CLA Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

The College of Liberal Arts is able to make scholarship offers to CLA students thanks to the generosity of donors to the college. These collegiate scholarships are separate from (but in some cases awarded along with) University of Minnesota scholarships and academic department's scholarships.

Approximately 3% of CLA's admitted students are offered CLA scholarships. Only a small portion of our scholarship funds are awarded solely on the basis of academic merit. The range of scholarship criteria in CLA allows students from a variety of backgrounds, interests, talents, financial need levels, and achievements to be awarded CLA scholarships.

Automatic Consideration for CLA Scholarships

Upon your admission to the College of Liberal Arts, you are automatically considered for CLA scholarships based on information from your application for admission to the University of Minnesota. There is no separate application for CLA scholarships for incoming freshmen.

Full consideration for academic scholarships is given to students who submit a complete application for freshman admission to the U of M by January 1. Students who apply for admission after that date will be considered for CLA scholarships on a funds-available basis.

Because most of CLA's scholarships are awarded on the basis of both merit and need, we strongly recommend that CLA's incoming students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (code 003969).

CLA scholarship recipients are selected on a rolling basis as students are admitted. The Office of Admissions will notify you prior to May 1 (the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities enrollment confirmation deadline) if you have been offered a CLA scholarship. If you also applied for financial aid (via the FAFSA or equivalent), then you will receive a letter that outlines your complete financial aid package, including grants, scholarships, loans, expected parental contribution, etc.

Instructions for accepting and keeping a CLA scholarship can be found on the Undergraduate Scholarships & Grants page.

Types of Scholarships Available

General CLA Scholarships: The typical freshman scholarship from CLA is a collegiate award of $1,000 to $7,000 per year, for up to four years. These scholarships are based on criteria established by the donors for each scholarship. For example, criteria may include scholastic achievement, consistency of academic record, extracurricular and leadership activities, major and career objectives, place of residence, financial need, etc.

Specialized CLA Scholarships: Scholarship offers are made to students who have been admitted, by invitation only, to three of CLA’s specialized programs: the BA/MD Joint Admissions Scholars Program, the CLA Dean’s First-Year Research and Creative Scholars (DFRACS) Program, and CLA’s President Emerging Scholars Program.

If you do not receive a CLA scholarship offer as an incoming freshman, once you are enrolled you become eligible for scholarships for current CLA students that could be applied to your account the following academic year.