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Freshman Finances

For some, the hardest part of going to college is determining how to pay for it. We are committed to providing you with the best financial aid package possible to enable you to enroll. The key to all need-based aid is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. We encourage you to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1.


Undergraduate Costs 2015-2016

Estimated costs cover two semesters
(15 hours per semester)

Florida Residents
Non-Florida Residents
$ 6,507
$ 21,673
$ 6,480
$ 6,480
Food (Meal Plan)2
$ 4,196
$ 4,196
$ 1,000
$ 1,000
$ 18,183
$ 33,349
Health Insurance3
$ 1,990
$ 1,990
$ 20,173
$ 35,339

1 Click here for rental rates by residence hall.

2 Click here for the various meal plan options and the associated costs.

3 FSU has a mandatory health insurance policy for new students admitted to the University. The cost represents the annual individual premium for domestic students. (The premium for international students is $2,150.) Costs of meeting this requirement will be 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. Refer to for additional information.


The Office of Admissions automatically considers accepted freshmen for academic merit-based scholarships. A separate application is not required. 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.

Presidential Scholars

The premier undergraduate merit scholarship program at Florida State University. Students selected to be Presidential Scholars will receive the $2,400 University Freshman Scholarship, along with an additional $2,400 for a total of $4,800 per year for four years. Out-of-state applicants will also receive a full out-of-state tuition waiver. An additional $12,000 will be granted for educational enrichment opportunities. To learn more about this program, click here.

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.

Freshman Scholarships FAQ

Q: How can I apply for a scholarship?
All accepted applicants are automatically considered for an academic scholarship. A scholarship application is not necessary.

Q: How much money is awarded for a University Freshman Scholarship?
The University Freshman Scholarship is $9,600; $1,200 per semester for eight semesters.

Q: The scholarship requires that I take a minimum of 12 hours each term, and that I complete at least 30 total hours each academic year (fall and spring). How is that possible?
To meet the hour requirement, you must be a full-time student each fall and spring term while taking any combination of hours to equal 30 total hours (e.g., 15 + 15, 16 + 14, 12 + 18, etc.)

Q: I have received a merit-based scholarship from FSU. How does that affect my Bright Futures?
An admission scholarship is in addition to any other scholarship(s) you may be receiving.

Q: What can I use my scholarship for?
The admission scholarship may be used to pay any expenses you have at FSU (tuition, housing, meals, books, etc.). If you have excess funding for a particular term because of financial aid, Bright Futures, your admission scholarship, etc., the balance will be directly deposited in your bank account.

Q: When will my scholarship be disbursed?
Disbursement of admission scholarship funds occurs up to 10 days prior to the start of each academic term.

Q: How is my scholarship disbursed?
Your scholarship is first used to pay for any outstanding accounts you have at FSU. If you have excess funding, the balance will be directly deposited in your bank account.

Q: Do I need a bank account in order to receive my scholarship?
No, but in order to receive any excess funds, you will need to have a bank account.

To ensure the greatest likelihood of receiving financial support to attend Florida State University, you 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 you 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, you might start in your own school or community library or with your guidance counselor at your present school. Check out local civic organizations and businesses to see if they currently offer any scholarships. Beyond the local level, you can search through several Internet scholarship search programs.

Below are other avenues to consider when researching scholarship opportunities at Florida State University.

  • 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.

Financial Aid

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:

Apply Early For:

  • Financial Aid - The first day that you can submit the FAFSA for the new academic year is January 1. (Summer applicants must submit a FAFSA for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.) The FAFSA is available online. The institution code for Florida State University is 001489.
  • Admission - Once the Office of Financial Aid has received financial aid data from the federal government, they can make an award — unless you haven't yet been admitted to the University.

Keep up with the paperwork!

Once the FAFSA is processed by the government, you will be sent a document called a Student Aid Report (SAR). It's important that you check your SAR for accuracy, because that's the data Florida State will use in determining your eligibility for need-based aid.