Financial Aid and Scholarships
Types of Financial AidNote: All of the types of Financial Aid listed in this section require the submission of the Free Application for Financial Aid [FAFSA]. The FAFSA school code for the Wilkes Honors College is E00830.
Grants - Money from the federal government, state or school that does not have to be repaid.
Work Study - A program funded by the federal government so that students can work part time while in school and earn money to help pay for school.
Loans - Every student, no matter their or their family’s income, will be guaranteed eligible for Federal Stafford Loans if the student is degree seeking and enrolled for a minimum of six credit hours each semester. The loans will be either subsidized, unsubsidized or a combination of both. Stafford loans do not have to be repaid until six months after a student graduates or six months after the student stops attending at least six credit hours per semester.
Subsidized Stafford Loans: the federal government pays the interest on the loan while the student is enrolled for at least six credit hours per semester.
The Financial Aid Office at the Wilkes Honors College will help you design a financial aid package from a full range of federal, state and institutional grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study assistance programs. For more information, contact Stacey Edens, Financial Aid Coordinator (561-799-8509, SR 132).
Do you want to know what kind of Financial Aid award package you have been given? You can check the Student Self Service System at MyFAU to determine your Financial Aid status at FAU and also to check what remaining expenses you have!
Further information on financial aid is also available at FAU's financial aid webpage.
Applying for Need Based AidApplying for financial aid has never been easier. The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application establishes your level of eligibility for federal and state grants, loans and work-study programs. Paper applications are available at any high school, college or university but the newest and most exciting way to apply is electronically by accessing the FAFSA online at www.FAFSA.ed.gov. Through this site you can enter your information and submit it directly to the federal processor through the Web (encryption technology protects your privacy). Some types of aid are limited in funding, so apply as soon as possible after January 1 of each year. Estimated income tax data is permitted for completion of the application.
Students must resubmit a FAFSA every year that they plan to have financial aid.
FAFSA application- open from January 2 to June 30 of the next year (for example, January 2, 2012 - June 30, 2013 for the 2012 - 2013 school year).
Available online from www.FAFSA.ed.gov or by paper. Paper forms are available in December from any high school guidance office, community college, university financial aid office, or library.
When completing the FAFSA use the school code of E00830 for the Wilkes Honors College.
The Honors College has scholarships specifically targeted for those with demonstrated need: these include the Bigony Pay-it-Forward scholarship for sophomores, juniors, or seniors who agree to take on the moral obligation to pay back the award at some point in their lives when they have the means to do so.
For further information about need-based aid contact Stacey Edens, Financial Aid Coordinator (561-799-8509, SR 132).
Wilkes Honors College ScholarshipsAll students admitted to the Wilkes Honors College are awarded a merit-based scholarship, which is in addition to Florida Bright Futures scholarships and are awarded based on test scores, academic records, activities, and housing status. No separate application is required and all applicants are automatically considered for one of these awards. Several scholarships provide top students a full ride, covering tuition, room and board up to $15,000 per year. For more information on these scholarships, contact the Office of Admissions (through our contact page or by phoning 561-799-8646). These scholarships include:
The Henry Morrison Flagler Scholarship: Exceeds $72,000 over four years. More information is available on the Flagler Scholarship webpage.
The George D. Cornell Honors Scholarship: Up to $60,000 over four years. Covers on campus room/board and tuition/fees not covered by Bright Futures and other awards, up to $7,500/semester based on Fall/Spring enrollment. For Florida residents.
The Harriet L. Wilkes Arts and Humanities Scholarship: Up to $60,000 over four years, for incoming freshmen. Covers on campus room/board and in-state tuition/fees not covered by Bright Futures and other awards, up to $7,500/semester based on Fall/Spring enrollment. For students who declare and pursue a concentration in the fine arts or humanities at the Wilkes Honors College.
The Harriet L. Wilkes Social Sciences Scholarship: Up to $60,000 over four years, for incoming freshmen. Covers on campus room/board and in-state tuition/fees not covered by Bright Futures and other awards, up to $7,500/semester based on Fall/Spring enrollment. For students who declare and pursue a concentration in history or the social sciences at the Wilkes Honors College.
The Dean's Scholarship: National Merit, National Achievement, or National Hispanic Finalist. $9,000 per year.
IB/AICE Awards: Incoming Freshman, Completion of the International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced International Certificate in Education (AICE) Diploma and the recommendation of the coordinator or counselor. Up to $6,000 per year.
Leadership Awards: Incoming Freshman, Outstanding leadership experience, Interview. Up to $6,000 per year.
Honors Scholarships: Admission to the Honors College. Up to $6,000 per year.
Kenan Science Scholarships: For juniors. See the Science Scholarship webpage.
Kenan Social Engagement Scholarships: For sophmores. See the Kenan Social Engagement Scholarship webpage.
Honors College Endowed Scholarships: Admission to the Honors College. The amount of the scholarships vary from year to year. More information is on our endowed scholarship webpage.
Out of State Scholarships: Scholarships that can be applied to the out-of-state tuition differential are available to out-of-state students. These may be renewed for up to 4 years so long as students continue to meet eligibility requirements. See Out-of-state scholarship information (pdf).
Latin American and Caribbean Wilkes Honors College Scholarship: For students from Latin America and the Caribbean who are admitted to the Honors College, the LACWHC scholarship covers most out-of-state tuition costs. To be eligible students must:
The El Sol Scholarship: Up to $5,000 per year, for Honors College students who demonstrate a commitment to serving Florida’s Latin American/Caribbean immigrant community. Click here for more information and an application.
Other Academic Scholarships:
Talent/Background Based Scholarships - It is good to use an Internet based scholarship search engine, such as www.fastweb.com or www.srnexpress.com. The College Board also maintains a free scholarship database that you can access through their website at www.collegeboard.com.
Prestige Scholarships - Prestige scholarships are nationally competitive scholarships, and include the Marshall, Rhodes, Truman, Udall and Goldwater. Most of these scholarships are for graduate study. Several of these scholarships require applicants to be nominated by their University representative. Many of the FAU representatives are Honors College faculty. Further information is available on the Honors College Prestige Scholarships page.
Local/Regional Scholarships - DON’T ignore those local/regional scholarships. A $500 Elks or American Legion scholarship can pay for the first year of books, and is money that you won’t have to pay back. Apply for any scholarship that you may qualify for. Some require just a 2 page essay, and millions of dollars in scholarships go unclaimed each year.
In addition, the following are links to other programs that may provide support. As these programs are not administered by the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, contact the sponsors directly for further information: