Outside Scholarships & Awards | Undergraduate Students

Students who receive outside scholarships or awards are required to report these resources to the Financial Aid Office. These resources may affect a student’s eligibility for need-based financial aid. Often, outside scholarships can be used to reduce the amount of a student’s unmet need. If a student’s demonstrated need has been met, outside scholarships will reduce a student’s eligibility for need-based aid in the following order:

  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
  • Federal Work-Study
  • Federal SEOG

Generally, outside scholarships will not affect the amount of a student’s institutional scholarships and grants. However, all financial aid, in combination with outside scholarships, cannot exceed the student’s Cost of Attendance.

Scholarship providers should send the outside scholarship payment directly to the Financial Aid Office. The scholarship check should be made payable to Pacific University so that funds may credited directly to the student's Business Office account. The student's full name and PUNetID (if known) should be included in the memo section of the check. Checks made payable to the student or co-payable to the student and Pacific University must be signed by the student prior to submitting the scholarship check to the Financial Aid Office.