Scholarship Terms and Conditions

As a recipient of a University Scholarship, whether funded by a donor or by the University, the following terms and conditions apply. You must meet the following to be eligible and to have the funds payable to your student account:

  • General Scholarship Requirements
    • Substantial scholarships (currently defined as in excess of $5,000) will not be replaced if a student changes major. Changing majors will not affect the value of less substantial recruiting scholarships offered to you as a freshman. However, the individual scholarship may change if the one originally received required a certain major.
    • You are required to enroll as a full-time student, defined as 12 credit hours per semester for undergraduates, as of midnight on the last day to drop a class without a "W" for the standard (long) term.
    • The only exception to the above rule is during the final semester prior to graduation. If enrolled in at least 6 credit hours during the last term, a student may receive his/her recruiting scholarship in full. Eligible students should notify the Scholarship Office to request this exception.
    • All awards for the academic year are split between the fall and spring semesters.
    • Early graduates are eligible to use an available stipend the summer term preceding their final semester/year of enrollment.
    • December graduates cannot use the spring semester stipend for their fall cost of attendance.
    • By accepting a scholarship award, you are authorizing Clemson University to release information about you and your scholarship to the media, the donor and University officials.
    • Renewal for university and state scholarships is based on your cumulative Clemson GPA or LIFE GPA and your earned credit hours. Academic Forgiveness can improve your GPA while reducing your earned credit hours, so you must be aware of all consequences before requesting that a grade be forgiven. Please speak with the Scholarship Office if you have questions about how Academic Forgiveness may affect your scholarship eligibility. If you are seeking to regain a scholarship for an upcoming academic year, you must submit the Request for Academic Forgiveness before the first day of class of the fall semester.
    • University and state scholarships cannot exceed the total cost of attendance. This limitation applies to all financial aid including outside scholarships, exemptions and waivers to billable charges and is based on the cost of tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation and personal expenses. Scholarship stipends, federal aid, and/or state aid will be adjusted to ensure that this limit is not exceeded.
  • University Recruiting Scholarships
    • University recruiting scholarships are four-year scholarships awarded to entering freshmen.
    • University recruiting scholarship recipients are required to pass at least 24 credit hours per year and maintain a cumulative Clemson GPA of at least 3.0. Please read Fund messages in iROAR for more specific information.
    • You may receive a University Scholarship for up to eight semesters. Renewal for each specific scholarship is listed in messages in iROAR. Renewal eligibility is checked after spring grades are posted. Students can meet credit hours and/or GPA criteria with credits earned during the subsequent summer term. Credit hours earned elsewhere must be approved as transfer credits by Enrolled Student Services and an official transcript received by the University for those hours to count towards renewal requirements.
    • Students receiving an out-of-state tuition scholarship may be eligible for an out-of-state waiver during summer sessions. Please reach out to the Scholarship Office for more information regarding this.
  • University Restricted Scholarships
    • University restricted scholarships are awarded annually to upperclassmen.
    • University restricted scholarship recipients are required to pass at least 24 credit hours per year and maintain a cumulative Clemson GPA of at least 3.0. Please read Fund messages in iROAR for more specific information.
    • Scholarships, contingent on a major, offered after your freshman year, will not be renewed if you change your major.
  • Academic Common Market Waivers

    The Academic Common Market waiver requires you remain enrolled in the major you were certified in with your home state. If you change your major, you will lose your Academic Common Market waiver. To renew the Academic Common Market waiver, you must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and there is an 8-semester limit.