Officials at Bemidji State University say that new students there will no longer need to submit their ACT or SAT test scores when applying for a new program.

BSU officials say that incoming freshman can apply for the merit-based scholarship program.  The scholarships will range from $2,000 to $10,000.

Traditional scholarship criteria takes class rank, GPA and ACT or SAT test scores into account, with a minimum 22 ACT score and an 1100 SAT score. However, the new criteria will allow students to be considered for scholarships based on their high school GPA.

Officials say the decision to forego the test scores was to support students who didn’t have the opportunity to take the tests due to COVID-19 pandemic.