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Admissions Scholarships

Scholarships offered by the Office of Admissions are typically awarded at the time of acceptance as a first-year student. All accepted students are automatically considered for a scholarship. The scholarship criteria can vary from year-to-year depending on the quality of the incoming class and the funds available. Students will only receive one merit scholarship from the Office of Admissions but may be eligible for additional financial assistance by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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National Merit Finalist/Benacquisto Scholarship

This prestigious scholarship is available to National Merit Finalists that are graduating with a standard high school diploma. 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.

Presidential Scholars Program

Accepted freshmen that have received the University Freshman Scholarship, the Benacquisto Scholarship, or a Tuition Reduction Scholarship are also eligible to apply for the Presidential Scholars Program. 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.

University Freshman Scholarship

The Office of Admissions will automatically consider 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 December 1 to be admitted in February for priority consideration. Scholarship awards will be made in February and continue until all available funds are exhausted. Scholarship recipients must take a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher at Florida State.

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver Scholarship

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, valued at approximately $481 per semester hour ($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.

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: 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 balance you have at FSU. If you have excess funding, the remaining 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.

  • 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 888.827.2004.
  • 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.
  • 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 first-year 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.
  • Other Scholarships
    The Florida State University Office of Financial Aid website contains information on various types of scholarships.