Majors FAQ

I can’t find my exact major on the list, but I think it might fall under one of the other majors listed. How can I find out whether my major is eligible for renewal?
Each major falls into a national CIP code that the WSOS board has used to designate which majors are eligible. Your exact major may not be listed on the eligible high-demand majors list above, however your major may fall into one of the approved majors on the list, depending on how your school recognizes your major.

If you think your major might be eligible, you can find out for sure by figuring out which CIP code your college is using for your major. To find out what your specific major’s CIP code is, you will need to contact the registrar at your college or university. If your major’s CIP code matches one of the CIP codes on the list of eligible high-demand majors (by alphabet; by category) then you are eligible.

If your CIP code is not on the list of eligible high-demand majors, you are not eligible. However, please complete the Required Renewal/Graduate Form anyway so that you can let us know that you’re not planning on renewing your scholarship due to major. This information is critical for development of the scholarship program, and it will allow us to stop following up with you about renewal.

I have changed majors and my new major isn’t on the list of eligible high-demand majors. Do I still need to fill out the Annual Renewal/Update Form?
Yes. We need to know that you did not meet the requirements for renewal so that you will no longer receive further notifications from us. This information is also crucial for data and reporting that will help us further refine the scholarship program.
I am thinking about changing majors and my new major isn’t on the list of eligible high-demand majors. Do I still need to fill out the Annual Renewal/Update Form?
Yes. Please complete the Renewal/Update Form and list the major you are currently pursuing. If you change to a different major after completing the form, please contact us to let us know.
I was told that I was ineligible to renew my scholarship because my major wasn’t on the approved list of eligible high-demand majors. My major has now been approved and is on the current list. Can I get my scholarship back?
If the WSOS board makes a decision to add your major to the list of approved majors after your scholarship has already been forfeited, you may petition WSOS to see if your scholarship can be reinstated.

To do so, please complete a WSOS Major Petition Form and return it, along with the listed documents to WSOS. Instructions to submit the petition are listed at the bottom of the form. WSOS will review petitions and respond via email within two weeks of receiving all required documents.

Scholarship FAQ

When will my scholarship be received by the college or university I am attending?
Please see the Payment Information page for questions about payment.
Will I still be able to receive the scholarship if I transfer to another college or attend a different college than I originally reported on my Required Renewal/Graduate Form?
If you attend another eligible Washington college or university and continue to meet all other program requirements, you will be eligible to have future scholarship payments sent to your new college. Please see information about Transferring your Scholarship.
How many years can I receive the scholarship?
Please see Number of Years of Renewal. If you have questions about your particular scholarship, please email info@waopportunityscholarship.org.
What happens if I become ineligible for the Scholarship?
If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for continued funding at the start of each term, your college will return the funding to us. We will notify you by email at that time that your scholarship has been forfeited, and you will not receive continued scholarship payment.

If you realize when completing the annual Required Renewal/Graudate Form in June that you no longer meet the eligibility criteria, you will have the opportunity to notify us in the Required Renewal/Graduate Form that you will not be renewing your scholarship. We will email you in August to confirm that your scholarship has been forfeited.

If you complete the Renewal/Update Form, but have not met all eligibility criteria, we will email you in August to notify you that your scholarship has been forfeited.

If your scholarship is forfeited (for any reason), you have the opportunity to apply again as a new applicant in January, if you meet the eligibility criteria for new applicants.

What happens if I am not enrolled full-time each term?

The intention of the scholarship is that you enroll full time each term to complete your Bachelors’ degree within five years. You must be enrolled at a minimum of 6 credits each term. If you’re not enrolled in at least 6 credits each term, your scholarship will be forfeited.

However, if you are enrolled less than full-time for winter and/or spring terms, complete all of your enrolled credits and meet your college’s SAP policy, you are eligible for funding, if you meet all other renewal requirements. Your scholarship amount will be reduced, depending on how many credits you take:

6-8 credits: Your award amount will be reduced to 50%
9-11 credits: Your award amount will be reduced to 75%

Less than 6 credits: If you take less than 6 credits, you are not eligible for WSOS funding that term. It will count as one term of non-enrollment, and if you have already gone for one term without receiving scholarship funding, your scholarship will be forfeited.
Please note that by the time you reach what we consider to be your fourth year in college based on how many earned credits listed on your transcript when you applied for the scholarship, in order to continue receiving funding, you must have earned at least 90 quarter credits or 60 semester credits. So we do not recommend enrolling less than full time continuously.

