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As a member of the State University System of Florida, the Wilkes Honors College offers a top-quality education at a surprisingly affordable cost . However, many qualified students still need financial aid to attend college. The Wilkes Honors College awards merit scholarships to all students, and need-based scholarships and loans are available to students who desire a college education but cannot pay the full cost. Information about Honors College Scholarships and other sources of Financial Aid is available by clicking the appropriate tab above. Estimates of the cost of attendance are below.

For more information about financial aid and scholarships, contact Stacey Edens, Financial Aid Coordinator (561-799-8509, SR 132).

Helpful information about financial services is also available at FAU Financial Services.

Item Florida Residents Non-Florida Residents**
Tuition & Fees (30 credit hours) $5,986.20 $21,542.70
Room*** $8,588 $8,588
Board $3,730 $3,730
Total $18,304.20 $33,860.70
* All costs are estimates and subject to change. Does not include books and personal expenses.
** A limited number of out-of-state tuition waivers are available.
*** All rooms are single-occupancy.

Break it all down with these worksheets:

You can compare the cost of the Honors College to other colleges using this comparison table, or this excel worksheet.

You can estimate your total cost of attendance using this excel worksheet.

Types of Financial Aid

Note:All of the types of Financial Aid listed in this section require the submission of the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA school code for the Wilkes Honors College is E00830.

Money from the federal government, state or school that does not have to be repaid.
A program funded by the federal government so that students can work part time while in school and earn money to help pay for school.
Every student, no matter their or their family’s income, will be guaranteed eligible for Federal Stafford Loans if the student is degree seeking and enrolled for a minimum of six credit hours each semester. The loans will be either subsidized, unsubsidized or a combination of both. Stafford loans do not have to be repaid until six months after a student graduates or six months after the student stops attending at least six credit hours per semester.

Subsidized Stafford Loans: the federal government pays the interest on the loan while the student is enrolled for at least six credit hours per semester.

Unsubsidized Stafford Loans: the student pays or capitalizes the interest on the loan while they are enrolled for at least six credit hours per semester.


The Financial Aid Office at the Wilkes Honors College will help you design a financial aid package from a full range of federal, state and institutional grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study assistance programs. For more information, contact Stacey Edens, Financial Aid Coordinator (561-799-8509, SR 132).

Do you want to know what kind of Financial Aid award package you have been given? You can check the Student Self Service System at MyFAU to determine your Financial Aid status at FAU and also to check what remaining expenses you have!

Further information on financial aid is also available at FAU's financial aid webpage.

Applying for Need Based Aid

Applying for financial aid has never been easier. The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application establishes your level of eligibility for federal and state grants, loans and work-study programs.  Some types of aid are limited in funding, so apply as soon as possible after January 1 of each year. Estimated income tax data is permitted for completion of the application.

Students must resubmit a FAFSA every year that they plan to have financial aid.

Open from January 1 to May 15.

  • Available online from www.FAFSA.ed.gov or by paper. Paper forms are available in December from any high school guidance office, community college, university financial aid office, or library.
  • When completing the FAFSA use the school code of E00830 for the Wilkes Honors College.
  • The Honors College has scholarships specifically targeted for those with demonstrated need: these include the Bigony Pay-it-Forward scholarship for sophomores, juniors, or seniors who agree to take on the moral obligation to pay back the award at some point in their lives when they have the means to do so.
  • For further information about need-based aid contact Stacey Edens, Financial Aid Coordinator (561-799-8509, SR 132).

Wilkes Honors College Scholarships

All students admitted to the Wilkes Honors College are awarded a merit-based scholarship, which is in addition to Florida Bright Futures scholarships and are awarded based on test scores, academic records, activities, and housing status. No separate application is required and all applicants are automatically considered for one of these awards. Several scholarships provide top students a full ride, covering tuition, room and board up to $15,000 per year. For more information on these scholarships, contact the Office of Admissions (through our contact page or by phoning 561-799-8646).

Visit the Honors College Scholarships page for a list of scholarships available to incoming freshmen. 

Honors College Endowed Scholarships   are available through the generosity of individual and corporate sponsors.  All students who are admitted to the Honors College are automatically considered for these scholarships - there is no additional application.

