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We believe a college education should provide lifelong benefits — not lifelong debt. From scholarships and grants to student loans, there are many ways to pay for college. We’re here to guide you every step of the way.


Last year, 72 percent of undergraduate students at UCF received some form of financial aid, and 44 percent graduated with no educational debt. Nationally, only 34 percent of students graduate debt-free. Kiplinger consistently ranks a UCF education among the nation’s best values.

Financial Aid

The combination of financial aid plus scholarship funds can have a profound impact on your future success in and after college. Whether you’re interested in learning about scholarships, loans or personal finance, The Office of Student Financial Assistance has all the information you need.

Residency for Tuition Purposes

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions makes initial residency determinations for new incoming undergraduate applicants. For specific information regarding the state of Florida requirements for residency determination for tuition purposes, please refer to the Florida Board of Governors website.

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Estimated 2020-21 
Annual Cost*

Florida Resident Costs

Fee Name Rate
Tuition and Fees $6,379
Room and Board $10,300
Books $1,200
Total $17,879

Non-Florida Resident Costs

Fee Name Rate
Tuition and Fees $22,478
Room and Board $10,300
Books $1,200
Total $33,978

*Based upon 30 credit hours, standard room and meal plan

Merit Scholarships

Seek out and apply for scholarships during your senior year of high school or during the months before you transfer to UCF from another college. Since funds are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to those who qualify, applying for admission to UCF early will improve your chances of being considered for a merit award, .

A2O, a scholarship application system, includes a comprehensive list of UCF scholarships available to students from individual colleges, departments and organizations. Complete a one-time application to be considered for over 100 different scholarships.

Additional online scholarships can be found through search engines such as Fastweb.

Additionally, UCF offers a variety of merit-based scholarships to incoming FTIC (first-time-in-college) students that are distributed over four years and range from:

  • $4,000 to $30,000 for Florida residents
  • $30,000 to $42,000 for non-Florida residents
  • NOTE: FTICs are encouraged to apply for admission to UCF between September and November of their senior year for priority scholarship consideration. Scholarship funding is limited. The Scholarship Committee reviews admitted FTICs until all scholarship funding has been allocated. Scholarship funding for FTICs is usually exhausted by mid-January for the incoming summer and fall classes.

Here are some awards we have available:

Freshman Pegasus Awards

If you’re applying as a high school student for the summer or fall semester, you will automatically be considered for a UCF Pegasus Scholarship or another admission award. The selection process is competitive, as fewer than 25 percent of our students receive an offer. If we offer you a scholarship, we will contact you by mail and through your application portal.

Learn more about the Pegasus awards

Please note that our merit scholarship review process is not concurrent with offers of admission.

Freshman Provost Award

One of our most prestigious scholarships, the Provost Award is offered to Florida residents with outstanding academic credentials. High school seniors applying as incoming freshmen for the summer or fall semester will be considered for this award. Awarded to less than 10 percent of the entering freshman class, this award also includes priority consideration for admission to The Burnett Honors College upon completion of the Honors application.

Learn more about Freshman Provost award.

Please note that our merit scholarship review process is not concurrent with offers of admission.

National Merit and National Hispanic Awards

UCF is ranked among the top 30 colleges in the nation — 13th among public universities — and second in Florida for its number of enrolled National Merit Scholars. Our top-notch academic programs, competitive scholarship packages and exciting location attract some of the most talented and accomplished students from across the nation.

Students designated as a National Merit Scholar or National Hispanic Scholar should contact the staff of The Scholars Program via email at [email protected] or call 407-823-6179.

Learn more about the National Merit Scholar awards. Learn more about the National Hispanic Scholar awards.

Transfer Scholarship Awards

Students earning an A.A. degree from a Florida public community or state college and transferring to UCF for the fall semester are eligible to apply for the UCF Transfer Scholarship. Applications are available here starting in mid-January through the scholarship application deadline in mid-April each year.

  • The 2021 UCF Transfer Scholarship Application is now closed.

For more information on this award, contact the Scholarship Coordinator at [email protected].

View other types of financial aid.

All-Florida Academic Team Scholarship (AFAT)

UCF offers an AFAT award depending on a student’s designation as determined by the Florida Department of Education and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) each year.

Consideration for the AFAT award is currently closed.

  • For more information on this award, contact the Scholarship Coordinator at [email protected]

Scholarship Tips

  1. Get started early. The application cycle for many of these awards begins one year or more in advance of college enrollment.
  2. Check deadlines and write down when notifications will be made.
  3. Confirm your residency status. Students with residency status for tuition purposes marked “Pending” will not be considered for merit scholarships.
  4. Apply for scholarships and awards through the A20 Scholarship Listing.
  5. Search for scholarships annually. Award availability may vary. Once you receive an award, find out if it’s renewable and follow the renewal guidelines.
  6. Learn as much as you can about as many awards as possible.
  7. Follow up. Keep copies of all correspondence.
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Out-of-State and Other
Tuition Waivers

There are a number of waivers that the university offers that may apply to you. Please check with the Office of Student Financial Assistance for information on eligibility and requirements for Out-of-State Waivers.

Information on other benefits is available through UCF Student Account Services or the UCF Veterans Academic Resource Center.

Please Note: Eligible students must apply for the out-of-state waiver by the first day of classes.

UCF Colleges and Departmental Scholarships

Many colleges and departments offer scholarships specific to an area of specialization to students. Listed below are links to the various colleges on campus with scholarship listings.

Colleges on campus with scholarship listings and their phone numbers
College/Department Phone Number
College of Business 407-823-2181
College of Arts and Humanities 407-823-2251
College of Community Innovation and Education 407-823-3723
The Burnett Honors College 407-823-2076
College of Engineering and Computer Science 407-823-2455
UCF Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving Scholarships 407-823-ALUM
College of Health Professions and Sciences 407-823-0171
Transfer and Transition Services 407-823-5959
Rosen College of Hospitality Management 407-903-8175
Multicultural Academic and Support Services 407-823-2716
College of Sciences 407-823-1997
Student Accessibility Services 407-823-2371
College of Nursing 407-823-2744
Global Perspectives 407-823-0688
UCF Abroad 407-823-2300
College of Graduate Studies 407-823-2766
CREOL, College of Optics and Photonics 407-823-6800