If you’re not able to enroll full time, it may also be in your best interest to speak with your advisor about your education plan and the impact enrolling less than full time will have on your eligibility for financial aid.

Why isn’t my major on the list of eligible high-demand majors?
We understand that there are some STEM or health care majors that are not included on the list of eligible high-demand majors. The majors eligible for this program were chosen specifically because they lead to high-demand careers in Washington state. The current list of eligible high-demand majors was reviewed and approved by the WSOS Board. The list will be periodically reviewed.
I want to enroll summer term. Can I receive WSOS funding for summer term?
There is no WSOS disbursement for summer term. The scholarship is available for disbursements for fall, winter (if applicable) and spring term only.
What number of credits will my award amount be based on?
The number of “earned college credits” is defined by your college, and is listed at the bottom of your transcript. In accordance with financial aid policies, transfer credits and credits from AP, IB, and Running Start that your college has accepted and listed on your transcript count toward the total number of “earned” credits as defined by your institution.

For determining your award amount, “earned college credits” is used twice:

(1) If you first applied for WSOS as a college student, we use your number of “earned college credits” on the transcript you submitted with your application to determine whether you will receive $2,500 for one, two or three years.

Students who applied as high school seniors have up to three years of funding at the $2,500 level if needed (however, we encourage you to apply for the increase as soon as you meet the criteria, even if you haven’t received three years at the $2,500 level).

(2) When you apply to increase your scholarship to the $5,000 level, we base your eligibility for the increase on the current number of earned college credits listed on the transcript you submit at that time. To be eligible for the increase, your transcript must show at least 90 quarter credits or 60 semester credits as “earned college credits”.

How will my award amount be determined per term after my scholarship has been increased to the $5,000 level?
After you are approved to receive the increase to $5,000, your award amount for the first term after you submit your transcript will be based on the number of earned college credits listed at that time. Your winter quarter and/or spring quarter/semester award(s) will be based on our projection that you will earn 12 credits each term.

For the following academic years, as long as you continue to renew and meet the eligibility requirements of your scholarship, your award amount will be projected based on the amount that you received the previous year.

For example:

When you provided us your transcript to increase your scholarship to the $5,000 level, you were approved at the $5,000 level for all three quarters: fall – $1,668, winter – $1,666, spring – $1,666.

The next academic year, your scholarship is renewed, and WSOS assumes that you have now earned enough credits for your scholarship to be increased to the $7,500 level for all three quarters: fall – $2,500, winter – $2,500, and spring – $2,500.

The following year, you are a fifth-year senior. When your scholarship is renewed, WSOS determines that you have now earned enough credits for your funding to be decreased to the $5,000 level for all three quarters: fall – $1,668, winter – $1,666, spring – $1,666.
We email you each August when your scholarship is renewed, and at that time, we’ll confirm the award amounts for the coming academic year. Some students may reach the next level mid-year, in which case you may receive disbursements of different amounts. This will be noted in your renewal email.

Many students complete more than 12 credits per term, and some students attend summer quarter, which means that you may actually reach the next level of funding sooner than WSOS projects.

If you earn enough credits to reach the $7,500 level sooner than we project, you can submit a current official transcript showing that you have earned at least 135 quarter credits or 90 semester credits, and we will adjust your award to base it on the number of credits you have actually earned, rather than the number we have projected you have now earned.

For example:

I attend a quarter school and my award is at the $5,000 level. My $5,000 award is divided by 3 terms as follows:

Fall 2016: $1,668
Winter 2016: $1,666
Spring 2017: $1,666

However, I reached the $7,500 level at the end of Winter 2016 term. I submit an updated official college transcript to reflect my “earned college credits” as 135+ credits. I was approved for an increase to the $7,500 level for Spring 2017 term, and the new award amount for Spring 2017 increases from $1,666 to $2,500.

Required Renewal/Graduate Form FAQ

I graduated. Why do I need to fill out the Annual Required Renewal/Graduate Form?
To tell us that you’ve graduated and what degree you earned! This information is crucial for data and reporting that will help us further refine the scholarship program. It will also let us know that we need to remove you from our list to receive continued WSOS notifications.
I filed my Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) but I do not qualify for financial aid. Will I still be eligible for renewal ?
Yes. Your eligibility for the scholarship is based on filing a valid FAFSA – it’s not based on whether you’re actually receiving financial aid.
I withdrew from college. Do I still need to fill out the Annual Required Renewal/Graduate Form?
Yes. We need to know that you have withdrawn so that you will no longer receive further notifications from us. This information is also crucial for data and reporting that will help us further refine the scholarship program.
I was not a full-time student, so I don’t think I meet the requirements for renewal. Do I still need to fill out the Required Renewal/Graduate Form?
Yes. Please complete the Required Renewal/Graduate Form to notify us of your plans regardless of whether you are eligible to renew.

