Undergraduate Scholarships & Grants

Each year, the College of Liberal Arts awards more than $3.5 million in collegiate scholarships and grants to CLA undergraduates. Many academic departments within CLA also award scholarships. 

Emergency Grants
If a student experiences an unexpected emergency situation that creates a financial hardship, limited CLA funds are available as one-time emergency grants. CLA students can apply for this support directly via One Stop. See detailed information about the process and eligibility requirements on One Stop's student emergency funds webpage.

CLA Scholarship Processes

The majority of CLA scholarships are awarded on the basis of both merit and need. Students are advised to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the University of Minnesota's code 003969, or the MN Dream Act Application, if they wish to be considered for scholarships with a need-based component.

Instructions for CLA Scholarship Recipients

Many CLA scholarships are renewable annually as two-, three-, or four-year awards. Following is information about how you can receive and maintain eligibility for your CLA scholarship, whether it was awarded for a single year or multiple years:

Accepting your CLA scholarship

If you are awarded a CLA scholarship as an incoming freshman or transfer student, first you must confirm your enrollment to the University of Minnesota.

During the summer prior to the start of their first semester, incoming freshmen who have been awarded a CLA scholarship will receive an email to their U of M account with confirmation of the award amount, any special requirements of their scholarship, and instructions for how to accept it within their financial aid package. Incoming transfer students will receive this information at the time they are offered a scholarship.

Current CLA students who apply for and receive a CLA scholarship are notified by email about the scholarship requirements and how to complete a thank you letter to the scholarship donor.

Writing a thank you letter

Clear instructions for how to write and submit your "thank you" letter are provided in this form. CLA will send your letter to your scholarship donor.

How your scholarship reaches your account

CLA scholarships for an academic year will be split into two disbursements, with half of the yearly scholarship amount disbursed at the beginning of each semester (fall and spring).

Your award will not disburse if you are not registered for the semester in which your award will be posted or you have not maintained eligibility under the terms of the specific scholarship. 

Leave of absence, study abroad, and being enrolled less than full-time may affect your scholarship disbursement, so please contact claschol@umn.edu if any of these situations apply to you.

Scholarships may affect your financial aid package. Contact a financial aid counselor at OneStop for more information.

Keeping your CLA scholarship

CLA scholarships receipents are expected to:

  • Write an annual thank you letter to the scholarship donor when requested
  • Stay in CLA and be a degree-seeking student
  • Remain in good academic standing
  • Adhere to the UMNTC Student Code of Conduct
  • Register as a full-time student, with 13 credit hours or more each semester. (Please note that nine- or twelve-month distance learning courses do not count towards the 13-credit requirement.)

Note: If you hold a CLA departmental scholarship, you must continue to be a degree-seeking student in the major/department that your scholarship was offered and take at least one course per semester in that major. Additional requirements and expectations may apply, so please contact your awarding department for details. 

Requirements to renew a multi-year CLA scholarship

If you were offered a multi-year CLA scholarship for two, three, or four years, then the scholarship is automatically renewed provided you continue to meet the collegiate (and if applicable, departmental) scholarship requirements. Annual review of whether CLA scholarship recipients are meeting their scholarship requirements happens each summer. Students will be notified via their U of M email address if they are not meeting their scholarship requirements.

Appeals process

Students who are concerned their CLA scholarship may be revoked should email claschol@umn.edu. In special cases, an exception may be made to the requirement to enroll in 13 credit hours per semester. When CLA scholarships are reversed, an appeals process can be initiated by emailing claschol@umn.edu.

Contact Us

The CLA Undergraduate Scholarships team is working remotely throughout the Spring 2021 semester. The most immediate way to reach us is by email at claschol@umn.edu. Our unit is part of the Office of Undergraduate Education in the College of Liberal Arts, located in 115 Johnston Hall.