Frequently Asked Questions (for Current Haraldson Scholars)
FAQs About Scholarship Payment
1. When will my scholarship payment be sent to UT? Funding for all scholarships will be mailed directly to the Office of Student Financial Services at UT before July 15 for the fall semester, and before Nov. 15 for the spring semester.
2. When will UT send tuition and fee bills? Fee bills are mailed the last week of July for the fall semester, and the last week of November for the spring semester.
3. How do I get my scholarship funds transferred from my Financial Aid Account to pay for my tuition and fees? Haraldson Scholarship awards will be posted to your account in the Office of Financial Aid each semester. The awards will then be evaluated and the scholarships should appear on your fee bill. You can then logon to your CASH (Check Aid Status Here) account and select "Pay with Financial Aid." Money for tuition and fees will be withdrawn from your account. Your Haraldson Foundation Scholarship should cover most of tuition and class fees each semester.
4. I didn't do as well as I expected during the fall semester. I know that I lost my scholarship because I only earned a 2.3 on 9 hours. My fee bill for the spring semester shows that my scholarship funds have already been paid for the spring. Do I still owe the money? Yes, you still owe the money. Our scholarship directives to the university stipulate that students must maintain at least a 3.0 on at least 12 semester hours, every semester. We send our Foundation check to UT before November 15, trusting that all our students will successfully meet the grade criteria. Fee bills for the spring semester are mailed the last week of November. However, grades are not released until late December. All scholarship students should receive a credit on their spring semester fee bills for their scholarship. Each fall we have a few students who do not meet the grade criteria. You do not get to keep the money. The University will expect you to pay back the $2500 credited to your account.
FAQs About Scholarship Eligibility
1. Because I accumulated so many AP hours of credit, I plan to graduate one semester early. Can I have the last semester's scholarship payment credited to my account now? Sorry, but no. The Foundation sends checks to the universities twice a year for students registered in the fall and spring semesters. If you are not registered for a semester, you will receive no compensation. Semesters cannot be "stacked". The Foundation Directors plan for students to use 8 semesters to finish. If you finish early, you lose your eligibility when you graduate.
2. I have one year left of scholarship eligibility when I graduate this May. I have been accepted to Baylor Med School. Can you transfer my last year of eligibility to Baylor? No, scholarship eligibility cannot be transferred to other schools outside of the UT system. If you want to go to UT Southwestern Med School, UT Dental Branch, UT Med at Galveston, UT Law school, or a UT school of graduate studies within the UT system, your last year of scholarship eligibility can transfer.
3. I entered the Haraldson program with 60 hours of transferred work. I still have 4 semesters of eligibility left on my scholarship. I want to go to law school at UT when I graduate at the end of this semester. However, UT Law school admissions requirements strongly suggest applicants have at least 2 years of work experience. Can I graduate this semester, work for two years, and then use my last two years of scholarship eligibility for UT Law school? No, Haraldson scholarship eligibility cannot be distributed in parts. Students are eligible for eight consecutive regular semesters, or less.
4. After I finished my freshman year, I decided to change my major. It will take me an additional year to graduate. Will I lose my scholarship after my fourth year? Yes, you will lose your scholarship eligibility after 8 semesters.
FAQs About Studying Abroad
1. Can I study abroad? Yes, you may study abroad, but you must make a request in writing (can be e-mailed) to the Haraldson office, and your request must be approved by this office.
2. The grades from foreign universities are usually late because many universities give credit by "quarters" instead of semesters. How will that affect my scholarship? Keep the foundation administrator continually posted on your study abroad status. Notify her by e-mail that your grades will be late, but that a transcript will be forwarded to the Haraldson office as soon as it is available.
3. How do I pay for tuition at the other university? You must be enrolled in the UT Study Abroad Program. Our check for your scholarship is paid directly to the UT Financial services Office in Austin. It is then up to UT to co-ordinate with the other university for payment.
4. I thought I was registered for 12 semesters hours, but in the transmission to UT, only 11 semester hours transfered. Does that matter? Yes. To remain eligible for a Haraldson scholarship, students must take 12 semester hours and make at least a 3.0 GPA on those hours. This rule applies to UT hours, or to universities abroad. Be sure that at least 12 semester hours abroad will transfer as 12 semester hours at UT.
5. Since I studied abroad, I can't graduate in four years. Some of my hours didn't count on my degree plan. Can my scholarship eligibility be extended for one more year? No. Haraldson scholarship eligibility covers 8 or fewer consecutive semesters only. No exceptions.