Incoming Student Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office at Southern Utah University understands the challenges that students and families face when considering how to finance their education. As an incoming or prospective student, we have made it our mission to prepare you with the financial skills that will allow you to thrive over the next two to four years. We are committed to ensuring your financial and personal success as a new member of our Thunderbird Family!

Our Services:

  • Personalized Loan Counseling
  • FAFSA Application Completion
  • Scholarship Consultation
  • Understanding Your Student Loans
  • Cost Analysis of Your Degree

Our goal at Southern Utah University is to equip you with the tools you need to be successful in college. The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office understands that a part of that toolkit needs to be your education about the financial opportunities available to you.

A great starting point may be to apply for private scholarships. Private Scholarships are offered from various companies and organizations to help you cover the cost of your education. Below are a couple of tips to help you get started.

  • The first thing you should do is create a separate email account, and get mentally prepared. Having a separate email account will ensure that all of your scholarship materials are collected in one place, and make things easier to manage.
  • Start identifying the scholarships you want to apply for. This will probably be the most difficult part, but if you can stay patient, you will start to apply for the scholarships that best fit you. Make sure to refer back to this guide as you go through it.
  • Never set aside money to pay for scholarship applications. There are plenty of free resources available that you can use. If you pay for scholarships, it is most likely a scam.
  • Always look for the “Https://” and lock before the website address. This indicates that you are on a secure website, but also make sure to look for indications of previous scholarships winners and more information about the organization.
  • Be cautious when giving out personal information that can be used to identify you. Scholarship providers may ask for certain things, and it is advised that you use your discretion. However, if you are asked to give your social security number or date of birth, proceed with caution. The only exception to this rule may be government backed programs.
  • Make sure that you are in charge, and on top of all scholarships you apply for. Meaning that you know the deadlines, requirements, and have completed everything you need to be fully considered when applying.
  • Note the types of scholarships you are applying for, and what they can be used towards. Does the scholarship only pay for tuition, books, or both? Those are important questions to ask, because you want to make sure you can secure as much funding as possible!
  • It is a good rule of thumb that the scholarship applications that require you to put in work are the most rewarding. Less work may mean there is a higher likelihood that it is competitive or a scam. Be cautious and strategic!

Please remember that the following scholarship banks are not affiliated with Southern Utah University, and it is up to your discretion which applications you complete. We are here to assist you through the process and help if you have any questions!

Private Scholarship Guide

Private Scholarship Applications

Southern Utah University prioritizes the success of students in all aspects of their education. For the upcoming 2022-2023 academic year, we invite you to apply for our Diversity Promise Scholarship. The aim of this scholarship is to eliminate financial barriers for our underserved student populations to promote access to an equitable education.This need based scholarship can award up to the full Pell Grant amount of $6,495 for the academic year. Students who are not Pell grant eligible can still be considered for the scholarship, and subsequent awards in the amount of $500 for residents and $1000 for non-residents may be granted. This scholarship is renewable for 8 academic semesters as long as you maintain a 3.0 GPA, complete 70% of your courses, and are a full time student. This scholarship is unable to be deferred. In order to apply for the scholarship you must:

  • Have a financial aid meeting that reviews all of your financial options in great detail or enroll in our College Financing Course.
  • Complete the FAFSA application to determine eligibility, and for the EFC to be reviewed.
  • You must pay or postpone the enrollment deposit by application deadline to be considered for the award. Priority will be given to those who complete this requirement first.
  • You must not have a full-tuition scholarship or award on your account.
  • Write a short essay explaining why you need the funding, and discuss your background
  • You must identify with one or more of the following demographics: LGBTQIA+, Disabled, from a single parent household, first generation, low-income, homeless, non-traditional, black or African American, Latino or Latinx, Hispanic, Pacific Island, Native American, etc.

Priority will be given to students who fulfill all of the listed requirements.The application will open on October 1st 2021, and close on February 22, 2022. Awards will be granted March 1st continuing throughout the spring and summer. The scholarship will start in your first semester of the 2022-2023 academic year at SUU.


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