It is always a good idea to get the actual breakdown of all college costs whenever possible. Encourage your students and their parents to be proactive and to know what is included in the estimates that they are given.
The basic estimated costs at Florida State are for the 2014-2015 academic year (fall and spring) and do not include transportation and personal expenses.
Food (Meal Plan) 3
Health Insurance 4
1 The tuition and fee estimate is based on students taking fifteen semester hours each term. For additional tuition and payment information, click here.
2 For a complete listing of on-campus room-rental rates, click here.
3 For additional information on meal memberships, click here.
4 The cost represents the annual individual premium for domestic students. (The premium for international students is $2,009.) Cost of meeting this requirement is included in financial aid considerations. Students who currently have health insurance may show proof of comparable coverage and may not be required to purchase the University policy.
The Office of Admissions automatically considers accepted freshmen for academic merit-based scholarships. There is no separate application process. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit (combination of grades and test scores).
University Freshman Scholarship
- A $9,600 scholarship distributed over four years. Recipients are selected from the best freshman students admitted to the University based upon high school grades and test scores.
Tuition Reduction Scholarships
- Full Out-of-State Tuition Waiver
Awarded to a limited number of non-Florida freshmen based on academic merit. The total amount of this award is a 100% reduction (waiver) of the out-of-state portion of tuition (approximately $14,444 based on 30 semester hours for the academic year). The waiver amount is only applied toward tuition and does not include other fees, nor does it apply toward study-abroad programs.
- Partial Out-of-State Tuition Waiver
Awarded to a limited number of non-Florida freshmen based on academic merit or special talent. The total amount of this award is a 50% reduction (waiver) of the out-of-state portion of tuition (approximately $7,222 based on 30 semester hours for the academic year). The waiver amount is only applied toward tuition and does not include other fees, nor does it apply toward study-abroad programs.
Other Scholarships/Financial Assistance
To ensure the greatest likelihood of receiving financial support to attend Florida State University, your students should apply early for admission and financial aid. The Office of Financial Aid awards assistance each year to eligible students in the form of scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans. Additionally, Florida State has resources that can help your students find private sources of aid to attend college. In order to apply for need-based financial aid, applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the appropriate academic year. To begin researching scholarships, your students might start in their own school or community library. They should also check out local civic organizations and businesses to see if they currently offer any scholarships. Beyond the local level, they can search through several Internet scholarship search programs.
Below are other avenues they can consider when researching scholarship opportunities.
- Air Force, Army, and Navy ROTC Scholarships
The military offers various scholarship programs for students who are interested in attending college and serving their country through the Armed Forces. For more information, please call the Air Force (850.644.3461), the Army (850.644.1016), or the Navy (850.599.3989) for details.
- Athletic Scholarships
Available to men and women who represent the University in intercollegiate sporting events. It is highly recommended that the student's high school coach contact the Athletic Department at Florida State.
- Florida State Service Scholar Program
Renewable scholarships for entering freshman and returning students who have a distinguished record of community involvement and a desire to continue to learn through service. Refer to the Center for Leadership and Social Change website for more information.
- Talent Scholarships
Offered in the areas of Music, Dance, and Theatre to both freshmen and transfers. Consideration for these awards is based upon auditions. Additional information can be obtained directly from the individual academic departments.
- Southern Scholarship Foundation (SSF)
The Southern Scholarship Foundation was established to provide outstanding students needing financial assistance with an opportunity to obtain a college education. The Foundation provides rent-free housing to deserving students in a cooperative living environment. The SSF currently operates 14 scholarship houses at Florida State University. Additional information can be obtained from the SSF, 322 Stadium Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304, or by calling 850.222.3833.
- Florida's Bright Futures Scholarship Program
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program for Florida residents is the umbrella program for all state-funded scholarships based on academic achievement in high school. Applications and information regarding eligibility and renewal criteria for the various programs can be obtained from any Florida high school guidance office or by contacting the Florida Department of Education at 1.888.827.2004.
The Office of Financial Aid at Florida State exists to assist students with securing federal, state, and institutional financial aid to achieve their degree. Each year, they award and administer more than 350 million dollars in financial aid to eligible students. Students receive aid in the form of scholarships, grants, work study, and loans - funds that help them to focus on their education and complete their degree.
Here are some hints to make the financial aid process go smoothly for your students:
Apply early for:
- Financial Aid - The first day that your students can submit the FAFSA for the new academic year is January 1. (Summer applicants must submit an institutional summer form and a FAFSA for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.)
- Admission - Once the Office of Financial Aid has received financial aid data from the federal government, they can make an award — unless your student hasn't yet been admitted to the University.
The FAFSA is available online. The institution code for Florida State University is 001489.
Keep up with the paperwork! Once the FAFSA is processed by the government, your students will be sent a document called a Student Aid Report (SAR). It's important that they check their SAR for accuracy, because that's the data Florida State will use in determining their eligibility for need-based aid.
Much like our discussion of basic costs, it is important to compare financial aid packages very carefully. Remind your students and their parents to not be fooled by the package offering the most overall dollars. Instead, they should figure out their total out-of-pocket cost, including future loan repayments.