External Scholarship Procedures
An external scholarship is one the student receives from a source other than West Texas A&M University.
Where to send scholarship checks
Send all scholarship checks for students to Scholarship Services.
What to include with a scholarship check
Please include the following with each check.
When to send scholarship checks
We recommend that checks be submitted to Scholarship Services by the following dates:
Students may accrue late fees if external scholarship checks are not received prior to the bill date. Students should contact the Business Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss payment options if scholarship checks do not arrive by the bill due date.
Once students are enrolled, their scholarships credit to their accounts. Scholarships are disbursed according to the term(s) specified by the donor. If the donor does not indicate a distribution schedule and the student does not notify our office of any distribution preference, WTAMU will pay awards as follows:
Scholarship checks for $750.00 or less are applied to the current semester.
For those students who have applied for grants, long-term loans, work-study, or other aid via the FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID, it is imperative that Scholarship Services be notified of scholarships from external sources. Also, please notify Scholarship Services if another disbursement will be sent for the spring semester. In the financial aid process, scholarships are counted as a resource for that year.
Effects of scholarships on other aid
The receipt of external scholarship funds may result in the reduction or repayment of need-based financial assistance previously awarded to the student by West Texas A&M University. In accordance with federal regulations, Financial Aid is required to monitor whether a student’s total financial assistance remains within their financial need-based eligibility. Whenever possible, loans and federal work-study are reduced before federal or institutional gift-aid (e.g., grants and scholarships).
Student-athletes are subject to additional rules regarding financial aid. To comply with NCAA regulations, the financial aid office is required to send a letter to all external scholarship donors in order to ensure external scholarships meet the eligibility criteria as established by the NCAA. Once the letter is returned it is reviewed by both the Financial Aid Office as well as the Athletic Department to determine if it meets the eligibility requirements. This may cause delay in scholarship funds being awarded.
Student-athletes should report all financial aid from external sources. Failure to provide this information can cause delays in payment or fees, in approval of status for practice or play, and in the revisions to other aid received.
Refunds to scholarship donors
If the student withdraws from school after scholarship funds are disbursed, the donor is responsible for collecting the funds from the students if they elect.
Bill/Invoice for scholarship payment
Scholarship Services does not bill donors for scholarship payments. If an invoice or bill is required for payment, the student needs to provide a copy of his or her account statement from the Accounting and Business Office to the donor.
Confirmation of check receipt
Scholarship Services will acknowledge receipt of the scholarship to the donor; this is in addition to the student’s thank you to the donor.
For more information
If you have questions about these procedures, please contact Scholarship Services at (806) 651-3330.