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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, 81 percent of undergraduate students at UCF received some form of financial aid, and 57 percent graduated with no educational debt. Nationally, just 34 percent of students graduate debt-free. Kiplinger and Forbes consistently rank 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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2023-24 Annual
Cost of Attendance*

Florida Residents

Fee Name Rate
Tuition and Fees $5,944
Books $1,000
Housing $7,370
Food $4,700
Transportation $2,126
Personal Expenses $3,104
Total $24,244

Non-Florida Residents

Fee Name Rate
Tuition and Fees $20,969
Books $1,000
Housing $7,370
Food $4,700
Transportation $2,126
Personal Expenses $3,104
Total $39,269

*Estimated cost of attendance for undergraduate students, Fall and Spring 2023–2024, based on 28 credit hours.

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, submitting a complete application 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 more than 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: The Scholarship Priority Deadline for FTIC students is November 1. FTIC students should submit a complete application for admission, including the application fee or waiver, SPARK Form and official SAT, ACT or CLT test scores by this date for priority scholarship consideration. Scholarship funding is limited. The Scholarship Committee reviews admitted FTIC students until all scholarship funding has been allocated. Scholarship funding for FTIC students 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 Scholarship Program 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 should contact the staff of The Scholars Program via email at or call 407-823-6179.

Learn more about the National Merit Scholar awards.

Transfer Scholarship Awards

Students who earn an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree from a Florida public community or state college and transfer to begin initial enrollment at UCF in the Fall semester are eligible to apply for a UCF Transfer Scholarship. To be considered, you must:

  • Apply for and be admitted to UCF for the Fall 2024 term by April 1, 2024.
  • Submit a Transfer Scholarship Application by April 15, 2024.
  • Transfer to UCF with an A.A. degree from a Florida public community or state college during the Fall 2024 semester.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 by the end of Fall 2023. Spring 2024 grades will not be included in the cumulative college GPA calculation as they will not be available prior to the scholarship application deadline.
  • Enroll at UCF full time (minimum of 12 credit hours) for the Fall 2024 semester.

Qualified applicants can receive the UCF Transfer Scholarship only once. Dual enrollment students earning an A.A. degree and a high school diploma at the same time are not eligible for this scholarship, however they may be considered for a UCF freshman scholarship based upon their academic credentials.

The 2024 Transfer Scholarship Application can be completed as a fillable PDF and saved electronically or printed and completed by hand. Applications must be submitted by email to For more information on this award, please review the application procedures and eligibility or contact the Scholarship Coordinator at

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 each year.

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. The Scholarship Priority Deadline for FTIC students is November 1.
  3. Apply for scholarships and awards through the A20 Scholarship Listing.
  4. Search for scholarships annually. Award availability may vary. Once you receive an award, find out if it’s renewable and follow the renewal guidelines.
  5. Learn as much as you can about as many awards as possible.
  6. 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. There are two waivers that the Office of Undergraduate Admissions administers: the Florida Grandparent Waiver and the Florida High School Graduate Out-of-State Tuition Waiver. Refer to the Forms Website to download these waivers and review requirements and instructions.

Please check with the Office of Student Financial Assistance for information on eligibility and requirements for other waivers. Information on other benefits is available through UCF Student Account Services or the UCF Office of Military and Veteran Student Success.

Please Note: Waivers awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions may not be combined with other admissions merit-based scholarships.

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
College of Undergraduate Studies 407-823-2373
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