Cincinnatus Scholarship 2019 [UPDATED]

Cincinnatus Scholarship are open apply now. The cornerstone scholarship program for the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnatus Scholarship provides more than $22 million in renewable Cincinnatus Scholarship to the brightest and most promising incoming first-year students in all academic disciplines.

To be considered for this award, incoming first-year students must submit a completed application* and required accompanying materials by December 1 of their senior year.

For more information about the Cincinnatus Scholarship Program, please contact the Student Financial Aid Office by phone at 513-556-2420 or via email at cincinnatus@uc.edu.

Presidential

10 Presidential Scholarships of $94,000 are awarded annually to academically competitive students (est. $23,500 per year covers full tuition, fees, room, board, and a book allowance).

Excellence

Up to 60 Excellence Scholarships of $72,000 are awarded annually to National Merit Finalists and National Hispanic Scholars (est. $18,000 per year covers in-state tuition, fees, on-campus room, and a one-time $1,500 allowance to support computer purchase, study abroad experience, or undergraduate research). Review our Steps to Becoming a Cincinnatus Excellence Scholar to learn more about this award.

Century and University

Numerous Century and University Scholarships of $6,000 to $24,000 ($1,500 to $6,000 per year) are awarded annually to academically competitive students.


Additional Information Cincinnatus Scholarship

  • Annual $3,000 Cincinnatus Out-of-State Scholarship is added to awards for students who are not eligible for Indiana Metro Rate or Reciprocity, Kentucky Metro Rate or Reciprocity, or the National Outreach Scholarship award.
  • All Cincinnatus scholarships are renewed for the length of the undergraduate academic program provided the student maintains a 3.2 GPA and completes the annual 30-hour community service requirement.

Cincinnatus Scholarship Determinations

  • Qualifying students will be determined based on their overall admission application
  • Consideration for award amounts will be based on the qualifying students for each academic program
  • Notifications and associated details will begin in February and continue through final awards in mid-March

*A complete first-year application includes:

  • The Common Application, including writing prompts and information specific to UC
  • $50 application fee or fee waiver
  • Common Application School Report or letter of recommendation (both are strongly encouraged)
  • ACT or SAT test scores sent directly from the testing agency
  • Official high school transcripts

The cornerstone scholarship program for incoming freshmen to the University of Cincinnati is Cincinnatus. The brightest and most promising prospective freshmen in all academic disciplines are selected to receive renewable awards totaling more than $22 million in University of Cincinnati four-year scholarships.

To be considered for awards, incoming freshmen with a strong high school record must have a complete application for admission (the Common Application* including UC-specific areas, high school-submitted transcript, and official test scores sent directly from testing agencies) by December 1st of their senior year.  Eligible Cincinnatus scholars will be determined by academic program.

2018 Cincinnatus Scholarship Award Levels

10 Presidential awards of $94,000
(est. $23,500 per year covers full tuition, fees, room, board,
and a book allowance)
Up to 60 Excellence awards of $72,000
(awarded to National Merit and Hispanic Scholars Finalists;
est. $18,000 per year covers in-state tuition, fees, on-campus room,
and a one-time $1,500 to support computer purchase,
study abroad experience, or undergraduate research)
Century and University awards
ranging from $6,000 to $24,000 ($1,500 to $6,000 per year)
  • Annual $3,000 Cincinnatus Out-of-State Scholarship added to awards for students ineligible for Ohio, reciprocity or metropolitan tuition rates or UC National Outreach Award.
  • All Cincinnatus scholarships are renewed for the length of the undergraduate academic program providing the student maintains a 3.2 GPA and completes the annual 30-hour community service requirement.
  • National Merit & National Hispanic Scholars Semi-Finalists should identify themselves to Admissions for specific information regarding Cincinnatus Excellence award qualifications.

Award Determinations

Again, only students whose admission application (including transcript and official test scores) are complete by December 1, 2017, will be considered for scholarship awards.

