Students are legally required to report all outside aid sources to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.  These sources may include community foundation scholarships, fellowships, graduate assistantships, employer tuition benefits, and/or other assistance through an agency. 

Students should use the financial aid portal page, Other Sources of Financial Aid, to report all outside resources not already listed on their award letters.

  • Scholarship agencies should send students' outside scholarship payment directly to:
    • Central Michigan University, OSFA, Warriner Hall 202 Mount Pleasant MI 48859
  • The scholarship check(s) should be made payable to Central Michigan University so that funds may be credited directly to the student's university bill.  The student's full name and student ID number should be included in the memo section of the check.
  • Checks made payable to the student or co-payable to the student and CMU must be signed by the student prior to submitting the scholarship check to our office.

Non-CMU Scholarship Disbursement Policy:

  1. Estimated scholarships (e.g., outside agency scholarships) will not reduce the amount of tuition payable by posted deadlines.
  2. Donors may specify the semester(s) in which the scholarship is paid.
  3. If a student wants the scholarship distributed in a way that differs from what the donor requests, the student will be asked to get an authorization letter from the donor.
  4. If the donor letter does not specify a distribution schedule, CMU will disburse scholarships of $500 or less all in the fall semester. Scholarships $501 or larger will be split with half in the fall and half in the spring.
  5. If the scholarship has been split and the donor has not given instructions, the student may request the entire award be moved to the fall semester. However, the student is then cautioned that he or she may be short of funds for the spring semester.

CMU Athletic Scholarships

The OSFA disburses all athletic aid to student athletes.  The athletic department awards athletic aid according to NCAA guidelines.  Athletic aid is considered part of a student’s financial aid offer. 

CMU Scholarship Policy:

  1. Recipients of CMU merit and talent-based scholarships of a dollar value equal to or greater than $2,500 are required to reside on campus during their freshman and sophomore years unless they qualify as commuting students or for another exception to the Campus Residency Policy.
  2. Students may receive two renewable merit scholarships. Students who are selected for more than two renewable scholarships may choose the awards of highest value.
  3. CMU will limit institutional funds (i.e., need-based grants, merit scholarships, departmental scholarships, employee tuition waivers, Indian Tuition Grant Waiver, etc.) to the annual cost of attendance.
  4. CMU merit scholarships are renewable for three consecutive academic years or until degree requirements are met; whichever comes first. 

CMU Merit Scholarship Renewal Criteria

Students who have earned a CMU merit scholarship(s), must meet certain criteria to renew the scholarship:

  1. A student must be enrolled full time (12 credits or more) each semester as a degree seeking student.  Waitlisted courses do not count toward official enrollment. 
  2. Students must earn 30 new credit hours each academic year.  CLEP, AP, IB and dual enrolled credits do not count toward the 30 new credit hours.
  3. Merit scholarships are renewable for three consecutive years (8 semesters total) or to the point where the student has completed degree requirements for their first bachelor's degree; whichever comes first.  Undergraduate students who graduate in less than 8 semesters forfeit their remaining scholarship eligibility.
  4. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 at CMU/3.00 for newly admitted students beginning fall 2019.  Scholarship renewal will be reviewed on an annual basis at the end of each spring semester. 
  5. If a student chooses to attend another college or university or withdraws from CMU, the scholarship is forfeited. 
  6. If a student defers their admission for up to one year (due to reasons other than enrolling at another college or university), the scholarship(s) may be deferred to the new entry term.  Students must submit a formal deferral request, in writing to the CMU Office of Undergraduate Admissions. 
  7. If a student accepts a CMU scholarship that covers the full cost of attendance, the higher award takes the place of all other scholarships.  Subsequently, if a student does not meet the renewal criteria for the scholarship that covers full cost, or decides not to continue with that scholarship program, they cannot "reclaim" the other scholarship.