Financial Aid

Scholarship Service Enters Beta Outside of U Arizona

Seven years after the service was launched, ScholarshipUniverse is finally getting the chance to be tested by more institutions than the one where it was created. The service, which matches students to scholarships, initially debuted in 2010 at the University of Arizona, where it was developed. In 2016, the application was licensed by CampusLogic to be added into its suite of financial programs for use by colleges and universities. Now, four other schools, including Oregon State University, will be joining a "beta" network to act as advisory partners for ScholarshipUniverse.

The program matches prospective students with scholarships (both institutional and external) and manages applications, reviews and the awarding itself through a mobile experience. Outside scholarships are vetted for appropriateness and to avoid scams. To seek possible funding, the user answers questions based on his or her goals and feedback to pinpoint the best matches. At UA, more than 70 percent of prospective students have used the application to identify possible scholarships.

Since the CampusLogic licensing deal, the functionality has been integrated with the company's other products:

  • Candidates can use the scholarship-matching engine to see additional opportunities they may receive while getting net price estimates from ClearCost, the firm's net price calculator;
  • Students can also review their financial aid awards in AwardLetter and then pursue additional funding opportunities to help fill gaps through ScholarshipUniverse;
  • Students can be reminded to look for scholarships as they complete their financial aid paperwork in StudentForms; and
  • Financial aid staff can examine fund performance, applicant volume and processing metrics fed by scholarship program data in CampusMetrics.

"When institutions create transparency into funding opportunities for students, they help to build college-going aspirations, and ease both financial burden and confusion," said Chris Chumley, chief operating officer for CampusLogic, in a prepared statement. "ScholarshipUniverse will help schools increase the utilization of scholarships to address critical equity and access challenges in higher education."

The product is expected to be made available more broadly in spring 2018.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at dian@dischaffhauser.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

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