  • Qualifying students will be determined based on their overall admission application (including response to the personal statement), transcript, and test scores.
  • Consideration for award amounts will be based on the qualifying student for each academic program.

Cincinnatus scholarship awards will be mailed to the highest achieving students in their selected academic program. Based on institutional enrollment goals, additional students may be awarded at the discretion of the university.

Cincinnatus is not just another scholarship program. With its focus on community service while enrolled, students turn their unique experiences, aptitudes, and abilities into a quality education at the University of Cincinnati.

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* Students applying to branch campus programs utilize the UC Online Apply application and do not submit a letter of recommendation; high school transcript and test scores sent by agencies are required for scholarship consideration.

Cincinnatus Scholarship Service Limitations

Cincinnatus, the namesake to our city, our university, and our scholarship, is regarded as the ultimate model of selfless heroic deeds. As such, scholars are asked to follow his lead and give back to the community.

When providing service, scholars should be aware of a few limitations that are in place.

Why Service

You are fortunate in many ways. You are able to go to college, and you are receiving financial support toward your educational costs. Of course, there are many persons who are not as fortunate.

John F. Kennedy said that “to those whom much is given, much is expected.” Collectively, the opportunities provided by your scholarship and your education give you advantages that may not be available to others. While a college education may be common within your peer group, it is still a privilege in the world overall.

Central to UC’s core values, service by students aids in their overall education, provides a way to give back to the community, and transforms lives. Students act in the spirit of Cincinnatus giving their time and talents to aid the greater community. Their efforts continue an on-going commitment in service to others that reaches past our campus boundaries to affect our neighborhoods, our city, our region, and beyond.

Service v. Volunteering

We all complete a variety of volunteer activities that may aid in our development, the assistance of others, or the transformation of our community. But in authorizing activities for scholarship renewal, it is necessary to draw a distinction between volunteering and providing service.

The definition of service for scholarship renewal may be different from what you had in high school for listing as service activities.

Most activities submitted are approved as service. But some areas, while great, important and valuable volunteer activities, are not authorized* for use toward scholarship service.

  • Assisting peers, your high school, or neighbors (as they often have access to the same opportunities and resources as you)
  • Playing a role in worship services or related activities (as this is a normal course of action in being a member of and supporting your worship community)
  • Giving time on a political campaign (as this valuable civic engagement is likely in support of a candidate or issue that can ultimately benefit you or advance your goals)
  • Raising funds for a UC student group or an organization of which you are a member (as this can benefit you – even indirectly – as a member of that group or fellow student)

Even these activities can be explored in different ways to meet a service definition. If being a peer tutor or assisting students from another country is an interest, consider tutoring struggling elementary students in programs such as America Reads or give your time toward refugee assistance where these persons don’t have the resources of a college to assist them. Are there programs at your house of worship or another that assist persons of lesser means not within their membership?  Instead of raising funds for a UC student group, find a non-UC agency that might have similar goals and in need of fund raising assistance.

Key to approval of a service opportunity is that it meets the definition of the National Community Service Act of 1990. Specifically, you want to ensure that you are providing “those services designed to improve the quality of life for community residents (general public), particularly low income individuals, or solving problems related to their needs.”

On-Campus Service Limits

Tagging an opportunity as on-campus or off is based on who benefits from the service. For instance, participating in Relay for Life on campus is considered off-campus, because the American Cancer Society is the beneficiary of money raised. At the same time, event assistance at UC is likely benefiting UC even if the event may be supporting a wider concern.

On-campus service is limited to 10 hours each academic year. As well, on-campus service must involve a program, project or service open to the general public. These restrictions combine to help you avoid a taxation issue with your scholarship.

Ultimately, the University of Cincinnati has offered you a scholarship. Completing service where a similar activity is completed by UC employees creates a problem over the issue of payroll taxes collected for employees but not scholars. Therefore, no on-campus service will be approved if a UC employee completes similar activities. To avoid this issue, we encourage students to complete their service hours off-campus. Community service resources can assist in identifying off-campus opportunities.

