As a member of the State University System of Florida, the Wilkes Honors College offers a quality education at a surprisingly affordable cost. However, many qualified students still need financial aid to attend college. The Wilkes Honors College awards extensive financial aid to students who desire a college education but cannot pay the full cost. The differing types of financial aid and assistance are described below.

For more information about financial aid and scholarships, contact  Stacey Edens, Financial Aid Coordinator,, 561-799-8509, SR 132. Helpful information about financial services is also available at  FAU Financial Services. 

Cost of Attendance
Types of Financial Aid
Academic Scholarships
bullet Need Based Aid
Frequently Asked Questions

Cost of Attendance for 2008-09

Note: These costs are estimates and subject to change.
  images Fl. Residents images Non-FL Residents***
Tuition  (30 credit hours) images $ 3,650 images $16,800
Room* images $ 6,780 images $ 6,780
Board images $ 3,406 images $ 3,406
Total images $13,836** images $26,986**
updated 7/25/08
*All rooms are single occupancy ** Does not include books and personal expenses *** A limited number of out-of-state tuition waivers are available.

Worksheets (using Microsoft Excel)

  • Compare  the costs of the Honors College to the cost of other colleges
  • Estimate  your total cost of attendance


Types of Financial Aid  (Note: 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.

-Unsubsidized Stafford Loans- the student pays or capitalizes the interest on the loan while they are 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 at (561) 799-8509 or

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  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.

Academic Scholarships

Wilkes Honors College   Scholarships  – Every student admitted into the Wilkes Honors College is offered a scholarship. This is not a loan, but an award that does not have to be repaid. Students may be required to maintain a certain GPA to remain qualified to receive renewals. A student DOES NOT have to complete the FAFSA to be eligible for Wilkes Honors College scholarships. Further details about Honors College Scholarships are  available below. For more information about these scholarships, contact the  Office of Admissions.

Talent/Background Based Scholarships- It is good to use an Internet based scholarship search engine such as  or Also the College Board maintains a free scholarship database that you can access through their website at

State Scholarship Programs  (Bright Futures) - Students qualify based on their High School performance, GPA and SAT or ACT scores. Students must be a Florida resident and a graduate from a Florida high school, and must complete the State of Florida Financial Aid Application (separate from the FAFSA) during the spring of their senior year. Students may apply by paper or online

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 online. 
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.

Wilkes Honors College Scholarships

These merit-based scholarships are 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. For more information on these scholarships, contact the  Office of Admissions.

Henry Morrison Flagler Scholarship Exceeds $57,000 over four years. More information is available on the  Flagler Scholarship webpage.  For incoming Freshmen only.

Dean's Scholarship National Merit, National Achievement, or National Hispanic Finalist. $7,500 per year, renewable for an additional 3 years for freshmen.

International Baccalaureate/A.I.C.E Awards (up to 7 available) Incoming Freshman, Completion of the International Baccalaureate or A.I.C.E. Diploma and the recommendation of the I.B. coordinator or counselor.  $5,000 per year, renewable for an additional three years for freshmen.

Leadership Awards (5 available) Incoming Freshman, Outstanding leadership experience, Interview.  Up to $5,000 per year, renewable for an additional three years for freshmen.

Honors Scholarship Admission to the Honors College Up to $5,000 per year, renewable for an additional three years for freshmen.

National Science Foundation Science Scholarships Must be a Biology or Chemistry Major, and have financial need. Students must fill out a FAFSA form, online at Up to $10,000 per year depending on financial need. More information is available on the  Science 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 ourendowed scholarship webpage.

El Sol Scholarship $5,000 per year, for Honors College students who demonstrate a commitment to serving Florida’s Latin American/Caribbean immigrant community. More information and application is  online.

-  Wilkes Honors College Scholarship Renewal Information (pdf)

-  Wilkes Honors College Tuition Waiver Information (pdf)

Additional scholarship information and resources:

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:

-  Nationally Competitive Scholarships

-  New major federal aid program for Pell-eligible students

-  Florida's Bright Futures Scholarship Programs

Need Based Aid

Applying 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 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 (ex. Jan 2, 2008-June 30, 2009 for the 2008-2009 school year)
Available online from  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.

For information about need-based aid -  Stacey Edens, Financial Aid Coordinator.

Updated 12/16/2008


Last Modified 10/13/14