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We answer questions about methods of payment, waivers, tuition, when and how to apply for scholarships, Bright Futures, where to research scholarships, tips and techniques and more.

No, there are not fixed criteria for UCF scholarships. A variety of factors, but especially high school academic performance, ACT or SAT results, application timing, leadership and extracurricular involvement, play a role in awarding scholarship offers.

Undergraduate Admissions can only offer one scholarship to any one student. Typically, we will offer you the highest award for which you qualify.

Yes, UCF must receive the completed results of the FAFSA from scholarship recipients. Although our awards are strictly merit-based, UCF must account for all funds we release to students, and the FAFSA is used for that purpose. You do not risk losing an admissions scholarship if you do not demonstrate financial need.

Please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance for more information regarding the FAFSA and financial aid.

Yes, you must still submit the nonrefundable enrollment deposit even if you are offered or accept your scholarship.

Yes, we accept credit cards for tuition, as well as at locations across the campus. You can also use your UCF ID card, which also operates as a bank card. Please visit the UCF Card Services website for more information about the UCF Card.

There are a number of waivers the university offers that may apply to you. Please check with the Office of Student Accounts for information on eligibility and requirements for these waivers.

A strong academic record in high school and a competitive ACT or SAT score are factors in choosing scholarship recipients, but timing is key. Applying early means there are more scholarship opportunities available to you, so apply during your senior year from September to December.

We also value leadership, extracurricular activities and community service, but no single factor guarantees or excludes you from getting a scholarship. We consider each applicant on an individual basis.

Your scholarship may be combined with other non-Undergraduate Admissions awards including Florida Bright Futures, Florida Pre-Paid, private scholarships and need-based assistance. Scholarship funds will first be applied toward the balance of your tuition and fees. If any funds remain after your student account is paid, they will be applied to any outstanding university debts. Once your student account is cleared, any remaining funds will be disbursed directly to you within the first two weeks of the beginning of each fall and spring semester. Excess funds may be received by mail or electronic funds transfer. You may make arrangements for direct deposit through Student Accounts.

Start by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to March 1 of your senior year in high school — you can apply online at fafsa.ed.gov.

Not sure if you qualify? Still apply, as you could receive financial assistance that is not need-based.

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You have 30 days from the receipt of your scholarship award letter to accept, decline or extend the offer to May 1. Your desired action is made through your myUCF account.

Undergraduate Admissions begins reviewing prospective freshmen for scholarships early in the fall, typically by the first week of October and every two weeks thereafter while funds are available. Potential recipients will likely learn of their awards within two to three weeks after being admitted to UCF.

The easiest way to pay is online through myUCF. You can also obtain an invoice/class schedule from your college advising office or the registrar’s office. We do not mail invoices.

Information regarding international payments can be found by visiting UCF Student Account Services.

UCF provides various types of financial assistance to our students. For more specific information, visit our Office of Student Financial Assistance website.

Yes, you must still accept your scholarship through your myUCF account even if you have submitted your Enrollment Deposit.

This is not classification as a Florida resident for tuition purposes, but a waiver for which eligible students can apply. The student will still be classified as a nonresident for tuition purposes.

Florida high school graduates who do not meet requirements for Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes, but who do meet the following conditions, are eligible for a waiver of out-of-state tuition and fees as dictated by F.S. 1009.26(12)(a):

  1. Attended a secondary school in this state for three consecutive years immediately before graduating from a high school in this state;
  2. Apply for enrollment in an institution of higher education within 24 months after high school graduation; and
  3. Submit an official Florida high school transcript as evidence of attendance and graduation.

The waiver is applicable for 110 percent of the required credit hours of the degree or certificate program for which the student is enrolled.

A student who is granted an out-of-state fee waiver under this subsection is not eligible for state financial aid, which includes Bright Futures.

NOTE: Eligible students must apply for this waiver by the first day of classes.

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Your Scholars designation will need to be confirmed with the director of the Scholar’s program, after which you will be evaluated for the award with the greatest value.

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UCF offers merit-based awards for incoming freshmen and transfer students. All first-year students are automatically considered for a merit-based scholarship. There is a scholarship application process for transfer students. Scholarships are offered to students who meet academic performance criteria.

Academic departments also offer scholarships — contact the department of your intended major for more information, as they are separate from the admissions process.

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You will receive an official letter in the mail with details on your scholarship. You may also check your status on myUCF.

No, accepting your scholarship does not obligate you to attend UCF. You have until May 1 to submit your enrollment deposit, which lets us know you will be attending. If you are unsure of your final decision at the time your scholarship is awarded, please choose the “Extend” option, which gives you until May 1 to accept your award.

You may accept your scholarship through myUCF. Instructions on accepting your award will be included with your official award letter.

You will have until May 1 to make a final scholarship decision if you request an extension.

Your scholarship does not apply to the first summer semester at UCF. However, students may request future summer semester scholarship disbursements from the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

No, you must begin your enrollment at UCF no later than the fall semester for which the scholarship was awarded.

Yes, you may still receive a UCF scholarship. Note that UCF cannot award funds in excess of a student’s cost of attendance. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance for more information.

If you are still evaluating your college options, please request an extension on your scholarship offer. An extension lasts until May 1.

Visit our Cost & Aid page or the current fee schedule for estimated cost of attendance.

Given that we begin awarding scholarships early in the year, there is no guarantee that UCF will be able to offer awards based upon new information. Please contact the Scholarship Coordinator.


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International students studying in the United States on an F1 or F2 student visa, a J1 or J2 exchange visitor visa or a G series visa are not eligible for federal student aid. Information on financial assistance available to international students can be obtained by visiting the UCF Office of Student Financial Assistance.

You can request to have the $30 application fee waived on the basis of financial hardship by submitting
a written request AND one of the following items:

  • An SAT, ACT or NACAC fee waiver form from your high school guidance office
  • Documentation from your high school showing your eligibility for a free or reduced lunch
  • Your family’s most recent tax return

These documents may be submitted to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 160111
Orlando, FL 32816-0111

For faster processing, requests to waive the $30 application fee may be submitted via email to uaoperations@ucf.edu. Please include the student’s name and DOB with any emailed request. If a Social Security Number (SSN) appears on the waiver request, please black out all but the last four digits for security purposes.

There is no separate application for UCF scholarships. All freshman applicants offered admission are considered for these awards so long as funds are available.

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Your residency classification is based upon information from your application — documentation of your Florida residency may be required. If you have already attended UCF as an undergraduate student and wish to reclassify your residency for tuition purposes, please visit the registrar’s office website for information on residency reclassification.

Yes. The Florida Board of Governors requires all students who enter a Florida public university with less than 60 semester hours to complete at least nine semester hours prior to graduation by attending one or more summer sessions. University presidents or their designees may waive the application of this regulation in cases of unusual hardship to the individual.

Freshman Application Deadlines
Fall: May 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1

Transfer Application Deadlines:

Fall: July 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1

All International Application Deadlines
Fall: March 1
Spring: September 1
Summer: January 1

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You can apply up to one year prior to the term for which you plan to enroll. Freshmen should apply between September and December of their senior year in high school.

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