Get answers to all your FAQs about scholarships.

BYU Scholarships

Off-Campus Scholarships

When is the deadline to apply for scholarships?

  • For students entering or returning to BYU Winter semester, the scholarship deadline is October 1st.
  • If you are a new freshman, you will be considered for academic scholarships if you have your BYU admissions application submitted by the February 1st admission and scholarship deadline. If you want to be considered for private and need-based scholarships, submit the scholarship application (in addition to your admissions application) by February 1st, and submit the FAFSA by March 1st.
  • Transfer students aren't eligible for academic scholarships upon initial entrance. You can apply for academic scholarships as a continuing student after completing at least one full enrollment (12 credit hours) at BYU, by the appropriate March 1st application deadline. 
  • If you are a continuing student or a former student, the deadline for BYU scholarships is March 1st. If you are applying for departmental scholarships, check with the department or college for their application deadlines.
  • Click here for a chart of scholarship application deadlines.

How do I apply for scholarships?

  • Click here to submit the online scholarship application.

What are the academic scholarship GPA cut-offs?

  • Continuing student GPA cut-offs. Note: cut-offs change each year depending on the applicant pool and the money available.
  • Applicants: Scholarship cut-offs for new freshman vary from year to year.  The newly admitted freshman class is ranked by unweighted high school GPA and composite ACT/SAT scores, and then starting at the top of the list scholarship are awarded until funds run out.

Why isn't my scholarship applying to the charges on my student account?

  • One of the most common reasons scholarships don’t apply to charges on your student account has to do with the number of credits you are registered for. Most scholarships require you to register for 14 credits (or .5 credits Sp/Su) before they will be applied to your tuition charges.
  • If you are registered for 14 credits (or .5 credits Sp/Su) and your scholarship still isn’t posting to your account, contact OneStop Student Services (D-155 ASB) at 801-422-4104.

What are the requirements to receive my scholarships?

When you are notified of your scholarship you will receive a message in YMessage (formerly known as Message Center) explaining all the expectations and requirements for the scholarship. The basic requirements for scholarships are listed below, or you can view them in full detail here.

  1. Generally, the minimum credit requirement is 14 credits each semester.  The minimum credit requirement for Spring-Summer scholarships is .5 (half) credits.
  2. Students can only receive eight Fall/Winter semesters of scholarships offered by the Financial Aid Office.
  3. If you plan on dropping a class, discontinuing, or taking a leave of absence, read the Undergraduate Scholarship Policies website for information about how your scholarship might be affected, or contact OneStop Student Services at 801-422-4104.
  • If you receive a departmental or college scholarship, contact them directly for information about  eligibility requirements for their particular scholarships.

Can I defer my scholarship?

  • Unused Fall/Winter scholarships can be deferred for an LDS mission as long as you submit the Missionary Deferment form after you get your official mission call and before the end of the semester you are deferring.
  • Spring/Summer scholarships cannot be deferred.
  • Athletic scholarships cannot be deferred.
  • If you have extenuating circumstances that require you to defer a scholarship for any other reason than a mission, you must submit a petition request via e-mail to sch-petitions@byu.edu.

How many credits do I have to take to receive my scholarship?

  • You will want to check your original notification, but most Fall/Winter scholarships require 14.0 credits per semester, while Spring-Summer scholarships require a minimum of .5 (half) credits.

I'm graduating this semester and don't need 14 credits. Can I still receive my scholarship?

  • Yes. You can submit a scholarship contract indicating you are in your last semester of enrollment and specifying the number of credits you will be taking. (Note: Your scholarship will be prorated if you are enrolled less than full-time). Bring your completed contract to OneStop Student Services (D-155 ASB).

Can I take fewer than 14 credits and still receive my scholarship?

  • Yes. BYU offers a scholarship contract which allows you to contract to take 28 credits over two major semesters in the same academic year as long as you don’t drop below 12 credits either semester. For example, you could plan to take 13 credits fall and 15 credits winter, or other combinations as long as between the two semesters you take 28 credits, and don’t take fewer than 12 credits in any given semester. Bring your completed contract to OneStop Student Services (D-155 ASB).

