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Merit Scholarship FAQs

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1. How can I be considered for a fall 2017 merit scholarship?


2. What are the eligibility requirements in order to be considered for merit scholarships?

3. When will I be notified about receiving scholarships?

4. Can I receive more than one scholarship from the admissions office?

5. As a recipient of National Merit Finalist, National Achievement Finalist or National Hispanic Scholars scholarship, do I have to pay the admissions deposit?

6. As a recipient of a Presidential or Ambassador Scholarship, do I have to pay the admissions deposit?

7. If I did not meet the requirements for merit scholarships at the time of applying, could I be eligible to receive one after my first year at FIU?  

8. Can you “stack” scholarship dollars?

9. Do you accept both ACT and SAT scores?

10. What components of the SAT scores do you review for scholarships?

11. What components of the ACT test do you review for scholarships?

11. Do you “super-score” tests for scholarship consideration?

12. For entering freshmen, when GPA is reviewed for scholarships, will a weighted or unweighted GPA be considered?

13. What are the last ACT/SAT testing dates you accept for scholarship consideration?

14. If I am awarded a scholarship as an incoming freshman but decide to attend another college/university for one year, then re-apply to FIU, can I get the same scholarship I was awarded as an incoming  freshman?

15. As a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) student, will I be eligible to receive a merit scholarship?

16. I wish to complete a post-graduate degree though an accelerated program, will my scholarship cover the graduate portion of my tuition?

17. I have a documented disability; will I be eligible to receive a course load accommodation?

18. May I take credits in the summer term to meet the scholarship renewal requirements?

19. If I lose my scholarship, can I appeal it? How do I go about doing that?

20. What would a scholarship appeal consist of?

21. How can I renew my scholarship?

22. Does FIU have additional scholarship opportunities, other than the Merit Scholarships? 

23. Is there a deadline to accept my scholarship offer?

24. Do I have to be an “in-state” student to receive a merit based scholarship?



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1.How can I be considered for a fall 2017 merit scholarship?

To qualify for academic merit scholarship consideration, students must be admitted to FIU prior to November 1, 2016. Students are strongly encouraged to submit a completed admissions application by October 15 to allow time for the application to be processed. The last test date results used for scholarship consideration are SAT -October 1, 2016 and ACT - September 10, 2016.  

Scholarship applications are found at fiu.academicworks.com  and must be completed no later than December 1, 2016. A completed scholarship application consists of two letters of recommendation and an essay response to a prompt. 



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2. What are the eligibility requirements in order to be considered for merit scholarships?

The awarding of academic, admissions scholarships is highly competitive. Less than 10% of our incoming fall 2017 freshman class will receive a scholarship. 

Students must submit and complete the admissions application and be admitted prior to the scholarship priority deadline of November 1, 2016. Decisions are made by the scholarship committee and are based on a student's strong academic credentials and supporting documentation. Meeting the minimum requirements for a scholarship does not guarantee selection.  

Merit scholarships are available to students who are:  first time in college, degree seeking students who will be attending FIU full time (12-15 credits per semester) and entering in fall of 2017.


The scholarships requirements are as follows:

Scholarship 

Eligibility 

Award 

Presidential 

4.0 GPA 

2000 SAT or 30 ACT 

100% tuition and fees plus books 

Ambassador 

4.0 GPA 

1850 SAT or 28 ACT 

75% tuition and fees plus books 


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3. When will I be notified about receiving scholarships?

If you are awarded a merit scholarship, you will receive an email from FIU letting you know that you have been selected a merit scholarship recipient. 

 

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4. Can I receive more than one scholarship from the admissions office?

Students may only qualify for one merit scholarship from the Admissions office.  Students should apply to the scholarship for which they meet the minimum requirements. 



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5. As a recipient of National Merit Finalist, National Achievement Finalist or National Hispanic Scholars scholarship, do I have to pay the admissions deposit?

Yes, all students are required to pay the $200 admissions deposit. 



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6. As a recipient of a Presidential or Ambassador Scholarship, do I have to pay the admissions deposit?

Yes, all students are required to pay the $200 admissions deposit.

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7. If I did not meet the requirements for merit scholarships at the time of applying, could I be eligible to receive one after my first year at FIU?  

Only entering freshmen or transfer students who meet all required deadlines are eligible for merit scholarships through the Office of Admissions. 



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8. Can you “stack” scholarship dollars?

Students may stack admissions merit scholarships with any federal funds or private scholarships they may be receiving.  Florida Bright Futures and Florida Pre-Paid may also be applied to your account.  



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9. Do you accept both ACT and SAT scores?

Yes, we accept either test. Your application is evaluated based on the highest composite test score from either exam.



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10. What components of the SAT scores do you review for scholarships?

SAT scores are calculated using critical reading, math, and writing scores. ACT scores are calculated using the highest composite score, including the writing portion of the exam. 



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11. Do you “super-score” tests for scholarship consideration?

