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.
Are there fixed criteria for UCF scholarships?
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.
Are undocumented students eligible for financial aid?
Undocumented students studying in the United States are not eligible for federal student aid. Information on financial assistance available to undocumented students can be obtained by visiting our Office of Student Financial Assistance website.
Can I qualify for in-state tuition if I have DACA?
Undocumented students, with or without DACA, can be eligible for in-state tuition if they meet the requirements stated in Florida Statute F.S. 1009.26. These requirements include:
- Attend a secondary school in this state for 3 consecutive years immediately before graduating from a high school in this state;
- Apply for enrollment in an institution of higher education within 24 months after high school graduation;
- Submit an official hard copy Florida high school transcript as evidence of attendance and graduation.
Can I receive more than one scholarship from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions?
Undergraduate Admissions can only offer one scholarship to any one student. Typically, we will offer you the highest award for which you qualify.
Do I have to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to receive a UCF scholarship?
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.
Do I still need to pay the nonrefundable enrollment deposit if I am offered or accept my scholarship?
Yes, you must still submit the nonrefundable enrollment deposit even if you are offered or accept your scholarship.
Does UCF accept credit cards?
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.
Does UCF offer any out-of-state waivers?
How can I apply for the grandparent tuition waiver?
Known as the “grandparent tuition waiver,” out-of-state students who earn a designated SAT or ACT score and meet other requirements may be eligible to have UCF’s out-of-state tuition fees waived if they have a grandparent who legally resides in Florida.
The waiver would apply to 110% of a degree program’s required credit hours. Waivers awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, including the Grandparent Waiver, may not be combined with other admissions merit-based scholarships.
The Grandparent Waiver Instructions and Application form is available on the Forms Page.
NOTE: Recipients of the Grandparent Waiver must submit a $200 Enrollment Deposit by the May 1 deposit deadline. Since UCF has a limited number of waivers to award, students who do not submit a $200 Enrollment Deposit by the deadline may have their Grandparent Waiver revoked.
How can I improve my chances of receiving a scholarship?
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.
How can my scholarship be used?
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.
How do I apply for financial aid?
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.Go To Student Financial Assistance
How do I learn more about the National Merit or National Recognition Program awards offered through UCF?
How do I submit residency documents to Undergraduate Admissions?
How long do I have to take action on my scholarship?
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.
How long does it take to find out if I’ve been offered a UCF scholarship?
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.
How will UCF bill me for tuition and fees?
The easiest way to pay your tuition and fees is online through myUCF. You can also obtain an invoice/class schedule from your college advising office or the registrar’s office. UCF does not mail invoices.
Information regarding international payments can be found by visiting UCF Student Account Services.
I have submitted my nonrefundable Enrollment Deposit. Will I still need to accept my scholarship?
Yes. If you have been awarded a merit scholarship, you must accept your award even if you have submitted your Enrollment Deposit. Instructions for accepting your award will be provided by email and written correspondence.
I've been asked to submit a copy of my SSN to UCF. Why?
If you receive a request for a copy of your Social Security Card, it means that UCF has a blank or invalid Social Security Number (SSN) on file for you. Not having a valid SSN on file will prevent you from having aid awarded through Florida Bright Futures and/or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Additionally, a valid SSN is required to process certain third party payments, such as Florida Prepaid.
You may upload a copy of your Social Security Card through our secure Qualtrics portal at https://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_daIPksdbz2j64mN. Once received, your student record will be updated within 15 business days.
I've heard about new legislation for an out-of-state waiver for tuition purposes for nonresident students graduating from Florida high schools. Does that mean I will qualify for residency for tuition purposes?
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):
- Attended a secondary school in this state for three consecutive years immediately before graduating from a high school in this state;
- Apply for enrollment in an institution of higher education within 24 months after high school graduation; and
- 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.Apply for Waiver
What if I have been designated as a National Merit or National Hispanic Scholar and already have a Pegasus Scholarship?
What scholarships does UCF offer? How can I apply?
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.Learn More About Scholarships
I am a student who has been impacted by Hurricane Maria. What are my options?
During fall 2018, the UCF Board of Trustees extended the initial waiver for out-of-state tuition and fees through summer 2023 for residents of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who were enrolled by spring 2019 in any Florida public institution and maintain continuous enrollment*.
*Continuous enrollment means that you do not sit out for 2 major consecutive semesters (ex. fall/spring or spring/fall.)View the Waiver Request for Hurricane Maria Relief Efforts
If I accept my scholarship, am I obligated to attend UCF?
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.
If I select the scholarship extension, when must I make a final decision?
You will have until May 1 to make a final scholarship decision if you request an extension.
Can I receive my scholarship if I attend another college or university and later transfer to UCF?
No, you must begin your enrollment at UCF no later than the fall semester for which the scholarship was awarded.
I am not ready to make my final college selection. Should I still accept my scholarship offer?
If you are still evaluating your college options, please request an extension on your scholarship offer. An extension lasts until May 1.
How much does it cost to attend UCF?
I have already received a scholarship offer from UCF, but I have improved my grades and/or ACT/SAT. Will UCF automatically review me for a scholarship upgrade?
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.
How will I find out if I’ve been offered a UCF scholarship?
You will receive an official letter in the mail with details on your scholarship. You may also check your status on myUCF.
I am receiving scholarships from other sources (Bright Futures, private funds, other awards, etc.). Can I still receive a UCF scholarship?
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.
Can I use my scholarship for summer semesters?
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.
Are international students eligible for financial aid?
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.
How can I qualify for a waiver of the application fee?
Your $30 application fee can be waived on the basis of financial hardship by uploading one of the following items within your application at the time of submission:
- An SAT, ACT, SCOIR 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
If a Social Security Number (SSN) appears on the waiver request, please black out all but the last four digits for security purposes.
How do high school seniors apply for UCF scholarships?
How do I obtain/verify Florida residency for tuition purposes?
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.
Is there a mandatory summer enrollment requirement at UCF?
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.
When is the application deadline?
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
When is the best time to apply for admission?
You can apply up to one year prior to the term for which you plan to enroll. Freshmen should apply early (between September and December of their senior year in high school) for maximum consideration in the admission and scholarship review process.Apply Today