Information regarding eligible student is provided to the college they are attending to evaluate the award amount for which a student may qualify. The award is applied towards tuition and fees after other state aid has been awarded to the student. The maximum amount a student may receive is $1000 per semester for up to 4 semesters. Awards are calculated based on other state aid the student receives.
Students must maintain enrollment at an eligible college/university during the Fall and Spring semesters. In order to receive an award disbursement, students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credits.
The New Century Scholarship may be used for up to four semesters, but expires five years from the student’s high school graduation date.
Students who receive an award disbursement are required to complete 12 credits each semester, maintaining a 3.3 semester GPA.
If you do not earn a 3.3 semester GPA you will be placed on probationary status; however, if you earn a semester GPA lower than a 3.3 for a second semester you will forfeit the scholarship. Students are still able to receive the New Century Scholarship while on probation.
The college you attend will automatically report enrollment and GPA information to the New Century Scholarship each semester. Students will not be required to turn in enrollment documentation to the New Century Scholarship to maintain their eligibility. Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements will forfeit their New Century Scholarship and may have to return the scholarship funds.
Students who were approved for a deferment immediately after high school need to submit proof of enrollment in their New Century Student portal to activate their scholarship when their deferment expires.
Review the Proof of Enrollment Instructions to find an acceptable document in your college account here, save it as a PDF, and submit it through your scholarship portal.
This documentation is required to be submitted by the following dates:
- September 15 for Fall Semester
- February 1 for Spring/Winter semester
If a student has reason to extend their deferment further, additional documentation is required by the following dates:
- January 15 for Fall semester
- August 1 for Spring semester
Note: if you have enrolled, but do not plan to enroll for consecutive Fall/Spring semesters, please see the Leave of Absence information.
If you filed for a deferment, you are strongly encouraged to submit a Student Information Release Form to allow our office to release information to those you have authorized. This is helpful if someone is helping you manage your account. You are responsible for managing your account even while on a deferment or leave of absence. Be sure to check your account regularly or have an authorized person do it for you.
Students who enrolled at an eligible institution immediately high school graduate, but do not continuously enroll in Fall and Spring semesters must obtain an approved leave of absence from their college.
Each college sets their own deadlines and guidelines for requesting a deferment or leave of absence. You will need to work with the college to ensure you are meeting their requirements.
Students who do not meet enrollment requirements and do not receive an approved deferment/leave of absence from their college will forfeit their eligibility to receive the New Century Scholarship.
If you file for a leave of absence you are strongly encouraged to submit a Student Information Release Form to allow our office to release information to those you have authorized. This is helpful if someone is helping you manage your account.
You are responsible for managing your account even while on a deferment or leave of absence. Be sure to check your account regularly or have an authorized person do it for you.
If you transfer colleges you need to notify the New Century Scholarship office prior to the start of the semester at their new college.
You will also need to contact the financial aid offices of the college you are transferring from, as well as the financial aid office of the college to which you are transferring. The New Century Scholarship office will assist you in transferring the scholarship.