Financial Aid & Scholarships



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Financial Aid & Scholarships


The responsibility for each person’s social, emotional, spiritual, physical, or economic well-being rests first upon himself, second upon his family, and third upon the Church if he is a faithful member thereof. No true Latter-day Saint, while physically or emotionally able, will voluntarily shift the burden of his own or his family’s well-being to someone else. So long as he can, under the inspiration of the Lord and with his own labors, he will supply himself and his family with the spiritual and temporal necessities of life. (See 1Timothy 5:8)”

Spencer W. Kimball, Welfare Services: The Gospel in Action, November 1977, Ensign, page 77.
Looking for Scholarships


  • It is your responsibility to search for scholarships; apply for as many as possible. If you are not applying, you are not being considered; if you are not being considered you cannot be awarded. Make a goal to apply for at least 20-30 total scholarships to have a good return on your application process.




  • Prepare three good scholarship essays (biographical information, educational goals, leadership experiences); these can then be adapted for most any scholarship application you will find.




  • Local and National Scholarships can help with educational expenses. Use prudence when completing applications—you should never be asked to pay to apply for consideration.




  • Some suggestions to help you begin a scholarship search:

    • Your high school or TRIO counselor

    • Your employer and/or your parents’ employers

    • BYU department (program specific) scholarships

    • National and local corporations (Office Depot, Target, Walmart, local banks, etc.)

    • Local communities (foundations, community organizations, local businesses or civic groups)

    • Organizations (including professional associations) related to your field of interest

    • American Indian Tribes may have scholarship options for their registered members. Inquire.

    • American Indian Services (www.americanindianservices.org)

    • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (www.apiasf.org)

    • Gates Millennium Scholars (www.gmsp.org)

    • Ke Ali’i Pauahi Foundation (www.pauahi.org)

    • National Hispanic Scholarship Fund (www.hsf.net)

    • National Scholarships, Fellowships, and Programs (www.nsfp.byu.edu)

    • Navajo Nation/Tribal Funding (www.onnsfa.org)

    • The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid (www.finaid.org/scholarships)

    • www.fastweb.org

    • www.higheredutah.org

    • www.petersons.com

    • www.scholarships.com

    • www.studentaid.gov

    • www.zinch.com

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BYU Financial Aid & Scholarship Information

Coming to SOAR does NOT guarantee a scholarship from the MSS office nor from BYU, however, you will be appropriately considered IF you follow all instructions. The scholarship application deadline for SOAR students is DECEMBER 1, 2014.
Apply Before SOAR Deadline

Even if you have not yet been accepted to BYU, you should still apply for scholarship consideration so you can be considered upon admission. The recommended scholarship application deadline for SOAR students is DECEMBER 1ST!


No Separate Application for MSS

Please note there is NOT a separate Multicultural Student Services (MSS) scholarship application. If you complete the BYU comprehensive-equivalent scholarship application (including all “optional” sections—personal information, 3 essays, financial need info/essay), the FAFSA, and apply before the deadline, your application will be reviewed by the MSS Office. After applying, please remember to print your confirmation number which is proof that you submitted your application.


Additional Benefits

The BYU Scholarship Application has additional benefits and you will be considered broadly at the university, including by other on-campus departments.


Other School Applications

The BYU comprehensive-equivalent scholarship application is for BYU-Provo only. If you are applying to other CES schools, you must also complete their independent scholarship application(s). Always complete the most comprehensive and detailed application available. The only CES application that is combined is the admissions application. Scholarship applications are separate and you should complete a scholarship application for EACH CES school.


Other Financial Aid Options

Which college to attend is one of the most important decisions you will make; another is how you plan on paying for your education. To help you, the U.S. Department of Education offers a variety of student financial aid programs. It is your responsibility to find out the options available to you and apply before any deadlines.


Federal Pell Grants

Available to undergraduate students only, pell grants are awarded according to financial need and do not have to be repaid (apply at: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov). The FAFSA application is available beginning January 1st of each year.


**Completing the FAFSA is a requirement to be considered for MSS scholarship.**
Federal Stafford Loans

Student loans must be repaid and are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. Please make sure to fully read about and understand your financial obligations with regard to any loan(s).



My BYU Scholarship Application Guide
Find the BYU scholarship application by logging into your MyBYU:

(see SOAR Binder page 1 - 1 for information on your Net ID and Password).




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  1. Open a web browser and type “www.byu.edu” in the URL.



  1. Click on the “myBYU” icon in the upper right-hand corner.

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