Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
We receive a number of inquiries about the availability of scholarships and the process for consideration and selection. Almost all of these questions are answered in the information provided throughout our site. Some of the most frequently asked questions, as well as some of the more unusual questions, may be found here.
Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager
Admitted incoming students and current students can apply for other institutional scholarships, including general and department scholarships, by completing the Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager (AUSOM) application within AU Access. Students are only required to complete the AUSOM application once each academic year.
AUSOM can be found within AU Access on Admitted Students for incoming students and on My Finances for incoming students who have submitted the confirmation deposit and current students. Students use their AU Access User Name and Password to log in. The User Name is provided in the acceptance for admission letter for incoming students, and account activation is required prior to login.
When accessing AUSOM through secure home, office, or school networks, a firewall may block or prevent access. It may be helpful to access AUSOM through a network or computer in another location.
Students are encouraged to review Scholarship Dates & Deadlines to ensure maximum scholarship consideration. Incoming freshmen accepted for admission by mid-January receive automatic consideration for freshman scholarships. A scholarship application is not required.
February 1 is the scholarship deadline. Incoming and current Auburn students must complete the scholarship application through AUSOM by 4:45 p.m. CST to receive general and department scholarship consideration.
Incoming transfer students accepted to the Nursing professional program, as well as current Auburn students accepted to the Nursing or Veterinary Medicine professional program or enrolled in the Pharmacy professional program must complete the scholarship application through AUSOM by 4:45 p.m. CST on June 1 to receive department scholarship consideration.
The General Application includes consideration for many department scholarships. However, some colleges or schools require completion of a Supplemental Application within AUSOM for department scholarship consideration. Supplemental Applications appear to students who must answer additional questions to receive consideration for department scholarships and are based on the student's major.
Students should only complete the questions that pertain to the academic major studying or planning to study. Students are encouraged to complete all Supplemental Applications as well as the General Application. Within the General Application, students have an opportunity to indicate interest in receiving consideration for certain special interest scholarships, which also requires completion of a Supplemental Application.
If there is a change in major, students should review their scholarship application to answer possible additional questions for department scholarship consideration in the new major.
In some cases, general scholarships awarded by the Office of University Scholarships and department scholarships awarded by the college or school in which enrolled or planning to enroll require additional information specific to individual scholarships. Students are encouraged to review the suggested list of these Recommended Opportunities and provide any information requested to receive further consideration for those scholarships. More information can be found on Application Types on AUSOM.
As a general practice, students are ineligible to receive more than one Merit Scholarship and typically do not receive more than one General Scholarship. Students may receive a combination of alumni, merit, general, and department scholarships, provided the total amount awarded in institutional scholarships does not exceed Auburn’s annual estimated cost of attendance. External scholarships do not contribute to this total, and Auburn University does not limit external scholarships by number or amount. However, any amount received in scholarships may affect the amount of federal financial aid for which students are eligible. Individual scholarships awarded by other internal or external sources may have restrictions which require them to be awarded or disbursed at a lesser amount.
Students who have been awarded a scholarship must accept their scholarship online through the Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager (AUSOM). AUSOM can be found within AU Access on Admitted Students for incoming students and on My Finances for incoming students who have submitted the confirmation deposit and current students. Students should follow the instructions as prompted to review the scholarship offer and click “Accept” under the appropriate scholarship.
Merit scholarships are over awarded based on the response rate from previous years and are not re-awarded if declined. All other scholarships are re-awarded if declined.
The Provost Leadership Undergraduate Scholarship (PLUS & PLUS-T) program has a goal of increasing diversity among the undergraduate student population at Auburn University. The PLUS program assists participants financially by providing a scholarship renewable up to four years, and supports them academically and socially to ensure they succeed at Auburn University.
