Application Process

Please view First Scholars Eligibility before commencing the steps below:

Step 1:  Apply to and be admitted to the University of Memphis.

Step 2:  Complete a First Scholars® application by February 1, 2018. (You MUST be admitted to the University of Memphis before applying to the First Scholars® Program)

Step 3:  Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1, 2018.  All students, parents are required to use a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) to electronically access and sign FAFSA documents. More information about FSA IDs can be found here.

Step 4:  Complete the Student Strengths Inventory, a non-academic assessment of your potential for success.  Access will be granted to students who move on in the selection process following the initial February 1st deadline.

NOTE: Scholars will be selected based on eligibility criteria and results of the SSI assessment. If you’re selected, First Scholars® will work with you to create, and help you follow, your First Scholars® individualized strategic plan to maximize your success in college.

“What if I (or my parents) haven’t completed taxes yet or don’t have our last year's tax returns?”

If you or your parents have not completed your taxes yet, you can estimate your income and other tax return information, and then correct your application after you have filed your taxes.

When estimating your tax return information, you should indicate that you will file your taxes. For example, if your current income is similar to your pat year's income, use your current tax return to provide estimates for questions about your income. If your income is not similar, use the FAFSA Income Estimator for assistance estimating your adjusted gross income, and answer the remaining questions about your income to the best of your ability.

You should return to update the estimates you provided with your latest tax return information once you file. To update your estimates, click Make FAFSA Corrections after logging in to FAFSA on the Web. Navigate to the “Finances” section and indicate that you have already completed your taxes. If your tax return information is available and if you are eligible to do so, you should use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer your tax return information into your application.