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GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Financial Assistance Opportunities

Bookstore Line of Credit

Disbursement Estimator


Grants


Loans

Mandatory Course Entry Quiz

Military and Veterans Affairs

Need-Based Financial Aid

Non-Need-Based Financial Aid

Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Program for International Students

Scholarships

Short-Term Advance

Student Employment Programs

Summer Financial Aid

Transient Student Procedures for Students Receiving Financial Aid

Florida Atlantic University offers comprehensive financial aid programs to assist in meeting reasonable educational expenses by both full-time and part-time students who might otherwise be unable to afford college. Reasonable educational expenses include tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, miscellaneous personal expenses and expenses related to childcare of a student's dependents.

For financial aid purposes during fall and spring terms, undergraduate students enrolled for 12 or more credits and graduate students enrolled for 9 or more credits are considered "full-time students." To see the summer enrollment classification table, refer to the section labeled Summer Financial Aid below.

In addition to providing funds on the basis of demonstrated financial need in the form of grants, work study awards and loans, FAU offers scholarships to recognize and reward talent, academic achievement and meritorious performance.

Students who may be eligible for educational benefits under any Veterans Administration program should refer to the subsection "Military and Veterans Affairs" in the Student Services and Activities section of the catalog. Students should also contact the Military and Veterans Student Success Center on campus well in advance of their first time registering at the University.

The Florida Atlantic University financial aid program is administered by the Office of Student Financial Aid without regard to race, creed, color, sex, physical handicap or national origin. This ensures equitable treatment of all qualified applicants. For forms to submit and information concerning financial aid, scholarships, need-based employment and other special programs, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at the Boca Raton campus: 561-297-3530, Broward campuses: 954-236-1229, and Jupiter campus: 561-799-8697 or by visiting its website.

New Students to FAU
New FAU students are encouraged to visit the Office of Student Financial Aid's website and click on the "New Students to FAU" link in the left column. Information on how to apply for financial aid, different types of aid available, navigating the Financial Aid section of MyFAU, accepting awards and how to apply for money to purchase books/school supplies can be found here.

Mandatory Course Entry Quiz
The disbursement of several Title IV funds (examples include Pell Grants, SEOG and Federal Work-Study) are restricted to courses where the student's course entry is confirmed. These funds cannot be disbursed for enrollment in courses where the student's course entry is unconfirmed. Course entry is confirmed by completing the Mandatory Course Entry Quiz. The quiz is available on Canvas through duration of the course. The student receives an email from Canvas listing all courses for which the Mandatory Course Entry Quiz is available but not completed. The email will contain links directly to each incomplete quiz, allowing the student to easily complete the quiz from a smart phone, tablet or computer. If the student is a current financial aid recipient or he/she may need financial aid at some point during the semester, the student MUST complete the Mandatory Course Entry Quiz for each registered course. More details and instructions can be found at Mandatory Course Entry Quiz.

Need-Based Financial Aid

The need-based financial aid programs are administered according to a nationally accepted policy that the family, meaning parents, student and/or spouse, is responsible for a student's educational expenses. Need-based financial aid is available to fill in the gap that may exist between the total cost of education and what the family can reasonably be expected to contribute. This aid is awarded on the basis of greatest financial need with priority given to those students who apply by the FAU priority consideration dates (first priority date - January 1; secondary priority date - March 1). Complete the FAFSA application (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible after October 1 each year. FAU school codes are: Boca Raton campus - 001481; Davie campus - E00584; Jupiter campus - E00830.

Eligibility Requirements for Need-Based Financial Aid
To be considered for financial aid, a student MUST meet the following criteria:

1. Be accepted for enrollment at FAU in a degree-seeking program.

2. Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or eligible non-citizen.

3. Have completed all required forms.

4. Be in good academic standing and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards in regards to GPA, percent completion of attempted credit hours and timeframe.

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The major need-based student aid programs available to eligible FAU students are listed below:

Eligibility (Student Requirements)
After submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), students must immediately fulfill any outstanding student requirements. Funds will not be awarded until the student's financial aid file is complete and, in some cases, until the student is enrolled. If there are any unsatisfied requirements, students will receive an email notification via their FAU email account. Check FAU Self-Service via MyFAU regularly to ensure all financial aid requirements have been satisfied. Instructions on how to navigate MyFAU to check on student requirements can be found here, (see Step 4 after clicking Critical Steps for Timely Disbursement). Information about eligibility criteria can be found here.

Verification

Applicants randomly selected for verification by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Financial Aid Office must complete a Verification Worksheet (Independent or Dependent) and provide any additional documentation requested by the Financial Aid Office. Financial Aid applications are not considered complete and most funds will not be disbursed until the verification process is complete. Students now have the option of utilizing the IRS Data Retrieval tool on the FAFSA as the preferred option to submit tax information. Students who cannot use the IRS Data Retrieval can submit IRS Tax Return Transcripts. Information and instructions on both can be found here. If proof of citizenship documentation is being requested, students must submit the original documentation for the Financial Aid Office to verify and make a copy.

