Frequently Asked Questions

Financial Aid 101 FAQs

You can apply for financial aid online by completing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Add FAU’s school code (001481). Please make sure to include your housing plans on the FAFSA, since leaving this section blank could result in underfunding. You must complete a new FAFSA once every academic year.
In order to receive financial aid you must be enrolled at least half time (6 credits for undergraduate students, 5 credits for graduate students). This applies to grants and loans. IMPORTANT: To receive the full amount of your offered grant, you must enroll in at least 12 credits. If you enroll in less than 12 credits, your grant will be prorated.
Per Federal regulations, every student is assigned a cost of attendance, also known as a budget. You can think of your cost of attendance as the upper limit of the maximum amount of financial aid (including grants, scholarships and federal and private loans) that you may receive for the year. We are unable to award or certify any financial aid which exceeds a student’s cost of attendance. Your cost of attendance is determined by several factors, including your academic classification (undergraduate or graduate student), residency status, housing status, and enrollment status.
Enrolling less than full time will affect your “cost of attendance”, which may affect your financial aid offer. When you receive your financial aid award offer, it will be initially based on a full time enrollment status. After the semester’s drop/add period, we will automatically review your enrollment. If you are enrolled less than full time, your cost of attendance will be reduced. This may result in a reduction of your financial aid eligibility. IMPORTANT: Grants (such as Pell grant) are ALWAYS prorated (reduced) for less than full time enrollment! You must be enrolled in a minimum of half time credits in order to receive financial aid (6 credits for undergraduates, 5 credits for graduate students).
If you reported on FAFSA that you will be living with parents but you will actually be living on campus or in an off campus apartment not shared with your parents, you may submit a Housing Status Revision Request Form to our office. You must attach substantial legal documentation of your new housing status – for example, your signed lease to your new apartment in your name. Keep in mind that making an adjustment to your housing status (and cost of attendance) does not necessarily result in an increase in financial aid – it only increases your “ceiling” of the maximum amount of financial aid that we could potentially award.
If the federal processor requests that we verify some portion of your income information, you may be asked to submit a 2013 tax return transcript and any 2013 W2’s for yourself and your spouse (if married) or parents (if you are a dependent student). These documents should be mailed or brought in person to our office (Jupiter, Davie, or Boca) as soon as possible for processing. Click here for information on how to obtain your tax return transcript.
A new FAFSA becomes available on January 1st of each year. The 2014-2015 FAFSA will be available on January 1st, 2014. We recommend that you apply as early as possible - March 1st is our “priority deadline” for certain types of grants. However, you can complete your FAFSA at any time during the school year. If eligible, you will receive any aid to which you are entitled - regardless of when you completed your FAFSA.
You can complete the FAFSA before you file your taxes by indicating “Will File” on your application and entering estimates of your previous year’s income. After you have filed your taxes, you will have to go back to your FAFSA and change your status to “Already Filed,” correcting the information if necessary.
By completing the FAFSA, you have applied for grants and loans. Please keep in mind that although loans are a type of financial aid, they are still loans and must be repaid.
There are many scholarships available for students, and FAU offers many resources to help you in your search. All FAU scholarships are listed in an online, searchable database.
After completing your FAFSA, you will receive a SAR (Student Aid Report) which will contain estimates of your aid eligibility. After you have been awarded by FAU, an award notification will be emailed to you via your FAU email account. If you are a First-Time-In-College (FTIC) student, in addition, an email will be sent to the email used on your FAFSA. You will be instructed to log on to "Accept Your Award".
