Eligibility for Scholarships
Basic requirements to receive and maintain BYU scholarships.
Minimum Hour Requirement
- Maintain the number of credits required by scholarship, typically 12 for fall/winter.
- Independent Study courses, audited courses, and language exam credits do not count.
- Scholarships will not credit to your account until you register for the appropriate number of credit hours.
Dropping Classes and Discontinuance
- If at any point you fall below the minimum credit hour requirement, your scholarship will be canceled and you will be responsible for any tuition charges and/or discontinuance fees.
- If there are unusual or extenuating circumstances that require you to drop or discontinue, please visit an Enrollment Services Counselor in advance, if possible.
Using Your Scholarship
- Scholarships are awarded for specific semesters. You may not combine the amount awarded for two semesters into one. Also, except to defer for a full-time church mission or active duty military service, you may not move unclaimed amounts from one semester to another. However, if you are awarded for two semesters, you may decline the scholarship for one semester without negating the other.
- The Financial Aid Office limits assistance to eight semesters of fall/winter scholarship per student.
- Spring/summer scholarships do not count against the eight semesters of eligibility.
- All scholarship awarded by the Financial Aid Office are for undergraduate students. For graduate scholarship opportunities you will need to contact your department/college.
Leave of Absence
- Continuing students who are on a Leave of Absence for reasons other than a missionary deferment must apply by the appropriate deadline to be considered for scholarships upon their return, even if they are not currently enrolled.
- Funds awarded as scholarships, fellowships, benefits, and grants, are excluded from the recipient’s gross income to the extent that they are used for required tuition, books, fees, supplies, and equipment. Funds that exceed these expenses or which are used for other purposes, including room, board, research, and travel, must be included as taxable income.
- Because you are responsible for taxes due the government, keep receipts, cancelled checks, and other documents to detail qualified expenditures.
- Consult your personal tax advisor with any questions or concerns.
Multi-Year Scholarship Policies
In addition to the above policies and expectations, multi-year scholarships have the following:
Maintaining Your Scholarship
- You must earn and maintain a minimum 3.60 BYU grade point average through the end of each winter semester.
- You are expected to enroll at BYU for the equivalent of two semesters during each academic year unless serving a Latter-day Saint mission. If you miss a major semester, you have the option of moving the scholarship to spring and summer terms of the same academic year. If you do not plan on attending BYU during spring or summer terms, you would simply decline that portion of the scholarship.
- You may apply to receive spring-summer scholarships in addition to your multi-year award, although you may not claim both during the same enrollment.
- To be considered for these additional awards, you must submit the online scholarship application through myBYU by the February 1 deadline.