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Renewal requirements for Admissions' merit scholarships

The scholarships listed are all subject to the following renewal criteria:

1. Maintain a minimum 3.0 University of Minnesota cumulative GPA
2. Maintain full-time status

Students who have received the following scholarships are considered to have been awarded a merit scholarship through the Office of Admissions.

MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS
Alumni Student Scholarship
Best of Class Scholarship
International Student Scholarship
RaiseMe
UMD Scholarship

Admissions' merit scholarships FAQ

Q: What does my U of M cumulative GPA need to be to renew my scholarship?
A: To renew your scholarship you must maintain a minimum cumulative U of M GPA of 3.0. Freshmen have a one-time GPA leniency and must have a minimum cumulative U of M GPA of 2.9. Your GPA is reviewed annually after spring grades post.

Q: Why was my scholarship cancelled, my APAS shows my U of M cumulative GPA is at or above 3.0?
A: Your APAS is not your official U of M cumulative GPA. The APAS report includes transfer credits, which are not included in your U of M cumulative GPA. Your U of M cumulative GPA only includes credits taken at one of the University of Minnesota campuses. You can view your unofficial transcript on your MyU portal, which will show your U of M cumulative GPA.

Q: My U of M cumulative GPA is less than 3.0 after my first semester. Will my scholarship be cancelled for spring?
A: No, we review your grades once a year, after spring grades post.

Q: I had a difficult first year and lost my scholarship because I did not meet the U of M cumulative GPA requirement. I am doing better now and my U of M cumulative GPA is 3.0. Can I get my scholarship back?
A: You are eligible to file a one-time scholarship appeal. Contact One Stop for the Scholarship Appeal form. If your appeal is approved your scholarship will be reinstated for the following semester. You will need to continue meeting all scholarship requirements.

Q: My spring cumulative GPA is 2.97. Do you round up?
A: No, we do not round your U of M cumulative GPA up. If your U of M cumulative GPA is 2.99* or less, your scholarship will not be renewed.
*Freshmen are given a one-time leniency their first year of 2.9 U of M cumulative GPA.

Q: Can I use my summer grades to meet the 3.0 U of M cumulative GPA requirement for my scholarship?

A: Yes, summer credits at a U of M campus can be used to improve your U of M cumulative GPA. If after summer your minimum U of M cumulative GPA is at least 3.0*, notify One Stop so your scholarship can be renewed as long as you meet all minimum requirements.
*Freshmen are given a one-time leniency their first year of 2.9+ U of M cumulative GPA.

Q: I have to maintain full-time status to renew my scholarship. What is considered full-time?
A: You have to be enrolled in at least 12 credits each semester during fall and spring semesters to be considered full-time.

Q: I am going to enroll in a co-op for a semester and I will only have a few credits. I will have to take an extra semester beyond four years to graduate. Can I use my scholarship for the extra semester instead of during my co-op semester when I will only be billed for a few credits?
A: Yes, but you must file an appeal prior to the semester your co-op takes place. Contact One Stop for a Scholarship Appeal form.

Q: I need to take a semester off. Can I receive my scholarship when I return?
A: No, your scholarship is awarded for consecutive fall and spring semesters at UMD without a break in attendance. If you have extenuating circumstances for needing to take a semester off (such as a medical illness, death in the family, military leave, or a co-op required for your major) you can submit a Scholarship Appeal form for consideration with One Stop.

Q: What happens if I do not receive my Study Abroad grades by the time the next semester starts?
A: If you have any incomplete grades at the end of spring semester your scholarship will not be renewed. When you return from studying abroad, verify that all of your transcripts have been received by UMD. If your scholarship was not renewed due to a delay in receiving your transcript, contact One Stop once your grades have been updated. If you meet all renewal requirements your scholarship will be applied retroactively to that semester.

Q: I am a multi-institutional student. Can my scholarship be applied to my charges at the other U of M campus as well, or just Duluth?
A: As a multi-institutional student, your financial aid will be based on the combined total number of credits between UMD and the other U of M campus. Financial aid is applied to your home (UMD) campus. Remaining credit will be returned to you to apply to charges at the other campus. Exception: Tuition waivers (i.e. Best of Class, Alumni Scholarship, etc.) are only based on your registration at UMD. Contact One Stop about how your scholarship will be applied.

Q: Is it true that I can only file one scholarship appeal during my time as a student at UMD?
A: Yes, you are allowed to file a scholarship appeal once. If you believe you have extenuating circumstances you can file another appeal, but realize it may be denied for that reason alone.

Q: I am going to be on military training leave a year from now. When should I file my appeal?
A: If possible, file your scholarship appeal the semester before your leave.

Q: I have an Incomplete. How does this affect my scholarship?
A: Scholarship eligibility is reviewed annually after spring grades post. We will not be able to determine your U of M cumulative GPA if you have an incomplete. Once your missing grade is posted, contact One Stop.

Q: Does my scholarship cover summer classes?
A: No, UMD scholarships are divided in half and applied to fall and spring semesters.

Q. I filed a tuition refund petition or medical verification and it was approved. Do I also need to file a scholarship appeal?
A: Yes, these are different forms. The Scholarship Appeal form is available at One Stop, or email umdhelp@d.umn.edu.

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