Calendar GraphicOn-Campus Housing During University Breaks

During break periods when the residence halls and university are closed (Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break), students may sign up to stay on campus in their assigned building and room. For more information visit the University Break Housing site.

Account/Payment Site Unavailable

The account information and payment sites will not be available while winter/spring bills are being prepared. The site will close on November 27 and will reopen on December 3. If you need to add funds to meal plans or MUlaa during this time, please use the Guest Payer option.

1098-T Form

Did you know you can receive your 1098-T electronically? See our Education Tax Credit (1098-T) page for more information.

Winter/Spring Bill

Students will receive an email to their Miami email account when their winter/spring bill is available. Emails will be sent December 3-5. Bills are due January 8. Payment plans are available; see our payment plan page for more information and to enroll.

Outside Scholarships

Some scholarships are awarded by a high school, club, or community group. These scholarships are usually awarded on the basis of academic merit or some special talent, such as athletic or musical ability. You can find information about outside scholarships by using some of the free scholarship searches on the Internet and researching scholarships available in your local area.

Follow helpful search strategies (below) that include using some of the free scholarship searches on the Internet and researching scholarships available in your local area. Most small, local organizations usually do not publicize their scholarships on the Internet, so the competition for their scholarship dollars is often less vigorous. Finding local organizations that offer scholarships can take a lot of work, but the effort usually pays off!

Outside Scholarship Search Strategies

Use Free Scholarship Searches Online:

Fastweb »

Fastweb is a free financial aid and scholarship search engine for parents, students, and providers. Search for scholarships based on many criteria.


Sponsored by U.S.News & World Report, EDU provides an article index, best values schools, scholarship search, award comparisons, college cost prediction, loan repayment calculator, deciphering your award letter, ask advisers, federal aid, and newsletter.

Big Future »

Sponsored by the College Board Association, Big Future helps locate scholarships, loans, internships, and other financial aid programs from non-college sources that match education level, talents, and background. A student-provided profile is compared against a database of 2,000 financial aid opportunities.

Research Local Opportunities:

  • Check with your high school guidance counselor and the college financial aid office. Both offices are often familiar with local agencies that have awarded scholarships to students in the past and these offices can give you contact information for local scholarship providers.
  • Contact local service clubs, such as Kiwanis, Rotary, Women's Leagues, Elks, etc., to see if they offer scholarships for college.
  • If you have a special talent, check with organizations related to that talent. For example, students who excel in public speaking may want to check with local Toastmaster clubs to see if scholarships are offered.
  • If you plan to major in a certain field of study, check with professional organizations related to that field of study. Many professional organizations offer scholarships to assist students with earning degrees. To find professional organizations, students could check the local phone directory, check with the college academic department, or do a general web search.

Important Points to Remember:

  • Do not waste money on scholarship searches that charge a fee. Often these searches use the same Internet databases students may use without charge.
  • If a scholarship seems too good to be true, it probably is! Learn to recognize and avoid common scholarship scams.
  • Remember, you should not have to pay money to win a scholarship!