Award Projection EstimatorsBelow are estimators that will assist you in determining your financial aid eligibility. Please understand that completing these estimators does not take the place of actually applying for financial aid at FAU. Once you receive your award estimation and you are ready to apply for financial aid, please submit the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The FAFSA4caster is a free online tool to assist students and their families with getting an early start on the financial aid process. It provides an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid by instantly calculating an estimated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which is the number used to determing the student's eligibility for federal student aid.
Who should use FAFSA4caster?
Anyone who is not yet ready to file a FAFSA. You do not have to be a high school senior to use the FAFSA4caster, in fact, the tool is recommended for juniors, and even as early as middle school.
How do I use FAFSA4caster?
In this tool, you will answer financial aid and other questions that are used to estimate your federal student aid eligibility. You may be able to answer most of the questions easily but some of the questions may ask you to reference your personal records (e.g. federal tax information). You should use the most current information you have. Also, answer all questions, even if you have to estimate or guess.
What information does FAFSA4caster provide?
When you complete the FAFSA4caster, the tool displays a worksheet to help you determine the net cost of attending your chosen school. Based on the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from FAFSA Forecaster, you may be eligible for additional need based grants for this year if your EFC is within the following range (see chart below) . Please keep in mind that the information provided does not represent a final determination of financial aid eligibility; it is an estimate. Eligibility for need based aid may require additional criteria and are subject to change.
Need Based Awards
Estimated Family Contribution
|Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)||0 - 1000||$2,000|
|Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)||0 - 5273||$2,600|
|First Generation Matching Grant (1stGEN)||0 - 4995||$3,000|
|FAU Academic Achievement Grant (FAUAAG)||0 - 9000||$3,000|
|0 - 9000||$2,000|
Using data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS) and the Department's National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), and PayScale, the new interactive website attempts to guide prospective college students, parents, and counselors with comparisons of key statistics. Users can select up to five colleges to compare the average net price, graduation rates, amount of debt at graduation, and monthly loan repayments.
The tool also ties average student loan debt to average earnings of an institution’s recent graduates, using data from PayScale. “[T]he question now for prospective students and their parents is whether taking on increasing amounts of debt to finance an education at a specific college is worth it,” according to College Reality Check. “Until recently, it was very difficult for families to answer that question. But increasingly families have access to data that allow them to see the payoff of a degree in a particular academic discipline from a specific college by looking at earnings after graduation.”
According to the Federal Regulations pertaining to the Higher Education Act of 1965 a school must provide information about financial aid, its campus, facilities, student athletes, campus security, fire safety, as well as preventing drug and alcohol abuse. Information will be made available online at: Consumer Information as well as the option to provide a paper copy if requested.
The Consumer Information must be distributed annually to enrolled students by October 1st, as well as made available to current employees, perspective employees and perspective students. The information will be distributed through FAU Office of University Communications.
Below is a summary of Consumer Information that Florida Atlantic University must make available to all students in accordance with Federal Regulations in the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. Each section below gives a brief description of the information that must be disclosed. If you would like to request a paper copy please contact the Student Financial Aid office at 561-297-3530 or a written request can be sent to:
Student Financial Aid
777 Glades Road
Bldg SU80 Room #233
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Information about the Policies for all students, grading system, acceptance of transfer credits, and student code of conduct regulations can be found on the University Catalog: University Catalog.
The end of the first week of classes is the last day for adding/dropping courses and changing sections. Adding or dropping courses or changing sections is done in Self-Service through MyFAU. Drops after the first week of classes are fee liable, but will not appear on the transcript. If a student drops or withdraws from a course during the third week to eighth week of classes, the student will receive a grade of "W" on the transcript and will be fee-liable for the course. The student may use Self-Service during the semester to drop or withdraw from a course. After the eighth week of classes, a drop or withdrawal incurs an "F" on the student's transcript and the student is still fee-liable. FAU's Exceptional Circumstance Withdrawal and other relevant policy details are in the Academic Policies section of the University Catalog. Information about Exceptional Circumstance Withdrawal or Withdrawal from the University can be found in the University Catalog under section Tuition, Fees and Refunds
The mission of the Florida Atlantic University Counseling & Psychological Services center is to provide FAU students with timely and effective mental health services that allow them to improve and maintain their mental well-being and therefore to meet their educational, personal, emotional, and psychological goals.
As part of The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, information on annual participation rates and financing of men's and women's sports in intercollegiate athletic programs is available by using the “Equity in Athletics Data Analysis Cutting Tool”: Equity in Athletics Data Analysis Cutting Tool.
