Need-Based Retention and Graduation Grants

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USA provides retention and graduation awards to students each semester, to help cover unexpected financial shortfalls that impact a students’ ability to meet educational expenses and help prevent them from stopping their studies or dropping out.

Retention Scholarships

Home Stretch

The University of South Alabama, in partnership with the EBSCO Foundation, offers a scholarship that seeks to intervene when unmet financial need prevents registration or progression. Scholarships range in value based on need and student level. 

To be eligible, students must demonstrate financial need, be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.2 overall cumulative GPA and have exhausted all other forms of aid. Students must be classified as degree-seeking (first degree) and be enrolled full-time and/or registered for the maximum number of credits required to graduate. Preference for students at or above 75% degree completion .

Scholarships range in value based on need,and student level. They are not renewable and most students will only be considered for an award at one point during their enrollment at USA. Students currently on financial aid warning, probation, or suspension will not be considered.  Applications are available in JagSPOT and open with future term registration each term. Completion of the application is not a guarantee of an award.

USA Bridging the Gap

The USA Bridging the Gap scholarship is an institutionally funded retention award that provides limited financial support to students when unexpected, unforeseen, or unavoidable challenges prevent them from persisting academically.

To be eligible, students must be a degree-seeking student, must be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.2 overall cumulative GPA, and have exhausted all other forms of aid. Students must be classified as degree-seeking (first degree) and be enrolled full-time and/or registered for the maximum number of credits required to graduate. Students currently on financial aid warning, probation, or suspension will not be considered. 

Scholarships range in value based on need, and student level, are not renewable and most students will only be considered for an award at one point during their enrollment at USA. Students currently on financial aid warning, probation, or suspension will not be considered. Applications are available in JagSPOT and open with future term registration each term. Completion of the application is not a guarantee of an award.

Jaguar Retention Awards 

Jaguar Retention Awards are donor funded awards, to support students from the state of Alabama, when unmet need or unexpected challenges prevent them registering or persisting academically. 

To be eligible students must be a degree-seeking, full-time undergraduate student, with demonstrated financial need. Students must be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.5 overall cumulative GPA, must have a current FAFSA on file, and be eligible for Pell grant funding. Students must have exhausted all other forms of aid. 

Scholarships range in value based on need, and student level, are not renewable and most students will only be considered for an award at one point during their enrollment at USA. Students currently on financial aid warning, probation, or suspension will not be considered. Applications are available in JagSPOT and open with future term registration each term. Completion of the application is not a guarantee of an award.

Graduation Grants

Graduation grants are institutionally funded completion awards, that provide limited financial support to students when unmet need may be preventing them from graduating on time.  The grant is designed to off-set unmet need in a students final year and is not intended to replace or supplement financial aid.  Scholarships range in value based on need and are not renewable.

University staff regularly review students that are on track for graduation, and have unmet financial need, for eligibility. Reviews are typically done prior to the registration period, but you may also reach out using the the South CARES Assistance Request.  A student advocate will review the students account and contact the student to discuss and set up an appointment to meet.

To be eligible, students must demonstrate financial need, be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.5 overall cumulative GPA and have exhausted all other forms of non-repayable financial aid. Students must be classified as degree-seeking and be enrolled full-time and/or registered for the maximum number of credits required to graduate.