to assist students in several ways:
One-on-One Contact: appointments can be made to get specific information on your specific needs.
Scholarship Guide: a listing of all the scholarships through the University Webpage: Lists all the University scholarships as well as National and Regional Scholarships
National Scholarships: We aid in the preparation of national scholarships such as Fulbright Workshops: Presentations made to small groups
The three main types of scholarships are Institutional, Regional, and National.
Institutional: These are all the scholarships that are offered by your specific institution. These are the scholarships that students should apply to first, because they are less competitive.
Regional: These are the scholarships that are only available to the students within a certain region. These scholarships will be more competitive than the institutional scholarships, but less competitive than national scholarships.
National: National scholarships are very competitive. Students all across the nation can compete for these scholarships. There are many students from the University of Colorado Denver who receive national awards, but these scholarships often take more time and effort than the institutional and regional scholarships.
There are scholarships that are renewable, but if it is not stated, then the student will need to apply for scholarships every year.
A student can also apply for the same scholarships each year, and typically the application process doesn’t change very much, making it a somewhat easier process than the first year.
Many scholarship search sites have very good information, and are worth the time of looking at the information and resources they provide.
One suggestion is to make an email address that is not a student’s main email address, because there is also a lot of spam mail that is not useful to the student.
Keep in mind that most search site will be sending information on national scholarships that are very competitive, a student would need to look a little harder for regional scholarships.
YES. There are many different criteria for scholarships other than financial need.
Most scholarships don’t require financial need, and if they do, most applications will let the student explain their individual financial need, that may not be shown through FAFSA.
Showing financial aid not through the FAFSA is usually accomplished through the essay or an attached budget sheet.
To be eligible for scholarships a student must meet the required criteria.
After meeting the required criteria, there are other qualities that make your application stronger.
A student would want to address these attributes in the essay questions if space is not provided on the applications.
First generation, community service, clubs and school activities, personal hardships, disabilities, and any attributes that would make a student stand out from the other students would be among the attributes that would make an application stronger.
Grants- federally funded monies given to a student, based on FAFSA results.
Internships- when a student gets paid to hold a position that is related to their degree/education.
Fellowship- Work related to a specific degree or program that has a monetary award component such as a stipend.
Scholarship- Is an award given to students who satisfy certain criteria.
No. Aside from financial need, there is different criteria for scholarships..
There are scholarships that are based on merit or other miscellaneous components such as gender, race, community service, etc.
Yes, there are scholarships in which graduate students can apply. Graduate scholarships are more difficult to find than undergraduate, but very attainable.
Many scholarships are awarded once a year for the following fall and spring semesters. If a student starts school in the spring, they may miss scholarships for that semester, but can apply for the following fall and spring.
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.