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Osher Reentry Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

The Osher Foundation has endowed the University of Oklahoma College of Liberal studies to offer reentry scholarships to students. The Foundation defines reentry students as individuals who have experienced an interruption in their education of five or more years and who want to resume their education at the undergraduate level. This scholarship is intended to benefit students who have considerable years of employability ahead of them—ideally aged 25 to 50.

Qualified students may include part- and full-time students, with a preference given to newly matriculating students. Applicants should have financial need, academic promise and a commitment to completing their degree. The Foundation requires that scholarship awards be applied to student tuition fees exclusively.

Individuals who already receive a full tuition waiver or tuition fund from a third party are less likely to receive an Osher award.  For those who receive third-party tuition waivers, tuition costs have already been covered and there is nothing for the Osher to be applied to. It is important to note before applying that the Osher award is a tuition waiver only, not a scholarship that applies toward other expenses whether they are university related or not. 

No, the Osher award may only be applied as a tuition waiver. It is important to note that the Osher award is not a cash scholarship.

Shortly after the applications have been reviewed, you will be notified by email or regular mail whether you have or have not been awarded an Osher Reentry award. The Osher award will be processed as a tuition waiver after the semester’s drop-date and should be posted to the Bursar account. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure his/her Osher application has been submitted by the deadline and received by the College of Liberal Studies.

In most cases, yes, as long as you are enrolled full-time or part-time in the second eight weeks, continue to meet all of the scholarship criteria, and funds are still available. If you are selected to receive the scholarship for Session II, you will receive notice in your award letter.

Your EFC score is generated upon completion of the FAFSA and is listed on the confirmation page of your FAFSA or Student Aid Report. It is also labeled as Transactions or Processing Information. A student cannot obtain his/her EFC score without completing a FAFSA. (Please do not submit entire FAFSA Application or Student Report along with your application).

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Student Aid. If it is determined that you are unable to contribute the entire cost of college based on the information you submit to federal aid, financial aid is available to bridge the gap. That's how the financial aid system works. The difference between the total cost and your EFC is considered your “financial need” and the amount of aid you’re eligible to receive. (2009 College Board Inc.)

This simply refers to courses that are not taken 100% online or 100% on a campus site. Hybrid courses blend in-class learning (face-to-face) with independent online learning.

The Scholarship and Awards Committee will first ensure that a student’s enrollment is made up of at least 50% on-site or hybrid courses for the semester in question. If the student’s enrollment does not reflect this, the student may still be eligible for the scholarship if 50% or more of his/her courses from all previous semesters are on-site or hybrid. Please be aware that additional criteria, besides this one, exist for the Osher Reentry Scholarship.

Not necessarily. You will need to submit a new application for consideration each semester and the scholarship criteria must also be met.

Please check with your college for information on hybrid courses that may be offered by your college. A list of hybrid courses offered by the College of Liberal Studies each semester is provided in Undergraduate Resources or may be found by logging on to oZONE, selecting Liberal Studies for campus, and searching by the appropriate semester.