Scholarships Checklist

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.

  • AUSOM
  • General Information
  • Freshman Scholarships
  • General & Departmental Scholarships
  • Scholarship Payment

Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager


How do students receive scholarship consideration?

Students can apply for all institutional scholarships, including Freshman Scholarships, General Scholarships, and Departmental Scholarships, by completing the new Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager (AUSOM) application within AU Access. Students are only required to complete the AUSOM application once each academic year.

How do students log into AUSOM?

AUSOM can be found within AU Access on the Admitted Students tab for incoming students and on the Tiger I tab 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.

An error message is received when logging into AUSOM through AU Access. Why is AUSOM inaccessible?

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 and/or computer in another location.

What is the deadline to submit an AUSOM application?

Incoming freshmen accepted for admission must apply through AUSOM by
December 1 to receive consideration for Freshman Scholarships and priority consideration for General Scholarships. Effective February 1, the Freshman Scholarship deadline has been extended to February 9 due to the winter storm. Students must apply through AUSOM by March 1 to receive consideration for General Scholarships and Departmental Scholarships. Students in Nursing, Pharmacy, or Veterinary Medicine must apply through AUSOM by June 1 to receive consideration for Departmental Scholarships. Students are encouraged to review Scholarship Dates & Deadlines to ensure maximum scholarship consideration based on student type.

Which questions should students complete?

Students are encouraged to complete the application to the fullest extent to maximize scholarship consideration, in addition to completing the required fields. However, students should only complete the questions that pertain to the academic major studying or planning to study.

What are Recommended Opportunities?

By submission of the AUSOM application, students have applied for Freshman Scholarships and General Scholarships awarded by the Office of University Scholarships and Departmental Scholarships awarded by the college or school in which enrolled or planning to enroll. “Recommended Opportunities” require additional information specific to individual scholarships. Students are encouraged to review the suggested list of Recommended Opportunities and provide any information requested to receive further consideration for those scholarships.

How do students receive confirmation of their application submission?

Complete, submitted applications are indicated by a green check mark Indicates application is complete..

Incomplete applications are designated by a triangular yellow caution sign Indicates application is incomplete..

General Information


Can a student receive more than one scholarship?

As a general practice, students are ineligible to receive more than one Freshman Scholarship, excluding Elite Scholarships, and typically do not receive more than one General Scholarship. Students may receive a combination of Freshman, General, and Departmental 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.

How do scholarship recipients receive notification of award offers?

Students selected to receive an award will be notified by award letter to their permanent address or by email to their TigerMail account.

When are scholarship recipients notified they have been selected to receive an award?

Freshman Scholarships are awarded from October to January. General and Departmental Scholarships are awarded in early April.

How do scholarship recipients respond to their award offer?

Students who have been awarded a scholarship must accept their scholarship online through the Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager (AUSOM). Instructions for online scholarship acceptance of Freshman and General Scholarships are included on the University Scholarships channel on the Admitted Students tab. Incoming students who have submitted the confirmation deposit and current students will find online scholarship acceptance instuctions located on the
Tiger I tab within the University Scholarships channel.

Is scholarship acceptance binding?

Scholarship acceptance is non-binding. However, a number of scholarships are reawarded to other deserving students. Should a student wish to decline a scholarship offered by Auburn, he or she should do so through AUSOM at the earliest opportunity.

Is there a date by which scholarship recipients must respond to their scholarship award offer?

All Freshman and General Scholarships, with the exception of Elite Scholarships, have a response deadline of May 1. Elite Scholarships have a response deadline of April 1, but recipients may request in writing an extension for their decision until May 1. Response deadlines for Departmental Scholarships may vary, but if a deadline earlier than May 1 is noted, recipients should have the option to request in writing an extension for their decision until May 1.

What happens to scholarships that are declined?

Freshman Scholarships are over awarded based on response yields from previous years and are not re-awarded if declined. All other scholarships are re-awarded if declined.

What scholarships are available for students of Native American descent?

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 Non-Institutional Links.

What scholarships are available for students of veteran dependents?

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 of veterans who 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 keyword “veteran”.

What scholarships are available for students from diverse backgrounds?

