Institutional Scholarship Renewal Topics - Spring 2020

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The Office of Scholarship Services and the entire University community care about your success. If you are concerned about meeting your institutional freshman admission scholarship renewal criteria, here are several recommendations. 

Register for Summer Classes

Consider registering for summer classes at USA. Every year, students complete hours during the summer and ensure that they are eligible for scholarships renewal. Students often complete summer classes to improve their USA GPA as well as maintain the 30 hours requirement.

Meet with Your Advisor

After final grades are released, talk with your academic advisor about your plan, and reach out to our office about your award. It may be the case that selective use of the S/U grading option might protect your USA GPA.

Special COVID-19 Appeal 

If your ability to meet your institutional scholarship criteria was impacted by the disruption of campus operations due to the national COVID-19 pandemic, a special appeal process has been established. To be eligible students must have been on track to meet eligibility criteria as of the date of the campus disruption (March 13, 2020). Students must have been registered for 30 credit hours, between the fall and spring terms of the 2019/2020 academic year. Finally, students must have been on track academically at Spring mid-terms- with a GPA that would have traditionally met the renewal criteria. 

An application will be available in JagSPOT, from May 13-May 30, 2020. Students will have the ability to identify how they were impacted by this national crisis, and all records will be reviewed prior to June 1, 2020.  


For students that do not meet the COVID renewal appeal criteria, USA offers a general student appeal for termination of scholarships. This process will open in August of 2020 and decisions for students with a completed appeal by the priority deadline date will be made during the September committee meetings. More information on the general appeal criteria, eligibility requirements and process can be found here.

For students that do not meet renewal criteria by the end of the summer term, USA offers an institutional scholarship Earn Back program.  This opportunity allows any student who does not meet scholarship renewal standards to participate in programming while they are improving their GPA and earning at least 15 hours per term. Provided students meet eligibility criteria, they may earn the institutional award back as early as spring semester of the academic year following the loss.  More information on the Earn Back program can be found More information on the Earn Back program can be found here.