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The Office of Student Financial Aid supports the mission of the University by assisting students and families seeking educational programs at Old Dominion University. The Office administers financial aid programs funded by federal, state, University, and private sources in the form of grants, federal work-study programs, and merit and need-based scholarships. Also, federally supported loans are offered to qualified applicants through Federal Direct Subsidized loans, the William D. Ford Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Federal Direct PLUS loan programs.  Alternative loan options are also available to support educational goals.

Regulations governing the administration of student financial aid are subject to unanticipated changes. For updated information, visit the website at www.odu.edu/finaidoffice or the Old Dominion University home page at www.odu.edu.

Scholarships, Grants, Loans, and Student Employment

The University offers a variety of awards each year to qualified students who have been admitted into degree programs. Financial aid is offered on the basis of academic achievement and/or financial need. Financial need is defined as the difference between the total cost of education at Old Dominion University and the amount of money an applicant and his or her family are expected to make available from income and assets to meet those expenses. The eligibility for non-need based loans programs, Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans and Federal Direct PLUS loans is determined by a multiple factors such as dependency status, student classification (undergraduate/graduate, grade level), cost of attendance, and total amount borrowed to date.

To be eligible for assistance from the most aid programs, a student must be a citizen or an eligible non-citizen. Some awards are designated only to Virginia residents while others are not restricted by residency. A student must be admitted and enrolled in an eligible degree program, must be registered with the Selective Service (if required), must not be in default or owe a repayment or refund on a federally guaranteed loan or grant, and must be in good academic standing (making satisfactory academic progress). Certain aid programs require a student to maintain a full-time status. One exception to the requirement that students must enroll in a degree-seeking program applies to students admitted for purposes of teacher certification who apply for a William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan.

Financial aid eligibility is determined on an annual basis, for one academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer) only. Students must reapply each year for continued eligibility. Applications for financial aid should be submitted as early as possible beginning in October preceding the academic year requested. Priority awards of grants funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Program are awarded to eligible students whose Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received by the federal processing agency no later than February 15 preceding the academic year of interest. Awards are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and dependent on fund availability.

To be considered for the Annual and Endowed Scholarships administered by the University, an Admissions application or the Scholarship Application for Continuing Students must be received by the University by February 15 preceding the academic year of interest. All admitted students are automatically considered.

An entering student must be accepted for admission into a degree-seeking program before receiving a financial aid eligibility notification email; however, a student who has not yet been accepted for admission may apply for financial assistance. Once admitted into an eligible degree program, the student will automatically receive a notice of tentative financial aid eligibility. Announcements of financial aid eligibility for early applicants are generally made before May 1. The applicant will be notified by the Office of Student Financial Aid. In addition, the admitted student is encouraged to monitor the status of his/her application for aid and its subsequent processing by accessing his/her records on the University’s secure online site, LEO Online. Students may be notified by email to their Old Dominion University email accounts throughout the year. Alerts, reminders, and student-specific information are emailed through the University’s secure email system throughout the year, and students are responsible for reading and responding to these communications.

The information regarding financial aid contained in this catalog is subject to changes or deletions without notification. Additional information concerning financial aid is available through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The federal Student Guide, which describes the federal student financial aid programs and how to apply for them, is also available free of charge from the Federal Student Aid Information Center (1-800-433-3243). The U.S. Department of Education provides efficient and secure access to information and government services and benefits for students via https://studentaid.ed.gov/.

Application Requirements

To be considered for financial aid, a student must complete all documents and submit them as soon as possible after October 1 preceding the academic year for which application is made. (For example, a student planning to attend during the Fall Semester, 2017 would submit a financial aid application in October, 2016.) The documents and deadlines are described below. Note: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required of all applicants for financial aid.

Document 1: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Submitting a completed and signed FAFSA initiates the process of applying for financial aid. The information provided by the student (and his/her parents) is used by the University and other awarding agencies to determine financial need and general financial aid eligibility. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will report income for an earlier completed tax year. For example, when filing the 2017-18 FAFSA, tax information for 2015 will be submitted. When completing the FAFSA, use Old Dominion University’s Title IV Institution Code (003728). Old Dominion University encourages students to take advantage of the electronic FAFSA option (FAFSA on the web, http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/), which is a secure and convenient method for completing the application process. All applicants and parents of dependent applicants should apply for a FAFSA ID with the Department of Education at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid in order to be able to sign the FAFSA application electronically. The FAFSA must be filed each year for which the student is requesting aid. FAFSAs received by the federal processor before February 15 preceding the fall semester receive priority consideration.

Document 2: Student Aid Report (SAR)

Once the FAFSA is received and processed, the federal processing center will e-mail the Student Aid Report (SAR) to the applicant. Students are strongly encouraged to review and keep their SARs and all other financial-aid-related documents for future reference. The SAR contains valuable information as well as a unique data release code. Students should also keep copies of all documents used to complete the FAFSA, as they may be requested by the Office of Student Financial Aid as part of the federally-required verification process.

Document 3: Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9)

Students who are eligible to participate in the federal work study program will be required to submit certain documents. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all employees of the University to complete an Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9). Student employees who wish to work on or off campus must be prepared to complete the I-9 Form before they begin working.

