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Important Update:

Effective Monday, May 24, 2021, UCO will no longer mandate the use of masks or social distancing. Those who have not been vaccinated should continue to wear a mask to protect themselves and others. Those who have been vaccinated may continue to voluntarily wear a mask if they choose.

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The University of Central Oklahoma is committed to providing affordable tuition to our students and their families from all over the world. UCO recognizes and rewards student achievements by offering scholarships and awards on the basis of academic merit, talent in the fine arts or athletics. Other awards are based upon financial need. Students may qualify for both types of awards.

For students from Ghana, India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Peru, Vietnam and the Bahamas, email international@uco.edu to learn more about additional scholarship promotions for which you may be eligible. 

Each year, approximately $700,000 in scholarships is awarded to international students. 

Apply early for a better chance of being awarded one of UCO’s more competitive scholarships.  Scholarships with an * require a cover letter. 

Incoming Student| Transfer | Graduate | Additional UCO Funds | Involvement and Leadership Sport | Non-UCO | Employment | Payment Plans | Housing Discount 

Incoming Students 

Undergraduate Admission Scholarships

President’s Leadership Council (PLC)

  • Amount: Total four years: $45,500 ($11,375 per year)
  • Priority Deadline: May 1 (Fall)
  • Qualifications: Incoming freshman with a minimum 3.0 GPA, active involvement in three or more student organizations, the applicant has not earned any college or post-high school credit hours.
  • Application: PLC and LOT Scholarship Application

Leaders of Tomorrow Council (LOT)

  • Amount: Total four years: $33,000 ($8,250 per year)
  • Priority Deadline: May 1 (Fall)
  • Qualifications: Incoming freshman with a minimum 2.75 GPA, active involvement in two or more student organizations and demonstrated community service, the applicant has not earned any college or post-high school credit hours.
  • Application: PLC and LOT Scholarship Application

Merit Global Scholar

  • Amount: Total four years: Total  two years - up to $4,000 ($2,000 per year)
  • Priority Deadline: Nov. 1 (Spring) May 31 (Fall)

Legacy Non-Resident Waiver

  • Amount: Up to 12 credit hours of nonresident tuition per fall/spring semester
  • Priority Deadline: Ongoing

View Undergrad Freshman Scholarships 

Incoming Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships

Transfer Leadership Scholarship

  • Amount: Up to $7,250 per year
  • Priority Deadline: March 1 (Fall only)

Transfer Merit Global Scholar

  • Amount: Total four years: Total  two years - up to $4,000 ($2,000 per year)
  • Priority Deadline: Nov. 1 (Spring) May 31 (Fall)

Legacy Non-Resident Waiver

  • Amount: Up to 12 credit hours of nonresident tuition per fall/spring semester
  • Priority Deadline: Ongoing

View Incoming Transfer Scholarships

Incoming Graduate Scholarships 

Distinguished Graduate Scholar 
  • Amount: Total two years - up to $6,000 ($3,000 per year)
  • Priority Deadline: Nov. 1 (Spring) May 31 (Fall)

Graduate Merit Global Scholar

  • Amount: Total four years: Total  two years - up to $4,000 ($2,000 per year)
  • Priority Deadline: Nov. 1 (Spring) May 31 (Fall)

University Graduate Scholar 

  • Amount: Total two years - up to $2,000 ($1,000 per year)
  • Priority Deadline: Nov. 1 (Spring) May 31 (Fall)

Legacy Non-Resident Waiver

  • Amount: Up to 12 credit hours of nonresident tuition per fall/spring semester
  • Priority Deadline: Ongoing

View International Graduate Scholarships and Requirements


Additional UCO Funding Resources

*In most cases, scholarships are stackable, but may not exceed the cost of tuition. 

Involvement and Leadership Scholarships* 

(Begin at the start of the second semester) 

  • Participant of an International House student organization or program during the previous semester ($250) 
  • Serve as an elected officer in one of the International House student organizations ($400)  
  • Serve as an elected president in one of the International House student organizations ($600) 

 

*Active participation and attendance in International House programs are required.

*The elected officer and elected president scholarship will not be applied to the president and treasurer of the International Student Council.

*All international students will have an opportunity at the beginning of each semester to attend a seminar to learn more on how to get involved in each of the International House organizations and programs. 

*A special scholarship will be provided for the president and treasurer of the International Student Organization.


Sports Club Scholarships

The below scholarships apply to both international undergraduate and graduate students that wish to be actively involved in sports activities. To apply for any of these scholarships complete the application form.

For funding related to other sports, contact the head coach directly to learn about scholarship availability.   

Outside Scholarships

Disclaimer: We encourage UCO students and applicants to explore all the options that are available. Note that UCO does not endorse or affiliate with any of the third-party agencies or organizations listed. Be mindful of scams, make sure to verify who you are providing your personal information to and never pay for a scholarship search.

Non-UCO Scholarship Database 

Non-UCO Scholarship Search Tools


Employment

International students may work on campus up to 20 hours per week earning up to  Learn more about on-campus employment.

Research assistantships are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. They may offer higher pay than other jobs, as well as positively reflect on your resume. 

To view the list of positions that currently are available, visit the employment portal and select students. You can also find additional campus job offerings through our dining services (part time only in Edmond, Oklahoma). 

Payment Plan 

  • All first-time entering students (degree-seeking students) must provide a tuition deposit of $9,000 to UCO upon arrival and prior to enrollment as listed in the Statement of Understanding.
  • Any deposit amount not used during the first semester will apply towards the outstanding balance in the subsequent semester. 
  • After the completion of the first semester, students may enroll in a payment plan. That allows paying the balance in smaller amounts broken down over time into three to five individual payments.

Housing

A 35% discount will be available to new residents who live in the Quad - International House or West Hall and can be extended for multiple semesters. Learn more about housing for international students.