What scholarship opportunities are available for international students?

  • International students are eligible to be considered for academic scholarships. International students can submit the online scholarship application. Click here to view scholarship application deadlines. 

Can I petition for an exception to scholarship policies?

  • We recognize that students sometimes face unusual and unanticipated challenges. If you think extenuating circumstances such as an illness, or family emergency interfere with your ability to comply with scholarship policies, you can request an exception by submitting a petition via e-mail to                  sch-petitions@byu.edu.
  • Explain your situation, include your student net ID, a detailed request, and if needed, provide appropriate documentation. If your situation is medically related, we will need medical documentation supporting your request.

How many semesters can I receive a scholarship?

  • Scholarships awarded through the Financial Aid Office are limited to eight semesters, regardless of the number of credits obtained. Spring/Summer scholarships don’t count against the eight semesters of eligibility, so after receiving eight semesters of scholarships you may still be eligible for spring/summer awards.

Should I write a thank you letter for receiving my scholarship?

  • Yes, definitely! We want our scholarship donors to know their contributions are appreciated and will make a difference in your life. Write a thoughtful letter of appreciation and include your background, interests, goals, and commitment as a scholarship recipient. We encourage students to attach a photo of themselves to the letter as well (but it's not required). 
  • Submit your thank you letter online through My Financial Center (select the Manage Scholarship link and click Thank You Letter). Only one thank you letter is required each academic year. The thank you letter will be automatically applied to any scholarships awarded that year that show a status of "Required" next to the award.

Who should I address my thank you letter to?

  • Address your letter to "Scholarship Donor."

How do I apply for a scholarship through my department/college?

  • Each college or department will likely have a different application, and different requirements and deadlines for applying for scholarships.  Note: Some colleges and departments don't have scholarship funding available. Contact your college or department directly for more information.

Where will my scholarship go if my tuition is already paid?

  • After paying for tuition and fees, your scholarship money can be applied to any outstanding Health Plan or Housing and Meal Plan charges. If these charges are paid, excess scholarship funds will be refunded to you beginning the 3rd day of classes. If you set up direct deposit (recommended) the excess funds will be sent directly to your bank account. Note: This direct deposit is different than the one you do for your employment earnings.
  • If you don't set up direct deposit, a check will be mailed to the address listed in your personal information on myBYU.

Where can I view information about my scholarship and the charges it paid for?

  • Click the do it button on the 'View Scholarship History' task. 
  • This screen will show you all scholarships we have processed, as well as other information like credit requirements and granting office.
  • Check My Financial Center to see what charges in your student account were paid for by the scholarship.

What are the scholarship policies associated with my scholarship?

Is my scholarship taxable?

Does BYU have a list of off-campus scholarship options?

Why isn’t my off-campus scholarship applying to the charges on my student account?

Here's a list of some of common reasons why you might not see your scholarship crediting to charges on your account. 

  • BYU has not received your check. Contact your donor and verify when they mailed the check and that they sent it to A-41 ASB Provo, UT, 84602, and that they included your name and ID on or with the check.
  • If your donor just recently put the check in the mail it can take 2-3 weeks for us to receive and process the check.
  • You are not registered for enough credit hours. Make sure you’re registered in at least 12 credits Fall/Winter or 6 credits Sp/Su. The default minimum credit requirement for off-campus scholarships is 12 credits (or 6 Sp/Su). If your donor doesn’t require you to be in 12 credits they will need to contact us  to let us know they are okay with you taking less than 12 credits.
  • You're on academic warning or probation. If you are on academic warning or probation your donor will need to let us know by email (scholarshipprocessing@byu.edu) that it’s okay for you to be on academic warning or probation, and still receive their scholarship. We will not post the scholarship to your account until we hear from the donor.

What address should my donor mail my off-campus scholarship check to?

  • BYU Off-Campus Scholarships: A-41 ASB, Provo UT 84602
  • Make sure they include your name and BYU ID so we can match the scholarship check to the right student.

