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Inspire Scholarship Requirements

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Requirements The Basics: Be regularly admitted and enroll in the fall semester immediately following graduation from a Delaware public or non-public high school. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale, as indicated on the student's official high school transcript. Complete the FAFSA by March 15 and accept all forms of financial aid for which the student is eligible, except for loans. Have no felony convictions. Complete 10 hours of community service, as defined by the institution, each semester at DSU.   The Details: The Inspire Scholarship is available to Delaware high school graduates with excellent credentials to attend Delaware State University. The intent of this program is to offset the cost of tuition, thereby increasing the number of Delawareans who attend college and complete degree programs. The scholarship program is subject to available funds appropriated by the Delaware General Assembly. Inspire scholarship recipients must continue to make excellent academic progress toward a degree and must complete at least ten hours of community service per semester. A student must be admitted and attend classes at Delaware State University no later than the fall semester immediately after the student's graduation from a Delaware public or non-public high school. To be eligible for the Inspire Scholarship program, a student must satisfy Delaware residency requirements as set forth in Delaware State University’s residency policy and be enrolled full-time on a degree-seeking basis. Students with a disability must comply with Delaware State University’s academic accommodation policy. A student must graduate from a Delaware public or non-public high school with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale as indicated on the student's official high school transcript. Home-schooled students will abide by the same standards as public and non-public Delaware high school graduates. The student must not have been convicted of any felony, and the student and parent/legal guardian or relative caregiver must certify such fact. If a student has felony charges pending, the student and parent/legal guardian or relative caregiver will sign a certification that if the student is convicted of a felony, the student, parent/legal guardian or relative caregiver will notify the Office of Financial Aid at Delaware State University, and the student will no longer be eligible for the Inspire Scholarship. A student must satisfy admission standards as determined by Delaware State University and must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program. A student must complete 10 hours of community service, as defined by the institution, per semester. A student must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA The DSU school code is 001428), and accept all appropriate forms of financial aid for which the student is eligible including, but not limited to, the Federal Pell Grant, financial aid programs administered by the Delaware Higher Education Commission, and financial aid programs administered by Delaware State University, except for loans.  If other forms of financial aid (not including loans) cover full tuition, the Inspire Scholarship will NOT be awarded. If financial aid funds do NOT cover full tuition, the Inspire Scholarship will be awarded to cover the difference up to the maximum of $3,000 per year. A student should apply for financial aid by the priority deadline date of March 15 of each year. Students meeting the March 15 priority deadline will be given first priority for the Inspire Scholarship in the event the number of eligible scholarship recipients exceeds funding appropriated by the Delaware General Assembly.   A final official academic transcript must be received by the Office of Admissions at Delaware State University no later than June 30 of each year to verify graduation and final cumulative GPA.   How to Apply To apply, follow these steps* Apply for financial aid by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline of March 15 to the federal processor (FAFSA available after January 1). The DSU school code is 001428. Submit a complete Application for Admission with a one-time, non-refundable $35 application fee to attend the fall semester. Paper applications may be requested by phone, mail, online, or from your high school counselor. Apply early for admission! Provide official scores from the SAT/ACT tests to the Office of Admissions at Delaware State University. Submit your final official high school transcript by June 30 to the Office of Admissions. Upon completion of the above requirements, the Office of Financial Aid will notify you of your Inspire eligibility. * The Inspire Scholarship will be subject to available appropriations for each fiscal year.   How to Maintain Eligibility  Listed below are the requirements to maintain eligibility in the Inspire Scholarship program. A student must complete 12 or more eligible credits in both fall and spring semesters. The student must make steady satisfactory academic progress toward a degree, earning no fewer than 24 credit hours required for full-time status in each academic year. A student must maintain continuous full-time enrollment for both the fall and spring semesters in each successive academic year, unless granted an exception for cause by the University Scholarship Council. A student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 calculated on a 4.0 scale. Cumulative grade point average will be verified the day after summer session grades are reviewed to determine eligibility for the upcoming academic year. The student and parent/legal guardian or relative caregiver will notify the Office of Financial Aid if at any time during the award period there are felony charges pending against the student, and the student and parent/legal guardian or relative caregiver will sign a certification that if the student is convicted of a felony at any time during the award period, the student, parent/legal guardian or relative caregiver will notify the Office of Financial Aid, and the student will no longer be eligible for the Inspire Scholarship. Students are eligible to participate in the Inspire Scholarship program for a period not to exceed six (6) continuous semesters, whether or not Inspire payment is made. Summer sessions are not included in the six semester calculation. The Inspire Scholarship will not pay for courses or other post-secondary units previously paid or taken in excess of the requirement for completion of a bachelor’s degree. A student must complete 10 hours of community service, as defined by the institution, per semester. Students are not eligible for Inspire Scholarship payment for summer session classes and will be personally responsible for payment of summer session classes. To maintain eligibility for the Inspire Scholarship during the next academic year, the student should reapply for financial aid by March 15 of each year.                                      

