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Recent Changes in Bright Futures Scholarships

Bright Futures Scholars will now receive a flat rate amount towards tuition.  Due to changes by the Florida Legislature, F lorida Academic Scholars (FAS) will receive $101 per credit hour and the Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) will receive $76 per credit hour.  This cost is about what students received in past years, but it does not cover recent tuition per credit hour beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year.  For more infor mation on these recent changes, click here to visit the Florida Department of Education website.  


In accordance with permission granted by the Florida Legislature and FAU's Board of Trustees, tuition at Florida Atlantic University will increase by 15 percent in the 2009 Fall Semester. Eight percent of this increase was mandated by the Legislature and the additional seven percent - called differential tuition - was levied by the University.

An estimated $5000,000 of the funds generated by the differential tuition will go toward increasing the amount of need-based financial aid available to FAU students. This measure is intended to assist students who are most affected by these increases and help offset the state's inability to fully fund the Bright Futures scholarship program.

  Student Requirements for 2010-2011 Available on MyFAU

If you have already submitted your 2010-2011 FAFSA, check the Money Matters! tab on MyFAU (click on "View Financial Aid Information") to verify if additional documents are required.  Any documents listed under the Unsatisfied Requirements section MUST be submitted to this Office as soon as possible so that we can determine your eligibility for aid.  Incomplete or inaccurate responses will cause lengthy delays in the evaluation of your financial aid eligibility.  Award offers will not be available until all documentation is submitted and satisfied.  Verification Worksheets for Dependent and Independent Students can be downloaded from the "Forms to Download" link (located on left) Submit only ORIGINAL citizenship documents, if requested. 

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2011-2012 FAFSA Application Is Available!

Students can begin filling out the 2011-2012 online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning January 1, 2011. The FAU priority deadline is March 1, 2011. All applications received after this date will be reviewed in order of receipt. When filling out the application, make sure to complete the planned housing code (on Step 6, Housing Plan, on your FAFSA form) with your appropriate housing status, since leaving this section blank could result in underfunding.

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Unsatisfactory Academic Progress Notifications Sent Via FAU Email!

Federal regulations require students to demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress toward a degree in order to be eligible to receive financial assistance under Title IV Programs.  Academic progress for financial aid applicants is reviewed prior to disbursing financial aid each academic year and is based on total cumulative credits attempted at FAU at the end of the student's most recently complete term, regardless of whether the student has previously received financial aid.  Students who are NOT meeting this requirement have been notified via their FAU email account regarding the specifics and the procedure to request an appeal.  Log on to MyFAU (click on the Money Matters! tab) to check your status.

Review & Accept Award Offers Online on MyFAU!

Financial Aid Award Offers for SPRING 2011 are available on the Money Matters! tab on MyFAU. Click on " View Financial Aid Information " link.  First Time in College (FTIC) students will be able to review & accept awards for the 2010-2011 academic year beginning April 1, 2010 and all other students will be able to review/accept awards after SPRING 2010 grades have posted.  For more details on how to access your financial aid other information, click here


  Student & Parent Website and Education Tax Benefit Guide

Looking for a good source of trustworthy, commercial-free information for your students on a variety of financial aid topics? NASFAA has updated multimedia content for students and parents at, including the Guide to Higher Education Federal Tax Benefits for 2009; the latest FAFSA filing information; state deadlines; guidance for the unemployed; and so much more. The Students and Parents Resource Center also includes rotating featured videos from our NASFAA YouTube Channel, a collection of videos we've screened for objective, reliable information about federal student aid. Link to us!
Sign up for Direct Deposit Online!

Sign up for Direct Deposit online and have your financial aid refund deposited into your bank account instead of waiting for a check to arrive in the mail.  The Direct Deposit Form is available on MyFAU and click on the Money Matters tab.  Click here for more details.  IMPORTANT:   In order to receive a financial aid refund, students MUST have a current and active address on file with the University.  To view or update your address information, log on to MyFAU and click on FAU Self-Service (OWLS) link, click on Personal Information and then click on View/Update Addresses and Phones. 

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Withdrawing from Classes

If you recieve Title IV funds (i.e.  Pell Grant, Stafford Loans, SEOG, Perkins Loan), and withdraw from 1 or more courses, the Office of Student Financial Aid will be contacting your professor(s) via email requesting verification of your attendance.  If a "Never Attend" response is received, you may be liable to pay back all or a portion of your Title IV funds.


Estimate your Cost of Attendance

Students .....Need help with estimating your cost of attendance.  Click here to calculate an estimate of your tuition and other associated fees for the 2007-2008 academic year. To view tuition per credit hour for the current academic year, click here.

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Florida PrePaid College Plan Students

Students who must report parental information on the FAFSA should report all qualified educational benefits or education savings accounts owned by the parents - including Coverdall savings accounts, 529 college savings plans, and the refund value of 529 state prepaid tuition plans - in question 88.  If the account is owned by a student who must report parental information, the value of the account is not to be reported.  If the account is owned by a student (or the student's spouse) who is not reporting parental information, the value is to be reported as an investment - in question 44.  For information on the payment process, please visit the Controller's Office Prepaid webpage.

Limited Eligibility of Repeated Courses for Title IV Funding

New regulations effective 07/01/11 prohibit a student from receiving Title IV funding for more than one graded repeat attempt of a course which has previously been completed with a non-failing grade. Only one additional graded attempt of a course which has been previously completed with a non-failing grade will be considered eligible for Title IV funding. Any attempts in excess of the one additional graded attempt allowed by regulations will be viewed as ineligible for Title IV funding. Exceptions may be made for cases where the student’s program requires enrollment in same course on a continuing basis over several semesters, with each attempt having significantly different course content (such as fine arts or thesis/dissertation courses).


Financial Aid is Based on Actual Enrollment
Please read the following important information : Please be advised that, prior to disbursement, the financial aid amounts which appear on your account are estimated amounts which may be adjusted due to several factors (such as changes in classification, enrollment, residency status, or financial resources). It is your responsibility to be aware of the terms and conditions of all financial aid awards, including all requirements regarding tuition deferment and aid disbursement. You may review The Office of Student Financial Aid Terms and Conditions of Awards document by clicking herePlease see Summer Information Bulletin for Summer Enrollment.




Undergraduate (including second bachelors)

12 or more hrs

Graduate  (Masters, Specialist, Doctoral Students)

9 or more hrs





Undergraduate (including second bachelors)

9 – 11 hrs

Graduate (Masters, Specialist, Doctoral Students)     

7 – 8 hrs





Undergraduate (including second bachelors)

6 – 8 hrs

Graduate (Masters, Specialist, Doctoral Students)

5 - 6 hrs





You will NOT be eligible for grants if you are enrolled less than ½ time at FAU.  In some cases, Federal PELL Grant recipients may be eligible to receive their PELL Grant with less than ½ time enrollment.

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Post 911 Veterans Educational Assistance Act

If you have submitted your application for Chapter 33 and have not received a certificate of eligibility from the VA, then you may still be entitled to a tuition deferment. Please submit a confirmation email or letter from the VA that your application is pending and a copy of your DD-214. If funds are needed to purchase textbooks, you can request a Short Term Advance .  Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid to further supplement their educational expenses. To apply for financial aid, complete an online Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

President Bush has signed into law the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Visit or click here to visit the G I Bill official website for more information.

Applications for the Post- 9/11 GI BILL should be available.  Visit the website:

Crime Statistic Information!

Crime statistic information is available online through a link on the Florida Atlantic University Police Department website at or directly through the Department of Education’s Office of Post Secondary Education website at .  On this page enter FAU’s OPE code (00148100) at the prompt.  The statistics are broken down by each campus.

Hard copies of the crime statistics are also available at the FAU Police Dept. on the Boca Campus in the Campus Operations Building (Bldg 69).  The 2010 Clery Act also requires a Fire Safety Report, which is available at


The student financial aid programs are administered, according to a nationally accepted policy, that the family (meaning parents, student and/or spouse) is responsible for educational expenses. Financial aid is available to supplement a family's contribution in order to help students meet the cost of post-secondary education.

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