Outside Scholarship Policy

Reporting Outside Scholarships

Students must notify our office of all outside awards received, including awards paid directly to you. Please report your outside scholarships to our office via email and include a copy of any correspondence (e.g., letter or email) from the scholarship donor.


Receiving Outside Scholarship Funds

  • Scholarship agencies should send students’ outside scholarship payment directly to our office: Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, 1 Campus Drive, 100 Student Services Building, Allendale, MI 49401
  • The scholarship check(s) should be made payable to Grand Valley State University so that funds may credited directly to the student's university bill. The student's full name and Student ID number should be included in the memo section of the check.  
  • Checks made payable to the student or co-payable to the student and Grand Valley State University must be signed by the student prior to submitting the scholarship check to our office. 
  • Scholarship checks received will be divided equally between fall and winter semesters, unless otherwise indicated in writing by the donor.
  • Once the check is received, please allow 2-3 business days for processing. 

Impact of Outside Scholarships on Financial Aid Awards

Your total financial aid award and outside resources may not exceed your total cost of attendance. 

If you are awarded up to the cost of attendance, your outside scholarship award(s) will be used to reduce or eliminate your student loan awards before any adjustments to other awards are made. 

Please contact our office to discuss how outside scholarships might impact your financial aid package. 



Page last modified October 7, 2016