JCU Policy on Outside Funding

Outside scholarships and the research you do to gain additional support for your college education should be rewarded. Overall, you should not be penalized for the research that you do. While you are required to report any outside scholarships to the school’s financial aid office, we hope that the policies of JCU and how we treat outside funding will benefit you to the extent possible.

Every college and university has an outside scholarship policy that specifies what happens to your need-based financial aid package when you win a merit scholarship. An outside scholarship is any scholarship not awarded by the government or the school, such as a scholarship provided by a private sector company, philanthropist, or foundation. Outside scholarships are considered resources, meaning that they have the potential to reduce your financial aid package dollar for dollar. Often we may not have a choice in the matter. Federal rules concerning “overaward situations” require the school to reduce the financial aid package when the sum of financial aid from all sources exceeds our total cost of education by more than $300.

Our policy is to apply the outside scholarship to unmet need, and then reduce self-help (loans and work-study) before touching institutional grants. This lets you replace your loans, which must be repaid, with the outside scholarship.