DISSCHOLARED® is an ed-tech program and platform powered by YesSheCanCampaign™ that helps students and families understand postsecondary institutions outside scholarship policies and the practice
of scholarship award displacement.
Building a national movement...
Inspired by the YesSheCanCampaign/DISSCHOLARED 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.
We are working to dismantle
scholarship award displacement nationwide.
Scholarship award displacement is one of the root causes contributing to the student loan debt crisis. Need-based recipients cannot use their outside scholarship funds to fund their gap, causing many students to borrow more or drop out of postsecondary education. 100% of postsecondary institutions practice scholarship displacement in some form.
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What is scholarship award displacement?
Did your financial aid package change before or after notifying your institution of outside scholarships/grants/aid?
Scholarship award displacement is when one form of student financial aid (i.e., federal scholarships, federal grants, state scholarships, state grants, external scholarships, private scholarships, military benefits, and/or other outside scholarships/grants/aid.) replaces another form of student financial aid (for example, an institutional scholarship or institutional grant). The outside scholarship can also impact a student's federal loan or work-study package, depending on the postsecondary institution's outside scholarship/aid policy. Each postsecondary institution has its own outside scholarship/aid policy.
Scholarship award displacement disproportionately impacts need-based recipients. It is important to note that postsecondary institutions may still practice scholarship award displacement even if a student does not have an over-award package based on federal guidelines. Postsecondary institutions are creating their own overaward policies, disguising them as federal overaward regulations.
Outside scholarships and grants are considered the following: federal scholarships, federal grants, state scholarships, state grants, external scholarships, private scholarships, military benefits, and other outside scholarships/grants/aid.