Undergraduate Costs 2016-2017
Estimated costs cover two semesters
(15 hours per semester)
Food (Meal Plan)2
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 $2,266.) 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 http://healthcenter.fsu.edu/insurance/ for additional information.
The Office of Admissions will automatically consider all accepted freshmen for our University Freshman Scholarship. A separate application is not required. Scholarships are competitive and awarded based on academic merit (combination of academic weighted grade point average AND test scores). The award is $2,400 per year distributed over four years, for a total of $9,600. Scholarship funds are limited, so students are encouraged to apply for admission by October 19 to be admitted in December for priority consideration. Scholarship awards will be made in December and continue until all available funds are exhausted.
Accepted freshmen that have received the University Freshman Scholarship are also eligible to apply for the Presidential Scholars Program. The Program application deadline is January 25, 2017. Students selected to be Presidential Scholars will receive the $2,400 per year University Freshman Scholarship plus a separate $2,400 Presidential Scholarship for a total of $4,800 per year ($19,200 over four years). An additional $12,000 will be granted for educational enrichment opportunities. The total value of this scholarship is $31,200 over four years. Out-of-state applicants will also receive a full out-of-state tuition waiver. Detailed information about this scholarship can be found here.
This prestigious scholarship is available to National Merit Finalists that are Florida residents graduating with a standard high school diploma or the equivalent in Florida. This award equals the institutional cost of attendance (minus the sum of Bright Futures and the National Merit scholarship). The total value of this scholarship is over $80,000 over four years and guarantees admission into FSU's University Honors Program. Detailed information about this scholarship can be found here.
This scholarship is available to non-Florida residents listing FSU as their first choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The award includes a waiver of the out-of-state portion of tuition cost, the $9,600 University Freshman Scholarship, and any National Merit Scholarship. The total value of this scholarship is over $69,000 over four years and guarantees admission into FSU's University Honors Program.
Accepted out-of-state freshmen will be automatically considered for Out-of-State Waivers/Scholarships. A separate application is not required. Waivers/Scholarships are competitive and awarded based on academic merit (combination of academic weighted grade point average AND test scores).
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.
Q: How can I apply for a scholarship?
All accepted applicants are automatically considered for the Office of Admissions' merit-based academic scholarships. Students who are awarded the University Freshman Scholarship may apply for the Presidential Scholars Program.
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.
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, dining, 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.
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:
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.