First, log into your MyFAU account, click on “Self Service,” and then click on “Financial Aid Status.” Here, you can check to see if you have unsatisfied requirements or if you have submitted documents which have not yet been reviewed. If you have been awarded, you will see a message stating the amount which you have been awarded and instructing you on how to accept your award. If you have questions, you may contact your financial aid counselor by e-mail. You may also contact the Boca, Jupiter, or Davie financial aid office directly.
Per Federal regulations, we are required to verify a portion of financial aid applications. Please be aware that we cannot award financial aid until all outstanding verification requirements have been satisfied.
Normally about four to six weeks; we may have to request additional documents after you complete your FAFSA. You should apply as early as possible. (January 1st through March 1st, prior to the following Fall term). Some program funds are limited and awarded on a "first come first served" basis.
Financial aid begins to disburse during the second and third weeks of classes. The aid will automatically apply towards your balance. After your tuition and fees are paid and your balance is zero, any leftover funds will be distributed to you as a “refund”.
Signing up for direct deposit will expedite receipt of funds for financial aid and all other refunds due from your student account. Effective January 2013, refunds checks will no longer be mailed; they will have to be picked up at the Controller's office on the Boca Raton campus.
In order to receive financial aid, you must meet the criteria for maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Generally, this means you must maintain a 2.0 minimum GPA (3.0 for Graduate students), complete at least 67% of your attempted credits, and not exceed 180 attempted credit hours.
The financial aid disbursement estimator is designed as a tool to help you determine what you need to pay the University and represents only an ESTIMATE of what financial aid may disburse based on your enrollment and award status. The Controller’s office handles all student account transactions. To check on the status of your account, please log on to MyFAU and click on FAU Self-Service link and then click on Student Services tab or link.
PLEASE NOTE: Students receive their account statements via their FAU E-mail address ONLY.
Federal regulations require your eligibility to be based on your income and that of your parents' unless you meet certain criteria. If you feel that you have exceptional circumstances, your parents are unwilling to provide their information for FAFSA purposes, or for more information on Dependent vs. Independent students, please contact your financial aid counselor.
You may access your Financial Aid information online. Click here for instructions on how to access this information. You may also email your financial aid counselor or visit the financial aid office in-person (at the Boca Raton, Davie, or Jupiter campus). Due to the Privacy Act, only general information can be given over the phone.
Speak with your Financial Aid Counselor and you may be able to submit a request for Professional Judgment to our office. The request for Professional Judgment and Checklist forms are available in the Office of Student Financial Aid. You will be asked to submit written documentation of the change. After a review, you may be awarded additional assistance.
Financial aid refunds do not begin to disburse until the second and third weeks of classes; disbursement of aid is a function of the Controller’s office. It is essential that you set aside personal funds to cover expenses incurred during the first few weeks of class. You may request a portion of your financial aid to be distributed to you early - an “advance” on your financial aid - if you meet all eligibility criteria.
NOTE: For students under 18 years of age, please download and submit the Parental Short Term Advance Application to the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Yes. However, summer financial aid is typically very limited. We highly recommend that if you receive a financial aid refund in the fall or spring terms and you plan on taking summer courses, you should save a portion of these funds to help pay your summer tuition.
On February 1st, you can complete the Summer Aid application online via Self-Service. Apply early! Some funds are limited and awarded on a first come, first served basis.
As long as you are degree seeking at FAU and the classes will be credited toward your FAU degree, you may be eligible to receive assistance. Contact the FAU Financial Aid Office to see what forms you must complete and for which programs you may qualify.