Additional scholarship opportunities that give preference to students from diverse backgrounds are awarded by the Office of University Scholarships and individual colleges and schools. These are available through the Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager (AUSOM), found by browsing “All” scholarships and searching by the keywords or phrases “diversity,”"first generation," "Federal Pell Grant," or "disability."
The Alabama GI Dependents' Scholarship program is an academic scholarship program administrated by the State of Alabama, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and applies to the dependents of Alabama’s disabled veterans. Additional information about this program may be found here.
The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.
Additional scholarship opportunities for veterans and their dependents are available through the Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager (AUSOM), found by browsing “All” scholarships and searching by the keywords or phrases “veteran,” "armed forces," "military," or "American Legion." Students are also encouraged to contact Auburn University’s Veteran Resource Center for additional information and benefits available to veterans and their dependents.
At this time, Auburn University does not have scholarships available specifically for students of Native American descent. Students should contact their local tribal council regarding scholarship opportunities or visit one of the American Indian websites listed under Other Links.
Auburn does not honor or match funds awarded through state-sponsored scholarship programs in other states. This includes funds awarded through Georgia Hope, Tennessee Hope, Florida Bright Futures, Louisiana TOPS, etc.
Recipients of PACT or another prepaid tuition plan should complete the Prepaid Tuition Plan Notification form located on AU's Student Financial Service's website to request payment of funds. The website can also be accessed on My Finances in AU Access. Having a prepaid tuition plan does not adversely affect a student’s consideration for scholarships.
Invoking the Grade Adjustment Policy will adjust a student’s cumulative Auburn GPA. For general scholarship consideration and merit scholarship renewal, the Office of University Scholarships only reviews a student's unadjusted, cumulative Auburn GPA. The unadjusted, cumulative Auburn GPA includes the grade(s) earned before the Grade Adjustment Policy was invoked. The Undergraduate Grade Adjustment Policy (GAP) provides more information.
Students who graduate in May or June of their senior year and enroll summer term at another postsecondary institution receive their freshman scholarship as awarded beginning fall term when they enroll at Auburn. These students are not penalized for summer enrollment prior to enrolling at Auburn.
Students who graduate in December or January of their senior year and enroll at Auburn the spring term immediately following high school graduation may be considered for freshman scholarships for the upcoming academic year beginning fall term. Students who enroll at another postsecondary institution the spring term following high school graduation and prior to enrollment at Auburn are transfer students and ineligible for freshman scholarship consideration.
Students who graduate in May or June of their junior year and enroll at Auburn the summer or fall term immediately following high school graduation receive consideration for freshman scholarships. Students who enroll at another postsecondary institution the fall or spring term following high school graduation are automatically transfer students and ineligible for freshman scholarship consideration.
Students who graduate in May or June of their senior year and do not enroll at Auburn the summer or fall term immediately following high school graduation are ineligible for freshman scholarship consideration. In limited or extenuating circumstances, students accepted for summer or fall term and awarded a merit scholarship may request a deferment subject to review and approval of their admission and scholarship until spring term. Students enrolling spring term and not previously approved for an admission and scholarship deferment may apply for general and department scholarships as current students during that term for the following academic year.
Students who wish to take a gap year, a year off between high school graduation and enrollment at Auburn, should apply for admission for the following fall term. Eligibility for admission and freshman scholarships will be evaluated with the applicants for the following year, and students are subject to the scholarship requirements and award amounts for that year. Students who enroll at another postsecondary institution during a gap year are automatically transfer students and ineligible for freshman scholarship consideration.
Fall 2022 Freshman Scholarships
Incoming freshmen were awarded merit scholarships based on the student’s high school GPA and ACT score or equivalent SAT score. Incoming freshmen were awarded achievement scholarships based on the academic assessment during the evaluation for admission.
Fall 2022 freshman scholarship recipients awarded had an average high school GPA of 4.25 and an average ACT score or equivalent SAT score of 30.
The deadline to submit updated information to be considered for freshman scholarships was January 15. Auburn does not guarantee reconsideration for freshman scholarships if a student later provides a new or improved test score.