Service to the community, performed without thought of personal gain, is an important aspect of the Cincinnatus Scholarship Program (as well as the UC Global and UC National Outreach Programs).

Cincinnatus is regarded as the ultimate model of selfless heroic deeds. As such, Cincinnatus, UC Global, and UC National Outreach Scholars (as well as many other UC scholarship programs) continue an on-going commitment in service to others that reaches past our campus boundaries to affect our neighborhoods, our city, our region, and beyond.

Community Service Defined

“Those services designed to improve the quality of life
for community residents (general public), particularly low income individuals,
or solving problems related to their needs.”

– National Community Service Act of 1990

The above description is the basis for defining scholarship renewal-acceptable community serviceFurther criteria* used to differentiate scholarship service from volunteerism are that the service meets an unmet need and the provider of the service is not directly benefited. In cases of fund raising, the monies raised should not support an organization for which you are a member.

Sometimes scholars assume an activity will meet service requirements only to find out an activity does not meet the Cincinnatus definition. Please feel free to contact us at cincinnatus@uc.edu to pre-check any service activity and its meeting of the Cincinnatus definition.

Scholarship Renewal Requirements

Records of scholarship awardees are reviewed after spring term to see that the following criteria are met:

  • 3.2 cumulative GPA,
  • 15 hours of service completed for each semester of scholarship funding in an academic year (up to 30 hours annually), and
  • No more than 10 hours of on-campus service annually.

This average of one hour of service a week is easily met (and often exceeded) by scholars.

Students complete their required service hours between the first day of fall and last day of spring and are not limited to completing service within Cincinnati. Students do not receive scholarship funding during co-op terms, but scholars can still complete service hours for scholarship renewal while on co-op.

While service hours and GPA are checked annually rather than term-by-term, it is important for students seeking renewal of their scholarship not to wait until the end of the academic year to complete service hours.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete service hours off-campus. To avoid further tax penalties under IRS regulations, the university must not normally pay a wage for any on-campus service you provide. Finally, on-campus service must involve a program, project or service open to the general public.

Service Options

Teaching an underprivileged child to read, building a home for a family in need, raising money for a service agency, or helping a disadvantaged individual become more self-sufficient are examples of the wide variety of service opportunities students have sought.

At the same time, sharing your talents in the course of normal activities such as tutoring a peer, mowing the neighbor’s lawn, assisting at your place of worship, or babysitting are not acceptable. Political campaigns, because they assist a person who would be advancing an agenda that could be helpful to you, are also not considered scholarship-acceptable service.

The Center for Community Engagement (2639 Clifton Avenue – Stratford Heights Building #19; 513-556-1559; community.engagement@uc.edu) can assist you in exploring service optionsTheir Web site provides listings of and links to upcoming events, they offer a subscription service to their volunteer listserv, and they host the online volunteer system.

Because all opportunities you explore may not meet the scholarship renewal service criteria, feel free to contact the Scholarship and New Student Financial Aid Center (340 University Pavilion) at 513-556-2420 or cincinnatus@uc.edu to inquire about the acceptability of a particular activity at any time.

Diverse service opportunities provide meaningful, personally rewarding and academically relevant ways for you to fulfill your service requirement. Cincinnatus and related scholarship programs encourage you to extend yourself and assist people who are different from you to gain a better understanding of your community and help those persons who are truly in need.

Eligibility Time Limit

Cincinnatus, UC Global, and UC National Outreach awards are made to students with a limit of a 4-year equivalency (12 quarters, 8 semesters, or a combination thereof) of eligibility consideration. Because students can only receive these scholarship funds when registered for classes, students in co-op programs generally remain eligible throughout their bachelor’s degree.  Students who continue in a degree-granting program (even if they graduate from their initial bachelor’s degree) can continue to be awarded these funds if they have not exhausted their time limit and they remain eligible for scholarship renewal.