The I-9 Form cannot be completed unless the employee provides documents to verify both identity and employment eligibility. The following documents will satisfy this requirement:

  • A U.S. passport
  • A certificate of U.S. citizenship (INS Form N-560 or N-561)
  • A certificate of naturalization (INS Form N-550 or N-370)
  • An unexpired foreign passport bearing an unexpired endorsement by the U.S. Attorney General for work in the U.S.
  • A resident alien card or registration card with a photograph, which authorizes employment
  • A temporary resident card (INS Form I-688)
  • An employment authorization card (INS Form I-688A)

If one of the previously referenced documents is not available, an applicant or employee must submit both a document verifying employment eligibility and a document establishing identity. Documents that verify employment eligibility include:

  • A social security card (unless on its face it shows that its issuance does not authorize employment in the U.S.)
  • An unexpired reentry permit (INS Form I-327)
  • An unexpired refugee travel document (INS Form I-571)
  • An employment authorization document issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service
  • A native American tribal document
  • A U.S. citizen identification card (INS Form I-197) or identification card for use of resident citizens in the U.S. (INS Form I-174)
  • A U.S. birth certificate issued by the Department of State (Form FS-545)
  • A certificate of birth abroad issued by the Department of State (Form DS-1350)
  • An original or certified copy of a birth certificate issued by a state, county, or municipal authority bearing a seal

Documents establishing identity include:

  • A photo driver’s license or other state-issued identification document. If the driver’s license or identification card does not include a photograph, it should provide identifying information, such as name, date of birth, sex, height, color of eyes, and address.
  • A school identification card with a photograph
  • A voter registration card
  • A U.S. military card or draft record
  • An identification card issued by federal, state, or local government agencies or entities
  • A military dependent’s identification card
  • A U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner card
  • A driver’s license issued by a Canadian government authority

Document 4: Consortium Agreement and Dual Enrollment Forms

Students attending classes at a distant site or online may be required to submit these forms. These students should consult with their Community and Student Success Director and their financial aid counselor to determine if these forms are required.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Eligibility

The Policy

Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is one of many federally mandated criteria viewed in determining a student’s eligibility for continued receipt of financial aid. Progress is measured by PACE (the number of credits earned in relation to those attempted), Qualitative (GPA) standard and Allowable time (the maximum timeframe allowed to complete the academic program). Students must also demonstrate a progression toward completion of their degree program within an established timeframe. Failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress will result in loss of financial aid eligibility. Progress is reviewed annually, at the end of the academic year.

A. PACE

Undergraduate

In order to maintain financial aid eligibility, an undergraduate student is required to complete 67% of the total credit hours attempted.

How to calculate PACE:

  • .67 x Attempted Hours = the minimum hours an undergraduate student must earn.

B. Qualitative

Qualitative Satisfactory Academic Progress for students is evaluated in accordance with the following:

  • Undergraduate Hours Earned: 1+
  • Minimum G.P.A.: 2.0

C. Allowable Time

The maximum allowable time to be eligible for most financial aid programs for a full time undergraduate student is five years or 10 semesters. Students attending less than full-time will be eligible for aid for semesters registered, not to exceed the equivalent of 10 full-time semesters.

Undergraduate students at Old Dominion University may attempt a maximum of 180 credit hours. Undergraduates working on a second degree will be given an additional 90 hours to earn their second degree. Note: Transfer credits are included.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Review

The Office of Student Financial Aid will conduct a review of Satisfactory Academic Progress at the end of each academic year. Email notifications of Satisfactory Academic Progress standard(s) not met will be sent to the student’s ODU email account.

Please note that students who have not received financial aid in previous years but are applying for financial assistance for the first time will also be held to the requirement of maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress. Satisfactory Academic Progress is reviewed for all semesters of a student’s enrollment regardless of whether the student was eligible for financial assistance during a term. If students exceed the maximum allowable time, they are not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress; thus, all aid will be suspended.

Financial Aid suspension does not prohibit students from continuing their education at Old Dominion University. It does prohibit students from receiving financial aid until they again meet the standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Financial Aid Suspension

Students who fail to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress are placed on financial aid suspension. Students have the option to appeal this suspension. An appeal must be based on significant mitigating circumstances that seriously affected academic performance. The decision of the appeal will be sent via email to the student’s ODU email account. Note: Please make sure the student ODU email account is activated.

Financial Aid Probation

For students who are successful in their appeal, aid will be reinstated; however, the student will be placed on probation for one payment period/term. Emails will be sent to students on financial aid probation advising them of the conditions needed. At the conclusion of the probation term, the student must be meeting the University’s Satisfactory Academic Progress standard in order to qualify for further Title IV Funding. If it is determined that a student will need more than one probationary term, the student must be placed on an academic plan.

Academic Plans

An academic plan will be developed by the student and their academic advisor. All academic plans will be monitored each term. If the student fails to meet the standards set up in the plan, the student will no longer be eligible for financial aid until the student establishes eligibility on their own. Students who fail to meet the conditions outlined in their academic plans during their probationary semester will not be eligible to submit a subsequent appeal.

The Appeal Process

The appeal form may be downloaded from the Student Financial Aid website at http://www.odu.edu/finaidoffice.

