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Grandparent Tuition Waiver

In 2021, the Florida Legislature amended Section 1009.26, Florida Statutes, to create the Grandparent Waiver. Out-of-state first-year students admitted for the summer or fall semester whose grandparent(s) currently reside in Florida, may be eligible for a tuition and fee waiver of the out-of-state tuition costs up to 110% of total degree hours. Florida State University has been allocated a small number of Grandparent Waivers for first-year students. Eligible recipients will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis as determined by the date the student submitted all necessary documentation. The awards are renewable until graduation with continuous full-time enrollment.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • The student must have a grandparent who has a legal relationship to the student's parent as the natural parent, adopted parent, or legal guardian of the student's parent.
  • The grandparent must be a legal resident of Florida as defined in Florida Statue Section 1009.21.
  • Apply as a first-year student to be a full-time undergraduate student for the summer or fall term immediately following high school graduation.
  • Have a minimum 1340 total SAT score or 29 ACT composite score (no lower than the 89th national percentile).

Upon submitting the Grandparent Waiver Request Form, the following documentation will be requested via your Application Status Check:

  • Complete the Grandparent Waiver Verification Form to show the grandparent is a legal resident of Florida.
  • Documentation evidencing student has met the minimum test score requirement. (Official or self-reported test scores).
Your request cannot be processed until everything has been received.

Grandparent Waiver Request Form

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Policies for the Grandparent Waiver are maintained by the Board of Governors of the State University System.