Bridging the Gap

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The University of South Alabama provides retention scholarships to students each semester as a way to cover modest financial shortfalls that may affect the students ability to persist.

How it works:

Students who experience a one-time personal need due to an unexpected circumstance or emergency and have exhausted all other possible forms of aid and support are eligible to apply.

University staff regularly review students who are on track for graduation and have unmet financial need for eligibility. Reviews are done prior to the registration period.

Students may also apply for funds using the Financial Hardship Application. A student aid advocate will review the students account and contact the student to discuss or set up an appointment to meet.

There are two programs currently available:

Home Stretch

The University of South Alabama, in partnership with the EBSCO Foundation, offers a micro-scholarship that seeks to intervene when unmet financial need prevents registration, progression, and/or degree completion. Scholarships range in value based on need and student level. Home Stretch scholarships are not renewable and most students will only be considered for an award one time during their enrollment at USA. 

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 .

Students currently on financial aid warning, probation, or suspension will not be considered. Completion of the application is not a guarantee of an award.

Bridge the Gap

Bridge the Gap is a joint venture between  Student Academic Success and Student Financial Services. The Bridging the Gap scholarship is an institutionally funded retention award that provides limited financial support to students when unexpected, unforeseen, or unavoidable challenges and preventing them from persisting academically.

The scholarship is designed to off-set short-term financial need and is not intended to replace or supplement financial 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. 

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. Students currently on financial aid warning, probation, or suspension will not be considered. Completion of the application is not a guarantee of an award.