The following information applies to OSU University Scholars Program scholarships awarded to incoming freshmen and transfer students based on their application for admission. For college, departmental, and external scholarships, students should contact the awarding organization or academic department with any questions.

By submitting the application for admission to OSU, incoming freshman and transfer students are automatically considered for University Scholars Program scholarships. OSU also offers need-based scholarships that require students to submit the FAFSA or ORSAA before the priority deadline of February 28th. In addition, both newly-admitted and continuing OSU students can apply for college and departmental scholarships starting November 1st through OSU ScholarDollars.

Incoming freshmen who apply for admission and submit high school transcripts and official test scores by November 1st will receive early notification of their University Scholars Program scholarship eligibility in December. Incoming freshmen and transfer students who apply for admission by February 1st and submit their transcripts and test scores by February 15th will be notified of their University Scholars Program scholarship eligibility by the end of March.  Students who apply after February 1st will be considered for scholarships on a funds-available basis.

Deadlines for scholarships through OSU ScholarDollars vary, but most deadlines are in mid-February. We recommend students submit their ScholarDollars application no later than February 1st each year to maximize their opportunities.

You will first need to sign up for ONID. Enter your student ID number (found on your letter of admission) to set up your ONID username and password. First-time users will be asked to enter their name and six-digit date of birth. After you have set up your ONID account, visit the OSU Home Page, select Tools and Services and follow these steps:

  • Select MyOregonState
  • Log in using your ONID username and password
  • From the main tab, select Paying for College
  • Select Financial Aid Requirements and Awards
  • Select the appropriate aid year
  • Select the Accept Award Offer tab
  • Select your decision about the scholarship offer
  • Click Submit when done

University Scholars Program scholarships awarded based on the application for admission are renewable for up to three additional years (four years total). The terms and conditions of OSU scholarships are sent with the initial award letter and are available in the financial aid award section of MyOregonState. Students also can view their renewal requirements here.

Some scholarships offered by OSU are not renewable and the award letter will indicate such. Students should always check with the Scholarship Office, awarding agency, or their academic department to determine which scholarships are renewable.

Renewal criteria for University Scholars Program scholarships can be found here

If you do not meet the enrollment requirements and/or the annual renewal requirements for your scholarship, your scholarship will be cancelled, and the Scholarship Office will notify you via email. Once your scholarship is cancelled, your eligibility will no longer be reviewed by the Scholarship Office, and all future terms of payment will be forfeited. The only option for reinstatement is to submit an appeal by the posted appeal deadline. You must appeal immediately following the cancellation of your scholarship.

The Scholarship Office tracks GPA and completed credits from term to term and notifies students of their progress toward renewal, but scholarships will disburse each term as long as you are enrolled full-time. Annual completed credits and GPA for renewal are verified at the end of each spring term. 

If you are only taking courses at OSU, your cumulative institutional GPA will be reviewed for renewal purposes. If you are currently enrolled in the Degree Partnership Program (DPP), or ever have been in the past, your overall cumulative GPA will be reviewed for renewal purposes. 

Students cannot receive credit for the same course more than once, so only one attempt will count towards your annual renewal requirement. Courses completed with a D grade or higher cannot be repeated in the same academic year to count toward the annual credit completion requirement. If you receive an F grade, an incomplete, or do not pass the course, the repeated attempt will count as long as you earn a passing grade.


OSU University Scholars Program (USP) scholarships awarded based on a students application for admission cannot be combined with other USP scholarships of the same type. However, scholarships award by third-party donors, OSU academic departments/colleges, or alumni/donors can be combined with USP scholarships. For example, if a student is awarded the Finley Academic Excellence scholarship and is then selected for the prestigious Presidential Scholarship, the Presidential Scholarship replaces the initial Finley Academic Excellence Scholarship. However, if a student is awarded the Finley Academic Excellence Scholarship, then receives the College of Engineering Dean's Scholarship, the student can keep both scholarships.

The National Merit and International Baccalaureate Scholarships can be stacked with other USP Scholarships.

College credits earned while in high school or while enrolled at another institution do NOT count toward the annual credit completion requirement for renewal. If you are enrolled in the Degree Partnership Program (DPP), the credits earned at your partner institution will count toward the annual credit completion requirement.

To be eligible to receive a payment of your USP scholarship in a given term as a Degree Partnership Program (DPP) participant, you must meet the following enrollment requirements as outlined in the terms and conditions of your award:

  • Enroll in at least 6 credits at OSU, and
  • Enroll in at least 12 credits total between OSU and your 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, you may be eligible to retain your scholarship for future terms. More information on USP Scholarships and DPP enrollment can be found here.

Some third-party scholarships and college/departmental scholarships may have different requirements regarding DPP enrollment. We recommend you check with your awarding organization or department to verify the requirements for your specific award(s).

Yes, you can take online courses as long as you do not change your primary campus to Ecampus. Ecampus students are not eligible for University Scholars Program scholarships awarded at the time of admission. If you have college or departmental scholarships, we also recommend checking with your college or department to verify campus requirements.

Yes, University Scholars Program scholarships are available for up to 12 terms of payment. As long as you are enrolled in 12 or more credits for the summer term, you may submit a request to have one of your 12 payments applied to summer by emailing [email protected]. Note: If you receive a scholarship payment in the summer term, your annual credit completion requirement for renewal purposes will increase by 12 credits.

OSU uses a student's unweighted high school GPA to determine their eligibility for USP scholarships.

No, your scholarship renewal will show as "estimated" on your financial aid award until final spring grades have been posted. Once your eligibility for renewal is determined, the Scholarship Office will update your scholarship status to "accepted" (or "cancelled" if you did not meet renewal requirements).

If you do not meet the cumulative GPA and credit completion requirements for renewal, did not meet full-time enrollment in a given term, are requesting a hold for a break in enrollment, or have to withdraw from a term for unforeseen circumstances (medical, family, etc.), you can submit a Scholarship Appeal. Appeals must be submitted by the appropriate deadline to be considered.

If you are awarded a non-resident University Scholars Program scholarship and your residency status changes prior to the start of your first term at OSU, you will be re-evaluated for resident University Scholars Program scholarships based on the resident awarding criteria. If your residency status changes after the start of your first term at OSU, you will become ineligible for non-resident University Scholars Program scholarships and will not be re-evaluated for resident University Scholars Program scholarships.

Yes! Oregon State University offers a variety of merit-based scholarships that are open to all incoming freshman and transfer students, including undocumented students. Students are considered for these awards based on their residency, GPA, test scores, and more. To apply for incoming student scholarships, students must complete the scholarships portion of the admissions application and have a complete application (application, test scores, and transcripts) submitted to the Office of Admissions by the scholarship deadline (February 1st). Colleges and departments also may award scholarships to new OSU students. Eligibility for scholarships awarded by academic programs varies based on department, student status, GPA, test scores, etc. Certain academic departments may use the information from the admissions application to award scholarships, while others may require a separate application to be considered. Not all college or departmental scholarships may be available to undocumented students depending on the funding source of the award.