Scholarship FAQs

Custodial Scholarships:

The scholarship donor or recipient is responsible to provide a letter to the financial aid office with the student ID number, the amount of award, conditions and which term(s) the scholarship should be applied to. The scholarship amount will be posted on your award summary under MyFAU, Money Matter tab. Once the Financial Aid Office receives the check from the donor the funds will be deposited in the student’s FAU account.
When the paper work is received the custodial scholarship is placed on the system as “Offered”, if there is only one scholarship it will go on as EX1SCH. A notation will be posted naming the donor. When the check is received, it will then show as “Accepted”. If there is more than one custodial scholarship, subsequent scholarships will be added, each one using a different fund ID, ex. EX1SCH, EX2SCH.
Only the Financial Aid Office can accept scholarship on the system. The scholarship will be accepted as soon as the check is received from the donor.
If the student comes in a different term than originally planned, the check will be returned to the donor.  We are not permitted to retain funds beyond the one term.  The student will need to contact the donor to make arrangements regarding reissuing the scholarship check.
We encourage all students to make a copy of the scholarship criteria letter received by the donor prior to submitting it to the financial aid office. Students may also check with Carla Martens, Financial Aid & Scholarship Specialist. She will need to pull the paperwork and check the scholarship criteria in question.

Institutional Scholarships:

Departmental/College Scholarships:

If it has not been posted to the system, we have not received the scholarship paperwork.
Departmental and Foundation scholarships have varying criteria, and the student would need to check with their department.   

Recruitment Scholarships:

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions also awards scholarships for fall and spring terms to incoming students upon being admitted to the university. Students must fill out the Freshman/Transfer Online Application for scholarships by the indicated deadlines prior to their first semester at FAU. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and financial need. Please see the link below to apply. http://www.fau.edu/admissions/scholarships-all.php
If it is one of the major institutional scholarships, they all require F/T enrollment in order to be paid. TEAA is the only exception and it requires a minimum of 6 credits at FAU.  (Exceptions can be made for various circumstances). Any exceptions would require that the student file a scholarship appeal.

General Scholarships:

No, you should read each scholarship and only apply to the ones for which you feel you are qualified. Applying to every listed scholarship makes the scholarship committees question your effort and credibility.
Yes, but only apply to those that reflect your qualifications.
The student can file a scholarship Reinstatement/Appeal Form (available under www.fau.edu/finaid, “Forms to Download”), explaining the extenuating circumstances, and attach any documentation to support claim, as well as an unofficial transcript. Allow two weeks for a response.
The student would need to complete the scholarship Reinstatement/Appeal form, requesting the scholarship for the summer term, and attach an unofficial transcript. The request would be evaluated, after the spring grades are posted.  The student must be in compliance with the scholarship criteria, ie: FAU cumulative GPA and completed credits.  Only the following scholarships are available for the summer term:
  • Community College Honors / Phi Theta Kappa  (CCHPTK)
  • Community College Scholars / All Florida Academica Team (CCSSCH)
  • Transfer Educational Achievement Award  (TEASCH)
YES.  Only FAU credits are recognized for FAU Scholarships.                                

Loan FAQs

To apply for a Direct loan, simply complete your FAFSA. We will offer you the maximum amount of subsidized and/or unsubsidized Direct loans for which you are eligible. To apply for a Parent PLUS loan or a Graduate PLUS loan, visit studentloans.gov. If you are applying for a private or alternative loan (through a bank), you will need to contact potential lenders on your own - we are not permitted to recommend specific private lenders.
You must be enrolled half-time to receive a Direct loan. For undergraduates, this is 6 credit hours. For graduate students, half time is 5 credits during FALL & SPRING semesters and 3 credits during the SUMMER semester.
A Direct Subsidized loan will not accumulate interest until you graduate or drop below half time status; it is considered “subsidized” because the government pays the interest on it while you are in school. A Direct Unsubsidized loan will start to accumulate interest right away. You should always exhaust your subsidized loan availability before accepting an unsubsidized loan.
First, you must accept your award on your MyFAU. Next, you will need to complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) as well as Entrance Counseling. Both the Direct Loan Master Promissory Note and Direct Loan Entrance Counseling requirements may be satisfied online at www.studentloans.gov. Entrance Counseling is a tutorial that will explain to you the terms of your loans, such as interest rates and repayment options. Your Master Promissory Note is your guarantee that you will repay your loan.
You can submit a Direct Loan Revision Request form (found on the Forms page) to request an increase or decrease of your loan.
If you are a dependent student, you can ask your parent to go to studentloans.gov and apply for a Parent Plus loan. If approved, you will receive additional loan money. If denied, you may submit a Direct Loan Revision Request Form to request additional unsubsidized loan funds.
NOTE: If you are a graduate student, you may go to studentloans.gov and apply for a Graduate PLUS loan.

Grant FAQs

A grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. However, under certain circumstances, (if you withdraw from classes, for example), you may be billed back a grant which has already disbursed.
When you complete your FAFSA, the federal processor determines your eligibility using a number of factors. Basically, your FAFSA calculates whether or not you are eligible for grants. If you are eligible for Pell grant, your FAFSA also determines the amount of funding you receive.
The pell grant is not awarded for the summer terms; however, you may be able to receive Pell grant funds over the summer if you are eligible and did not use all of the funds you were offered in the fall and spring terms. You may also be able to receive summer financial aid by completing the Summer Aid Application on February 1st.
In order to receive the full amount of Pell grant for which you are eligible, you must be enrolled in 12 credits by the end of the add/drop period. If you enroll in 9 to 11 credits, you will receive 75% of the pell grant for which you are eligible. If you enroll in 6 to 8 credits, you will receive 50% of the pell grant for which you are eligible. You must be enrolled at least half-time to receive financial aid, including grants. Grants are always prorated based on the number of credits for which you are enrolled at the end of the add/drop period.
If a student who has been awarded a grant adds a class after the drop/add deadline, the grant award will NOT increase due to late enrollment. The student will be awarded for the number of credits enrolled at the end of the drop/add period.
No - the FAFSA covers all state, institutional, and federal grants. You should complete your FAFSA early (before March 1), since some grants are distributed on a first come, first served basis.
The Pell grant is considered an “entitlement” grant - meaning that, if eligible and maintaining all necessary criteria, you will be awarded the Pell grant. Other grants (First Generation Grant, FSAG) are not entitlement grants and are very limited. Unfortunately, this means that many students are technically eligible for these additional grants but do not receive them. Some of these grants are distributed on a first come, first served basis - that is why you should be sure to complete your FAFSA as early as possible.