The Provost Leadership Undergraduate Scholarship (PLUS) program has been instituted to increase diversity among the undergraduate student population at Auburn University. The PLUS program assists participants financially by providing a scholarship renewable up to 4 years, and supports them academically and socially to ensure that they succeed at Auburn University.

Additional scholarship opportunities that give preference to students from diverse backgrounds are awarded by the indivdual colleges and schools and are available through the Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager (AUSOM), found by browsing “All” scholarships and searching by the keyword “diversity”.

Does Auburn honor or match funds awarded through state-sponsored scholarship programs in other states?

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.

How does a non-resident become an Alabama resident?

Residency is determined by the Office of the Registrar. For more information on residency requirements, please visit Residency or call (334) 844-4770.

How does PACT or another prepaid tuition plan work with a scholarship?

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 from the Student Financial Services channel on Tiger I. Having a prepaid tuition plan does not adversely affect a student’s consideration for scholarships.

What is an unadjusted Auburn GPA for current students?

By invoking the Grade Adjustment Policy, this will adjust a student’s cumulative Auburn GPA. For General Scholarship consideration and Freshman 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.

Freshman Scholarships


If students graduate high school in May or June of their senior year and have been awarded a scholarship, will they lose their scholarship if they enroll at another postsecondary institution the summer prior to enrolling at Auburn in the fall?

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.

If students graduate high school in December or January of their senior year, are they eligible for scholarship consideration?

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. If already awarded, the scholarship will be rescinded. These students may still receive General Scholarship consideration as transfer students, but not as new first-time freshmen.

If students graduate high school a year early in May or June of their junior year, are they eligible for 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.

If students take a gap year between high school graduation and their freshman year at Auburn, are they eligible for scholarship consideration?

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.

Is there a minimum test score or high school GPA that guarantees an incoming freshman will receive a scholarship?

Spirit of Auburn Scholarships are four-year, renewable scholarships automatically awarded to Alabama residents with a minimum 28 ACT or 1250 SAT score and a 3.5 high school GPA at three levels. Although not guaranteed, Academic Scholarships are four-year, renewable scholarships awarded among non-residents with a minimum 29 ACT or 1290 SAT score and a 3.5 high school GPA at three levels. Students must have the minimum test score and high school GPA to receive consideration at each level for both of these scholarships.

Does Auburn combine ACT or SAT subject scores from different test dates for the purpose of awarding scholarships to incoming freshmen?

Auburn only uses the highest composite ACT score or total SAT score from a single test date. A "superscore" in which subject scores from different test dates are combined is not considered. Testing reports from testing agencies are evaluated by Admission Processing. For more information regarding test score, please contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at (334) 844-6425 or admissions@auburn.edu.

Does Auburn consider the writing score on the ACT or SAT for the purpose of awarding scholarships to incoming freshmen?

Auburn does not currently consider the writing score on the ACT or SAT test for the purpose of awarding scholarships.

Can a new test score or high school transcript be sent after the December 1 Freshman Scholarship priority deadline?

While it is possible updated test scores and high school GPAs received after the Freshman Scholarship priority deadline of December 1 may be considered in the awarding of Freshman and General Scholarships, we are unable to guarantee a scholarship will be awarded or increased as a result. Depending on the student’s major, updated test scores and high school GPAs may be considered in the awarding of Departmental Scholarships. While we do not specifically encourage students to continue testing, we encourage students to submit new scores if they elect to continue testing.

General & Departmental Scholarships


What is the likelihood a student will receive a General or Departmental Scholarship?

Each General and Departmental Scholarship has unique criteria with geographic location (high school, city, county, state), academic achievement, financial need, and academic major the most common considerations. For General Scholarships, priority consideration is given to incoming freshmen who meet the Freshman Scholarship priority deadline of December 1 and have not previously been recognized with a scholarship valued at resident tuition or greater. Students with a test score at or above the average test score of Auburn's most recent freshman class are more likely to receive an award. Departmental Scholarship availability and requirements for consideration vary by college/school and department.

How much can a student expect to receive if awarded a General or Departmental Scholarship?

General Scholarships are awarded at an average of $1,500 for one year, and Departmental Scholarships are awarded at an average of $2,000 for one year. Award amounts vary based on available funding for each scholarship.

If a student does not receive a scholarship as an incoming freshman but performs well as a current student, what are the chances s/he will receive a General or Departmental Scholarship in future academic years?

