Outside scholarships are scholarships that are awarded from nongovernmental sources outside of Washington University. Examples are scholarships awarded by corporations, foundations, civic or religious organizations, etc.
It is the policy of Washington University that receipt of an outside scholarship will not result in a reduction of the student's Washington University scholarship.
Federal and state government grants and certain other entitlement grants (i.e., State Scholarships and Grants, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, employer tuition benefits) may not be subject to this policy. If these items are not included in the student's original scholarship, they may produce a corresponding reduction in the Washington University scholarship since these programs have specific restraints. Student Financial Services also may have to adjust other components of a student's financial assistance package, such as Federal Work-Study jobs and federally subsidized loans, to comply with federal regulations.
In rare cases, the university is compelled to reduce the student's Washington University scholarship. These infrequent situations include:
- When the total amount of all scholarships and grants exceeds the student's annual cost of attendance at Washington University.
- When the student has been awarded a federal or state grant as part of the financial assistance package and the total of these grants - along with a Washington University scholarship and outside scholarships - would exceed that student's cost.
Please note: The federal government requires students to report their outside scholarships to Student Financial Services. You may do this by providing our office with a copy of your outside scholarship award letter or certificate.