The basis for an appeal includes:

  1. Death of a relative
  2. Student/parent injury or illness
  3. Serious illness or injury of a parent/guardian, spouse or child that required the student to be the primary caregiver and prevented the student from passing the course(s)
  4. Emotional or mental health issue (for student) that required professional care
  5. Other unusual circumstances beyond the student's control such as divorce/separation, natural disaster, extreme change in financial or legal circumstances or transition that may lead to depression, anxiety, and other problems that can be documented.
    1. Documentation or evidence that supports the reason(s) must be included with the appeal. This might include a letter from a doctor, court documents, death certificates or copies of University documents, layoff notices, foreclosure notices, etc. Copies should be attached. Original documents will not be returned.

Directions for filing an appeal for reinstatement of eligibility for financial aid are as follows:

  1. Students should use the SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS APPEAL FORM to write the appeal.
    1. State clearly why the condition(s) cited were not met.
    2. Attach documentation if necessary.
    3. State what has changed that will allow demonstration of Satisfactory Academic Progress at the end of the next evaluation period.
    4. To confirm extenuating circumstance(s), students must attach documentation from an objective third party (e.g. physician, counselor, lawyer, social worker, teacher, religious leader, academic advisor).
    5. Documentation submitted will remain confidential. Appeals will be reviewed only by financial aid personnel.
  2. Students should meet with their academic advisor or the dean of their college to complete the Continuation of Academic Plan form.

    NOTE: If the appeal is submitted without the advisor or dean’s evaluation, it will not be considered.

3. Students should submit the complete appeal packet and all supporting documents within 14 days of receipt of notification. Failure to submit the complete packet will result in cancellation of aid.

Allow two weeks for the review of the appeal and receipt of the decision notification. If the appeal is approved, the decision notification will outline the conditions of the student’s contract for reinstatement of aid eligibility. The contract is binding and academic progress will be reviewed at the end of the enrollment period specified. If the appeal is denied, the decision notification will specify the conditions for future consideration for financial aid eligibility.

The decision of the financial aid review committee is FINAL and cannot be appealed.

If the appeal is unsuccessful, an email notification will be sent notifying students of the decision and informing the student how to re-establish eligibility if applicable.

Deadline to submit a SAP appeal for Fall - September 30

Deadline to submit a SAP appeal for Spring - February 27

Re-establishing Eligibility

Students may re-establish their eligibility for financial assistance by achieving the satisfactory progress standards. This will be at students’ expense as they are ineligible for financial aid. Sitting out a semester at Old Dominion University will not assist in re-establishing eligibility. Once students have earned the required grade point average or completed the required credit hours, they must contact the Office of Financial Aid to request the reinstatement of their financial aid eligibility.

Students not making Satisfactory Academic Progress at the end of the second year, but at the end of the subsequent grading period, come into compliance with the University’s graduation requirements; they will be considered to be making Satisfactory Academic Progress beginning with the next grading period.

Withdrawing from Courses

Withdrawing from courses may impact financial aid awards. Before withdrawing from class, students should contact the Financial Aid Office to determine the consequences.

Withdrawing from the University

Students who totally withdraw from the University and receive aid may owe the University money. Before withdrawing from the University, students should contact the Financial Aid Office to determine the consequences.

Withdrawing from all courses for two consecutive semesters may result in loss of financial aid eligibility.

Incompletes:  Courses assigned a grade of "I" are not considered complete and will not be included in the total credits earned until the final grade has been submitted.

Transfer and Repeat Coursework

Accepted transfer credits must count as both attempted and completed hours.

Repeated coursework will count toward enrollment status when there is no more than one repetition of a previously passed course or any repetition of a previously passed course due to the student failing other coursework in a prior term.

Example:

  • Student enrolls in four fall courses – passes three and fails one
  • University required student to retake all four courses
  • May count the failed course in the next enrollment status
  • May not count the passed courses
  • Developmental/remedial courses may be included; however, enrichment and English as a Second Language courses ARE NOT taken into consideration.

Federal Programs

Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for all of the following federal financial aid programs.

Federal Pell Grant Program

A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are only awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree. For many students, Pell Grants provide a foundation of financial aid to which other aid may be added. The amount of Federal Pell Grants students may receive over their lifetime is limited to an equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Like the Federal Pell Grant, this award assists undergraduate students only and does not have to be repaid. This grant is made to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need (very low expected family contribution, or EFC). Students who meet all other eligibility criteria and whose FAFSAs were received by the federal processing agency by the priority deadline (February 15) are considered for this grant. It is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Federal funding for this program is extremely limited.

Federal Work Study (FWS) Program

This program provides jobs for undergraduate or graduate students with financial need, allowing them the opportunity to earn money for educational expenses. The FWS program encourages community service work such as tutoring and work related to the course of study. A student who qualifies for FWS is not automatically guaranteed employment. Students must apply for available positions and cannot be a participant of the Learn and Earn Advantage Program (*LEAP). Career Development Services (CDS), located at 2202 Webb University Center, maintains a listing of available positions as provided by offices across campus in ODU CareerLink through its website at http://www.odu.edu/cmc .  CDS also manages the following FWS programs for the University: Student Temporary Assistance Team (STAT), Community Service Internship (CSI), America Reads Tutoring and America Counts Tutoring.  Contact the CDS at (757)  683-4388 for information on completing the application process for these CDS managed programs.

