Scholarships & Financial Aid Scholarship Information General Information: Application for admission & scholarships is combined. Incoming freshmen only need to complete this one application to be considered for all scholarship opportunities at UCO. Application is online at www.uco.edu/apply Deadline is February 1 Waivers for Lunch Programs Counselor should submit form or letter Once student has completed their application, they should contact Admissions. Admissions will “push” their application for it to be processed. Improvements for Next Year: Include better instructions & information in application (i.e.: “Warning: Before you submit this application, have you completed all sections including all scholarship and essay questions?” You will NOT be able to return to this application once you hit submit). Scholarship Information Types of Scholarships at UCO: Oklahoma State Regent of Higher Education Leadership Scholarships Academic Scholarships Eligibility: The only automatic placement scholarship at UCO is the Oklahoma Regent Academic Scholar Program. UCO’s other scholarships are not guaranteed. Students must meet certain eligibility requirements depending on the scholarship. Then, students “compete” for the scholarship with other applicants. Ultimately, the students with higher GPA’s, ACT’s, financial need, or other criteria will be awarded the scholarship first. Number Given: The number of scholarships given at UCO is not unlimited. This is noted on the scholarship sheet. Why so few? What can you do to help? Other Information: Some candidates being considered for the Baccalaureate & Freshmen Achievement Scholarship may be called for interviews during the month of February or March. Interviews will be held at UCO. UCO Scholarships & Financial Aid Special Situations & Other Information: Undocumented Students can apply for scholarships if they graduated from an Oklahoma high school. The student is required to fill out and sign a legal affidavit that indicates where they are in the legalization process. The student must provide proof that he/she submitted an application/petition with USCIS and it is being reviewed. Students that are approved for legal, permanent residency are eligible for all type of scholarships and financial assistance. Required Information: Official Six Semester Transcript ACT scores (National is required for Regents Scholarships, Residual accepted for all other scholarships) FAFSA completed by end of March (FAFSA available January 1st. Families unable to complete taxes in this turnaround time should estimate by using last years taxes. Historical UCO Data In 2009-2010, the average incoming freshmen student who received a scholarship from UCO had a 3.76 GPA and 26 ACT. In 2009-2010, 72% of scholarship applicants received a scholarship award. A 2010 study demonstrated that 69% of our students who receive scholarships as freshmen are retained through to their sophomore year at UCO. The same study indicated that retention of our total scholarship program stands at 82%. UCO offers a wonderful continuing scholarship program for students who receive one-year awards as incoming freshmen. Students can apply for departmental, third-party, Admission and Foundation awards. Financial Aid All students applying for scholarships must complete the FAFSA. However, we encourage all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid! Grants (i.e.: Federal Pell Grant, OHLAP, OTAG) Loans (i.e.: Direct Subsidized, Direct Unsubsidized, Direct Parent ) Work-study Process of Applying & Possible Verification Selection, Special Circumstance, etc. Stacy McNeiland, Director Recruitment & Scholarships (405) 974-2597 [email protected] Carol Dean, Assistant Director Federal Work-Study & Scholarships (405) 974-3334 [email protected] Thank you for attending The Scholarship & Financial Aid Session!