Financial Aid

UC National Outreach Award

The UC National Outreach Award is a scholarship program for incoming students recognizing the academic merit of students coming to the University of Cincinnati from select, targeted geographic areas. 

Qualifying students who enroll directly from a high school within the targeted states into a baccalaureate degree program are eligible for a renewable annual award to reduce out-of-state tuition costs.*

Awardees will also be considered for other UC freshman scholarship awards.

Targeted Geography

The targeted geographic areas for the UC National Outreach Award are incoming freshmen residents of the following states:

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Students residing in one of these states who meet the December 1 application deadline will automatically be reviewed for possible awarding.


To be considered for renewable UC National Outreach Awards of $6,000, incoming freshmen must have a complete application for admission (the Common Application including UC-specific areas and high school-submitted transcript) by December 1st of their senior year. 

Qualifying incoming freshmen must have a 3.85 weighted*** or 3.5 unweighted high school GPA at the time of application submission.


All UC National Outreach Awards are renewed for the length of the undergraduate academic program** through 8 in-class, full-time terms assuming that the student maintains a 3.0 GPA and completes the annual 30-hour community service requirement.

National Outreach Scholars who are also awarded a Cincinnatus Scholarship have the same renewal criteria. Therefore, the same annual 30 hours of community service fulfill renewal of both awards.

Cincinnatus Scholars eligible for the UC National Outreach Award are ineligible to receive the $3,000 Cincinnatus Out-of-State Award. Similarly, students awarded a UC Global Scholarship are not eligible for the UC National Outreach Award. All scholarship awards will be reviewed to comply with scholarship limits.



* Students eligible for Ohio residency, tuition remissionreciprocity, or metropolitan tuition programs or distance learning rates, a UC Global Scholarship, or any scholarship of equal value or more directed to non-resident fees are ineligible for this award program.

**Length of the undergraduate program is considered 8 full-time, in-class semesters.

***Weighted GPA is determined and used for award eligibility if the high school weights any GPAs.