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Prospective Freshman Guide

Interested in attending the University of Utah and how to pay for your education?

Utilize the resources below to help you get started with the application process.


Prospective Checklist

  Complete the FAFSA at if you are interested in need based scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. The FAFSA is available on Oct. 1 of every year. Use school code 003675. The University of Utah Financial Aid Priority Date is Feb. 1, 2021.

  Submit a complete admissions application to the University of Utah by Feb. 1, 2021 to be considered for merit scholarships. Merit scholarships are based on cumulative high school GPA and course rigor. If you are planning on applying for federal aid and need based scholarships, please include your social security number on the admissions application. If your social security number is not provided, it could delay your financial aid offers.The University of Utah Freshman Admissions Early Action Date is Dec. 1, 2020 for the Honors College

  Apply for private scholarships. Ask your high school guidance counselor, visit our outside scholarship resources page, or look around in your local community for scholarship opportunities. Private scholarship deadlines and procedures vary, so read the instructions carefully. Be wary of scholarship and financial aid scams.

  Read your admissions notification carefully because it includes your student ID, which you need in order access Campus Information Services (CIS). Students that apply by the admissions early action date of Dec. 1, 2020 will receive their admissions notification on Jan. 15. 2021. Students that apply by Feb. 1, 2021 will receive their admissions notification on March 1, 2021. Scholarship and financial aid notifications will be released March 2021. 

  Create your CIS account at using your student ID and password that was provided in your admissions letter. 

  Activate your university e-mail account (UMail) at All university communications are sent to your UMail account, so be sure to check it often and submit requested information in a timely manner.

  Check your financial aid status in  if you completed the FAFSA. Follow up on any requests from the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid in a timely manner. Make sure your financial aid file is complete by the Feb. 1 Financial Aid Priority Date for consideration for all available aid options, including need based scholarships, grants, and work study.  

 Apply for department scholarship opportunities. Log in with your CIS login and password, complete a general application, and apply for recommended opportunities. Deadlines and requirements will vary. 

  Carefully read your scholarship offer letter. Merit and diversity scholarship offers are sent out one week after admissions decisions and need-based awards are sent out by the end of March. Most of the merit scholarship offers through the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (UOSFA) must be accepted/declined by May 1 through CIS. 

  Complete your financial aid offer letter (if you submitted the FAFSA and completed all checklist items) in CIS. 

  Confirm your intent to enroll with the Office of Admissions 

  If you are planning on deferring admissions, please visit Not all scholarships can be deferred. Please refer to your award letter. The Office of Admissions will notify the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid of a deferment request. The UOFSA will contact the student if the request for scholarship deferment was approved/denied

  If you received scholarships outside of the University of Utah, please have the donor send the check to our office. It helps to have your student ID or other identifiable information with the check. Please sent scholarship checks to: University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, 201 South 1460 East Rm 105 Salt Lake City, UT 84112. See private scholarship information

  Register for New Student Orientation at Orientation is mandatory for new students. Registration spots fill up quickly, so sign up ASAP! 

  Pay any outstanding balance on tuition by the deadline. Fall 2021 tuition is due by Friday, September 3, 2021. 


Freshman Admission/ Scholarship Deadlines

Dec. 1 - Admissions Early Action Date 

Admissions Decisions will be released Jan. 15, 2021

Feb. 1 - Merit Scholarship Consideration Deadline and Financial Aid Priority Date

Scholarship and Financial Aid offers will be sent beginning March 2021. Your admissions application is your scholarship application. 


Freshman Scholarships

Apply for admissions by Feb. 1 for merit scholarship consideration.

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Complete the FAFSA for grant, need-based scholarship, work-study consideration. Our financial aid priority date is February 1

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Online Resources

Looking for additional scholarships? Check out our extensive list of online scholarship resources.

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Last Updated: 1/5/21