Returning Scholars: What to Update?

Your application must be updated every time you apply. While some updates are non-negotiable (such as “Short Answer Questions”), others need only to be updated when circumstances have changed. Use your best judgment, and know that you can always contact us with any questions.

  1. No Need to Update: This category includes the parts of the application that can and should remain the same. These may include basic information such as name and birth date.
  2. Double Check: The “Double Check” category is for those areas that may or may not need updating. For example, have you changed your major since the last time you submitted an application? Have you had a child, changed your marital status, or received a new award? If you answered “yes” to any of these, then you have some updates to make! Once again, this is just a guide and not intended to be an exhaustive checklist. It is important to carefully look through your entire application to ensure that it reflects your most recent academic and personal journey.
  3. Update: The “Update” category includes the sections that are either required or strongly encouraged for updating. The “Cumulative GPA,” for example, needs to be updated every time an application is submitted. Additionally, your year in college needs to be updated as you accumulate more credit hours. The short-answer questions and Activities/Employment sections should be updated to best reflect your educational and personal journey. For example, as your education continues, how have your goals or dreams developed? Have they changed or solidified in any way? If so, how? For the Activities/Employment portion, have you changed or stopped jobs since applying last year? Are there new activities you have become involved with? This will show application readers that you have taken an active interest in your personal development and grasp a better understanding of your educational and personal journey overall.

    Remember, this application tip is not intended to be an exhaustive checklist for returning applicants but rather to assist you through the re-submission process each year or semester.

Last Updated November 14, 2019