Making private scholarship policies, more transparent.™
Did you know that universities can penalize students for winning private scholarships?
DISSCHOLARED is an ed-tech platform powered by YesSheCanCampaign, that helps students and families understand universities' private scholarship policies and the practice of scholarship award displacement. Our goal is to ensure students and families will be able to make informed college and financial decisions.
What is scholarship award displacement?
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). Depending on the university/college private scholarship policy, the private scholarship can also impact a student's federal loan or federal work-study package. Each university/college has its own private scholarship policy.
Note: Scholarship award displacement impacts need-based recipients.
How do universities displace
Some schools reduce institutional aid first. While others replace loans and work-study before reducing any institutional aid. The order varies depending on the university's/college's private scholarship policy.
Are there any states that have outlawed scholarship award displacement?
Maryland (2017), New Jersey (2021), Washington (2022), and Pennsylvania (2022) are the only states in the nation that have restricted scholarship award displacement at all of their public universities.