Students who fail to meet renewal criteria continue to have in-class (non-co-op) terms of enrollment count against the 4-year equivalency measure.

Scholars should also be aware of UC scholarship limits.

Named in honor of the College’s namesake General Washington, who has been called the American Cincinnatus, this innovative program highlights the importance of good character for civic life.

With a focus on American values and active participation in local service organizations, the Cincinnatus Leadership Scholars Program challenges undergraduates to participate in a structured program of civic and intellectual engagement.

Washington As the American Cincinnatus

Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus was a Roman citizen (519-438) who, heeding the call of his country, left his private career to serve Rome in her time of need. Upon preserving Roman liberties by his actions as dictator, he relinquished command and returned to his hearth. George Washington has long been called the American Cincinnatus.

The University of Cincinnati recognizes you as a top student in your academic program, and we’re excited to welcome you to the prestigious Cincinnatus Scholarship program.

Scholarship Awards and Other Aid

You are among the best and brightest students from across the nation and beyond. We want to reward your success by awarding you a Cincinnatus Century Scholarship. Individual award amounts are reflected on your financial aid award and were made based on your peer applicant pool.

Yet financial aid beyond this scholarship may be possible.

A Commitment of Service

Service to the community, performed without thought of personal gain, is highly valued. As such, the university chose to name our cornerstone scholarship program for Cincinnatus who was regarded as the ultimate model of selfless, heroic deeds. This humble Roman farmer led his city to victory in 458 BC with success in battle so great that he could have claimed the right to rule Rome. The citizens continually pressed him to accept the dictatorship. For Cincinnatus, however, it was enough that his city was safe, and he returned to his farm.

As a Cincinnatus Scholar, you will be asked to continue the tradition of our program. In addition to interacting with high-achieving students in the classroom, you’ll enrich your time at UC with community service, extending concern for others while gaining a real-world perspective.

Teaching a child to read, building a home for a family in need, raising funds for a service agency, or helping an individual become more self-sufficient — imagine the many ways you can provide service to reshape the world around you. Your efforts can mean a world of difference to the persons touched by the time and talents you give.

Scholarship Renewal

Your Cincinnatus Century award agreement information to be sent to you in mid-March will provide greater details.

But know your award is renewable for up to 8 full-time, in-class (non-co-op) semesters taking you through most undergraduate academic programs. We require that you maintain a 3.20 cumulative GPA upon review at the end of each spring term and complete 30 hours of community service annually in that same timeframe.

Scholars meet (and often exceed) the annual 30-hour service requirement for scholarship renewal. Like current scholars, you can fulfill your requirement through meaningful, personally rewarding and academically relevant service activities that average just one hour a week during the academic year.

Scholarship Service Resources

Cincinnatus is regarded as the ultimate model of selfless heroic deeds. Cincinnatus (as well as UC Global and other) Scholars continue an on-going commitment in service to others that reaches past our campus boundaries to affect our neighborhoods, our city, our region, and beyond.

Often times students will continue service they may have started in high school or a previous college year. Their personal passion may also easily connect them to a Cincinnati affiliate of a national service agency such as the Boys and Girls Club or American Red Cross.

Whether you are seeking out a new agency, a service event to meet your schedule, or a different activity to diversify your service experiences, UC has many resources to help you complete your service requirements for scholarship renewal.

Center for Community Engagement (CCE)

The Center for Community Engagement is the primary connection between the University of Cincinnati and area service agencies. Their offices are located at 2639 Clifton Avenue within the Stratford Heights residential complex in Building #19. You can contact them at community.engagement@uc.edu or 513-556-1559.

Staff at CCE can assist you in exploring service options. Their Web site provides listings of and links to upcoming events and offers a subscription service to their volunteer listserve.

