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Making private scholarship policies, more transparent. ™

Did you know that higher institutions can penalize students for winning private scholarships? 

The practice is called scholarship award displacement...
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DISSCHOLARED™ is an ed-tech program and platform powered by YesSheCanCampaign™ that helps students and families understand universities' and colleges' private scholarship policies and the practice of scholarship award displacement. Scholarship award displacement is one of the root causes contributing to the student loan debt crisis. Need-based recipients cannot use their private scholarship funds to fund their gap after federal, state, and institutional aid, as intended by private scholarship donors, causing many students to borrow more or drop out of college. Our goal is to ensure that students and families will be able to make informed college and financial decisions. We are working to dismantle scholarship award displacement nationwide. 
Inspired by the YesSheCanCampaign story and advocacy, Senator Troy Singleton introduced S985, legislation that outlaws scholarship award displacement at all public universities in the state of New Jersey. Governor Murphy signed the bill into law on September 24, 2021.  In September 2021, Congressman Andy Kim and Congressman Mike Kelly introduced The Helping Students Plan for College Act, the first federal bill to address scholarship award displacement nationwide. We are leading the movement to dismantle scholarship award displacement nationwide. 
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What is scholarship award displacement?
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Scholarship award displacement is when one form of student financial aid (i.e., a private scholarship, external scholarship, or outside scholarship) replaces another form of student financial aid (for example, an institutional scholarship or institutional grant). The private scholarship can also impact a student's federal loan or work-study package, depending on the higher institutions' private scholarship policy. Each higher institution has its own private scholarship policy.

Note: Scholarship award displacement impacts need-based recipients. It is important to note that higher institutions may still practice scholarship award displacement even if a student does not have an over-award package. Higher institutions may also practice hidden scholarship award displacement when it comes to renewal scholarships.

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Are there any states that have outlawed scholarship award displacement?
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Maryland (2017), New Jersey (2021), Washington (2022), Pennsylvania (2022), and California (2022) are the only states in the nation that have restricted scholarship award displacement at all of their public universities. Washington and California have restricted scholarship award displacement at their public and private universities. It is important to understand who is protected under the laws. See information below

Important Information Regarding Scholarship Award Displacement Laws

*Maryland Public Higher Institutions - This law only protects undergraduate students at Maryland Public Higher Institutions. 
 
*New Jersey Public Higher Institutions (Starting Fall 2022 academic year) - This law only protects students attending New Jersey Public Higher Institutions.
 
* Washington Public and Private Higher Institutions (Starting Fall 2022 academic year) - This law only protects students at Washington Public and Private universities that participate in state student financial aid programs. Note: This law does not apply to public community and technical colleges.
 
*Pennsylvania Public Higher Institutions (Starting Fall 2022 academic year) - This law only protects students attending Pennsylvania Public Higher Institutions.
 
*California Public and Private Higher Institutions (Starting 2023-2024 academic year) - This law only protects students who qualify for Pell Grants or the California Dream Act.

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 Students and Parents/Guardians

Students and Parents/Guardians can take advantage of the free resources on the DISSCHOLARED website. 

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Americans collectively hold more than $1.7 trillion in student debt.

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