*The Learn and Earn Advantage Program (LEAP) offers first and second year undergraduate ODU students the opportunity to be selected for part-time on-campus jobs with ODU departments and Regional Higher Education Centers. Jobs over the last two semesters averaged 10-15 hours per week with students making $8.00 per hour for a total maximum of $2,100 per academic year.  Students who do not have Federal Work Study awards and have financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office will receive a LEAP award letter as funds allow.  Students must meet minimum GPA requirements each semester, successfully complete the UNIV 130 LEAP course and have satisfactory work supervisor evaluations and recommendations to remain eligible.  A limited number of positions are available each semester and are filled by the order of completed University employment application packets received by Career Development Services (CDS).  Contact the CDS at (757) 683-4388 for more information about the application process. 

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Old Dominion University participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program and thus receives loan funds directly from the U.S. Department of Education upon disbursement (payment) to eligible students. There are three kinds of loans:

William D. Ford Federal Direct Subsidized Loans

The federal government will pay the interest on these loans while students are in school and during deferments (postponements of repayment). Students must demonstrate financial need to receive this type of loan. Only undergraduate students may be eligible and must be enrolled at least half time. Like all other forms of aid, loans are disbursed to student accounts on a semester-by-semester basis, and eligibility must be re-confirmed prior to release.

William D. Ford Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans

Loans are available to eligible students regardless of financial need, but students will be required to pay all interest charges, including the interest that accumulates during deferments.

The Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

This is available for parents of dependent students who filed the FAFSA and who meet other general eligibility requirements. Applications for these loans are completed on-line at STUDENTLOANS.GOV.  The loans are subject to a Federal credit approval process at the time of submission. Parents are responsible for all payments and interest charges.  PLUS loans are not automatically offered but are available upon the written request of the parent borrower by submission of a Parent PLUS Data Sheet found on-line at the Financial Aid website.  Please note:  Both the Federal on-line application found at STUDENTLOANS.GOV and the Parent PLUS Data Sheet found on the Financial Aid website must be completed.

State Programs

The Virginia Student Financial Assistance Program (VSFAP) was established to assist students with financial need. VSFAP Funds are used for need-based grants to Virginia resident undergraduates or for assistantships and fellowships to graduate students. As funds are limited, they are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, with students meeting the priority FAFSA receipt deadline (February 15 receipt by federal processing agency) being given first consideration. Awards are limited to 125% of degree (cannot exceed 150 attempted credits).  Specific Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements that are more rigorous than those for federal financial aid eligibility consideration apply. Interested students are encouraged to visit the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia web site at http://www.schev.edu for detailed information and program regulations and guidelines.

Commonwealth Award

In order to be eligible for a Commonwealth award, a student must be admitted into a Virginia public two or four year college or university, a domiciliary resident of Virginia as defined by the Code of Virginia 23-7.4, demonstrate financial need as determined by the institution (FAFSA required), be enrolled at least half-time in an eligible baccalaureate program, a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, and otherwise eligible for federal financial aid. This is a grant and does not have to be repaid. The actual awards vary by institution and are based on funds available. The awards may not exceed tuition and required fees. Additional restrictions, such as minimum GPA or maximum hours attempted, affecting state grant eligibility may be enacted during the period covered by this catalog.

Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP)

In order to be eligible for a VGAP award, a student must meet all Commonwealth award requirements, and must also be a graduate of a Virginia high school, have a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and be classified as a dependent student for federal financial aid purposes. A student generally enters the VGAP program as a freshman.  Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years provided that the student meets the renewal conditions and that funding is available. Renewal of the VGAP grant is dependent upon several factors: maintaining full time continuous enrollment, earning at least 24 credit hours during the previous award year, maintaining domiciliary residency in Virginia, demonstrating continued financial need, maintaining a college grade point average of least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent, and maintaining the satisfactory academic progress standards of the institution for federal student aid programs. As with all other aid programs, audited courses do not count toward full-time enrollment. Participation in the VGAP program is limited to the first four years of attendance (fall/spring enrollment for four consecutive academic years). Additional restrictions, such as minimum GPA or maximum hours attempted, affecting state grant eligibility may be enacted during the period covered by this catalog.

Conditions for Disbursement of Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid publishes a “Statement of Student Responsibility & Conditions for Release of Financial Aid” document each academic year. This statement is included with the initial award notification mailed to the student and is also accessible on the Financial Aid Office page of the University web site http://www.odu.edu/finaidoffice.  When students accept financial aid, they also acknowledge that they have read and agree to comply with the Statement. A limited sample of conditions is as follows:

  1. Initial financial aid notices are based on the assumption that the student will enroll full time.
  2. Students are required to communicate immediately with their counselors any changes in the enrollment level or student type during the period leading up to the beginning of each semester as they may impact the student's aid eligibility. Financial aid is based upon full-time (12 or more credits), three-quarter-time (9-11 credits), or half-time enrollment (6-8 credits). If a student’s aid has been calculated based on an enrollment level different from the actual enrollment for that semester, the aid will not be released until the student has notified the counselor and the counselor has reviewed and recalculated aid eligibility. Financial aid eligibility changes when enrollment level changes. Students who drop courses are responsible for notifying the financial aid counselor immediately. Aid will be reduced accordingly and financial aid already received will be due back to the University. This also applies to “balance-of-aid” payments made to students prior to dropping or withdrawing from courses.
  3. The student is responsible for repayment of any and all financial aid received if adjustments resulting from unreported or misreported information discovered through verification, third-party notices, account reviews, and/or Quality Assurance findings lead to reductions in aid. All students who appear to qualify for a Federal Pell Grant are required to confirm all information submitted on the FAFSA as part of the federal verification process. Documents such as Federal Income Tax transcripts, W-2 forms, Leave and Earnings Statements, notices of SSI benefits, and Verification Worksheets will be required. Other documents may be requested to confirm marital status or other information provided on the FAFSA during the verification process.
  4. The student is responsible for reporting additional educational assistance received through sources other than the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid may be adjusted according to federal regulations as a result of additional educational assistance received and not reflected initially. The student bears responsibility for reporting any additional aid in the form of scholarships from outside sources, Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits, Graduate Tuition Scholarships, Veterans Benefits, Senior Citizen Tuition Waivers, Employer Assisted Tuition Payments, Third Party Payment Agreements involving any outside group or company, and all other forms of assistance. The student must report these external sources of financial assistance immediately to his/her financial aid counseling team.
  5. It is the student's responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office if the enrollment level or student type changes (examples: degree seeking to non degree/certificate program; undergraduate to graduate, etc).
  6. Federal Direct Student Loans require Promissory Notes. Federal Direct Student Loan promissory notes may be signed online. Students must complete and sign the promissory notes before the loan process can be completed. Entrance loan counseling is required of all first-time borrowers prior to release of loan proceeds.
  7. Transfer credit evaluations for new transfer students may result in additional loan eligibility. Students may request an account review once all transfer credits have been evaluated and are reflected on the student’s official academic transcript.
  8. A tentative or conditional financial aid package assumes a level of federal and state appropriations which are frequently undetermined at the time of preparation. If legislative bodies fail to provide the anticipated funding level, it may be necessary to reduce or cancel certain types of aid, particularly grants. Students will be notified immediately if such changes become necessary.
  9. The Office of Student Financial Aid reserves the right to review, modify or cancel financial aid at any time on the basis of new information affecting student eligibility, including but not limited to changes in financial resources, residence, academic status, or changes in the availability of funds.
  10. Students who withdraw from all courses are subject to regulations regarding the Return To Title IV Funds requirement. If the date of complete withdrawal precedes the date on which 60% of the academic semester has been completed, a prorated portion of all Title IV student financial assistance will be due back to the federal programs. The University policy regarding tuition refunds following withdrawal is stated in the catalog and is independent of the Return of Title IV funds regulations. Students who withdraw from the University before 60% of the semester has elapsed should anticipate repaying a significant portion of Title IV financial assistance. Additionally, students who failed to earn a passing grade during the term are subject to the same federal guidelines.

Scholarships

Merit-Based Scholarships

All entering fall freshmen and transfer students who submit their admission application and ALL required credentials by the scholarship application priority deadline (December 1) are considered for merit-based scholarships offered through the Old Dominion University Office of Admissions. The admissions application serves as the merit-based scholarship application.

Information related to scholarship criteria can be found on the Admissions web site.

Annual and Endowed University Scholarships

Scholarships at Old Dominion University have been established through the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to recognize outstanding academic performance and to assist students in pursuing their educational goals. Scholarship awards are based on a variety of criteria. For some awards, eligibility is entirely determined by academic merit or potential. Other requirements might include demonstrated financial need, field of study, state or city residency, graduation from a particular high school or participation in a specific program, organization or activity. Generally, recipients have earned at least a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.00 scale) and are full-time, degree-seeking students.

All first-time freshmen and transfer students will automatically be considered for academic and endowed scholarships based on their admissions application. The majority of scholarships offered to Old Dominion University students are based on information already known to the University.

The Scholarship Form for Continuing and Graduate Students is available for students who have a change in scholarship eligibility according to the Criteria Check List (included in the Scholarship Form).  Continuing students who meet the above circumstances must complete and submit the form to the Office of Student Financial Aid, 2002 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529-0052. The form must be received by February 15 each year to be considered for scholarships for the following academic year. The information provided on the Form for Continuing and Graduate Students will be maintained and used for scholarship selection for the duration of the student’s attendance at Old Dominion University. It is not necessary to complete the form more than once during attendance at Old Dominion University, UNLESS the required information has changed. To determine eligibility for need-based scholarships (designated by an asterisk (*), students must also file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) PRIOR to February 15 of the appropriate academic year.

Selection procedures vary for these awards. All scholarships require admission to and enrollment in a degree program at Old Dominion University. For some scholarships, a portfolio, an audition or participation in a specific program may be required. A (+) denotes that graduate students are eligible for scholarships. The additional steps, if required, are summarized following each scholarship description.

Students will receive written notification of any scholarship for which they have been selected. Most scholarships will be awarded in April through August of each year. All scholarships must be formally accepted in writing.

Awards for Entering Freshmen

The Old Dominion University Alumni Association (ODUAA) Legacy Scholarship Endowment was established to assist children of an Old Dominion University (“ODU”) alumnus/ae.  The recipient(s) must be a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing. It is the intention of the ODUAA for the scholarship to be awarded to a freshman and follow the recipient during his/her time at ODU (up to four years).