We do not re-award freshman scholarships that are not accepted by the original recipient. We anticipate this occurrence and award freshman scholarships to a larger number of students than we expect will enroll based on past enrollment data and analysis.
Congratulations on your outstanding accomplishment! Auburn University’s scholarship awarding process is competitive, and all freshman scholarship decisions are final. If you find that your family’s financial circumstances have changed and additional financial assistance is needed, we recommend you contact Student Financial Services to determine your eligibility for need-based financial assistance.
Auburn is unable to honor or match scholarship amounts awarded by other institutions. Specifically, freshman scholarships are awarded based on funding available and the academic achievements of the scholarship applicant pool, which can vary from year to year.
All admitted freshmen may qualify for other scholarships, including need-based scholarships. Students must complete the scholarship application in the Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager (AUSOM) by February 1 for general and department scholarship consideration. A number of these scholarships state a preference or requirement for financial need, which is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). General and department scholarships will be awarded in early March, requiring the FAFSA to be received by February 1 for maximum scholarship consideration. Students selected for FAFSA verification will not be eligible for financial aid, including need-based scholarships, if this process is incomplete. The FAFSA and other requirements, if necessary, should be received by February 1 for need-based scholarship consideration.
General and Department Scholarships
External scholarship electronic payments should be sent using a preferred institutional payment method - ACH, automated clearing house or credit card. New ACH external scholarship donors may contact our scholarship specialist for assistance setting up their account for payments. Funds received via a preferred institutional payment method will be credited to the student's billing account within 3 business days.
Alternately, external scholarship checks may be sent to University Scholarships at 108 Mary Martin Hall for processing. All external scholarship checks should include the student’s full name and the student’s identification number.
Please note delays associated with the mail services provider may impact when the check is received by our office. It may take up to 7 business days following receipt for funds to be credited to the student's billing account.
External scholarship checks may be mailed to:
Office of University Scholarships
Attn: External Scholarships
108 Mary Martin Hall
Auburn University, Alabama 36849-5145
Occasionally, external scholarship donors require proof of enrollment prior to sending funds. If so, students should contact the Office of the Registrar located in Langdon Hall at (334) 844-4770 or visit Enrollment Certification for information on requesting enrollment verification.
External scholarship donors may also require that current students provide proof of academic standing to continue to receive funding. If so, students should contact the Office of the Registrar or visit Request Transcripts for information on requesting an official transcript.
Merit scholarship recipients must earn a minimum of 24 Auburn credit hours from fall to spring semester of each academic year and achieve a minimum 3.0 cumulative, unadjusted Auburn GPA by the end of each spring semester to be eligible for renewal of their scholarship for the next academic year.
Merit scholarship guidelines are provided with the student's award notification and can be viewed in the Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager (AUSOM).
The Family Portal allows students to grant access to parents and families to view their academic schedule and grades. More information about access to this resource can be found on the Parent & Family Programs' Access to Resources.
Four-year scholarships awarded by the Office of University Scholarships are available for eight semesters. When you participate in a co-op program, the end term for your scholarship is extended each semester that you are working until you have used all eight semesters of your scholarship as an undergraduate student.
Our office routinely generates reports of students who are participating in co-op each semester, and we automatically adjust scholarships accordingly, so there is no need to notify us when you co-op or when you return. We will send an email to your Auburn email address when your scholarship is adjusted.
The tables below show typical co-op schedules and the criteria that will be reviewed to determine your eligibility for scholarship renewal for the following academic year.
|Fall||AU||Must earn a total of 24 Auburn hours between fall and summer and|
|Spring||Co-op||maintain a 3.0 cumulative, unadjusted Auburn GPA.|
|Fall||Co-op||Must earn a total of 12 Auburn hours during spring semester and|
|Spring||AU||maintain a 3.0 cumulative, unadjusted Auburn GPA.|