Parent FAQs

“FERPA” stands for “Family Education Rights and Privacy Act”. The FERPA is a federal law which is designed to protect the student’s educational records. Per the FERPA, we cannot disclose a student's financial aid information to anyone other than the student - unless he or she has given written permission for us to do so with a FERPA release form, submitted to the Registrar’s Office. The FERPA applies to the student as soon as he or she is admitted to FAU, regardless of age or dependency status.
Students can directly access their information by logging into MyFAU and clicking on “Self Service,” then “Financial Aid Status.” You should encourage your child to monitor this information herself in order to gain experience with financial aid planning and processing. Before contacting our office directly, keep in mind you may only inquire about your child’s financial aid if he or she has completed a FERPA release form authorizing us to give you such information. You may email your student’s financial aid counselor or call or visit in person at the Boca, Jupiter, or Davie financial aid office. Be sure that you have your child’s z number.
No. Only the student may request changes in type of award or amount of award. College is a setting where students begin to make their own decisions. Therefore, parents are encouraged to let their child understand and experience the many challenges of budgeting, time management, and financial aid processing. We urge the student to contact our office herself with any questions or concerns, in order to build greater involvement and financial literacy.
Contact your child’s financial aid counselor and explain your situation - you may be eligible to request Professional Judgment. Include your child’s z number in any e-mails and make sure that he or she has submitted a FERPA form.
PLUS Loans require a completed FAFSA by students, while Alternative Loans do not. Please refer to Financial Aid - PLUS Loan Information and Financial Aid - Alternative Student Loans for more details.
Yes. If you are denied a Parent PLUS loan, your child may submit a Direct Loan Revision Request Form to our office in order to request additional unsubsidized Direct loan funds.
The Federal Work-Study Program is a federally-funded program for eligible students who demonstrate financial need. Students will be required to complete a FAFSA application. For more details please refer to Financial Aid - Student Employment and click on Need Based Employment .
Yes. If you are denied a Parent PLUS loan, your child may submit a Direct Loan Revision Request Form to our office in order to request additional unsubsidized Direct loan funds.
First, complete your FAFSA - if eligible, the student will be offered Direct Loans. These are federal loans in the student’s name and are not credit based. If you would like to request additional funds, you can visit studentloans.gov and request a Parent PLUS loan. This is a credit based loan which is in the Parent’s name. If approved, you may receive additional funds - if you are denied, your child may submit a Direct Loan Revision Request form to request additional Direct Loan funds. You may seek private or alternative loan funding on your own; however, we are not permitted to recommend potential lenders. We recommend that you exhaust your federal loan options before pursuing a private loan.
The FAFSA covers all state, institutional, and federal grants. By completing your FAFSA, you have already applied for them all! You should complete your FAFSA early (before March 1), since some grants are distributed on a first come, first served basis.
The Pell grant is considered an “entitlement” grant - meaning that, if eligible and maintaining all necessary criteria, the student will be awarded the Pell grant. Other grants (First Generation Grant, FSAG) are not entitlement grants and are very limited. Unfortunately, this means that many students are technically eligible for these additional grants but do not receive them. Some of these grants are distributed on a first come, first served basis - that is why you should be sure to complete your FAFSA as early as possible.
There are many scholarships available for students, and FAU offers many resources to help you in your search. All FAU scholarships are listed in an online, searchable database.
As long as your son/daughter is degree seeking and enrolled in at least 6 credit hours at FAU, then classes may be credited toward an FAU degree and your son/daughter may be eligible to receive assistance. Students are not eligible to receive financial aid at more than one institution for any one term. Therefore, you must apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA application at the institution where you are degree-seeking, referred to as your home institution. Additional forms are required, please refer to Financial Aid Policies - Concurrent Enrollment page.
Financial aid regulations require that students maintain satisfactory academic progress. Generally, this means that students must maintain a 2.0 GPA (3.0 for graduate students) and successfully complete 67% of their attempted classes. If they do not, they may be placed on probation or denied future assistance. Please refer to Financial Aid Policies/Rules & Regulations - Academic Progress page.
It is essential that the student set aside personal funds to cover expenses incurred during the first few weeks of class, since financial aid refunds do not begin to disburse until the second and third weeks of classes. Your child may request a portion of her financial aid to be disbursed early - an “advance” on her financial aid - if she meets all eligibility criteria. Funds will be directly deposited into the student’s bank account. FAU Short Term Advance Applications are available between two weeks BEFORE the start of classes until two weeks PRIOR to the end of classes of each semester. Click here for more information about the Short Term Advance.
Every student is sent a monthly bill via their FAU email for tuition, fees and other charges. This statement reflects all payments received through the statement date. If you are certain you have financial aid that exceeds your tuition and fees plus any other amounts due to the University, you can disregard this bill. For questions regarding your Billing Statements, please go to the Controller's Office FAQs webpage .
Internet calculators are available for you to estimate college costs, loan payments, financial aid payment estimations, or graduated student loan repayment. Please refer to our FAU Financial Aid Disbursement Estimator .

Graduate Students FAQs

Graduate students are generally eligible for Unsubsidized Direct Loans. For graduate students, Unsubsidized Direct Loans have an annual limit of $20,500. To apply, visit FAFSA.gov and add FAU’s school code (001481).

Graduate students may also be eligible for Perkins loans and FAU Graduate Grant. These funds are limited and awarded on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to complete your FAFSA early (prior to our March 1st priority deadline).

Additionally, graduate students may be eligible for tuition waivers, federal work study, scholarships, and fellowships.

Graduate students are not eligible for federal (Pell) and state grants. There is institutional grant money available (FAU Graduate Grant) – however, this funding is extremely limited. To be considered, you must demonstrate financial need and complete your FAFSA early (before March 1st of every year).
Before your Direct Unsubsidized Loan can disburse, you must visit studentloans.gov and complete Entrance Counseling. This is an online tutorial which will explain in detail the terms of the loan (such as interest rates and repayment options).