Bigony "Pay-it-Forward"   For sophomores or higher. Click here to download the application. Deadline is May 31.
Out of State Scholarships   Scholarships that can be applied to the out-of-state tuition differential are available to out-of-state students. These may be renewed for up to 4 years so long as students continue to meet eligibility requirements. See Out-of-state scholarship information (pdf).
Latin American & Caribbean Wilkes Honors College Scholarship   For students from Latin America and the Caribbean who are admitted to the Honors College, the LACWHC scholarship covers most out-of-state tuition costs. To be eligible students must:
  • Supply proof of citizenship of Latin America or the Caribbean;
  • Meet all requirements for an I20 and an F1 visa as demonstrated by the documents submitted to FAU’s Office of Admissions;
  • Be admitted to the Wilkes Honors College;
  • Register for at least 12 hours of WHC courses per semester.
The El Sol Scholarship   Up to $5,000 per year, for Honors College students who demonstrate a commitment to serving Florida’s Latin American/Caribbean immigrant community. Click here for more information and an application.
Kenan Social Engagement Scholarship   Receive up to $2,000 in scholarship funding per year for junior and senior years (based on determined need), academic enrichment opportunities, summer funding for planning and implementing a social entrepreneurship activity, and the chance to compete for $15,000 toward your social entrepreneurship proposal. Click here for more information and an application.

Other Academic Scholarships:

Talent/Background Based Scholarships - It is good to use an Internet based scholarship search engine, such as www.fastweb.com or www.srnexpress.com. The College Board also maintains a free scholarship database that you can access through their website at www.collegeboard.com.       Prestige Scholarships - Prestige scholarships are nationally competitive scholarships, and include the Marshall, Rhodes, Truman, Udall and Goldwater. Most of these scholarships are for graduate study. Several of these scholarships require applicants to be nominated by their University representative. Many of the FAU representatives are Honors College faculty. Further information is available on the Honors College Prestige Scholarships page.       Local/Regional Scholarships - DON’T ignore those local/regional scholarships. A $500 Elks or American Legion scholarship can pay for the first year of books, and is money that you won’t have to pay back. Apply for any scholarship that you may qualify for. Some require just a 2 page essay, and millions of dollars in scholarships go unclaimed each year.

In addition, the following are links to other programs that may provide support. As these programs are not administered by the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, contact the sponsors directly for further information:


Visit the Financial Aid FAQ section just for Honors College Students.

Other Frequently Asked Questions:

Florida PrePaid
Q: How does FAU know I have Florida Prepaid?
A: At the beginning of each term FAU matched the list of currently enrolled students to Florida Prepaid's database, and then Florida Prepaid sends the payment to FAU after we bill them. There is no need to check in with the Controller's Office with your Florida Prepaid card.

Q: When will my Florida Prepaid be applied toward my account balance?
A: Florida Prepaid is posted approximately 3 - 4 weeks from the first day of classes.  As the term approaches, the expected payment date from Florida Prepaid will be posted on your Account Summary by Term webpage (accessible through your MyFAU student account in FAU Self Service).

Q: Can Florida Prepaid be applied before my financial aid?
A: Financial Aid is applied during the 2nd - 3rd week of classes and is applied before Florida Prepaid.

Q: How much will Florida Prepaid pay toward my account balance?
A: Please visit http://www.fau.edu/controller/student_information/pdfs/fpp.pdf to view the contribution amount of Florida Prepaid.  Students utilizing the "Tuition Only" plan will use the middle column, and students utilizing the "Tuition and Local Fee" plan will add the middle and right column.  If you are unsure of your plan, please view your Florida Prepaid card or you may contact Florida Prepaid directly at 1 (800) 552-42732 #2.

Q: What fees are not covered by my Florida Prepaid plan?
A: Florida Prepaid will not pay for your Owl Card (FAU Photo I.D.); Technology Fees; Orientation Fee; Lab Fees; Late Payment Fee; Payment Plan Fees; eLearning Fees; Repeat Course Surcharge Fee; and Transportation Access Fee (Parking Decal).

Q: When do I pay my remaining balance?
A: All tuition and fees not covered by your Florida Prepaid plan (including those not covered by Financial Aid) are due two weeks following the last day to pay. View the FAU Academic Calendar for fee payment due dates.

Q: Can I sign up for a payment plan if I have Florida Prepaid?
A: Yes, during the Fall and Spring terms.  However, payment plans are not offered during the summer term.  Learn more.

Q: What if I do not want my Florida Prepaid to be invoiced?
A: If you do not want your Florida Prepaid to be invoiced, please complete a Request for Change in Billing of Florida Prepaid form.

Q: How do I apply my Florida Prepaid Dorm?
A: Please contact the Housing Office to utilize the Florida Prepaid Dorm Plan.  Their contact information can be found here.

Q: How do I set up an authorized user for my account?
A: On the billing web site you can view your statements, make payments, ad an alternative email address, and set up AUTHORIZED USERS.  You can also set up text messaging under "My Profile."

For additional information, please visit Student Financial Services.  You may email questions to the FAU Controllers Office.
Last Modified 7/23/14