What is a scholarship overaward?
An overaward happens when the amount of your scholarships is greater than your tuition and fees balance. That excess amount is called an "overaward." Since the scholarship is no longer going directly to tuition and fees, the overaward amount is considered a nonqualified scholarship; that is, a scholarship that is going towards nonqualified educational expenses (i.e., not tuition). Additional tax paperwork must be completed before it can be paid directly to you. All information on this and related pages is specifically for overaward scholarships to international students (primarily in F-1 or J-1 student status) in degree programs and not meant for other tax situations.
For questions about the overaward process and timing, see the Scholarship Overawards FAQ.