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U Promise Scholarship

FAQs for recipients

  1. What is the U Promise Scholarship?
  2. How many semesters will I be eligible to receive the U Promise Scholarship?
  3. Do outside/additional scholarships affect my U Promise amount?
  4. What if I take a leave of absence or learning abroad?
  5. Where can I go for more information?

1. What is the U Promise Scholarship?

The U Promise Scholarship has provided gift support to low and middle income University students since 2005. Students are automatically considered for these scholarships by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In 2009 the program was expanded to include all Minnesota-resident undergraduates with family incomes up to $100,000.

Awards for the 2013-2014 academic year will range from $570 to $4,000, with higher awards directed to students with the greatest financial need. The amount of your award is based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by your FAFSA. 

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2. How many semesters will I be eligible to receive the U Promise Scholarship?

U Promise is awarded for fall and spring terms only—the program is not applicable to summer attendance.

Students who enter the University as new freshmen are eligible to receive the scholarship for a maximum of four years. Eligibility will expire four years from the date you entered the University—whether or not the award was used each year. Students who transfer are eligible to receive the scholarship for a maximum of two years after the date they entered the University.

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3. Do outside/additional scholarships affect my U Promise amount?

After all other gift aid is applied, the U Promise Scholarship is designed to help fill the gap between your financial need and your cost of attendance. Additional scholarships may reduce the amount of need and the U Promise amount may decrease as a result.

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4. What if I take a leave of absence or learning abroad?

You must continue to be enrolled for consecutive terms to maintain your full eligibility for the U Promise Scholarship.

In some situations, students approved for a leave of absence may receive the U Promise scholarship upon returning to the University, if their U Promise eligibility has not expired.

Students in a learning abroad program will typically stay enrolled in their University of Minnesota degree program during their studies overseas. In this case you will continue to be eligible for a U Promise Scholarship toward the cost of attendance as a University of Minnesota student. You may have additional expenses related to your learning abroad program which are not eligible for U Promise support.

Your eligibility to receive the U Promise Scholarship begins with the term you entered the University as an undergraduate degree-seeking student. Your eligibility will expire—whether or not the award was used each year. Eligibility expires four years after the entrance date for students entering the University as new freshmen; and two years after the entrance date for students who transfer to the University. This timeframe limitation means that taking a leave of absence will reduce your ability to benefit from the U Promise Scholarship.

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5. Where can I go for more information?

Crookston: One Stop Student Services

Duluth: One Stop Student Services

Morris: Financial Aid Office

Twin Cities: One Stop Student Services

Rochester: One Stop Student Services

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