Graduate Student Outside Awards & Scholarships

A search for outside scholarship money is time-consuming but may be well worth the effort.

Students may be eligible for a specific scholarship or grant from an outside agency. Some sources to explore are employers, unions, professional organizations, special interest groups, and the Internet.

Students must notify their financial aid office if receiving funds from any outside sources. If a student receives a scholarship from an outside organization, the financial aid office first applies the amount against the student's unmet need, then toward self-help awards (by reducing private loans or work-study) and finally by reducing federal aid (affecting federal loans first) so that total financial aid (including the outside scholarship) does not exceed the cost of attendance.

If you are receiving an award from an external source, the amount of that award may not appear on your first Student Account Statement for the term, but you may deduct it from the amount due.  The check should be sent to the Cashier's Office at the appropriate campus.  In most cases, the funds will be credited automatically to your student account; otherwise, we will contact you to endorse the check.

For additional information regarding outside awards, please contact your school's financial aid office.

You may also wish to visit these sites to assist you with your search of outside scholarships: