State of Florida Financial Aid

Florida Aid Programs

In general, the student must meet Florida residency requirement and you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen to qualify for all Florida aid programs. For specific residency requirements, please click here. A list of Florida residency exceptions can be found in Section "2.4 Exceptions/Qualifications."

Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)

This state grant is awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need, are legal Florida residents, and maintain a full-time student status. Eligibility is determined by using information provided on the FAFSA and Florida Residency Affidavit.

  • Florida residents must answer all questions on the FAFSA to be considered for the Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG). Incomplete FAFSA applications will not be processed.

Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG)

This non-need-based grant provides funds for tuition and fees at Florida's private colleges and universities. Eligibility requirements include legal Florida residency for parents and students, valid U.S. Residency status, and full-time enrollment in an undergraduate degree-seeking program. Students pursuing a second bachelor's degree are not eligible. The deadline is October 1 for the Fall semester award and February 1 for the Spring semester award. Applications received after these dates will be awarded on a funds' available basis. If you submitted a valid application for the previous academic year and are still eligible, you will not be required to submit another application for the current academic year.

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program is a lottery-funded scholarship that rewards Florida high school graduates who demonstrate high academic achievement and enroll in an eligible public or private post-secondary educational institution within three years of high school graduation. It is the umbrella program for three state-funded scholarships: Florida Academic Scholars, Florida Medallion Scholars and the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars. These awards are determined based on academic achievement in high school, SAT and ACT scores, and fulfillment of certain course requirements. The amount of each specific award is based on the number of credit hours for which a student registers. Initial eligibility must be at least six credits.

  • Awards amounts are based on the number of credit hours each semester, the value of each credit hour will be determined by the State on an annual basis.
  • A student will be required to reimburse the State of Florida Department of Education for the cost of course(s) dropped or withdrawn after the initial drop/add period.
  • Florida residents must have their high school guidance counselor submit their information and authorization form to the Florida Bright Futures Program at the Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee. As an incoming freshman, eligibility is determined based on performance throughout high school. For further requirements contact your high school guidance counselor, or visit the Bright Futures Program Web site.

Additional aid available to Florida Residents

Jose Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund

This need-based scholarship is awarded to students of Hispanic culture who were born in, or who have a natural parent who was born in Mexico, Spain, South America, Central America, or the Caribbean. Students must apply as a high school senior and have a minimum weighted GPA of 3.0. The student must enroll full-time, be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen and meet Florida residency requirements. Students need to complete and submit the Jose Marti Scholarship application to the State of Florida Department of Education by April 1. Students must also complete and submit a FAFSA. The number and amount of the award varies by year. Please visit for more information.

Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans and Service members (CSDDV)

This provides scholarships for dependent children or unremarried spouses of Florida veterans or service members who died as a result of service-connected injuries, diseases, or disabilities sustained while on active duty or who have been certified by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs as having service-connected 100% permanent and total disabilities. CSDDV also provides funds for dependent children whose parent is classified as a prisoner of war or missing in action by the Armed Forces of the United States or as civilian personnel captured while serving with the consent or authorization of the United States Government during wartime service. CSDDV provides a fixed award amount at an eligible public or private postsecondary institution. Students must be enrolled in degree or certificate programs for at least six credit hours. Learn more information about the CSDDV.

Financial Aid Office
Location: Rinker Building
Mon-Fri: 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m.
Fri: 8:30a.m.-4:00p.m.

T. 407.646.2395
F. 407.646.2173

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