My donor sent the scholarship check directly to me. Where should I bring my check?

  • OneStop Student Services (D-155 ASB), Monday – Friday 8:00 – 5:00 pm (closed Tuesday and Thursday from 10:45 – 12:00 for devotional and staff meeting).
  • Please write your BYU ID on the check as well as the year and semester the scholarship is meant to apply (i.e. Fall 2013). If the check is made out to you personally, sign the back and write Payable to BYU.

How long does it take to process my off-campus scholarship?

  • Once BYU receives your off-campus scholarship check, it generally takes 3-5 days to process and apply your scholarship to your student account; however, at the beginning of the semester it can increase to 5-7 days or longer due to the mass volume of checks received.

What if my off-campus scholarship isn't received or processed by the tuition deadline?

  • Tuition is the student’s responsibility. You must make arrangements to pay for tuition on time even if your check isn’t processed or received on time. When the scholarship money comes through, it will pay for any other outstanding tuition and fees balances on your account, and then excess money (if any) will be sent to you via direct deposit or a mailed check.

Can I defer my off-campus scholarship?

Off-campus scholarships cannot be deferred unless the student is going on a mission (and as long as your donor approves). Your donor needs to send us documentation that they approve for us to apply your funds to a future semester.  Your off-campus scholarship will not be deferred until (and unless):

  1. You submit your online missionary deferment form.
  2. We receive documentation from your donor approving us to hold the funds until your return. They can email: scholarshipprocessing@byu.edu, or mail a letter to BYU OneStop Processing, A-41 ASB, Provo, UT 84602.
  3. If your donor doesn't approve, the scholarship will not be deferred.

Contact OneStop Student Services (801-422-4104) for more information.

How do I get a verification of enrollment sent to my donor?

  • Contact the Records/Registration office (B-150 ASB, 801-422-2631) for verification of enrollment.

How many credits do I have to take to receive my off-campus scholarship?

  • Generally the minimum credit requirement for off-campus scholarships is 12 credits Fall/Winter or 6 credits Spring/Summer. If your donor doesn’t require you to be enrolled in 12 credits (or 6 Sp/Su) they should include that in the correspondence they send to BYU with your scholarship check. If your scholarship donor didn’t send information about a credit hour reduction with the check, please ask them to email scholarshipprocessing@byu.edu with details about reducing your credit hour requirement.

Have you received my off-campus scholarship check yet?

  • Click the do it link of the 'View Scholarship History' task. This screen will show you all scholarships we have processed, as well as information about credit requirements etc. If you don’t see your scholarship here and it has been more than 2 weeks since your donor mailed the check, call OneStop Student Services (801-422-4104) to see if the check has been received.
  • Once you see the scholarship posted on your scholarship history screen, it usually takes one day for the system to apply the scholarship to charges in your student account. Wait a day, and then check your transaction history in My Financial Center to determine if the scholarship funds have been applied to the charges in your student account.
  • If you see the scholarship on your scholarship history screen but the money isn’t applying to your student account, see the 'Why isn’t my off-campus scholarship applying to the charges on my student account' question above.

Where can I view information about my scholarship and the charges it paid for?

  • Click the do it link of the 'View Scholarship History' task. This screen will show you all scholarships we have processed, as well as other information like credit requirements and granting office. If your scholarship is on your scholarship history screen, it usually takes 1 day for the system to apply the scholarship charges on your account.
  • Check your transaction history in My Financial Center to see what charges in your student account were paid for by the scholarship.

Where will my off-campus scholarship go if my tuition is already paid?

  • If all tuition and fees are paid, excess off-campus scholarship funds will be refunded to you beginning the 3rd day of classes. If you set up direct deposit (recommended) the excess funds will be sent directly to your bank account. Otherwise, a check will be mailed to the address listed in your personal information on myBYU.

What are the eligibility requirements for off-campus scholarships? 

  • Click here to read off-campus scholarship eligibility requirements.
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