Click here for additional information including interest rates, borrowing limits, and how and when your loan will be repaid.

If you have been awarded a Direct Unsubsidized Loan from FAFSA but would like additional loan funding, you may apply for a Graduate PLUS loan at studentloans.gov. This is a credit-based federal loan. You may also pursue a private or alternative loan through a bank – however, we are unable to recommend specific lending institutions.
To receive financial aid as a graduate student, you must be enrolled at least half time (5 credits). If you are enrolled less than full time (9 credits), however, your financial aid eligibility may be reduced.
Receiving a tuition waiver, employer reimbursement, or other financial resource may reduce your financial aid eligibility. All students must notify the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) immediately if they receive or anticipate receiving a tuition waiver, as these resources must be considered a part of a student’s financial aid package. To report outside awards, complete the Student Statement of Outside Resources and submit to the OSFA. Should it later be found that you are receiving outside resources which you neglected to report, your financial aid package will be adjusted retroactively to include these resources. This adjustment may result in repayment of previously disbursed financial aid.
To receive financial aid (including loans) as a graduate student, you must maintain certain standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress. You must maintain an institutional GPA of at least 3.0 and complete at least 67% of your attempted credits. If you fail to meet these criteria, you may appeal to request to have aid reinstated. For more information about Satisfactory Academic Progress, click here.
Although you are considered full time for academic purposes and eligible to receive financial aid, your “cost of attendance” is lower than if you were enrolled in 9 credits – which means that your financial aid eligibility will be reduced.

 

You can think of your cost of attendance as the upper limit of the maximum amount of financial aid (including grants, scholarships and federal and private loans) that you may receive for the year. Your cost of attendance is determined by your academic classification (graduate student), residency status, housing status, and enrollment status.

Click here for information about Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

Athletics FAQs

Athletic scholarships are disbursed the week after the drop and add period. Tuition and fee payment is automatically deferred up to the amount of the student’s athletic scholarship.
If you did not complete the Free Application of Federal Student Aid and are on a partial scholarship, you must complete the Financial Aid Budget Form.
Athletics scholarships plus all other aid has to equal the student’s total cost of attendance. Therefore if your total financial aid package goes over your total cost of attendance you financial aid awards will be reduced.
The Concurrent Enrollment form must be filled out. The athletic scholarship is only going to be disbursed after the Concurrent Enrollment Form is completed.
Actual Disbursement of financial aid checks or Electronic Fund Transfers are a function of the Controller's Office as requested by the Financial Aid Office starting the third week of classes. Please make sure you fill out your direct deposit. If you are a full ride scholarship recipient, please read Off Campus Students Procedures.
The scholarship donor must fill out the Custodial Scholarship Letter. This form will help determine if the scholarship was awarded using athletics participation as major criteria.
Students are responsible to pay the portion of fees that the athletic scholarship does not cover. If payments of such fees are received after the payment due date, students will receive a late fee.
Total athletic aid may be a combination of athletic scholarships and the Athletic Matriculation Exemption. The addition of the two will equal to the total scholarship awarded to you.
A student refund will vary from student to student because of the differences in the in number of credits taken in the semester, parking tickets, late fees, lab fees, housing status, meal plan and additional financial aid awards.