Graduate Admissions

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Whether your goal is career advancement or a career in academia or research, Delaware State University can help you prepare for the road ahead. Our small graduate student-to-faculty ratio sets us apart from larger institutions by providing more opportunities for you to grasp the concepts in your discipline and work alongside faculty on ground-breaking research and projects. Explore our graduate admissions information and learn more about the ​graduate programs offered at Delaware State University.   Admissions ProceduresFor admission to graduate study at Delaware State University, you must show evidence of having earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and possess the ability to carry out graduate work of high quality. Individual departments and doctoral programs may have more rigorous standards. You should review admissions deadlines and requirements for the program to which you are applying. Contact the department for addiitonal requirements. To apply, submit the following to the Office of Admissions:A completed online application and $50 application fee. Proof of having earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and a 3.0 average in your undergraduate major;An official transcript from each college or university attended; International student transcripts need to be evaluated by a DSU recognized credential agency if obtained from a Non-English speaking institution;Successful completion of undergraduate courses in the field in which you  plan to pursue a graduate degree;Letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your potential for graduate study; andOfficial scores on the GRE, GMAT, MAT or other exam defined by the graduate program or department to which you are applying.International ApplicantsIn addition to meeting general application requirements, non-English speaking international students applying for admission to graduate study at Delaware State University must demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in the English language. This proficiency requirement may be satisfied by meeting criteria in any (1) of the following categories:Foreign applicants who hold the baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university within the United States are presumed to be proficient in the English language. Foreign applicants who hold the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a foreign institution in which English is the language of instruction are presumed to be proficient in English. Foreign applicants who do not meet the requirements outlined in 1 and 2 above must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants should attain a score of at least 550 on the TOEFL. Learn more about student Visas for the purpose of enrolling at Delaware State University as a graduate student. Prior to acceptance, international students must place a Financial Statement Form on file with the Office of International Affairs.Applicant Decisions Complete applications are reviewed and evaluated by the respective department, which recommends action to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. He/she then provides official notification to the applicant regarding admission.

