Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Scholarship Check Policy

Private scholarships can affect financial aid already awarded to a student.  It is the policy of the Office of Financial Aid to use private scholarships to reduce work-study and loans before reducing gift aid unless required to do so by state or federal regulation.  Students whose original award is changed will receive an e-mail notification and advised to review their revised award online at UM-Dearborn Connect.

Scholarship checks are frequently made payable to both the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the student recipient.  An e-mail will be sent to the student to advise him/her to endorse the check at the Enrollment Services counter in the University Center.  Students are required to bring picture identification.

Most private scholarships are equally divided between the fall and winter semesters.  If a check is $500 or less, the funds will be used for the current term unless specific instructions have been provided by the donor.

Organizations awarding scholarships frequently provide written requirements that students must meet to be eligible for their award.  Students are responsible for knowing the terms of their award.  The Office of Financial Aid must certify eligibility or return the check to the awarding organization.

Timely processing requires the assistance of students.  If a check is received by the recipient, he/she must submit the check to the Office of Financial Aid as quickly as possible.  If the check is made payable to the University of Michigan-Dearborn only, the check may be mailed.  If the check requires the recipient to endorse the check, it is recommended that the student present the check to the Enrollment Services counter in the University Center to begin processing.  Students will receive a receipt.  Students are also available to view their scholarship funds online at the UM-Dearborn Connect.

The typical processing time for private scholarship checks ready for deposit is 48 business hours. At peak times (late August through early September), students should allow additional time for the processing of private scholarship checks.  Stale dated checks or checks approaching the stale date will not be accepted and will be returned to the awarding organization for reissue.