The Nicholas Andrasz Academic and Social Service Endowed Scholarship was established by Nicholas Andrasz to assist an entering freshman who has graduated from a Virginia Beach high school. The recipient must have a minimum 3.25 grade point average, minimum 1000 combined SAT score and must have spent a considerable amount of non-paid volunteer time helping to make their community a better place. The recognized categories of non-paid volunteer time are: Hospital Volunteer, Public Safety, Mentoring/Tutoring, Shelters, and Elder Care.  Students must provide reasonable documentation as proof of their public service. Preference is given to a student who has previously been awarded the Nicholas Andrasz Endowed Scholarship from Tidewater Community College.

The Edward N. Antoun, AH Environmental Endowed Scholarship in Engineering was established to assist a full-time undergraduate student intending to major in civil and environmental engineering.  The recipient must attain a minimum high school GPA of 3.2 and be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.

The Beta Sigma Phi-Alice Brewer White Memorial Endowed Scholarship is made possible by an endowment established in 1985. This award assists an entering freshman who is from Southside Hampton Roads. Preference will be given to students with a 3.20 grade point average and Beta Sigma Phi affiliations, including mother, grandmother or aunt. The student may also be a member of Beta Sigma Phi. Leadership ability and community involvement are factors in selection. This scholarship is renewable.

The James L. Bugg Scholarship was established in 1978 by the Old Dominion University Alumni Association to honor this former University president. The award is made to an alumnus’ son or daughter who has participated in extracurricular activities and community service and displays top academic achievement.

The CHROME Scholarships are funded by the University and awarded to entering freshmen who have participated in a certified high school CHROME club. Recipients must intend to pursue a degree in engineering, mathematics, science, technology or a related field.

The Claire Virginia Dabel Memorial Scholarship is funded through an endowment established by Dr. Virginia B. Newbern to assist one or more freshmen students majoring in the field of biology.

The Peter G. Decker Endowed Scholarship for Residents of Lambert's Point is funded by an endowment established by Peter G. Decker and the estate of Celia Stern. This scholarship is awarded to students who have recently graduated from a local high school who reside in Lambert's Point at the time of application to Old Dominion University.  Recipients must maintain a GPA of 2.5 and demonstrate financial need.

The Haislip-Rorrer Presidential Scholars Endowment was established by Wallace Haislip and Linda Rorrer to assist one or more full-time entering freshmen with outstanding academic credentials.   Recipients will be chosen according to the University’s criteria for Presidential Scholars candidacy.

*The E. L. Hamm Endowed Scholarship was established by Edward L. Hamm, Jr. to assist a student who is residing in or has resided in Norfolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority properties. The recipient must be a full-time undergraduate student who demonstrates financial need. (FAFSA)

*The Forrest H. Harrell, Jr. Scholarship Endowment was established to assist an incoming freshman student who demonstrates financial need and maintains a minimum grade point average of 3.0. (FAFSA)

The Ellen P. Harvey Scholarship Endowment was established by Old Dominion University to assist one or more full-time entering freshmen with outstanding academic merit credentials.   Preference is given to resident(s) of Lambert’s Point, Highland Park, or Park Place neighborhoods surrounding Old Dominion University, or a graduate of the Lambert’s Point Summer program sponsored by the University.

*The James W. Ingersoll Memorial Scholarships are made possible by an endowment given by the Ingersoll family, their friends and the citizens of Portsmouth, Virginia. These awards assist entering freshmen who demonstrate financial need and are graduates of Churchland High School in Portsmouth. (FAFSA)

*The Ron Jet Jones Memorial Scholarship in English was established by Barbara Ann Jones to assist one or more full-time entering freshmen with an intended English major and a high school grade point average of 3.75.  Student (s) must have held leadership positions in clubs or organizations in high school and must demonstrate financial need. (FAFSA)

The James V. and Donna L. Koch Endowed Scholarship was established by the Old Dominion University Educational Foundation in 2001 to honor this former University president and his wife. This four-year scholarship assists an incoming freshman with a minimum 1300 SAT score, 3.80 cumulative grade point average and extracurricular involvement. The scholarship can be renewed if the student maintains eligibility criteria.

The Edgar and Kathleen Kovner Scholarships for outstanding high school scholars are awarded each year to entering freshmen in the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology. The awards are based on performance in a high school curriculum that emphasized mathematics and the sciences. These scholarships are renewable for three years for recipients who remain enrolled full time in the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology and maintain a 3.00 grade point average.

The A. D. Morgan Scholarships are supported by a trust established in 1968 by Dr. A.D. Morgan and Annye Lewis Morgan. The scholarships assist Old Dominion University students who are U.S. citizens and residents of the greater Norfolk area. Preference is given to the members of the Freemason Street Baptist Church of Norfolk. Recipients are selected by the trustees of the Scholarship Fund and coordinated through the Old Dominion University Office of Student Financial Aid.

*The Patricia Ann Vaughan Myers ’57 Memorial Scholarship was established by Hugh L. Vaughan in honor of his daughter, Patricia Ann. It assists an entering freshman who is a Virginia resident and a resident of the Tidewater area. The student must demonstrate financial need, academic merit and be a full-time student under the age of 24 who lives at home. (FAFSA)

*The Newport News Shipbuilding Engineering Endowment was established to assist undergraduate students majoring in engineering or engineering technology who hold a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average.  The recipient may also be an undergraduate student enrolled as engineering intended in the Engineering Fundamentals Division with a minimum 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average. Preference will be given to students who are Pell eligible. (FAFSA)

Norfolk School Board Scholarships are funded by the University and awarded to ten entering freshmen graduates of Norfolk public or private schools. Students are selected based on their high school academic achievement. The award equals full in-state tuition (up to 15 credit hours per semester). Recipients are selected by the Director of Guidance of the Norfolk Public School system, in conjunction with the high school guidance counselors. Recipients may qualify for a one-year renewal of the award by maintaining a 2.50 grade point average and completing 24 academic units at the end of the first academic year.

