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Scholarships for transfer students (2017-18)

Related: Admissions information for transfer students

Some scholarship opportunities for transfer students require an application, and some do not.

No scholarship application required:

You do not have to submit a scholarship application to apply for these scholarships. We will use the information from your Admission application to determine your eligibility for general institutional scholarships, Partners in Excellence and non-Ohio resident scholarships.

Freshmen transfer students who have earned 29 or less credit hours at another institution may be eligible for freshman general institutional scholarships. In addition, students' GPA from their previous institution must be at the level necessary for renewal. See renewal criteria for details.

General institutional scholarships range from $2,500 to $8,000 and are based on high school academic records and standardized test scores. These scholarships are awarded to freshmen transfer students meeting the minimum criteria. Scholarships awarded to transfer students are renewable for a maximum of six consecutive, full-time (12 credit hour) semesters. These scholarships may not be combined with the Partners in Excellence-Transfer Scholarship.

Scholarship requirements

GPA requirement: Minimum 3.00 high school GPA
Test requirement: Minimum composite ACT score of 20 OR minimum SAT score of 1020 (total score on SAT taken on or after March 1, 2016) OR minimum SAT score of 950 (combined critical reading and math score on SAT taken before March 1, 2016)
Minimum enrollment: Full-time undergraduate (12 credits/semester)

Renewal criteria

Scholarship for Excellence $5,000-$8,000 UA GPA minimum: 3.25
Presidential Scholarship $3,500-$4,500 UA GPA minimum: 3.00
Student Success Scholarship $2,500-$3,000 UA GPA minimum: 2.75

Partners in Excellence-Transfer Scholarships range from $2,000 to $2,500, divided evenly over two semesters. Mid-year transfers would receive only the spring half of the award, if funds are available. Students transferring to The University of Akron with at least 24 credit hours of undergraduate credit earned after graduating from high school must apply and submit final transcripts by the deadlines listed below to be considered for scholarships. They are renewable for a maximum of six consecutive, full-time (12 credit hour) semesters. These scholarships may not be combined with general institutional scholarships.

Submit final transcripts: As soon as possible to confirm your eligibility.
Transfer GPA requirement: $2,500 award: 3.50 GPA
$2,000 award: 3.25 GPA
Renewal GPA (maximum six full-time semesters): 3.0

The Akron Advantage Gold or Blue Award is applied to the non-resident surcharge of qualified non-Ohio residents. The Akron Advantage Gold or Blue Award is in addition to other scholarship awards.

Learn about the awards

A scholarship application may be required:

Read the directions for each type of scholarship to find out how to apply.

To apply, students should submit proof of active membership to the Office of Student Financial Aid.


Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships of $1,000 are available to qualifying post-high school transfer students who are active members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

You do not have to submit a scholarship application to apply for these scholarships, but in addition to applying for admission to the University, you also need to apply for admission to the Honors College. We will use the information from your Honors admission application to determine your eligibility for Honors Scholarships.


Application deadlines: June 1 for fall admission; Dec. 1 for spring admission
GPA requirement: Minimum 3.6 college GPA
Renewal GPA: Varies by award and academic level
Minimum enrollment: Full-time undergraduate (12 credits/semester)

Submit the Transfer Student Scholarship Application by May 1.


Private/named scholarships (including endowed scholarships) are funded by external donors and are awarded to students who meet criteria established by the donors. These criteria may include demonstrated history of leadership, community service, financial need and/or other personal factors. These scholarships are not automatically renewed. An application is required each year for consideration. (Transfer students are considered continuing students after their first UA semester. Continuing students need to submit the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.)

An application for the following college/academic department scholarships may be required. Each scholarship process is different. Follow the links below for detailed information and instructions.


Colleges and academic departments with scholarship programs.

An application may be required for the following scholarships. Each scholarship process is different. Follow the links below for detailed information and instructions.


Tuition assistance programs offered outside of The University of Akron may include:

There are a number of free and recommended websites that students can use to search for scholarship opportunities outside of The University of Akron. Outside scholarships received should be reported to the Office of Student Accounts.

Ways that tuition dollars can be applied

UA offers thousands of scholarships and awards - more than $32 million each year. With the largest endowment of any public university in northern Ohio, UA is able to give many talented students the chance to study. Awards range from hundreds of dollars to complete, "full-ride" academic scholarships.

UA strives to address the financial needs of as many students as possible. By setting a scholarship maximum ("cap"), the University is able to help more students achieve their goals by distributing scholarships broadly to a greater number of students. Scholarships awarded by the University, including general institutional scholarships and private/named and endowed scholarships are all subject to the established scholarship "cap." A student's combination of all University-awarded scholarships for the year cannot exceed the cap which is determined when they enter the University as a freshman. For freshmen students entering in Fall 2017, the scholarship cap is $11,000 annually. For additional information regarding the scholarship cap, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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