Types of Aid: Florida Student Aid Programs

The following is a list of State of Florida Student Aid Programs (for a more complete descriptions/listings please refer to Florida State of Education):

Florida Prepaid Program   (Florida Prepaid website)

Click here to review changes made to the Higher Education Act by the Higher Education Reconciliation Act of 2005 regarding "Treatment of Qualified Education Benefits".

Florida Prepaid Students will no longer have to report to the Prepaid Office to activate billing each semester. Only those students who would like a change in the billing or do not wish to use their Florida Prepaid credits should report to the Prepaid Office. The Florida Prepaid College Program will be invoiced for each term that a student is attending FAU.  Students will be responsible for paying local fees by the last day to pay (see Academic Calendar http://www.fau.edu/registrar/acadcal.php). Students who have a local fee contract, in addition to Florida Prepaid tuition, will be responsible for the transportation access fee, photo I.D., orientation fee, and lab fees.  Payment for these other fees must be made by the last day to pay. To view your account balance, see the Account Summary on MyFAU (click on the Money Matters! tab and then click on "View My Financial Aid Information") . Click here to for more information and to view a chart that you can calculate the balance you will need to pay before the Florida Prepaid Contribution. Billing for Florida Prepaid occurs after the drop/add day for each semester.

Florida Student Assistance Grant (fact sheet)

This program awards for Florida residents seeking a first baccalaureate degree. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  as soon as possible after January 1st each year . Funds are limited and awards are made based on the priority consideration deadline. Students who otherwise qualify but are unable to enroll in a 12-hour course load due to their disabilities, may qualify for financial assistance with part-time enrollment at a prorated award amount. The Office for Students with Disabilities will identify those students based on qualifications outlined in 240.4041 of the Florida Statutes. For more information, students should contact Vera Beach (Assistant Director, State Programs) of the FAU Office of Student Financial Aid or Nicole Rokos of the Office for Students with Disabilities. Also, any undergraduate Nursing student who qualifies for FSAG, enrolled in 9 credits, and participates in a clinical or laboratory practice for which no credit hours can be earned will be considered full time. Talented Twenty students qualify for priority funding if FSAG eligibility requirements are met. Please bring a copy of your Talented Twenty notification letter to the Financial Aid Office. 

Bright Futures Scholarship Program (website)

Florida Work Experience Program   (fact sheet)

This program is designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to their needs. Services may be in the area of welfare, social service, transportation, public safety, crime prevention and control, recreation or work in service opportunities or youth corps. For more information about student employment opportunities, please visit Office of Student Financial Aid.

First Generation Matching Grant Program   (fact sheet)

The funds for this award come from the State of Florida and are matched by the FAU Foundation.  House Bill 795 was signed into law on June 2, 2006 and became effective July 1, 2006 creating Section 1009.701, Florida Statutes. This law provides financial, need based assistance to undergraduate, degree-seeking Florida residents who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens and:

attend a state University of Florida,
are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours per term,
demonstrate financial need,
whose parents did not complete a baccalaureate degree.
If student resides with only one parent who provides full support, that one parent must not have completed a baccalaureate degree for the student to be eligible, and
meet other criteria established by the individual Universities.


Please note that the letter refers to meeting Other Criteria established by the University. Those criteria are as follows:

Submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Pell eligible EFC
Preference will be given to First Time in College (FTIC)
freshman and Florida Community College Transfer
students for the initial award year
Continuing students with a minimum cumulative GPA of
2.5 will be considered if additional funding is available.


Award amount of $1500 per semester for full time, $1125 per semester for 3/4 time, $750 per semester for half time. Funds are not available for the SUMMER terms.

Renewal Requirements: To be considered eligible for renewal, students must complete a minimum of 12 credits for the prior Fall and Spring semesters combined. In addition students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.500. Exceptions will be reviewed on a case by case basis via the institutional appeal process.

Other Florida Financial Aid Programs (website)

College Goal Sunday (website)


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