The Universities at Shady Grove awards a variety of third-party scholarships each semester. In addition to federal and state grants awarded on the basis of financial need, various private scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in programs at USG. These scholarships are created with contributions from private donors including the USG Board of Advisors, local businesses, foundations, community organizations and individual donors.
The priority deadline is June 30th for the fall semester and November 30th for the spring semester.
The amount of available funding varies each semester but can range from $500- full tuition and fees. Average award amount: $1,318.86
Although it is not required, many scholarships programs prefer students with leadership and those who participate in extracurricular activities.
Students must live in Montgomery County and must be eligible and qualify for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) to be considered. When completing your USG Scholarship application, there will be a link provided to verify your district. In order to be considered, it is important that the correct district is selected on your application. All applicants will be required to create a username and accept their awards through the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
In order to qualify for a USG scholarship, students must be enrolled in a course at USG. However, eligibility requirements vary by scholarship and some require that students be enrolled and maintain either a part time schedule, 6 credits or full time schedule, 12 credits or more for undergraduate or 9 credits or more for graduate students.
Yes. Students are encouraged to apply for USG scholarships as well as scholarships offered by their home institution.
All students who qualify to complete the FAFSA should complete their application by the State and institution deadlines. By completing the FAFSA, students may be eligible to receive need based, institutional and state aid.
Need based scholarships are those scholarships that take a students financial need into consideration during the awarding process. The most common form of need based scholarship is a need-based grant, such as a Pell Grant. These are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need based on the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Submitting the FAFSA by the priority deadline is the only requirement to be automatically considered for a need-based grant.
The State priority deadline is March 1st but each home institution have their own priority deadlines. View a list of USG Partner Institutions Priority Deadlines.
The amount awarded varies by student. To learn more, please see the types of Federal Grants offered by Federal Student Aid.
A student’s Pell Grant amount depends on his or her EFC, the cost of attendance at the chosen institution, the amount of the academic year he or she plans to attend and the student’s enrollment status as part time, full time or somewhere in between. Institutions use a chart from the Department of Education, which is updated annually, to calculate a student’s Pell Grant award each year based on these factors.
Merit-based scholarships are primarily awarded to students based on academic performance.
Grants are funds awarded to students based on financial need as calculated by the FAFSA. Grants do not need to be repaid.
The interest on subsidized loans does not start accruing until after you graduate because the interest is paid by the Federal Government. However, with unsubsidized loans the interest begins accruing as soon as your loan is disbursed. View more information here on Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans.
A disbursement is a payout of loans, scholarships, and/or grants to your home institution. The funds are posted to your student account to pay towards the current balance for the semester. There is a fall and spring disbursement. The earliest funds will arrive is 10 days before the first day of class for each semester.
GPA requirements vary by scholarship. For merit based scholarships, most require applicants to have a 3.0 or higher.
The USG Scholarship application does not require students to submit a personal statement. However, students who are being considered for a specific scholarship may be asked to submit personal statement or additional documents to be considered.
All applicants must include the following:
- Most recent unofficial transcript
- Student Aid Report (SAR, if applicable)
- Certificate of Finances (if applicable)
- Copy of your Financial Aid Package (if applicable)
- Enrollment verification or schedule of classes. If newly admitted, a letter of acceptance from the home institution or Program Director will be accepted instead.
- Unofficial copies of your most recent transcripts
Students will be notified of their application status by the second week of each semester.
The awarded funds are applied directly to the student’s university account to pay charges for tuition and fees. The disbursement takes approximately eight weeks to process. Because scholarships checks are sent AFTER the semester has begun, students must be prepared to cover the cost of their tuition before having their scholarship aid applied to their account. If there is a credit on the student's account after the scholarship has applied, the student will receive a refund through their home campus accounting office. We highly recommend you enroll in direct deposit for your refund with your home institution.
Yes. Students must be enrolled in order to receive their scholarship award.
Requirements vary by scholarship; the criteria will be outlined in your award letter. Some scholarships require that you update and re-submit a scholarship application each semester.
In order to be considered for the Internship and Healthcare Scholarships, students must have a secured internship and clinical rotation for the semester and provide required documentation.
Yes- All students who wish to be considered for scholarships, should submit for each semester. If you apply for scholarships at the beginning of the academic year (fall semester) and receive funding for fall and spring, you are not required to submit an application for the spring semester, unless you want to be considered for additional scholarships.
The scholarship awarding process includes financial aid and enrollment verification. The verification process is done in accordance with the add/drop date at your home institution. Because students must be enrolled, this allows adequate time for students to be enrolled prior to USG Scholarship selections. The disbursement takes approximately eight weeks to process. Because scholarships checks are sent AFTER the semester has begun, students must be prepared to cover the cost of their tuition before having their scholarship aid applied to their account.