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I am curating a bunch of information about financial aid for transfer students to Howard University into a master post and sticking it up over here. Because after weeks of creative googling Ive cobbled together a whole bunch of information from a collection of university-sponsored sources and individual anecdotes and there are clearly a bunch of other people out there looking for the same thing. Even if I dont end up going to Howard (for whatever reason) I dont want my pleating exertions to go to waste.
So without further ado, here are the myriad of different pieces of information I have assembled regarding the HU transfer scholarship.
**Transfer scholarship information, broken down by source:**
1.) From the Office of Student Financial Services Knowledge Base, dated March 4, 2011:
To be eligible for consideration, prospective transfer applicants must have at least 30 transferable credit hours and at least a 3.25 grade point average from their transferring institution.
The Transfer scholarship covers full tuition and mandatory fees.
The scholarship is renewable for maximum of three years of undergraduate study.
Eligible admitted transfer students (including those who have previously deferred admission) are automatically considered for a Transfer Scholarship. There is no separate application necessary and awarded students will receive a notice via FedEx in April. Please remember that the Transfer Scholarship program is very*limited and not all eligible students will receive an award.
2.) From the Howard University website Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships page:
The Howard University Transfer Scholarship is a limited and competitive program designed to provide financial assistance to prospective transfer applicants who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement while attending an accredited community college or other post-secondary institution and wish to complete their undergraduate studies at Howard University.
To be eligible for consideration, prospective transfer applicants must have at least 30 transferable credit hours at the time of admission and at least a 3.25 grade point average from their transferring institution.
The Transfer scholarship is a one-time award of $10,000 only offered in the fall semester.
3) When I wrote to the Howard University Office of Student Financial Services, reply dated March 21, 2012:
All Transfer Students are automatically considered for this award and no application is needed.
Awards will be made in May 2012 to eligible students until funds are exhausted.
Awarded students will be notified via e-mail and BisonWeb.
4) From the Howard University Freshman Scholarship PDF, clearly scanned-in pages from another resource:
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
o Be accepted to the University by January 31 preceding the fall semester of entry
o Have paid the respective permit fee by May 1 preceding the fall semester of entry
o Submit official academic transcripts from the transferring institution
o Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 from the transferring institution
o Have a minimum of 30 credit hours accepted for transfer to Howard University
Applicants that receive a Transfer Scholarship must earn a minimum of 12 credit
hours each semester at Howard University and achieve no less than a 3.0 GPA the first
academic year of study and 3.25 GPA each succeeding year. This scholarship is
renewable for only three academic years of undergraduate study.
So that's what I've found so far. People on the boards in the last couple of years were getting notified of their transfer scholarships all the way from mid April through very early June.
A Howard rep came to my school last year (Northern Virginia Community College) with a piece of paper which discussed the transfer scholarship, but I don't have it right now, it's at my parents house. Next time I go home I'll grab it and if it says anything substantially different from these sources I'll post about it. I do believe it said full tuition, and this was recent, so I'll pretty certain that it covers full tuition and fees.
Some other info I've come across:
Method for Awarding Institutional Aid: Federal Methodology
Rumor: There are only 15 of these given each year. (This is a rumor from the board from a poster who was in contact with the school's financial aid office quite a bit. It's an award given "until funds are exhausted," and with a full scholarship and fees being 20,000+ dollars I can certainly understand how there are most likely a very limited number.)
Further rumor from 2010: "Right now, Howard is going through an academic appraisal conducted by a committee called PCAR. This committee is seeking to increase funding for STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) and to increase the number of graduate students at Howard. To achieve this, the committee is going to recommend that the university cut funding for programs in the fine arts, the languages, and the humanities. They will also recommend that Howard increase it's admission standards so that they can shrink the undergraduate population to accomodate the graduate population."
When I posted asking about it on the facebook page for the Howard University Transfer Student Association, I got the following replies:
"I wasn't offered the transfer scholarship but I here its like on some hush hush type deal. I would advise that you contact your school counselor ASAP that is usually how people get it."
"If u want that scholarship, u gotta be in DC and physically go to Financial Aid."
Howard is notorious for having an administration you have to stay on top of (every single requirement I've had to satisfy for financial aid, I HAD to email them nagging afterwards) so I can definitely believe that it might be luck of the draw, it might be qualifications, it might be a total crapshoot, it might be nepotism, or it might be some combination of all of the above.
I'm going to Accepted Students Day on Friday so I'm hoping I can find out more then. So far I only have a 2500 University Grant and then the Pell grant on my account. Even with the loans they offered me, it's not even enough to cover tuition, much less books and fees! I'd love to go to Howard, but damn, 16-17K in debt each year for 2 years? I HATE being in debt. It's my goal to finish my BS without any debt at all.
If you're transferring to Howard and hoping to get this scholarship, give a shout-out!