Dream.US Scholarship FAQ - University of Houston
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Dream.US Scholarship FAQ

Congratulations on receiving the TheDream.US national scholarship! Below are some frequently asked questions from both TheDream.US scholarship page and what we have been asked by our University of Houston scholars.

Your Scholarship Advisor is the Director of the Center for Student Empowerment, Dr. Raven Jones. She is responsible for reporting your academic progress while at the University of Houston. To reach her, you may email uhcse@central.uh.edu or make an appointment online to speak with her.

The amount of your annual award will be based on the cost of tuition and fees based on your enrollment status (i.e., number of credits). Dream.US will not reduce the amount of your award by other aid, scholarships, or grants unless your total financial aid package exceeds the estimated cost of attendance based on your living arrangement (e.g., on-campus or off-campus). In addition, you may receive an additional amount per year for books, supplies, and transportation, up to $500.

No. The Dream.US Scholarship is intended to cover most of the cost of your tuition and fees. If you have received other financial aid or scholarships that help cover the cost of your tuition and fees, the award may be used for books, supplies, transportation, and room and board.

You will not lose your scholarship. The scholarship will still be transferred so long as you are admitted to and attending one of their Partner Colleges and you have met your scholarship commitments.

Dream.US will continue to provide the scholarship until you receive lawful presence or lawful status that gives you the ability to access federal financial aid.

If you are concerned you will not meet the 3.0 GPA requirement, it is your responsibility to contact your Scholarship Advisor. Dream.US scholars are required to check in with Dr. Jones or an office representative of an action plan he or she will dedicate in order to meet the 3.0 GPA requirement. In addition, Dr. Jones or an office representative may require additional requirements; which are not limited to the number of frequent appointments he or she must attend.

New Dream.US students attend a beginning of the year orientation and are contacted directly with this information. Overall, students are required to check-in with Dr. Jones or an office representative at least once a semester.

It is the expectation that you check your email for scholarship communication and inform your Scholarship Advisor if there is an update to your mail e-mail address.

Your Scholarship Advisor submits the payment request for all Dream.US scholars at one time soon after the University’s add-drop period to allow students to have an accurate representation of how many classes he or she is attending.

For both winter and summer courses, an email will be sent asking students to verify the number of hours he or she is attending, giving all Dream.US scholars the same opportunity to think about such courses. Late requests can be submitted but he or she may not receive the funds on time or at all.

Although your Scholarship Advisor submits the payment request, it takes at least an additional 30 days for the request to be processed by ISTS and the funds to be dispersed through the Financial Aid and Scholarships office. All scholars should be aware of University payment deadlines and select the appropriate payment plan since there is no guarantee your scholarship funds will be dispersed by the University’s deadline.

In addition to reporting your academic progress and payment requests, CSE offers holistic advising to better fit each and every student that comes to the office. Scholars may attend CSE’s programs and events, join other pillar programs including Las Comadres our Latina mentoring program, and make one on one advising appointments with Student Leaders.