CCE sponsors key service events throughout the year. They can get you involved in major events like Into the Streets, an annual full-day event offering a wide range of community service opportunities. CCE also hosts a Call to Action series of monthly presentations where students can explore a passion and learn more about agencies that work in such areas as homelessness or empowerment for girls and young women.

Their list of community organizations and listing of upcoming service opportunities can be key to meeting your service requirements.

Weekly Service Update Listserv

New Cincinnatus scholars are automatically registered for the Weekly Service Update from CCE. This weekly listing highlights upcoming service opportunities and provides information on featured events in need of volunteers. The listserv will send an automatic email to your UConnect email account.

Many opportunities noted on the listserv may direct students to more detailed event information and service registration via volunteer.uc.edu.

Students who wish to be removed from the listserv or re-register for the listserv can do so at any time.

NOTE: While most opportunities can be used for meeting your service requirements, a listing on the weekly update does NOT automatically mean an opportunity meets the service requirements for scholarship renewal. You can always check the validity of a service opportunity for scholarship renewal by contacting cincinnatus@uc.edu.

Online Reporting System

Scholars and other students are able to register for an online volunteer system. Students can search all activities currently available, concentrate on activities highlighted, or go directly to the listings of a particular organization that interests you.

Go to volunteer.uc.edu to view outside organizations and their service opportunities. Register and log-in using your UC sign-on credentials. Questions can be directed to the Center for Community Engagement (community.engagement@uc.edu; 513-556-1559; 2639 Clifton Avenue).

As a scholar, you have the opportunity to register your participation in specific events or service opportunities. It is important to honor your commitments upon registering for the service event as the service agency is counting on your participation.

If the agency is able to, the online option allows students to have their completion of the service verified by the service agency and reported to the Scholarship and New Student Financial Aid Center on a monthly basis.

While you as a student may have ready access to a computer, many service agencies do not – particularly when at a service site. While an online process to see available service opportunities and get verification of their completion seems good to you, it may not always be easy for agency personnel to do these items online.

In particular, some agencies find it far easier to use the paper process to verify your completed hours. And you do not have to wait until the sheet is complete to turn in hours you have done.

And you can easily submit your completed paper service form via email to cincinnatus@uc.edu by taking a photo on your phone of the form and sending it.

You too can use the Website to review your hours that have been completed and verified. Monitor your hours completed through volunteer.uc.edu to work with the agency when your volunteer efforts are not verified. Only verified hours are reported to the Cincinnatus Program.

Scholars are always responsible to know if the service they do meets the service requirements for scholarship renewal. Staff in the Scholarship & New Student Financial Aid Center can always help you assess a particular activity.

Scholarship Service Reporting

Your scholarship renewal is based on annual evaluation of your GPA at a 3.2 and reporting of your community service hours. We want to make that reporting easy for you.

Based on student preference or those of the service agency, scholars have two means for turning in their service hours. You can exclusively use one or the other or can submit a combination of hours through both means.

Online Volunteer Database

An online database through the UC Center for Community Engagement is available for your use. You can access it at volunteer.uc.edu for a growing list of service opportunities.

Scholars will use their UC log on credentials to register and gain access to the site. Troubleshooting is available online or from the Center for Community Engagement (community.engagement@uc.edu; 513-556-1559; 2639 Clifton Avenue).

The online volunteer system will allow you to review service options and register your participation.

Following the event, service providers are asked to validate your completion of service. This validation may take several days depending on the individual service agency. Scholars should monitor their listings online to see that they are validated and contact the service provider if they are not.

Previous students wishing to access their UGIVE records can do so at uc.ugive.org. However, UGIVE should no longer be used for recording and validating service hours.

The Scholarship and New Student Financial Aid Center will retrieve completed, validated hours on a monthly basis from volunteer.uc.edu.

Paper Community Service Report Form

Scholars who volunteer at service agencies (particularly those outside of the Cincinnati area) not utilizing the online system will need to submit the paper Community Service Report Form*.

