Scholarships

All undergraduate students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form annually. This allows for the full range of financial aid options, including all federal financial aid programs and USW institutional aid programs

Financial aid is one source of helping meet the cost of attendance at USW. Families are expected to contribute towards the cost of attendance from either their own resources or from outside resources. Students are also encouraged to search for scholarships from outside sources.

University Grants - Grant Listings Information
University grants are offered to full-time undergraduate students who are enrolled in courses offered on the campus of USW, who demonstrate eligibility and meet the criteria below, and do not receive a USW athletic award. This includes freshman, transfer, and returning students. Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50 for all Presidential and Dean's Awards. All other awards must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50. Recipients of the University Grant are strongly encouraged to enroll in at least 14-16 hours per semester. All University Grants will be awarded for a maximum period of up to 4 years. Please submit our online award application here. Application deadline for fall is August 1st and for spring the application deadline is January 1st. 

Mustang Grant

Mustang Grant is available to degree seeking undergraduate students who are full-time and are taking at least 12 credit hours per semester in a face-to-face setting. Southwest also offers scholarships in the following sports and involved areas: baseball, softball, men's and women's basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, Enactus and Campus Ministry. Athletic scholarships are determined by the coach and participation in the program.

Donor Funded Scholarships
USW awards donor scholarships to deserving students each semester. If you have a 3.0+ GPA and would like to apply to be matched to one of our donor scholarships, please fill out the USW's scholarship application and return it to the financial aid office. The fall 2016 deadline is July 31st. The spring 2017 deadline is November 30th.

Donor Funded Scholarships are available to degree seeking undergraduate students. To apply for donor funded scholarships offered through Southwest, please print the Scholarship Application by clicking here.The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required in addition to the Scholarship Application. Return application to the Office of Financial Aid by the deadline posted on the application.

Debt Buyback Program
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Appeal Process

Students have the right to appeal financial aid decisions. Appeals must be made in writing to the Director of Financial Aid and must respond to the decisions being appealed. The Financial Aid Review Board, convened by the Director of Financial Aid, will then rule on the appeal. The decision of the Review Board will be final. The Appeal Application is available from your financial aid advisor.

External Scholarship Search Services
Please visit the Resources page.


Program Eligibility How to Apply



I CAN Scholarship Students apply to program while in junior high or high school. Details and applications available in the Office of Enrollment Services or Office of Financial Aid.


I CAN Application and related documentation.Student must take at least six credit hours per semester in a face-to-face setting.Student must be enrolled full time at USW and maintain a 2.0 GPA.
The Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholarship Program.


Contact the Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholarship Program for eligibility information. Applications are available online at the J.F. Maddox Foundation's website, www.jfmaddox.org