Honors College FAQs

The Wilkes Honors College may offer out-of-state tuition waivers to students from out of state or international students. For information on these waivers click here. You may also qualify for scholarships outside of the Honors College. For web links go to: http://www.fau.edu/finaid/finaid_ and select “Scholarships”. You may also qualify for the alternative loan program; see http://www.fau.edu/finaid/types-of-aid/loans.php. You may apply for on-campus student employment (restrictions apply). Once you arrive, visit the Financial Aid office on your campus for assistance.
PLEASE NOTE: International students should not complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). They are not eligible for federal/state/institutional grants and loans.
You will qualify for the Honors College scholarship. You should work closely with your high school counselor to see if you qualify for the Florida Bright Futures scholarship. The final decision lies with the State programs office:888-827-2044 or http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/home/uamain.htm. You/your parents may qualify for the alternative loan program. See: http://www.fau.edu/finaid/types-of-aid/loans.php. You may also apply for on-campus student employment. Once you arrive, visit the Financial Aid office on your campus for assistance.
PLEASE NOTE: Freshman students who are deemed early admit (dual enrolled) should not complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (fafsa). They are not eligible for federal/state/institutional grants and loans at this time.
The out-of-state tuition waiver program has limited funding and students must meet specific criteria for consideration. The Honors College determines who will receive an out-of-state tuition waiver. For selection criteria, please visit: http://www.fau.edu/divdept/honcol/forms/HCpolicyonwaivers.pdf.
To receive their Honors College scholarship, students must be enrolled in an average of 12 credit hours in the Honors College each semester (fall and spring).
The initial scholarship offer is based on academic history and expected performance. Unfortunately the Honors College cannot increase your award if you earn good grades in college, though if your academic performance is below the renewal criteria, the award may be reduced.
Students who complete the IB program will automatically be considered for an IB scholarship.
The Honors College scholarship is offered only during fall and spring semesters and will not cover summer study abroad or internships. You will receive your Honors College scholarship during fall or spring if you sign up for Honors College credit for your study abroad or internship. However, students who enter a non-FAU study abroad program may find it more advantageous to forego their Honors College scholarship and not pay tuition for FAU credit since they will be paying tuition to the non-FAU program. For more information about your options, see http://www.fau.edu/honors/academics/study-abroad.php.
No, a student may receive only one admissions based scholarship from the institution (This would include all freshman admissions scholarships listed at http://www.fau.edu/admissions/) However, students may apply and be considered for all other institutional scholarships for which they meet the criteria.
Named scholars do not receive additional dollars. Students selected as “named scholars” receive special recognition and are given the privilege of meeting the donor who supplied the funds for the student’s Honors College scholarship.
The Honors College scholarship does not require the student to file a FAFSA. Some scholarship programs DO have this requirement. We strongly recommend submitting the FAFSA as it maximizes your possibilities for support. File the FAFSA by March 1st of each year for FAU priority consideration.
Scholarships are viewed as a resource. It is very rare that a student receives too much scholarship support. Please contact Stacey Edens, the Honors College financial aid coordinator, to review specific concerns. Her phone number is 561-799-8509 and her e-mail is sedens@fau.edu.
Yes, a student may use the aid refund they receive from one term for expenses associated with an upcoming term.
Disbursement of aid is a function of the Controller’s office. The scholarship and financial aid fund disbursement process takes several weeks. It is essential that you set aside personal funds to cover expenses incurred during the first few weeks of class. For students who do not have sufficient monetary resources, FAU offers the “Short Term Advance” - a University monetary advance to all students - ONLY if they meet all eligibility criteria. The Short Term Advance Application is located on MyFAU - Click on the Money Matters! tab and the application is located under the Financial Aid Online Applications channel.
The Controller’s office handles all student account transactions. To check on the status of your account, please log on to MyFAU and click on FAU Self-Service link.
PLEASE NOTE: Students receive their account statements via their FAU E-mail address only.
No. If a student has filed a FAFSA, they may apply for summer financial aid by going to submitting a Summer Financial Aid Application, beginning the first BUSINESS day in February. Log on to MyFAU and Click on the Money Matters! tab. The application is located under the Financial Aid Online Applications link.