Each year the University publishes an Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report that contains detailed information about campus safety including emergency services, safety tips, University policies, state laws and additional support services. You can view the report at:
Information about the university’s policies related to the use of copyrighted material: Copyright University Policy
The Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) produces a report reflecting academic progress toward completion of an undergraduate degree in your declared or proposed major. The DARS report, or degree audit, shows how your FAU courses, transfer courses, and courses in progress apply toward degree requirements. The Degree Audit Report is an internal document. It should be used as a tool to assist you and your adviser in planning your future coursework. It is not an official certification of your academic record. For more information visit: DARS
(1) In general – A student who has been convicted of any offense under any Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance shall not be eligible to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under this title during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after the interval specified in the following table:
|# of Offense||Possession of Illegal Drugs||Sale of Illegal Drugs|
|1st Offense||1 year from date of conviction||2 years from date of conviction|
|2 years from date of conviction||Indefinite Period|
|3rd Offense||Indefinite period||Indefinite Period|
(2) Rehabilitation – A student whose eligibility has been suspended under paragraph (1) may resume eligibility before the end of the ineligibility period determined under such paragraph if:
(3) DEFINITIONS - In this subsection, the term `controlled substance' has the meaning given the term in section 102(6) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802(6)).'.
(4) EFFECTIVE DATE - The amendment made by paragraph (1), regarding suspension of eligibility for drug-related offenses, shall apply with respect to financial assistance to cover the costs of attendance for periods of enrollment beginning after the date of enactment of this Act.
More information and details can be found at: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/leg/hea98/sec483.html.
Statistics about employment for Graduate students can be viewed by using the Interactive Reporting Tool and selecting Graduating Senior Survey: Interactive Reporting Tool.
For information on facilities and services for disabled students visit: Office for Students with Disabilities
Information on the University's faculty and instructional personnel is available from the various academic departments; you may visit the departments by following the link: Faculty by College & Degree Program.
To view contact information for faculty & staff by department or name search: Faculty & Staff Directory
FERPA, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, as well as the implementing regulations thereto, is a “federal law designed to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the rights of students to inspect and review their educational records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal hearings.” With limited prescribed exceptions, educational institutions may not release personally identifiable information or non-directory information about a student without written permission from (i) the student’s parent, or (ii) the student if over the age of 18 or attending a postsecondary institution (an “eligible student”). Florida Statutes §§1002.225 and 1006.52 offer similar protections and provisions under state law. Click here for the FERPA Form.
Financial Aid can come in the form of federal, state, local, private and institutional funds. Links on how to apply, types of funding, eligibility criteria can be found at the following links:
- Cost of Attendance
- Apply for Aid
- Types of Financial Aid
- Eligibility Criteria
- Academic Progress
- Disbursement of Aid
- Financial Aid Disbursement Estimator
- Short Term Advance
- Direct Loan Entrance/Exit Counseling
- Repayment Options for Loans
- Need Based Employment Programs
- Net Price Calculator and Estimator Tools
- Refund Repayment for Withdrawals
Information provided in this section includes: Who can register to vote, how to apply, how to change name, address, party affiliation, update signature, card replacement, as well as dates to remember. More details can be found at: Florida Voter Registration.
Pursuant to Florida Board of Governors Regulation 6.001(9), prior to registration, each student accepted for admission at Florida Atlantic University must submit a signed FAU Immunization Form: Immunization Policy.
Florida Atlantic University is committed and obligated to the principle of institutional control in operating its athletics programs in accordance with the NCAA, Conference, University and Department rules and regulations. The charge of the Athletics Compliance Office is to educate, monitor, verify and enforce the NCAA rules compliance with regard to each sport and component within the Athletics Department. The Athletic Compliance Office strives to be proactive with education along with having monitoring systems in place that are effective and user friendly.
Information about Instructional Facilities can be found on the University Catalog.
