Yes. The merit scholarships that Honors students receive vary based on when they enter the Honors Program. Beginning in 2016, first-year students receive a guaranteed $30,000 undergraduate merit award each year. This is made up of two components: a $20,000 Presidential Scholarship and a $10,000 AU Honors Scholarship. The AU Honors Scholarship is contingent on recipients' continuous enrollment in the AU Honors Program.
Should a scholarship recipient choose to withdraw from the AU Honors Program at any point during the academic year, the AU Honors Scholarship will be withdrawn, even if students meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress conditions.
In order to keep a merit scholarship, students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress each year. Review Financial Aid's Requirements closely to be sure you enroll in the correct number of credits each semester and earn the required minimum GPA. For students entering AU Honors in 2017 and later, be sure to visit the Honors Advising page to know your Good Standing requirements.
Students who are not making Satisfactory Academic Progress will be notified in writing by Financial Aid of the loss of aid eligibility. Students with extenuating circumstances may submit an appeal in writing to the Financial Aid Office to request a reinstatement of financial aid. Students who receive such a notice should contact the AU Honors Faculty Director so that we can help.
The first-year Honors living-learning community is an extension of the Honors classroom. In their first year, students live together in Anderson Hall. The floor is made up of students in AU Honors, Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars and Community-Based Research Scholars. All first-year students at AU are housed on South Campus, so Honors students get the full first-year experience.
As a member of the Honors community, you'll be supported by a Resident Assistant (RA) and an Honors Program Associate (PA), who lives on your floor and attends your Honors classes. Your RA and PA provide the living-learning communities with special programming such as faculty lectures, debates and trivia nights. Participation in a living-learning community is a great way for Honors students to connect with spirited, ambitious, and studious individuals dedicated to academics and a rich social life. Placement is through AU's Housing & Residence Life.
For more information on AU's Residential Education Program and housing application instructions, visit Housing & Residence Life.
All students receiving merit scholarships remain eligible for need-based aid. To apply for need-based aid, see the Financial Aid website.
Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) when receiving need-based aid. The SAP requirements for merit scholarships are higher than those for need-based aid. By meeting the Honors requirements, students will also meet the GPA and credit requirements for need-based aid. For more details, visit the Financial Aid website.