Self Service FAQs

Log on to MyFAU and click on the Money Matters! tab. Under the Financial Aid channel:
  • Click on "View Financial Aid Information"
  • Click on the Financial Aid tab or link.
  • Click on "Eligibility" to review student requirements.
  • Select "Student Requirements" and select the Aid Year (if prompted).
If there are any documents under the "Unsatisfied Requirements" section, you must submit these documents ASAP in order to complete the processing of your financial aid.
Students will be sent an email to their FAU email address notifying them of documents needed to complete the processing of their financial aid.
After all necessary documents are submitted to the Financial Aid Office, students will be awarded up to their maximum eligibility and notified via their FAU email address that they have award offers to accept online (the email will also have instructions on how to accept award offers).
The Award Summary by Term is an actual award offer letter stating the awards offered and the breakdown of allocated funds per term. Students may print this page for their personal records. This page is for Informational Purposes ONLY. Students must go to the Accept Awards Offers link to formally accept an award decision online.
Disbursement of aid is dependent upon your enrollment status and compliance with the award provisions. FAU reserves the right to revise this award upon receipt of information which affects a student’s eligibility. All awards are based on continued eligibility and are contingent upon the availability of funds (i.e. a student was awarded a full Pell Grant but is actually enrolled half-time - - the student will be awarded the Pell Grant for half-time status).
Some scholarships and the Federal Pell Grant will be automatically ACCEPTED on the system. All other types of aid will have to be ACCEPTED or DECLINED. Click on the Accept Award Offers link and for each award, in the award decision column, select Accept, Accept Partial, or Decline.
NOTE: If you select Accept Partial in the award decision column, then you will need to enter an amount in the Accept Partial Amount column. Make sure that you read the Terms and Conditions of Awards Document and then click the Submit Decision button when finished.
If students want to accept ALL awards offered without making changes to the amounts, students can click on the Accept Full Amount All Awards button.
Students may submit an Award Revision Request form to revise their awards. Select the appropriate Revision Request form for your situation. Click here to go to the Forms to Download Page to view forms
Total athletic aid may be a combination of athletic scholarships and the Athletic Matriculation Exemption. The addition of the two will equal to the total scholarship awarded to you.
Disbursement of aid is a function of the Controller’s Office, beginning the third week of classes. Click on the Account Summary by Term link to view financial aid awards that have been processed/disbursed and if the student has received a financial aid refund. If the student has a balance after all financial aid has disbursed, the student will see the amount that they owe the University in the Account Balance field for that academic year.
Students who receive a financial refund may have this refund direct deposited into their existing bank account. In Self Service, click on the Main Menu link, then click on Direct Deposit for Financial Aid. Follow the instructions on establishing or updating your bank account information.

Short Term Advance FAQs

The Short Term Advance is a University monetary advance available to assist degree-seeking students enrolled at least half-time with:
  • Purchasing textbooks
  • Emergency funds relating to educational expenses
  • Unanticipated living expenses
Keep in mind that the Short Term Advance is NOT a source to assist with paying tuition and/or other related fees.
Students must:
  • be degree-seeking
  • be enrolled at least half-time
  • have an FAU institutional GPA of 2.0
  • NOT have an outstanding balance with the University
  • establish direct deposit
  • be at least 18 years old (if not, the Parental Short Term Advance application will need to be submitted. This form is located on the Forms to Download section of the Financial Aid website.
The Short Term Advance is located on the Money Matters! tab of MyFAU.
The Short Term Advance is available two weeks prior to the beginning of each semester. The online application will close approximately one month after classes begin. Students who have not initially received a short term advance after the online application has closed will need to submit a hardcopy application (located on Forms to Download). The short term advance process will CLOSE two weeks prior to the end of each semester.
Students are ONLY allowed one Short Term Advance per semester. Preference will be given to full-time students when funds are limited.
Students can borrow up to $750.00 each semester.
There is a $7.50 fee that will be assessed each time a Short Term Advance is processed.
No. Students will have to establish direct deposit. Funds will be direct deposited in the student's existing bank account.
If the student meets ALL eligibility requirements, the Short Term Advance will process 3 BUSINESS days before the first day of classes. To check the status of your short term advance, click here.
Funds should be direct deposited in student's bank account within 2-3 BUSINESS days AFTER it has been approved (sometimes sooner).
 Last Modified 12/4/14