Yes, we consider your "super score" for scholarship consideration. This means that we will take different sections of either the SAT/ACT  and counting the best individual sections from each test while reviewing your requirements for scholarships. 



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12. For entering freshmen, when GPA is reviewed for scholarships, will a weighted or unweighted GPA be considered?

At FIU we will recalculate your GPA and add our own weight. We base this on grades earned only in academic courses, and additional weight is assigned to grades earned in Honors, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate courses, etc.



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13. What are the last ACT/SAT testing dates you accept for scholarship consideration? 

For the 2017-2018 Scholarship Competition the last test scores we will accept are the September 10, 2016 ACT test and the October 1,2016 SAT test with a rush delivery. 



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14. If I am awarded a scholarship as an incoming freshman but decide to attend another college/university for one year, then re-apply to FIU, can I get the same scholarship I was awarded as an incoming  freshman? 

No. Scholarships are only available for incoming freshmen or transfer students for the term in which they begin their degree at FIU. 


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15. As a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) student, will I be eligible to receive a merit scholarship?

Students who qualify under the deferred action for Childhood Arrivals do not qualify for federal financial aid, state scholarship programs or university scholarships that are funded through state budget allocations. DACA students may be eligible for private scholarships dependent on the requirements of the individual program. Students are encouraged to use search engines such as fastweb.com, finaid.org, edupass.org and collegeboard.org to search for additional scholarships. For more information about DACA from the Financial Aid website, please see the following link (LINK GOES HERE, http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/undocumented.phtml). Students are also encouraged to speak with their advocate about opportunities available to assist in the financing of their college education. 



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16. I wish to complete a post-graduate degree though an accelerated program, will my scholarship cover the graduate portion of my tuition?

Merit scholarships will only cover the undergraduate portion of tuition in the amount of credits stipulated by the scholarship terms and conditions and cannot be applied towards graduate tuition. 


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17. I have a documented disability; will I be eligible to receive a course load accommodation?

Students with a documented disability are eligible to receive a course load accommodation. The student must be registered with the Disability Resource Center in order for this provision to be made. Funds will not be disbursed to the student during the summer semester, although they may be required to take summer courses as part of their course load accommodation. 



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18. May I take credits in the summer term to meet the scholarship renewal requirements?

A student who wishes to take courses in the summer term must submit an appeal to the admissions office with supporting documentation. Students should only appeal if they have extenuating circumstances and can provide supporting documentation. If approved, the student will be allowed to take classes in the summer but scholarship funds will not be disbursed to the student in the summer term. Students should submit their appeal at least one month prior to the summer term. For renewal requirements and more information please visit: http://onestop.fiu.edu/financial-aid/scholarship-information/index.html



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19. If I lose my scholarship, can I appeal it? How do I go about doing that?

All scholarship appeals for reinstatement are done by the Financial Aid Office. Student must wait until they have been notified of their scholarship loss to file an appeal. For renewal requirements and more information please visit: http://onestop.fiu.edu/financial-aid/scholarship-information/index.html



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20. What would a scholarship appeal consist of?

A student who fails to meet renewal criteria must submit an appeal to the financial aid office. The appeal must include an appeal form, a written statement, and supporting documentation. If your appeal was approved, the scholarship will be renewed for the new academic year. If the appeal is denied, the student may submit a final appeal form. Students will only be permitted to submit one initial appeal and one final appeal. For renewal requirements and more information please visit: http://onestop.fiu.edu/financial-aid/scholarship-information/index.html 



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21. How can I renew my scholarship?

All FIU merit-scholarships are renewable at the same monetary level, contingent upon the student maintaining full-time status, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and completion of 30 credit hours between Fall and Spring terms only. For renewal requirements and more information please visit: http://onestop.fiu.edu/financial-aid/scholarship-information/index.html 



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22. Does FIU have additional scholarship opportunities, other than the Merit Scholarships?

FIU offers University-Wide Scholarships through the office of Undergraduate Education. They award approximately 87 scholarships. Awards range from $500-$4000 dollars. Each scholarship has specific criteria and you can apply for all scholarships for which you are eligible.  The Honors College also offers scholarships to admitted and enrolled students.  You may also search for private scholarships.  



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23. Is there a deadline to accept my scholarship offer?

Scholarship Timeline 

Submit application for admission as a first-time in college degree seeking student

Suggested Submission date October 15. 2016

Submit a completed scholarship application

November 30, 2016

Scholarship recipients notified

Decisions will be released beginning January 15, 2017

Accept scholarship and submit $200 enrollment deposit

May 1, 2017


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24. Do I have to be an “in-state” student to receive a merit based scholarship?

You do not have to be considered "In-state" to qualify for our merit-based scholarships. However, the National Merit Finalist scholarship, National Achievement Finalist Scholarship, and National Hispanic Scholars Scholarship, do require that you are Domestic student. 


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