Fall 2020 OSU Scholarships: Choose the Path that's Best for You!

We know that everyone is having different experiences with COVID-19, and your individual circumstances mean that your important choices about education are very personal.  Oregon State University is offering students great flexibility for the fall 2020 term, and the OSU Scholarship Office encourages you to make the best decision for yourself based on all the information available.

We hope you will find the following information about 2020-2021 OSU scholarships useful as you consider your options, and we invite you to contact the OSU Scholarship Office at scholarship.office@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-1125 with any questions or concerns.

Newly-Admitted OSU Students Attending in Fall 2020

We can’t wait for you to join Beaver Nation this fall! 

During fall 2020, Oregon State will offer in-person, blended, remote, and Ecampus classes so you can choose the best options for your needs.  As you make your decisions, please remember that USP scholarships are only available to students enrolling at OSU’s Corvallis or Bend campuses.  If you take one or more fall courses through Ecampus, you will be eligible for your USP scholarship awards.  But if you change your OSU campus from Corvallis or Cascades to Ecampus, your USP scholarship awards will be cancelled.

OSU’s Degree Partnership Program (DPP)

Oregon State University’s Degree Partnership Program (DPP) allows you to be enrolled at both OSU and any one of our community college partner schools.  If you were awarded a USP scholarship at the time of admission, you can receive your USP scholarship while taking advantage of DPP.  Please note that the deadline to apply for DPP for fall 2020 is September 1, 2020.

To be eligible to receive your USP scholarship as a DPP participant, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Enroll in at least 6 credits at OSU, and
  • Enroll in at least 12 credits total between OSU and your DPP partner school, and
  • Select OSU as your home institution for financial aid purposes

If you do not meet all of these requirements in a given term, your USP scholarship will be cancelled for that term, but you may be eligible to retain your scholarship for future terms.  More information on USP scholarships and DPP enrollment can be found here

Some college and departmental scholarships and third-party scholarships may have different requirements regarding DPP enrollment.  We encourage you to check with your department or awarding organization to verify the requirements for these specific awards before deciding whether to participate in DPP.

Scholarship Eligibility and Reduced Enrollment

Although University Scholars Program (USP) scholarships usually require you to be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits) each term to receive an award, we recognize that enrolling at OSU full-time for fall 2020 may not be the best option for you.  For the fall 2020 term, you will be eligible for your USP scholarships if you are enrolled at least half-time (6 credits or more), and we will automatically adjust the value of your USP scholarship awards based on your actual enrollment. 

Here’s an example of how it will work:

If you were awarded a $6,000 USP scholarship for 2020-21, these are the amounts you will be eligible to receive for fall 2020 depending on your enrollment -

Fall Enrollment Award Amount
12 or more credits $2,000
9 to 11.5 credits $1,500
6 to 8.5 credits  $1,000
Less than 6 credits $0

If you receive a reduced award amount based on your enrollment for the fall 2020 term, you will forfeit the remaining amount.  If you have special circumstances, you may submit an appeal asking to receive the full amount of your USP scholarship while enrolled less than full-time.  More information about the scholarship appeal process is available here.

Many college and departmental scholarships and third-party scholarships require full-time enrollment.  We encourage you to check with your department or awarding organization to verify the requirements for these specific awards before making a decision about how many credits to take during the fall 2020 term.

To learn more about how your enrollment effects your eligibility for institutional, state, and federal financial aid, please contact OSU’s Office of Financial Aid.


Newly-Admitted OSU Students Deferring Admission to a Later Term

If the timing isn’t right for you to join Beaver Nation for fall 2020, we look forward to welcoming you for a future term!

University Scholars Program (USP) Scholarships

If you were admitted for fall 2020 but don’t plan to attend OSU right away, we may be able to hold any of the following University Scholars Program (USP) scholarships that you were awarded until a later term:

Resident Students

  • Finley Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Scholarship
  • Middle College Program Grant
  • National Scholars Award/National Merit Scholarship
  • Presidential Scholarship

Non-Resident Students

  • Aloha Scholarship
  • Beavers Beyond Scholarship
  • Evergreen Scholarship
  • Gem State Scholarship
  • Golden State Scholarship
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Scholarship
  • National Scholars Award/National Merit Scholarship
  • Provost Scholarship

To be eligible to receive any of these USP scholarships in a later term, you must defer your admission to an academic term no later than fall 2022 by September 1, 2020.  If you choose to start attending OSU in the winter 2023 term or later, you will not be eligible for reinstatement of these OSU scholarship awards. 

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarship

Non-resident students who defer their admission may have some USP scholarships held for a later term as described above.  If you are a qualified student from a WUE-eligible state or territory who decides to defer their admission, you will be considered automatically for a WUE Scholarship for the year in which you enroll.  Since OSU's WUE Scholarship is a competitive scholarship that offers a limited number of awards each year, however, there is no guarantee that you will receive a WUE Scholarship if you defer your admission to fall 2021 or later.  If you are selected for a WUE Scholarship, that award will replace the other USP scholarships you were previously awarded for fall 2020.  More details about the WUE Scholarship are available here.

College and Departmental Scholarships

If you defer your admission to a later term, any scholarships that were awarded to you by OSU’s colleges or departments for fall 2020 also may be held.  If you notify us that you are deferring your admission, the Scholarship Office will contact the colleges and departments to request that these scholarship awards be held for you.  The appropriate college or department will decide whether a scholarship award will be held on a case-by-case basis.

Need-Based Campus Scholarships and Financial Aid

Any need-based campus scholarships and state and federal financial aid that you were offered for 2020-2021 are based on your current financial circumstances and cannot be guaranteed if you defer your admission to a different academic year (summer 2021 or later).  Your eligibility for these need-based awards is based on your financial aid application for the 2020-2021 academic year, so your eligibility may be different for another year.  Please plan to file a FAFSA or ORSAA for the year you will start at OSU so we can consider you for the need-based financial aid and scholarship programs that will be available at that time.


Contacting the OSU Scholarship Office

As a result of university efforts to engage in social distancing to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the OSU Scholarship Office is currently closed to visitors.  Although our staff are working remotely, we are actively monitoring email and voicemail during regular business hours.

You may email us any time at scholarship.office@oregonstate.edu.  You also can call 541-737-1125 to leave us a voicemail message (please include your OSU ID number!), and we will respond to your message via email.  We typically are able to respond to email and voice messages within 1-2 business days.

If you need to turn in documents to the Scholarship Office, please send photos or scanned images of those documents electronically to scholarship.office@oregonstate.edu.