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Cowboy Commitment

WYOMING RESIDENT | FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS


This information is for the Fall 2023/Spring 2024 academic year. Unless otherwise noted, awards listed are for the academic year and not by semester.

The University of Wyoming wants students from the Cowboy State to know that college is within reach. We are proud to offer the Cowboy Commitment, an annual financial pledge that benefits incoming first-year students from Wyoming. This commitment is a merit-based financial pledge determined by a student's cumulative unweighted high school GPA and ACT/SAT test scores, and it has four levels: $6,500, $3,500, $1,500 or $500. It is offered as a placeholder and will be funded with individual scholarships that are made possible through the generosity of Foundation donors and/or other institutional aid. Funding of this commitment is contingent on the completion of the general application and any applicable recommended applications within WyoScholarships.

Please note: All University of Wyoming financial awards are only available to eligible admits. The awards are subject to available funding and the approval of the UW Board of Trustees; they reserve the right to change said rates at any time.

Test-optional: New first-year students will be reviewed using the test-optional dollar amount; students who submit ACT/SAT test scores will be evaluated to determine if both cumulative unweighted high school GPA and test scores make them eligible for a possible higher tier.

Based on Wyoming Hathaway Legislation, eligible Wyoming students must submit ACT/SAT test scores for consideration of the Hathaway Scholarship.


 

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pdf icon 2023-24 Resident Cowboy Commitment Grid

 


 NEXT STEPS 

  • Apply for admission and submit the non-refundable $40 admission application fee. 
  • Submit official high school transcripts. 
  • New first-year students will be reviewed using the test-optional dollar amount; students who submit ACT/SAT test scores will be evaluated to determine if both cumulative unweighted high school GPA and test scores make them eligible for a possible higher tier. 
  • Be admitted to UW and confirmed by May 1st, 11:59 pm MDT. 

Effective Fall 2023, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will consider the final cumulative unweighted high school GPA for new first-time students for a potential increase in commitment award level. To be considered, official transcripts and/or ACT/SAT scores must be received no later than the first day of class of your incoming semester. Increases are subject to available funding. 

RENEWING REQUIREMENTS

  • The Cowboy Commitment is only available to (first-time, entering) first year resident freshmen seeking their first bachelor's degree. 
  • It is renewable for up to 8 semesters (4 academic years) or up to the first bachelor's degree, whichever comes first. 
  • Students must maintain full-time continuous enrollment in 12 semester hours during the fall and spring semesters each year but is not available to use during the summer semester. 
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative UW GPA (evaluated at the end of each spring semester.) 
  • Study abroad students must be in a 4001 level study abroad course, with tuition billed by the university, for their commitment or scholarship to pay. 
  • Details regarding the requirements to receive and renew the Cowboy Commitment will be included in the award Terms & Conditions. 

 

Cowboy Commitment GED grid

Cowboy Commitment and GED Applicants 

The Cowboy Commitment provides one of four amounts annually for resident freshmen based on their overall GED score and composite ACT/SAT score (see grid to the left). This is for students that have taken the GED after 2014. The same considerations and eligibility requirements described above apply. 

 


 

Cowboy Commitment and Home Schooled Applicants 

TheCowboy Commitmentprovides one of four amounts annually for resident home schooled freshmen without a GPA based on their composite ACT/SAT score (see grid to the right). If they have a GPA, the scholarship would be awarded based on the first grid above. The same considerations and eligibility requirements described above apply. 

Cowboy Commitment - Homeschool Grid
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1000 East University Avenue Department 3335

Knight Hall, Room 174

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2116

Fax: (307) 766-3800

Email: finaid@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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