Q. Is a Middle College student eligible for the Cañada NSF M-SETS Scholarship?
A. No. A requirement of the scholarship is that the applicant must be eligible for federal financial aid. Middle College students are not eligible for federal aid because they have not yet graduated from high school and are enrolled at Cañada as a special admit to college. Middle College students who are in their final semester as a high school senior are encouraged to apply if they will be a full-time college student at Cañada College the year following their high school graduation and meet all other scholarship criteria.
Q. I'm in my final semester at Canada College and will be transferring to a 4-year university I have not received an NSF Scholarship in the past. Can I apply for a transfer award?
A. You may apply, but your chance of receiving an award is very small. The program's strong preference is to fund current NSF Scholars who are transferring and incoming students who are receiving new NSF Scholarship awards.
Q. I have been pursuing a major that is unrelated to science, math or engineering but now I've decided to major in one of the eligible majors. Can I apply for the NSF Scholarship?
A. Your NSF Scholarship application must include a Student Education Plan that shows the classes required for your new major. And, the committee expects to see that you are already making progress toward that major. So, for the strongest application you would apply after you have switched from your previous major and have already taken classes relevant for your new major. If there is not yet evidence that you have taken classes for your new major and done well, you are unlikely to receive an award.
Q. I already have a bachelor's degree. Am I eligible for an NSF Scholarship?
A. No. The National Science Foundation restricts the scholarship funds to be awarded to students who have not completed a bachelor's degree.
Q. My bachelor's degree is from a foreign country and I have not received any credit for that degree. Am I eligible for an NSF Scholarship?
A. No. The National Science Foundation restricts the scholarship funds to be awarded to students who have not completed a bachelor's degree. You should consult with a counselor to determine how to receive credit for higher education you have completed in another country.
Q. I have submitted my FAFSA data but have not yet gotten access to my Student Aid Report. The application deadline is approaching. What should I do?
A. Submit your application with whatever info you have at this point from FAFSA. Include a note letting us know the date that you submitted your info. Hopefully our financial aid office will have visibility to your FAFSA information at the time that the committee is meeting. If your FAFSA data is not available, you can reapply for an NSF Scholarship at the next deadline (September or April).
Q. I don't have all the required documents ready yet and the deadline is approaching. Can/should I submit an application before I have all the required documents?
A. Yes. Complete the online application. Upon completing the online application, you will receive an email with instructions on how and where to upload your supporting documents.
Q. How do I submit missing documents or update the documents I submitted with my initial application?
A. Upon completing the online application, you will receive an email with instructions on how and where to upload your supporting documents.