Frequently Asked Questions
What are the different types of scholarships offered?
They are generally separated into two areas-need-based or merit-based.
How do I qualify for need-based scholarships?
To be eligible for need-based scholarships at ODU, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Federal Government uses this form to calculate an estimated family contribution (EFC). The Financial Aid Office subtracts your EFC from the cost of attendance in order to determine your financial need. If you have any amount of need, you may be eligible for need-based scholarships.
How do I qualify for merit-based scholarships?
The major determining factor in receiving merit-based scholarships is outstanding academic performance. Some other criteria include: leadership, activity involvement, ethnic background, major field, and career goals.
What are the deadlines for most scholarships?
Scholarship deadlines vary, but most are due in the spring semester for the upcoming school year. Decisions are made around the end of the spring semester or early summer.
Where Do I Start Looking for Scholarships?
Look for scholarships through your community and your major department, check out the information on this website, and do research. It may be difficult and time consuming, but the reward will be well worth it.
Will outside agency scholarships affect my financial aid package?
You are required by law to inform the financial aid office of any outside funds so the information can be used in calculating your award package. If ODU has met 100% of your need, then your financial aid award may need to be adjusted.