In order to earn the $500 retention scholarship you must meet the following criteria:
To earn 30 credits to qualify for the financial incentive, students may use the two summer sessions as well as the fall and spring semesters. For some students, this may mean taking an online course or two in the summer to make sure they fill the 30-credit requirement and stay on track toward graduation.
Please note that academic credits earned through advance placement or international baccalaureate course work are not counted towards fulfillment of the 30 credits of academic course work required to qualify for the retention scholarship. Dual enrollment credit, taken at Western Michigan University, however, does count toward the 30 credits.
Do note that for the purposes of the state and federal government, the Retention Scholarship is a form of financial aid and, as such, may affect your overall aid package from the University. This is most likely the case when a student's need based grants already exceed the entire cost of attendance at WMU.