The type of service provided is noted, and the scholar must sign the report form. A non-student representative of the agency or organization will also sign off on the service entry.

In some cases, service providers prefer the ease of completing a paper validation v. the online validation process as they may not be equipped with ready access to computers.

Only use the paper submission for hours NOT reported and validated as completed online.

Completed paper forms can be photographed on your phone and sent via email for easy submission as long as all information is clearly visable.

Forms are submitted to the
Scholarship & New Student Financial Aid Center
540 University Pavilion
cincinnatus@uc.edu
513-556-2253 (fax)

You do not have to wait until the entire form is completed before submitting it. It is also wise to make a copy of your report form(s) for your own record prior to submission.

Service Hour Review

While there is no requirement to submit hours each term, scholars are encouraged to submit their hours as they complete them in order to avoid problems at the end of the year.

Service reported as complete via the online system will be reviewed and posted to your renewal record on a monthly basis. Students submitting paper service reports are asked to submit them routinely throughout the academic year as well.

In cases when hours are not acceptable, scholars will be notified via email when the service is reviewed monthly from the online system or generally within 2 weeks of submitting a paper report form. Students with questions on the appropriateness of hour for scholarship renewal should always talk with the Cincinnatus office.

UC Scholarship Limits

UC scholarship awards are made by many different offices at the university. While these offices work together to create the best possible financial aid package for a student, it is important for awarded undergraduate students to understand the limits of offers made to them.

All students should report to Student Financial Aid any scholarship award (both UC-awarded and those awarded by non-UC agencies and foundations) that does not appear on their award offer. Failure to receive timely notification can result in retro-active changes in aid eligibility.

NOTE: Graduate and professional students should review information specific to their funding and its effect on aid.

Combined and Maximum Awards

The following limitations ensure that the university awarding offices are being good stewards of UC scholarship funds. Awarded undergraduate students should also be aware of these limitations.

  • Multiple Awards: Students receiving multiple UC scholarships may have more than one award designated for the same UC charge (e.g. tuition) or receive awards intended to work in combination to meet a specific total. When there is overlap of awards, reductions to individual scholarships may need to occur. At minimum, the value of the highest single scholarship will be maintained.
  • Maximum Award: A student’s UC scholarship total may not exceed direct costs (i.e., tuition, room, board – including noted limits) and UC-determined book allowance. If a student is also receiving non-UC funds (including federal aid), the total of all funds cannot exceed total direct and indirect costs of education. Indirect costs include UC allowances for personal and transportation expenses.
  • Acceptance Agreement: Acceptance of an individual scholarship award is an agreement to the terms and conditions of that award as well as all policies governing UC scholarships. Every student’s award package is subject to audit with final determination of scholarship and other aid values to be made by the UC Student Financial Aid Office.

Terminology

Additionally, awards can carry with them very specific terms. Students should review their award offer letter and agreements carefully to understand the terms of that scholarship.