The Pace Collaborative Endowed Scholarship in Engineering has been established by PACE Collaborative PC to assist an incoming freshman intending to major in engineering. The student must be a full-time student, have attained a minimum high school GPA of 3.0, and must be a U.S citizen or Permanent Resident. The scholarship may be renewed up to three academic years if the student maintains a 2.5 GPA.

The Parents’ Association of Old Dominion University Freshman Scholarship is funded by an endowment by the organization to assist an outstanding entering freshman who has demonstrated academic merit and leadership skills.

The Parents’ Association of Old Dominion University Freshman ’90 Scholarship is funded by an endowment by the organization to assist an outstanding entering freshman who has demonstrated academic merit and leadership skills.

*Regional Scholarship awards are provided by the University in the amount of $1,200 to entering freshmen from Accomack County, Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Newport News, Northampton County, Portsmouth, Southampton County, Suffolk, Surry and Virginia Beach public high schools. Students must demonstrate financial need. Students may qualify for a one-year renewal of the award if they maintain a 2.50 grade point average, complete 24 academic units for the year and demonstrate financial need. (FAFSA)

*The Rafael Torrech-Tecnico Endowed Scholarshipin Engineering was established by Tecnico Corporation in honor of Rafael Torrech III to assist entering freshmen from a local Hampton Roads high school with preference to children of parents who are employed at Tecnico Corporation. Students must be full-time, intending to major in the Batten College of Engineering and Technology, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and demonstrate financial need. (FAFSA)

Old Dominion University Dominion Scholarships for Entering Freshmen

The Theodore F. and Constance C. Constant Dominion Scholarship was established by Theodore F. and Constance C. Constant to assist incoming freshmen who present a minimum 3.8 cumulative grade point average, rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, and score 1280 or better on the Scholastic Assessment Test. The recipient must be a Virginia resident, with preference given to Hampton Roads residents.

The Mary T. Cooper and Dudley Cooper Dominion Scholarship was established by Mary T. Cooper and Dudley Cooper to assist incoming freshmen who present a minimum 3.8 cumulative grade point average, rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, and score 1280 or better on the Scholastic Assessment Test. The recipient must also be a United States citizen.

The Clifford and Ann Cutchins, III Dominion Scholarship was established by Mr. and Mrs. Clifford A. Cutchins, III to assist incoming freshmen who present a minimum 3.8 cumulative grade point average, rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, and score 1280 or better on the Scholastic Assessment Test.

The Robert L. and Geraldine E. Fodrey Alumni Association Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established by the Old Dominion University Alumni Association to assist incoming freshmen who present a minimum 3.8 cumulative grade point average, rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, and score 1280 or better on the Scholastic Assessment Test.

The Harry H. and Marie Mansbach Dominion Scholarship was established by Harry H. and Marie Mansbach to assist incoming freshmen who present a minimum 3.8 cumulative grade point average, rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, and score 1280 or better on the Scholastic Assessment Test.

The Joseph M. Marchello Dominion Scholars Endowment was established by the Old Dominion University Alumni Association to assist incoming freshmen who present a minimum 3.8 cumulative grade point average, rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, and score 1280 or better on the Scholastic Assessment Test.

The Clark-Nexsen Dominion Scholarship in Engineering was established by Clark-Nexsen, PC, Architecture & Engineering and the ODU alumni employees of Clark-Nexsen, PC to assist an incoming freshman who is a resident of Virginia, ranks in the top 10% of high school class, has attained a minimum combined Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) score of 1200, and demonstrates potential for leadership.

The Sam H., Willie Mae, and Herbert L. Sebren Dominion Scholars Memorial Endowment was established by Mr. Sam H. Sebren, Sr. and Mrs. Lucille Sebren to assist incoming freshmen who present a minimum 3.8 cumulative grade point average, rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, and score 1280 or better on the Scholastic Assessment Test.

The William B. Spong, Jr., Dominion Scholar Endowment was established by the Old Dominion University Alumni Association to assist incoming freshmen who present a minimum 3.8 cumulative grade point average, rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, and score 1280 or better on the Scholastic Assessment Test.

The College of Arts and Letters

+The H. Lee Addison, III Scholarship in History was established to assist a full-time undergraduate or graduate student majoring in history who has a minimum GPA of 3.0.