Approximately 50% of General Scholarships state a preference for an incoming freshman recipient, making the process for awarding these scholarships very competitive for current students. The number of General Scholarships for which any student is considered may be limited if financial need or geographic location is also a consideration. Current students should contact the college/school and department in which they are majoring to inquire about Departmental Scholarship opportunities.

Is leadership and/or community service a consideration when awarding General or Departmental Scholarships?

Leadership and/or community service may be considered in the awarding of General Scholarships based on information provided through the new Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager (AUSOM). A limited number of General Scholarships may require that students provide a resume highlighting leadership, community service, and/or other activities through AUSOM. Colleges/schools and departments may also consider leadership and/or community service in the awarding of Departmental Scholarships.

Scholarship Payment


How do scholarship recipients receive their scholarship funds?

Scholarships are applied as credits on the student’s university billing account on a semester basis. In compliance with federal guidelines, financial aid and scholarships cannot physically disburse to the student's billing account until 10 days before each semester begins. If at any time credits on the bill exceed university charges (i.e. tuition, fees, on-campus housing), a refund can be issued for the difference. Refunds are issued as direct deposits to the checking or savings account of the student's choice, which can be set up through the student’s Tiger I account.

What does a four-year renewable tuition scholarship include?

For students enrolling Summer or Fall 2012, tuition scholarships include tuition for 12 or more hours for National Scholars Presidential, Spirit of Auburn Presidential, and Spirit of Auburn Founders Scholarships awarded to Alabama residents. In the event tuition increases, tuition scholarships will be increased accordingly. Registration fees, other mandatory fees, differential tuition for professional programs, and program fees in specific colleges and schools are not included.

What are the requirements to renew a four-year Freshman Scholarship?

Freshman 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. Freshman Scholarship Guidelines are provided with the student’s award letter and posted on the Scholarship Channel of the student’s Tiger I account by scholarship type. FERPA prohibits university officials from providing academic information for currently or previously enrolled Auburn students to anyone other than the student.

How does participation in the Cooperative Education Program affect scholarship award(s)?

Scholarship funds are not available for academic terms when a student is participating in the Auburn University Cooperative Education Program. Scholarship funds will be applied to the next term when the student will be enrolled full time, until all semesters of eligibility have been used. For more information on available programs, please visit Cooperative Education Program, call (334) 844-5410, or email durbinkm@auburn.edu.

How does participation in the Auburn Abroad Program affect scholarship award(s)?

Scholarship funds may be applied to study abroad program fees when a student participates in an Auburn University faculty-led program through Auburn Abroad and will earn a minimum of 12 Auburn credit hours. For more information on eligible programs, please visit Auburn Abroad, call (334) 844-5001, or email auab@auburn.edu.

For National Scholars Presidential, Spirit of Auburn Presidential, and Academic Presidential Scholars, how and when is the technology stipend applied?

The technology stipend is available the first fall semester enrolled and applied as a one-time credit on the student’s university billing account. While the technology stipend is intended for the purchase of any technology needs the student may have, it may also be used for other educational expenses.

For National Scholars Presidential Scholars, how and when is the enrichment experience stipend applied?

The enrichment experience stipend is available for one semester after the second year of study and applied as a one-time credit on the student’s university billing account. Students must be National Scholars Presidential Scholarship eligible, and requests are subject to approval. The Presidential Scholarship Enrichment Experience Stipend Guidelines provide more information.

For National Scholars Presidential Scholars, how and when is the on-campus housing stipend applied?

The on-campus housing stipend is available up to eight semesters and applied as a credit to the student's university billing account each year the student lives on campus. The stipend is divided in two equal payments for the fall and spring semester. The on-campus housing stipend is based on the double room rate in The Quad. In the event the double room rate in The Quad increases, the stipend will increase accordingly. The stipend is not available if at any time the student is no longer National Scholars Presidential Scholarship eligible, is unable to secure on-campus housing, or chooses to live off-campus. Housing availability and assignments are determined by the Department of University Housing. The Office of University Scholarships verifies eligibility to receive the stipend each semester by confirming with the Department of University Housing that the student is living on-campus. For more information on how to apply for housing or housing availability, please visit Department of University Housing, call (334) 844-4580, or email housing@auburn.edu.