- I am a current Carleton student, how do I apply for a scholarship?
If you are a student with at least an A- standing (GPA of 10.0) who has not been awarded a renewable Entrance Scholarship, you will automatically be considered for an in-course scholarship for the following year. In addition to these general scholarships, you may also be awarded specific departmental scholarships and awards for your program.
- I came to Carleton with a renewable Entrance Scholarship of $2,000. I am now in my second year and on Carleton Central, I can see a scholarship for the same value but it has a different name. Is that my scholarship that has been renewed?
When you renewed your scholarship you would have received a letter from us indicating the name of your scholarship for this year. If the name on the letter is the name you are seeing on Carleton Central then it’s your Entrance Scholarship being renewed. Otherwise, it may be a new award.
If you are unsure, please contact us.
- I have lost the letter that indicated the value of my scholarship, where can I find this information?
Log into Carleton Central to view your awards funding, including the status and value of any scholarships and bursaries.
- How will I know if I have renewed my scholarship?
The Awards Office will automatically assess for the renewal of entrance scholarships and in-course scholarships once we have received your grades at the end of the Fall/Winter session. Generally, this assessment will take place at the end of May and the status of your scholarship will be displayed on Carleton Central. You will also be sent a letter in June which will indicate if you have renewed or lost your scholarship for the upcoming academic year.
- What courses are used to calculate my annual GPA for scholarship assessment?
For scholarships, all grades (grade points of all Carleton credits/courses) taken in the 12-month period from May to April are included in the calculation of the annual GPA. Here’s an example:
To calculate your annual GPA for the 2020-21 academic year we will use all grades from:
- Summer 2020
- Fall 2020
- Winter 2021
Based on your GPA, we determine if you will renew your scholarship for the academic year. If you did not take any courses in the summer term, we will only use grades from the fall/winter study period.
- I did poorly in one of my courses, can I drop that mark from my GPA calculation?
No. All graded Carleton credits/courses are included in the calculation of the GPA for scholarship purposes. No grades can be set-aside when calculating your annual GPA.
- Will I lose my renewable scholarship if I drop a course?
To retain your scholarship you must have a 10.0 GPA or better and register in and complete a full course load (minimum 4.0 credits) in the Fall/Winter session. If you are registered in a total of 4.0 credits for the Fall/Winter session and you drop a half credit course, you will not be able to renew your scholarship the following year because you completed 3.5 credits.
However, if you are registered in 4.5 credits and you drop a half credit you still have enough credits to renew your scholarship in the following year provided you maintain a 10.0 GPA.
- How are scholarships paid?
Scholarships administered by Carleton University are applied towards your tuition fees provided you have registered and remain registered for the full academic year (minimum 4.0 credits in the Fall/Winter session).
Scholarships are applied/issued directly to your student account in two installments, half in mid-August August (August 16) for the fall term and half in mid-December (December 16) for the winter term. On Carleton Central, when you the Calculate Amount to Pay feature, the value of any scholarship will be recorded as available funding in the appropriate term(s) and will reduce your tuition. Your student account summary will reflect scholarship installments that have already been applied/issued to your fees. Changes to course load, including dropping a course or withdrawal, may result in ineligibility for all or part of the scholarship and a financial adjustment to your student account.
- I have just completed my first year and my GPA is 9.6, can I still renew my scholarship?
No. In order to renew your scholarship you must have a GPA of 10.0 or better. If your GPA is lower than 10.0 you will lose your scholarship for this coming year. If you do not meet the academic and course load requirement for renewal, the scholarship may be regained in a subsequent year of your first four years of undergraduate study. For more information on the academic and course load requirement for renewal, contact the Awards Office.
- How do I calculate my GPA?
For scholarships, all grades (grade points of all Carleton credits/courses) taken in the 12-month period from May to April are included in the calculation of the annual GPA. For each of your courses you will be given a letter grade. That grade corresponds to a numerical value as demonstrated here:
A+ 12 C+ 6 A 11 C 5 A- 10 C- 4 B+ 9 D+ 3 B 8 D 2 B- 7 D- 1 F 0
To calculate your average follow these steps:
1. Determine the letter grades for each of your courses.
2. Determine the numeric value associated with each grade.
3. Multiply that number by the credit value of the course.
4. Add all the sums and divide by the total number of credits.
Consider the following example:Name of Course
value of the courseTotal
FrenchB80.54 Intro to
divided by 5.0 credits = 8
As you can see from the example, this student has a GPA of 8.0 for the academic year.
- What GPA do I need to renew my entrance scholarship?
You must maintain an annual GPA of 10.0 or better and register in and complete a full course load (minimum 4.0 credits) in the Fall/Winter session in order to renew your scholarship. Click here for complete details on renewing a scholarship.
- Why did I receive a T4A (income tax slip) for my scholarship?
By law, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requires Carleton to provide students with a report that lists the amount received in bursaries, scholarships, awards, prizes, and tuition waivers. These amounts are shown as income in Box 28 of your T4A. You can print your T4A via Carleton Central in February which will reflect the amounts you have received from Carleton during the calendar year (January 1 to December 31). For income tax purposes and preparing your T4A slip, your Social Insurance Number (SIN) is required.
Visit the CRA website for more information on students and income tax.
- Am I eligible to receive my scholarship when I'm in a co-op term?
If you are in a co-operative education stream or the industrial experience program, the administration of your scholarship will work differently because of the work terms. You will not be able to draw upon scholarship funds during the work period. Once you return to full-time studies, you will come under scholarship provisions. If you anticipate being on a co-op work term some time during the academic year, please contact the Awards Office in order to make the necessary arrangements to defer your scholarship to when you return to full-time studies and once again come under scholarship provisions.