*The Herbert Altschul Memorial Scholarship in Humanities is made possible by an endowment given by the family of the late Herbert Altschul, a Norfolk businessman and former owner of Altschul’s Department Store. This award assists three juniors who demonstrate financial need, are U.S. citizens and are majoring in the Humanities. (FAFSA)

* The Nora Barnes Endowed Scholarship in Political Science was established to help assist a full-time student majoring in political science. The recipient of this scholarship must have at least a 2.5 grade point average and demonstrate financial need. (FAFSA)

*The Bruce T. and Sarah Bishop Endowed Scholarship was established to assist a full-time student in the College of Arts and Letters who has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, demonstrates financial need, and demonstrates evidence of involvement in student activities. (FAFSA)

*The Linda H. and Edward Bradley Endowed Scholarship was established to assist an undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Letters with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who is eligible for the Federal Pell grant. (FAFSA)

+The Eliot S. Breneiser Memorial Scholarship was established to assist a full-time music major in either the piano performance program or the music education program with a concentration in piano. Information concerning audition requirements is available from the Music Department. (AUDITION, PARTICIPATION) (757) 683-4061

*The Martha Brown Endowed Scholarship is made possible by the friends of Martha Brown. It is awarded to assist a full- or part-time student in the College of Arts and Letters. The recipient must be a sophomore or junior and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 pursuing a minor in African American Studies. The student must also demonstrate financial need. (FAFSA)

*+The Dr. James V. D. Card Scholarship Fund was established to assist an undergraduate or graduate student who is majoring in English. The recipient must demonstrate financial need. (FAFSA)

The Claire Cucchiari-Loring Memorial Scholarship was established by the Cucchiari and Loring families in honor of Claire Cucchiari-Loring. A scholarship is to be awarded annually to one or more full- or part-time musically talented students to be chosen by the Director of the Jazz Program. The recipient must be an undergraduate with a major in performance or voice. Preferred criteria include membership in the ODU Jazz Choir, membership in the ODU Jazz Band, and membership in the ODU Madrigal Singers.

*+ The Dance Endowed Scholarship was established to assist a full-time undergraduate or graduate student(s) studying in the College of Arts and Letters who has a minimum grade point average of 2.75.  Preference will be given to student(s) pursuing a degree in dance.

The Marie A. Dornhecker-French Language Endowed Scholarship is funded by the Marie A. Dornhecker Charitable Trust and was established in 1998. The recipient must be a full-time student living in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and must be a French language major in his or her junior year of study. The scholarship is to be based primarily on academic merit.

*The Drewry Family Endowed Scholarship was established in 2004 by William B. Drewry to be given to a declared undergraduate majoring in the College of Arts and Letters. The recipient must be academically average with a grade point average between 2.8 and 3.0. Preference will be given to a student with financial aid. (FAFSA)

*+The Daniel E. Frank Memorial Scholarship Endowment for Blacksmithing and Metalwork was established by Mrs. Rita A. Frank to assist a full-time student enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters and classified as a sophomore, junior or senior.  Graduate students are also eligible for consideration.  The recipient must be enrolled in studio Art, blacksmithing, metalwork, jewelry-making or equivalent courses.  The scholarship recipient must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or better and demonstrate financial need. (FAFSA)

*+The Friends of Women’s Studies Scholarship is funded by an endowment in honor of Carolyn Rhodes for students majoring in women’s studies. Two scholarships are awarded: one to a graduate student seeking an M.A. in humanities and one to an undergraduate student. Undergraduate students must demonstrate financial need and have a minimum grade point average of 3.00. Graduate students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.50. Recipients can be full- or part-time students. (FAFSA)

*The Ralph and Dorothy Gifuni Endowed Scholarship was established by Karin Gifuni Zumwalt in honor of her parents. The recipient of this scholarship must be a “first generation” college student, must be enrolled full-time in the College of Arts and Letters majoring in English, must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and must demonstrate financial need. (FAFSA)

*+The Barbara M. Gorlinsky Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship is made possible by an endowment the Gorlinsky family established in memory of their daughter. It is designed to assist students with financial need who are fine arts majors. Information concerning portfolio requirements is available from the Art Department. (PORTFOLIO, FAFSA) (757) 683-4047

The L. Cameron Gregory Scholarship in Journalism was established by Frank Batten, in memory of Mr. Gregory, to assist a full-time undergraduate student majoring in English with an emphasis in journalism. The recipient must also have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

The Eva May Morris Gregory Dance Scholarship honors someone who emulates Ms. Gregory’s approach and perspective regarding dance. The recipient must be a rising senior majoring in dance with a minimum 3.00 grade point average.

*The Ralph Jackson and Clara Jackson Kingsbury Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established by Dr. Ralph Harrison Jackson in memory of his sister and himself. This endowment is to assist one or more undergraduate junior, senior and graduate student(s) majoring in English who has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and demonstrates financial need. (FAFSA)

The Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Endowed Scholarship Fund acknowledges excellence in spoken and written communications using the English language. The recipient must be a rising junior or senior with a declared major in English or Communications with a 3.50 grade point average and recommended by the department chair and dean.

* The Linda Holmgren Jensen Endowed Scholarship for the Arts was established by George and Linda Jensen to support a full-time sophomore student studying in the College of Arts and Letters.  Student must be an art major, and preference is given to a student with financial need. (FAFSA)

The Jerome J. Kern Music Prize was made possible by an endowment from the estate of Jerome J. Kern to assist a student who has declared a major in music. The award is determined by the Department of Music and based on academic merit and musical talent.

The Jerome J. Kern Music Scholarship was established by William A. Goldback in memory of his uncle. The recipient must be an undergraduate student of exceptional musical ability who is or plans to be a music major. Information concerning audition requirements is available from the Music Department. (AUDITION, PARTICIPATION) (757) 683-4061

+The Perry Morgan Fellowship in Creative Writing

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