You must be enrolled at a minimum of 6 credits each term. If you’re not enrolled at a minimum of 6 credits each term, your scholarship will be forfeited. However, if you are enrolled less than full-time for fall, winter and/or spring terms, complete all of your enrolled credits and meet your college’s SAP policy, you are eligible for renewal as long as you meet all other renewal requirements.

I did not take at least one science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care course during the academic year, so I don’t think I meet the requirements for renewal. Do I still need to fill out the Required Renewal/Graduate Form?
Yes. We need to know that you did not meet the requirements for renewal so that you will no longer receive further notifications from us. This information is also crucial for data and reporting that will help us further refine the scholarship program.
I don’t yet know where I will be enrolling fall, which college do I list on the Annual Required Renewal/Graduate Form?
Please list the college you will most likely attend on the Required Renewal/Graduate Form so you can submit by July 3. If you find out later that you will be attending a different college, please email that information to info@waopportunityscholarship.org. Please note that it must still be an eligible Washington state college or university.
I don’t know yet if I will be enrolled fall. Should I complete the Annual Required Renewal/Graduate Form?
Yes. Please fill out the Required Renewal/Graduate Form if you will most likely attend so you can submit by July 3. If you find out later that you will NOT be attending college in the fall, please email info@waopportunityscholarship.org.
I did not enroll for one or more terms last academic year. Do I still need to fill out the Annual Required Renewal/Graduate Form?
Yes. Although one of the requirements for continued eligibility is to remain enrolled each academic term, you may have had circumstances beyond your control that caused you to drop out or take a term off.

Completing the form will give you the opportunity to explain your circumstances. We cannot guarantee your eligibility but we will review the information that you provide and determine whether you are eligible for renewal.

Please note that if you do not fill out the Annual Required Renewal/Graduate Form, you will forfeit the scholarship altogether.

I have one term left to graduate. Do I still need to fill out the Annual Required Renewal/Graduate Form?
Yes. You may still be eligible to receive the scholarship as long as you meet all other eligibility criteria.
I will be graduating after fall term next year, and I only have one or two classes left. I know I am required to enroll at a minimum of 6 credits each term. Do I still meet the requirements for renewal?
If you are enrolled in less than 6 credits, please email info@waopportunityscholarship.org. With your email, please include written documentation from an advisor showing how many credits your class(es) are, and confirming that the class(es) you will be taking in the fall are the only requirements you need to complete before graduating. Unfortunately, if you are taking less than 6 credits, you would not be eligible for renewal.
I maxed out of financial aid. Do I still need to fill out the Annual Required Renewal/Graduate Form?
Yes, you should complete the Annual Required Renewal/Graduate Form. Depending on your situation, you may be eligible for renewal as long as you meet all other eligibility criteria. We will work with you and/or your college’s financial aid office to determine from the information you submit in the form and the information they give us whether or not your scholarship can be awarded.
I am pursuing a Master’s degree or a second Bachelor’s degree. Do I still need to fill out the Annual Required Renewal/Graduate Form?
Yes. You will not be eligible for continued funding if you have already received your first bachelors’ degree, but we need to know that you did not meet the requirements for renewal so that you will no longer receive further notifications from us. This information is also crucial for data and reporting that will help us further refine the scholarship program.
I submitted the Annual Required Renewal/Graduate Form. Why was I contacted to complete it?
You may have started the form but not submitted it. Please log in to WSOS Scholar Portal to make sure that it was actually submitted.
What's a tax credit? Why is it a requirement for renewal?
A tax credit is an amount of money that a taxpayer is able to subtract from the amount of tax that they owe to the government. If you choose to take advantage of a tax credit when you complete your taxes, there is a chance that it might save you money or result in a larger refund. It’s a benefit to you or your family. The IRS offers several education tax credits that are intended to help families offset the cost of education.

When your parents (or you, if you’re an independent student) complete taxes each spring, we just ask that you watch for these tax credits and take advantage of them if possible.

The reason this is a requirement for renewal is because we want to make sure students are taking advantage of them/know they’re available in case it helps you or your family.

Not everyone is eligible for these credits, so if you aren’t eligible for them you’re still be eligible to renew your scholarship, as long as you meet all the other renewal criteria.