Scholarship Universe FAQS

What is ScholarshipUniverse?

Scholarship Universe is a scholarship-matching tool that connects Oakland Community College students to internal and external scholarship opportunities.  ScholarshipUniverse simplifies the process of finding and applying for internal and external scholarships.  This platform hosts the foundation scholarships, chancellor scholarship as well as many from external sources.

Do I have to be an Oakland Community College (OCC) student to use ScholarshipUniverse?

ScholarshipUniverse is open to currently enrolled students as well as incoming student.  Students may apply as soon as they have their OCC Student ID.

How may profile questions do I have to answer?

The more profile questions you answer, the more scholarships you might be matched to now and in the future, so you are encouraged to answer as many as you can.  

How often do I have to fill out the application?

ScholarshipUniverse continuously searches for matched based on your students profile in the tool and alerts you via email, but you must update your profile each semester when the application reopens with information not captured in your student data, such as personal interests.

Can I verify my application was submitted?

Yes, application status can be viewed through the student portal within ScholarshipUniverse.  Click the Applications icon on the left side of the page to see if applications are Ready to Start In progress or Submitted.  Select the Submitted tab to see which applications have been submitted for that award year.

I submitted my application. Can I make edits to my essays or upload a different document?

The submission of a scholarship application is final and essays or any documents submitted cannot be edited.  We highly recommend reviewing all documents prior to submitting you application.

Why can’t I edit some of my matching criteria?

Some of your account details cannot be edited because the information is loaded directly from your student profile with Oakland Community College.

Can I be awarded more than one scholarship? Is there a maximum amount I can receive?

Award amounts can vary and can typically be combined with other scholarships and financial aid award.  However, a student my not receive aid that exceeds their cost of attendance.

I received an email requiring my attention.  How do I get more information?

Any tasks that you are required to be completed can be done directly from your Scholarship Universe profile under the “Action Required” section of your Dashboard.