  • TuitionTuition is composed of instructional, general, ITIE, campus life, and college program fees and, for out-of-state students, the instructional non-resident surcharge. Note that scholarships can limit awards to tuition or components of tuition.
    • Students are generally responsible for any overload tuition costs for excess registration.
    • Non-Ohio residents eligible to apply for metro or reciprocity rates will have tuition-based awards restricted to the reduced amount unless their application for these special tuition rates is denied.
  • Tuition-Restricted: Tuition-designated awards can only be used toward tuition charges.
  • Enrollment: Scholarship awards are generally limited to full-time, in-class (non-co-op) terms of enrollment.
    • Students who drop or add to change courses or sections should do so on the same day to ensure continual, full-time enrollment through the 15th day of each term for scholarship (and other aid) eligibility.
    • Students who have part-time enrollment their graduating term can request, through their scholarship awarding office, an exception from the full-time enrollment requirement.
  • Room and Board: An offer of room or board is designated only for that cost. Scholarships may further specify that room or board funding is available only to students living in on campus or in university-affiliated housing.
    • Room awards are limited to the traditional, double occupancy room rate.
    • Board awards are limited to the cost of the basic (full meal package) residential meal plan.
    • Students who choose alternate on-campus housing, affiliated housing, or higher cost meal options will be responsible for any additional costs beyond an awarded amount.
    • Affiliated housing is limited to direct leases with University Park Apartments only or by being assigned via a block-lease through UC Housing to an off-campus housing facility.
  • Out-of-State Awards: Awards and funds designated as out-of-state are only applicable if the student is charged full non-Ohio resident fees not otherwise scholarshipped. Partial out-of-state fees (i.e., metro or tuition remission surcharges) may not be covered based on the terms of the scholarship.
    • Special Out-of-State scholarships (such as UC National Outreach Award) can be applied only to full out-of state expenses.
    • Students receiving an out-of-state UC scholarship may not be eligible for other out-of-state designated funding due to the reduced out-of-state costs.
  • Travel & Research Awards: Funds from designated sources and made specifically for academic-credit study abroad or undergraduate research can assist students within a proscribed limit toward meeting travel and research costs. This limit is used only when the combination of awards exceeds the Maximum Award described above.
  • Academic Year: An academic year is defined as 2 semesters (fall-spring).* “Annual” awards are generally spread evenly to the nearest whole dollar across the academic year. Summer is considered separatelyfor most non-loan programs including scholarships. Students seeking summer eligibility and awarding of renewable scholarships should contact their awarding office for details. Co-op students should also be aware of term amount limitations on most scholarship awards for in-class terms.
  • Renewability: All scholarships are awarded for a single term or academic year unless specific renewability criteria are outlined in the award offer.
  • Length of Undergraduate Program: Renewal eligibility defined in this manner is for 8 full-time, in-class semesters* for a 4-year equivalent value of consideration as long as a student is continuously enrolled (excluding summer unless enrolled full-time) in a UC degree program, assuming the scholarship program’s renewal criteria are met.
    • Only students who continually meet renewal criteria; complete their bachelor’s degree in less than 8 full-time semesters and immediately continue as a full-time student in another UC degree program would be eligible for on-going scholarship consideration within the timeframe limits.
    • Tuition-based scholarship awards (or portions of bundled awards) given to undergraduate students for 8 semesters who continue in a degree program beyond their first bachelor’s degree within their eligibility timeframe will be limited to the in-state, undergraduate tuition amount regardless of residency or undergraduate/graduate classification. As always, other tuition-based awards can reduce maximum funding.
    • Some scholarship awards may specify they are limited only to the first bachelor’s degree. See scholarship awarding office for details.
    • Students enrolled full-time for summer should alert their scholarship awarding office if it is not already applied to the summer bill.
    • All full-time, in-class terms (including study abroad) will be awarded scholarship and counted toward the 8 semesters of scholarship consideration.
  • Student Athletes: In addition to these policies, student athlete awards (both scholarship and non-scholarship) are governed by NCAA regulations.
  • Tuition RemissionTuition remission offered through UC or UC-affiliated employment is considered a scholarship for aid purposes. It will reduce overall aid eligibility, and tuition-based or restricted funds. NOTE: Tuition remission estimates on award offers are based on indications of possible eligibility; final determination of eligibility and all awarding is done by UC Human Resources as a benefit specific to employment status and completion of annual application in cases of non-employee benefits.
  • General Aid Impact: All scholarship awards, no matter the determining factors or source, are considered need-based funding for federal aid purposes and can reduce eligibility for other need-based aid programs as well as federal aid amounts relative to cost of education.

As with any financial aid, final scholarship determinations are subject to university audit and adjustment by the Student Financial Aid Office.

*Prior to Fall 2012, an academic year was 3 quarters (fall-winter-spring). Students who attended under both quarters and semesters have their 4-year scholarship consideration appropriately converted.

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