Students are strongly encouraged to first exhaust all Federal Loan options prior to applying for a Private loan. When compared to Federal Loan Programs, Private loans are a MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE source of educational financing. Dependent Undergraduate students applying for private loan financing with a parental cosigner are advised to first investigate the options offered by the Federal PLUS program before applying for an private loan: Private Student Loans
A quick guide to information about the FAU community ranging from degrees awarded, degree programs, enrollment, average class size, online courses, etc. can be found at the following link: Quick Facts
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Analysis offers information for use by the university community and external constituencies. Information on retention and graduation rates can be found by using the interactive reporting tool: Retention and Graduate Rates Reporting
The Board of Governors of the State University System recognizes that ensuring the integrity of the student financial aid process is critical to providing fair and affordable access to higher education in Florida. Therefore, the Board has formalized the following guiding principles that shall be effective immediately and must be adopted by each University’s Board of Trustees as soon as practicable. These guidelines are designed to avoid any potential for a conflict of interest between the University, its students or their parents in the student financial aid process. Accordingly, each University shall take all reasonable steps to adhere to the following principles in the University’s financial aid operations: More Details can be found at:
Student Loan Code of Conduct
It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Office of International Programs (OIP) of any changes to their study abroad program course schedule during the first week of classes at the overseas institution. Failure to do so could result in a $100.00 late registration fee for classes added or dropped after the published deadlines and a $100.00 late payment fee. Students may also be held liable for tuition for those courses that are dropped or added late. This pertains to all students who are registered at FAU for overseas programs. Overseas transcripts must be sent to the OIP for processing. FAU reserves the right to request a professional transcript evaluation if deemed necessary at the student’s expense. Course petitions must be complete prior to departure. The grade(s) students earn abroad is/are the grade(s) transferred to your FAU GPA. OIP will not guarantee credit for courses that were not approved for credit. It is the student’s responsibility to notify OIP in writing of any schedule changes and to wait for notice that the course(s) have been approved for credit before changing their schedule. Making changes without prior approval could result in those courses not being recognized for credit. Financial aid: Students may be able to use their financial aid for study abroad. The amount of the financial aid awarded and its availability will be determined by the Office of Financial Aid. A student needs to have a current FAFSA on file in order to apply for funding. If funding is awarded the student must go online and accept his/her award. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all paperwork required by financial aid has been completed prior to their departure; this includes but is not limited to signing their promissory note. Further, any student using financial aid must notify the Office of International Programs of their award and provide a copy of the award letter. Course approvals, transient forms, and petitions must be completed prior to departure for your aid to release. The required Financial Aid Survey which is sent to your FAU email account each term, for each course you are registered for, must be completed during the first week of classes at FAU. Even if you are overseas already, you must do this for your aid to release. For more information on how FAU financial aid works for study abroad, please consult the special programs guidebook. Transcripts and Financial Aid: Overseas transcripts may take up to several months to arrive at FAU and be posted to a student’s academic record. The temporary absence of grades may affect the awarding and release of further financial aid, including Bright Futures, Pell grants, scholarships, grants and student loans. OIP processes transcripts for students going on FAU exchange programs as soon as they arrive and notifies both the student and financial aid once grades have posted to the students account. Students going on affiliated programs or to a direct enroll location are responsible for obtaining their overseas transcript and sending it to the Registrar for recording. When notified, OIP will assist a student having difficulty getting a transcript in a reasonable timeframe. All students are responsible for any follow-up with financial aid after a time abroad, to ensure the timely release of any pending or future financial aid.
A Transfer Student Guide book is available for each college listing both lower-division requirements as well as requirements for the college and major. For more details visit the following link: Transfer Student Guide.
Information about tuition, additional university fees as well as policy on refund of registration fees can be found at: Tuition, Fees and Refunds.
FAU Financial Aid GuideThe FAU Financial Aid Guide is available to assist students in viewing financial aid information in one document. This document will give you an overview of some of the topics listed below:
- Who is eligible for Financial Aid
- Applying for Financial Aid
- Types of Aid
- Loans Limits
- Withdrawing from Classes
- Satisfactory Academic Progress
If you cannot find the information on the website, the financial aid guide or MyFAU, click here to contact your financial aid counselor.
Financial Aid Glossary
Shopping SheetThe 2014-2015 Statistics for FAU:
- Graduation Rate = 41.1%
- Loan Default Rate = 8.5%
- Median Borrowing for Undergraduate Study = $12,500
- Federal Loan Payment over 10 Years for $12,500 = approximately $143.85 per month
- Log in to MyFAU
- Click on the Money Matters Tab
- Click on View My Financial Aid Information
- Click on the Shopping Sheet tile/box
Please check the following website resources for additional financial aid opportunities:
- College Goal Sunday
- College Quest
- College Is Possi ble
- Debt Help Organization (Debt.org)
- Division of Colleges and Universities - Florida Board of Education
- FAFSA on the Web
- fastWEB Scholarship Search
- Federal Student Guide for Financial Aid
- Financial Aid Information Page
- Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
- Florida Department of Education
- Florida Student Scholarship & Grants
- National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (For Students/Parents)
- National Center for Education Statistics in the U.S. Department of Education
- National Student Loan Data System
- Navigating Your Financial Future
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Selective Service
- Student Finance Domain
- Student Portal to Federal Student Aid
- SuperCollege - College and Scholarship Information
- Taxes for Students
- The College Board
- The Princeton Review
- U.S. Department of Education - Financial Aid for Students
- U.S. Department of Education's PIN Site