Scholarship Policy



These general policies may be superseded as conveyed in your official scholarship award letter. Unless specifically stated otherwise our institutional scholarship policies and eligibility criteria include:


  • For new awards being offered to continuing students, students must demonstrate Good Academic Standing (GPA of a 2.0 or better through last completed term)
  • First time freshman GPA requirements for renewable scholarships will be reviewed for the first time at the end of the first year (spring semester)  and every semester thereafter.
  • Recipients must be matriculated in a degree program and registered full time consistent with Federal regulations; negotiate a valid consortium agreement, serve on a full-time internship or enroll full time in a study abroad program.
  • Award recipients must meet all criteria as established by the donor or awarding department and general eligibility listed above.  Review of scholarship recipients for continuing eligibility occurs every term.
  • Recipients must agree to release identity and descriptive information for use in college publications and news releases.
  • Many scholarship awards are based on financial need, which is defined by FAFSA data for the appropriate year; priority consideration for new awards is for FAFSA filing dates prior to March 1.


  • All awards are subject to available funding levels, which may change during an award year.
  • Scholarships are awarded by fund managers in various campus departments and office. In most cases, eligibility is determined from institutional data contained in admission records, financial aid records and academic records. With few exceptions, application to specific scholarship programs is not necessary.
  • The award process occurs throughout the year.
  •  If you receive Federal (Title IV)/State Financial Aid, regulations mandate certain actions by the financial aid office when additional resources (scholarships) are awarded. For example, the scholarship may reduce loan or work-study program amounts.


  • Recipients will be notified of a scholarship opportunity by the fund manager. In addition, an updated award letter will come from the Financial Aid Office and a letter detailing the required criteria of the scholarship will come from the college president.
  •  Scholarship awards are made possible through generous gifts from donors, many of whom are SUNY Oneonta alumni. The college encourages students who have benefited from the generosity of others to make a similar investment when they are in a financial position to do so. Recipients will be provided with information regarding the donor for the purpose of sending a letter of appreciation through the Office of College Advancement. It is the expectation of the College at Oneonta Foundation that recipients write letters of appreciation to donors.


  • Many scholarships are automatically renewable for a period of time typically not to exceed 8 semesters (extended to future semesters), as long as you continue to meet eligibility guidelines, which vary.
  • Renewability applies to successive semesters. In other words if you lose eligibility for a semester you are not entitled to the award upon your return.
  • Cumulative institutional GPAs (based on a 4.0 scale and including only credits taken at SUNY Oneonta through the last completed term) are reviewed at the completion of every term. If renewable criteria are not met, awards will be cancelled or adjusted accordingly.
  • Filing of a diploma application will confirm a student’s graduation term and determine renewability.

Loss of Eligibility/ Appeals

  • Awards are made and disbursed early in the term, however, you are only considered eligible for the scholarship so long as you continue to meet eligibility criteria through the last day of the term for which the award is granted, except in the cases of withdrawal and leave of absence requests.
  •  As determined by the criteria of each scholarship, a change in major may result in immediate loss of an award.
  • Students who withdraw or take a leave of absence before the end of the Return to Title IV date (the date by which 60% of the semester has occurred, as defined by the Department of Education) lose scholarship funding. Students who withdraw or take a leave of absence after the Return to Title IV date will retain scholarship funding for that semester.
  • You may appeal the loss of scholarship eligibility. You can obtain Appeal forms here. Submit completed appeals to Director of Financial Aid. Appleals are reviewed by the Scholarship Committee which meets only periodically. As with all awards, all successful appeals are subject to availability of funding.


  • The laws concerning taxation of scholarships and fellowships are complex and are outlined by the Internal Revenue Service. For more detailed information, consult your tax adviser.
  • The Scholarship Policy Committee will review policies and procedures on an annual basis and reserves the right to make changes. 
  • SUNY Oneonta reserves the right to review, change or cancel awards. This includes, but is not limited to scholarship name, funding, or payment which could result from changes in student status, financial market conditions or legislative actions. The Fund Manager(s) may use discretion and personal judgment to ensure funds are available to as many students as possible.
  • SUNY Oneonta does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability or marital status in admissions, employment or treatment of students and employees.

Questions may be directed to:

Your Financial Aid Counselor