Florida: Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Grants

Do you need funding for college? Submitting the FAFSA® is important since it will connect you with federal grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. If you need more funding, look for options at the state level. Florida has several programs available to its resident students, including the options listed below.

Bright Futures Scholarship Program

Students in Florida who attend a public state university, community college, or career center, and demonstrate outstanding academic accomplishments, may be placed in a lottery with the opportunity to win one of these scholarships. The award covers all tuition and applicable fees and provides an additional sum to pay for other educational expenses.

Florida Student Assistance Grant: Public Education

Undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need may receive funding through this program. Recipients must be Florida residents and attend an eligible public university or community college in the state.

Students who are Florida residents are automatically considered when they file their FAFSA® application.

Florida Student Assistance Grant: Private Education

This program is similar to the public grant, but these awards go to students attending private institutions in the state. Only accredited schools are eligible, and they must be domestic Florida institutions.

Full- and part-time awards are available for all Florida Student Assistance Grants, with recipients required to maintain GPA and credit hour minimums.

Florida Student Assistance Grant: Postsecondary and Career Education

Students pursuing vocational training from a community college or career center may receive aid through this program. The college or center must have certificate programs with a minimum of 450 hours or 15 credit hours per semester.

Recipients must be Florida residents and meet other eligibility criteria. Award amounts are assigned based on a student’s unmet financial need, which is calculated by subtracting the expected family contribution from the cost of attendance.

Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans

The dependents of military veterans who died or became disabled during their military service may receive funding through this scholarship program. The award goes toward any undergraduate program at a qualifying institution in the state.

Recipients must be between 16 and 22 years old, be permanent residents in Florida, complete a minimum of six hours per term, and hold a minimum 2.0 GPA. Award amounts vary from student to student.

Rosewood Family Scholarship Program

The Rosewood Family Scholarship Program is a competitive source of aid that awards scholarships to dozens of students each year. Total awards given and their amounts vary each semester. For the 2017–2018 academic year, a maximum of 50 scholarships with a cap of $6,100 per year was awarded.

Eligible students must not have already received a bachelor’s degree and be enrolled full-time at a participating public institution.

Minority Teachers Education Scholarship Program

This performance-based award goes to African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native-American students in Florida. Students must attend one of 35 eligible institutions in the state and meet other requirements.

Namely, undergraduates must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours (nine for graduates), maintain a minimum 2.50 GPA, and agree to teach in a Florida public school once they graduate for as many years as they received aid. Otherwise, they must repay the scholarship funds. Recipients also have to attend the organization’s annual symposium.

Florida First Generation Matching Grant Program

The award for this matching grant program is assigned to first-generation students enrolled in an eligible program. The recipient must be an undergraduate with significant financial need. The student’s parents must not have received a bachelor’s or higher degree.

Each participating Florida university and college sets its own additional requirements, reward amounts, and deadlines. Contact your school’s financial aid office to apply.

Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund

Another need-based option, the Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund goes to students of Hispanic origin who are Florida residents and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA while enrolled in an eligible program.

Recipients, who are selected based on financial need, academic achievement, and on a first-come-first-serve basis, receive $1,000 per semester.

Access to Better Learning and Education Grant Program

This grant program provides tuition assistance to students who are Florida residents attending a full-time undergraduate program. Recipients can use the award only at accredited and eligible private and postsecondary private institutions.

General eligibility requirements include maintaining a 2.0 GPA, enrolling for a minimum of 12 credit hours, and working toward a first undergraduate degree. Each school sets its own additional criteria and award amounts vary from year to year.

Benacquisto Scholarship Program

The Benacquisto Scholarship Program awards the cost of tuition minus the total amount received from other awards. Eligible students must also have received a National Merit Scholarship, a Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarship, or a College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship. Full-time enrollment in an undergraduate program is required.

A handful of institutions in the state can accept this scholarship. For the 2017–2018 academic year, only students attending Florida State University, New College of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Miami, or the University of South Florida could apply for this scholarship.

Florida Work Experience Program

Similar to the federal work-study program, the Florida Work Experience Program (FWEP) provides aid to students who enroll at least part-time, maintain a 2.0 GPA, and agree to work for a number of hours that the postsecondary institution sets per week.

Each school that participates in this program also sets its own application procedures, deadlines, and award amounts.

Mary McLeod Bethune Scholarship Program

Four schools accept student aid through the Mary McLeod Bethune Scholarship Program: Bethune-Cookman University, Edward Waters College, Florida A&M University, and Florida Memorial University.

Students who have a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrate financial need, and meet other eligibility criteria may receive one of these scholarships. The award amount varies for each scholarship granted.

William L. Boyd IV Florida Resident Access Grant

This grant program, which the Florida Department of Education sponsors, goes to Florida residents who are students enrolled full time in a four-year undergraduate program. The grant may only be used at certain private colleges and universities in the state.

Like the Access to Better Learning and Education Grant Program, the Legislature in the General Appropriation Act determines the annual award amount given each year for these grants.

Eligibility criteria include working toward a first baccalaureate degree and maintaining a 2.0 minimum GPA. Students can’t use this award for a divinity or theology program.

Securing financial aid for college may seem overwhelming, but you’ll find many opportunities available through the FAFSA® and from state programs. Apply for these scholarships, grants, and programs to help cover the cost of college.