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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I log-in to the NSPA website?
Only members can log-in to the website. If you forgot your password, click on the “Forgot your password?” link below the sign-in window and follow the instructions. If you forgot your username, please contact Amanda Benson or 303-442-2524.

What are the benefits of belonging to NSPA? Is NSPA right for me?
NSPA provides benefits for scholarship providers, institutions, and organizations that want to do business with our membership. Find more information here.

What are the annual membership dues?
Dues start at $200/year. Find more information here.

What is the NSPA Membership Application Process?
Individuals, scholarship providers, colleges or universities, or other business entities interested in membership in NSPA must complete the NSPA Membership Application Form, as well as provide any follow-up information requested by NSPA.  Failure to provide complete information will result in a determination of ineligibility. Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of a completed application, as well as confirmation of time frame for review and decision. Completed and signed applications will be reviewed weekly by NSPA staff. Once approved, membership dues will be processed with the payment information provided or a check request will be made. Any prospective or current member whose membership is denied or revoked will be provided a written explanation of NSPA’s decision.

What is a scholarship for higher education?
A scholarship for higher education is financial aid that does not have to be repaid, awarded to a student for the purpose of attending a post-secondary institution. Scholarships take on many forms with identified and meaningful eligibility criteria and these can include academics, financial need, student demographics, geographic, community involvement, overcoming adversity, athletic ability, career choice, etc. 

Does NSPA offer scholarships?
NSPA does not give scholarships or work directly with students. We are a professional association that serves professionals working in scholarship programs.  For information on how to best find a scholarship, please click here

Where can I find a scholarship for graduate school?
Here are a couple of sites where you can search scholarships specific to graduate students:


Where can I find scholarship information for undocumented students?
Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) has several resources available on their website here.

How do I start a scholarship program?
NSPA offers several resources to help our members start a scholarship program. One of those resources is our Scholarship Program Toolkit which provides comprehensive advice and guidance on starting and managing scholarship programs.  Other resources include our professional development webinars, learning circles, regional meetings, and annual conference.

NSPA does not offer consulting services.

Useful links:

NSPA Program Design Webinar (based on Toolkit)
FinAid.org on Scholarship Program Design

Having just started a scholarship program for higher education, what is the first piece of business we should attend to?
NSPA provides its members with a Scholarship Program Toolkit that provides more details regarding each of the considerations listed below. The following guidelines and suggestions provide an overview of some of the critical steps and considerations necessary for creating a successful scholarship program: 

  • Establish Award Constituency 
  • Establish Scholarship Funding Purpose and Source 
  • Establish eligibility criteria for the scholarship 
  • Create a communication plan to connect with potential applicants 
  • Develop an application for the scholarship 
  • Define the selection criteria and process 
  • Outline an implementation plan and timeline
  • Consider academic calendar, financial aid process, tuition due dates, etc.
  • Develop an awarding process 
  • Plan for program evaluation 

Is there a document that outlines the rules and regulations of creating a scholarship fund?
There is no document that outlines rules and regulations for scholarship funds because they vary by state, institution, and scholarship provider. Scholarships are not regulated by any one governing authority, each scholarship program has its own set of rules and regulations. 

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