LSSU Scholarship Renewal Requirements
Congratulations on receiving a Lake Superior State University scholarship. If your scholarship was offered to you as a “renewable” award, it is important that you have met the criteria listed below each spring when your eligibility is reviewed for the next year.
General renewal requirements include:
- You must earn a minimum of 24 LSSU credits each academic year while receiving a scholarship, unless otherwise noted in your award, and the minimum cumulative GPA as required by the award.
- You must maintain enrollment each semester (fall & spring) as a continuous full- time LSSU student. Enrollment for summer semester is not included.
- If you withdraw or leave LSSU for any reason, your scholarship will automatically terminate. If you plan to leave for a study abroad program, internship or health reasons, you may write an appeal to have your scholarship postponed until you return.
- To receive the room and board component of any scholarship, you must be in the on-campus room and board program for the semester. If you leave on-campus housing, the room and board award will be terminated. If you return to campus housing (you must be on the room and board plan for the full semester), you can request reinstatement of the room and board component prior to the beginning of the semester you return.
- Most scholarships offered to freshmen are renewable for up to four years. Students in their teaching internship semester may be eligible to receive a 9th semester renewal.
- Changing majors does not affect the Board of Trustees’ Scholarships, but may affect departmental awards that require enrollment in certain majors.
- Scholarships are not reinstated on appeal, except for students who have left school for reasons stated in #3.
- The scholarship renewal policy is separate from the University’s Academic Standards and Satisfactory Progress Standards for the retention of other forms of financial aid.
- If you do not meet renewal requirements when your eligibility is reviewed each year, but raise your LSSU cumulative GPA or credits earned to the minimum requirements prior to the start of the next semester, you must notify the Financial Aid Office in writing that your student record has been updated with new information warranting a review.
- LSSU Regional Center student may reactive a Board of Trustees renewable scholarship by notifying the Financial Aid Office prior to semesters of full-time attendance in LSSU courses, provided that GPA requirements are met.
Note: Some types of financial aid awards, such as an employee rebate, the Native American Tuition Waiver, or the Tuition Incentive Program, could affect your eligibility for an LSSU scholarship. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further details.
In addition to earning the minimum number of credits (24) required each year, scholarship winners must meet the following minimum cumulative GPA requirements to maintain their awards:
Board of Trustees Distinguished & LSSU Tuition Scholarships (50-100%)*
- 3.00 or better after two semesters of study
- 3.10 or better after four semesters of study
- 3.20 or better after six semesters of study
Board of Trustees**
Board of Trustees Academic Excellence, Board of Trustees Recognition, Board of Trustees Ontario Scholarships, Board of Trustees Foreign Scholarships, Board of Trustees Transfer Scholarships LSSU Foundation Scholarships
- 2.50 or better after two semesters of study
- 2.60 or better after four semesters of study
- 2.70 or better after six semesters of study
* Includes most other renewable institutional scholarships with a value less than $5000 per year, unless otherwise stated in criteria.
** Includes all other renewable institutional scholarships with a value of less than the Distinguished Scholarship. (also included the Laker USA Scholarship and Laker USA Mid-West Scholarships)
Note: Transfer credits are included when determining “semesters of study.”
Laker USA Scholarship (the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition) is renewable for students who earn 24 credits per year and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Departmental scholarship recipients must notify the Financial Aid Office if changing their major course of study to determine the affect on their award!
Frequently Asked Questions
- Full tuition scholarships are limited to 12-17 credits per semester for the academic year and do NOT include any special course fees, program fees, media fees, etc.
- Full tuition scholarships can not be combined with tuition waivers, such as Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver or Employee Rebates.
- Recipients of donor-funded scholarships are encouraged to write thank you letters to the donors and may be invited to special donor events.
- Departmental scholarship recipients must notify the Financial Aid Office if changing their major course of study to determine the affect on their award!
New Scholarships for Current Students
Renewable scholarships are based on your grade level and number of credits transferred or earned at the time of your award. For example, if you are offered a renewable scholarship as a sophomore, you will generally be eligible for two additional years of scholarship. If an ending date is not stated in your offer of scholarship, please contact the Financial Aid Office if you have questions about the renewal features of your award. Except for students in their fifth year of the teaching program, scholarships are generally not available to students with more than four years of higher education or eight semesters of study or more than 124 attempted credits.