New Student Orientation

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If you plan to attend DSU in Spring 2015, you must attend New Student Orientation to help ensure your smooth transition as a Hornet. Register today!
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Welcome to Delaware State University! Ensure you and your family have a smooth transition into becoming a part of the Hornet family by attending New Student Orientation.Welcome to Delaware State University!The information below will help ensure you and your family's smooth transition into becoming a part of the Hornet family! If you have any further questions or concerns pertaining to New Student Orientation, contact the Office of Admissions at 302.857.6351. SPRING 2015 NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION DATE AND DEADLINERegistration DeadlineOrientation DateWednesday December 10, 2014Wednesday December 17, 2014   If you plan to attend Delaware State University, you must attend New Student Orientation in order to register for classes.            All New Student Orientation fees are non-refundable .What is New Student Orientation?New Student Orientation is designed for all new students, including transfers. It introduces you to the campus, where you will learn about DSU’s academic programs, meet faculty members, register for fall classes with your advisor, learn about all of our support services and make new friends with other incoming students. All new students must attend New Student Orientation.How do I book my New Student Orientation date?There are two ways that you can register for New Student Orientation.First, in your acceptance package you will receive an Admissions Acceptance Agreement. This form informs the Office of Admissions that you plan to attend the University. On the bottom portion of that form you can choose which orientation date you would like to attend.Secondly, you will receive a New Student Orientation booklet that will include a registration form.Both the Admissions acceptance agreement and the New Student Orientation registration form can be mailed, faxed or hand delivered to the Office of Admissions.How much is New Student Orientation?The non-refundable New Student Orientation fee is $150.00 for freshman and $100.00 for transfer students.How do I make my New Student Orientation Payment?You can mail in a personal check or money order (no cash) to:Delaware State UniversityOffice of Admissions1200 N. DuPont HighwayDover, DE 19901If you wish to pay with a personal check, major credit card or debit card, you may also submit payment online via QuikPay via the “Pay Your Bill” button on the front page of the DSU website.How to make a payment via QuikPay:In the "Login as Guest" boxEnter: Student IDPayment type : “Tuition & Other University Fees” (Note: There is not an option for New Student Orientation)Click: LoginClick: "Yes, continue to the NelNet Quickpay” website Make a paymentClick: "Pay" for Tuition & Other University Fees” (Note: There is not an option for New Student Orientation)Select: Term Spring 2015Enter: $150 for freshman or $100 for transfer studentWhat does my orientation fee cover?The fee covers the processing of your registration, materials given during the orientation, and meals.How do I make my housing deposit?Go to: my.desu.eduSelect: “QuikPAY” iconIn the “Login as Guest Box”Enter: Student IDClick: LoginClick: “Yes, continue to the NelNet Quickpay” websiteSelect: Make a paymentClick: “Pay” Traditional Housing DepositSelect: Term from the drop down boxEnter: $200.00 as the Payment AmountSelect: Payment Method from the drop down boxClick: ContinueProvide Information:  Complete your credit card, bank information or both (must use the option you choose above)Click: Confirm to submit your paymentYou will receive an email confirmation for your paymentCan I bring my parents and guest to New Student Orientation?Yes. You are allowed to bring guests (2 max) to New Student Orientation. However, there is a $35.00 fee for each guest, including children under 12. This fee covers materials given to each guest and meals.What are some key things to remember for my orientation session?Bring documents: Sealed final high school transcript, housing application and completed health form (all documents can be turned in prior to orientation).Be prepared to take the Accuplacer test in reading comprehension, sentence skills, arithmetic, elementary algebra, and college-bound mathematics during New Student Orientation.  Your test results will be used to place you in your mathematics and English courses.  Remember to bring your social security card and photo ID.Where is New Student Orientation held on campus?New Student Orientation activities are held in the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Student Center. Students will spend most of their day in the MLK with the exception of the campus tour and business dealings with Financial Aid, Student Accounts and ID Center offices in the Administration building. Students driving to orientation should park in Parking Lot 1 across from the MLK Student Center. There is no charge for parking.A detailed schedule of events will be provided upon your arrival to New Student Orientation.Documents needed for New Student Orientation:Final High School Transcript Release form (if applicable)Student Health formHousing ApplicationFASFA (process prior to attending New Student Orientation). Click here if you have not already processed your FAFSA.What happens after New Student Orientation (Next Steps)?After New Student Orientation it is your responsibility to make sure first that all of your documents have been turned in a timely fashion. While you are at New Student Orientation you will have an opportunity to register for your spring semester classes; this will generate your semester bill. Once your bill has been generated, it is the responsibility of the student to make sure that the bill can be paid in full by scholarships, grants, financial aid, personal monies or a payment plan through Student Accounts. One or all of the options can be used to satisfy your bill. 

Accepted Students

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Congratulations on being accepted to Delaware State University! Here are the steps you should take to make your transition to DSU as smooth as possible. Contact the Office of Admissions at 302.857.6351 or email admissions@desu.edu with questions.   Step 1: Accept admission, complete financial aid process, and apply for housing Confirm your intent to enroll at the university. Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The DSU school code is: 001428. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information. Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) and check for verification selection from Department of Education. Review your financial aid/scholarship information on the MYDESU web portal. Set up your DSU email account (required in order to apply for housing). Apply for housing and pay deposit (link to online application will be sent to your DSU email). Apply to join a Living-Learning Community at DSU (if applicable).   Step 2: Submit your final high school transcript to the Office of Admissions   Step 3: Attend New Student Orientation (NSO) and register for classes   Step 4: Prepare for classes Submit student health forms to Student Health Services. Satisfy your student account. Enroll in or waive student health insurance.

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