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Automatic Consideration - First-years

Students are immediately considered for a scholarship package upon admission to Morris.

Achievement Awards

Based on information provided in the Application for Admission, admitted first-years will be considered for Achievement Awards. These are based on the student's core GPA, which includes math, science, social studies, foreign language, and English courses.

Award Level Unweighted Core GPA* Achievement Award (per year)
Tier 1 3.90 – 4.00 $5,000
Tier 2 3.75 – 3.89 $3,500
Tier 3 3.50 – 3.74 $2,000
Tier 4 3.25 – 3.49 $1,000

Nonresident Tuition Waiver

Nonresident and international students will be considered for a reduced tuition rate at the time of admission.

National Merit Scholarships

National Merit Finalists who choose Morris as their first-choice college will receive a full tuition scholarship, renewable for up to four years. Semi-Finalists and Commended Scholars are eligible for up to $4,000 disbursed evenly over four years, renewable for up to four years. Students must provide the Office of Admissions with documentation of their National Merit status to receive the award. Learn more about the scholarship process.

Automatic Consideration - Tranfer Students

Transfer Scholar Award

Students transferring to UMN Morris from a regionally accredited college, including other institutions within the University of Minnesota system, with at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA (calculated based on transferable credits), qualify for a transfer scholarship package ranging from $3,000-$6,000 disbursed evenly for up to six consecutive semesters (does not include summer term). All transfer scholarships require students to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and be enrolled for at least 12 credits at Morris.

GPA calculated on transferable credit Award
4.00 – 3.75 $6000 over 6 semesters
3.74 – 3.50 $4500 over 6 semesters
3.49 – 3.25 $3000 over 6 semesters

Phi Theta Kappa Award

In addition to a Transfer Scholar Award, members of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) receive an annual $1,500 PTK Scholar Award (eligible for a total of two years or four semesters). Proof of membership is required.

Nonresident Tuition Waiver

Nonresident and international students will be considered for a reduced tuition rate at the time of admission.

Competitive Scholarships - First-Years

Music Scholarships - All Students

Clyde Johnson Music Scholarships honor Clyde Johnson, professor emeritus of music, who served Morris from 1961 until 1999. The scholarships are awarded to talented University of Minnesota, Morris students who are involved in music. It completely covers the fees for one year of weekly private, individual music lessons in the student's performance area (instrumental or voice).

The University of Minnesota, Morris will host auditions for students planning to further their music interests in college. While on campus, students will audition with music faculty, and awards will be given based on the music faculty's evaluation of a student's audition as well as a brief discussion of musical background and goals. This scholarship is awarded by the Music Discipline.

The Office of Admissions will be in contact about the opportunity to audition with admitted students who have listed themselves as having musical interests. If you are interested in applying for the scholarship but unable to audition on campus, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Other Scholarships

Various other funds exist at Morris through institutional programs and the generosity of our donors. These scholarships are awarded based on information provided in the Application for Admission and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and will be a part of the final scholarship package. Visit the One Stop website for more information.


RaiseMe enables students to earn micro-scholarships throughout high school and college, starting as early as ninth grade. Students can earn for taking actions that best set them up for success, like getting good grades, joining an extracurricular activity, and attending a campus visit. Total earnings through RaiseMe represent a guaranteed minimum of the scholarship amount that a student will be awarded if admitted to the University of Minnesota Morris. Students must join RaiseMe and follow UMN Morris by November 1 of their senior year for their micro-scholar ships to count. Available for new first-year and transfer students.

*How RaiseMe Works

What you've earned for the University of Minnesota Morris on RaiseMe represents the minimum amount of scholarship you will receive if you apply, are admitted, and enroll. If, upon acceptance to UMN Morris, you receive a larger scholarship package, it's important to understand that the amount you earned on RaiseMe is included in, not in addition to, your final financial aid offer.

General Requirements

With the exception of the National Scholar Award, students must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident to be eligible to receive any of these scholarships.

All renewable scholarships are awarded on a per-semester basis for fall or spring terms only and require students to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and be enrolled for at least 12 credits. The Prairie Scholars Award, Morris Scholars Award, and National Merit Scholar Winner Awards will replace any previous scholarship package award offers. National Merit scholarships cannot be combined with the Prairie or Morris Scholars Award.

Final scholarship packages may consist of academic scholarships and donor-funded scholarship awards. A student's award may be adjusted if institutional and outside awards cause the award to go over the cost of attendance (COA).