What if I won't have my transcript in time for renewal?
Scholarship renewals often only come once a season. Depending on your scholarship sponsor, their renewal timeline may not line up with your school's academic calendar. With more than 5,000 schools across the United States alone and even more students studying abroad, this is inevitable. If you find that your school falls outside your renewal timeline, don't panic. First, file the online form for your renewal to the best of your knowledge. All information should pertain to the upcoming semester. With the form submitted, reach out to our Program Support team with when you expect to have your transcript. We will do all we can to help you out.
When will my check arrive?
ISTS disburses scholarship and grant funds twice a year. Check your scholarship FAQ or award details for specific information about your award. Unless stated otherwise, your check will be mailed to your home address listed on your ISTS My Profile page. Academic Year and Fall scholarship checks are disbursed between July and August before your academic year begins. Winter/Spring scholarship checks are disbursed in December before your academic year begins. ISTS will email confirmation to your account email address when your check has been mailed.
What is a renewable award?
When you are awarded a scholarship or grant program, you are typically granted one academic year of funding. If the award is renewable, you can continue to receive yearly funding if you meet certain criteria established by your award provider. For many scholarships, you are expected to maintain full-time enrollment, avoid academic probation for poor grades, and complete a short online renewal application in the spring or summer of your academic year. We will send you an email notification to your account address when renewals open for you.
How do I know my renewal criteria?
Your renewable award will impose some requirements before they allow you to continue to receive funds. To check those out, look in your Award Details or the program FAQ.
How do I know if my renewal was approved?
After the renewal period has closed, you will need to wait for ISTS to check your renewal eligibility. You will receive an email response letting you know if your renewal was approved or not and when to expect the funds. Renewal notifications go out during the summer, typically before August.
When and how do I file a renewal application?
Renewals tend to open in the spring and summer months. When your renewal period opens, ISTS will notify you via email regarding your application procedure and deadline for renewal.
How do award renewals work?
Many scholarships offer awards that can be renewed from year to year provided certain criteria are met, allowing students to continue to receive their scholarship through their degree program. You should always check your scholarship FAQ or Award Details information for specifics, but here are a few questions you may have about renewals: