What you need to know about scholarships

Scholarships are an excellent way to help fund your education! But understanding how scholarships work can be a bit daunting. Your CSE Academic Advising team has compiled a list of frequently asked questions we get regarding scholarships.
Scholarships are an excellent way to help fund your education! But understanding how scholarships work can be a bit daunting. Your CSE Academic Advising team has compiled a list of frequently asked questions we get regarding scholarships.

How do I know if I'm being considered for scholarships?
All new incoming CSE first-year and transfer students are considered for University of Minnesota and college-specific scholarships as part of the admissions application process.

Scholarships can be either need-based or merit-based. It is critical that you complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to start the process. Completing the FAFSA is free! You can find more information about the FAFSA at One Stop.

All current CSE students may apply for merit-based scholarships after three semesters of full-time enrollment in CSE. Recipients of these scholarships typically have a 3.6 or higher GPA and extensive leadership and co-curricular involvement.

Where can I find scholarships?
New students can find information, including available scholarships, at the Office of Admissions scholarship webpage.

Current students can use the Undergraduate Scholarship Search through One Stop. This tool will find scholarships you could be eligible for based on academic performance, college and major, and other demographic information. You will need your University of Minnesota login information to access the search.

Students are also encouraged to connect with their department for scholarships specific to their major.

How and when will I be notified if I have been awarded a scholarship?
New first-year students who have been awarded a scholarship will receive a letter in the mail from the Office of Admissions by the end of March.

Transfer and current students will receive an email directly from CSE by the end of April if they have been awarded a scholarship.

Is there anything else I should know about scholarships?
There is no "average" scholarship amount. Awards can range from $1,000 to the full cost of attendance for up to four years.

Awards come from funds donated by alumni and corporate partners. Scholarships can be awarded based on academic performance, geographic origin, major, and cultural identity.

It is worth the effort to do your research. Don't forget to complete the FAFSA and apply for anything you are eligible for. Every little bit of financial support can help!