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Prospective Transfer 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 Transfer Student Checklist

Apply for admission to the University of Utah by Feb. 1 to be considered for merit and diversity scholarships. If you are a diversity candidate, please complete all sections of the application.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 will delay financial aid awarding. 

Apply for private scholarships. 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.

✔ Register for a FSA The FSA ID is your digital signature and login information for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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. 

Read your admissions letter carefully because it includes your student ID, which you need in order access Campus Information Services (CIS). 

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.  

For additional scholarship opportunities, look in the department of your intended major or through campus organizations. Some departments and organizations offer scholarships for incoming freshmen. Most departmental deadlines are at the beginning of Spring semester.

Review scholarship offer letters carefully. Merit 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 transfer merit scholarship offers through the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (UOSFA) must be accepted/declined by July 1 through CIS. 

Complete your Financial Aid Offer Letter in CIS.  

Confirm your intent to enroll with the Office of Admissions by July 1 for students enrolling in Fall semester. 

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. UOSFA 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 135 Salt Lake City, UT 84112.

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


Freshman Admission/ Scholarship Deadlines

Dec. 1 - Priority Admission Application Date

For Merit  Scholarships

Feb. 1 - Financial Aid Priority Date

For Need-Based Scholarships


 Freshman Scholarships

Apply for admissions by the December 1 priority date 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 1Learn More

 Online Resources

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

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Last Updated: 5/18/21