Summer Financial Aid

In order to be considered for summer financial aid, students must meet the following criteria:

1. The FAFSA application for the appropriate year must be on file with the FAU Office of Student Financial Aid.

2. The applicant must resolve all financial aid unsatisfied requirements.

3. The applicant must meet all other general aid requirements, including admission to an eligible degree.

4. If previously enrolled at FAU, the applicant must be registered for summer courses at FAU.

Summer Enrollment Requirements
Financial aid applicants must register for ALL summer sessions (summer terms 1, 2 and 3) by the summer 1 drop/add deadline (see Academic Calendar for date) and must remain at least half-time (see criteria below for definition of half-time enrollment) to be considered eligible for most forms of aid.

Regardless of award projections, all types of grant support are directly linked to the hours attending. Grant disbursements will be calculated based upon a student's final enrollment at the end of drop/add week. Grants may be reduced based on changes in hours attended.

Enrollment classification is determined according to the tables below:

Fall/Spring Enrollment
Full-time Enrollment Credits
Undergraduate (including second bachelor's) 12 or more credits
Graduate 9 or more credits
3/4-time Enrollment  
Undergraduate (including second bachelor's) 9-11 credits
Graduate 7-8 credits
Half-time Enrollment  
Undergraduate (including second bachelor's) 6-8 credits
Graduate 4.5 credits

Summer Enrollment
Full-time Enrollment Credits
Undergraduate (including second bachelor's) 12 or more credits
Graduate 6 or more credits
3/4-time Enrollment  
Undergraduate (including second bachelor's) 9-11 credits
Graduate 5 credits
Half-time Enrollment  
Undergraduate (including second bachelor's) 6-8 credits
Graduate 3-4 credits

Less than Half-time
Students will NOT be eligible for most forms of financial aid or grants if they are enrolled less than half-time at FAU. In some cases, Federal Pell Grant recipients may be eligible to receive their Pell Grant with less than half-time enrollment. Some private/alternative loans are available for students enrolled less than half-time if additional funds are needed.

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Grants

FAU Academic Achievement Grant is a four-year need-based grant awarded to students who entered FAU as a new (non-transfer) degree-seeking student on or after the summer 2019 semester. To be eligible for the grant, the student must be admitted as a degree-seeking undergraduate student, have a completed FAFSA file, and demonstrate financial need. Award amounts are based on academic profile and financial need. Enrollment in 15 or more credits is required for disbursement each semester. Annual renewal criteria include a complete FAFSA file for the award year, compliance with Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standards, financial need, and a minimum of 30 earned credits at the end of the academic year for each year that grant payment was received (example: if the student received payment of the award for the past two years, to renew in the third year, the student must have 60 or more earned credits at the end of the second year).

FAU Academic Grant is a four-year progressive need-based grant offered to students who entered FAU as new (non-transfer) degree-seeking students prior to the Spring 2019 semester. The grant will increase each year if annual eligibility and renewal requirements are met. To be eligible for the grant, the student must be admitted as a degree-seeking undergraduate student, have a FAFSA Expected Family Contribution of $10,000 or less, and be enrolled full- time in the Fall and Spring semesters. Annual renewal criteria include a complete FAFSA file with an Expected Family Contribution of $10,000 or less, a minimum 3.0 FAU GPA, compliance with Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards, and a minimum of 30 earned credits at the end of the academic year for each year that grant payment was received (example: if the student received payment of the offer for the past 2 years, to renew in the third year, the student must have 60 or more earned credits at the end of the second year).

FAU Grant This grant is for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at least half-time at FAU who demonstrate financial need. Funds are limited and financial aid offers are made based on priority consideration.

Federal Pell Grant is an entitlement program meaning that any student who applies and is eligible will receive the grant. Pell grants are awarded only to students who have not earned their first bachelor's degree. Application is made by completing the FAFSA (see Need-Based Financial Aid heading above). Early application submission is encouraged.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) This is for first baccalaureate degree students enrolled at least half-time who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Funds are limited and financial aid offers are made based on the priority consideration deadline.

First Generation Matching Grant funds come from the State of Florida and are matched by the FAU Foundation. House Bill 795, which was signed into law on June 2, 2006 and became effective July 1, 2006 creating Section 1009.701, of the Florida Statutes. This law provides financial, need-based assistance to undergraduate, degree-seeking Florida residents who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens.

Florida Student Assistance Grant is a state-funded, need-based program for first degree-seeking undergraduate students attending public Florida institutions. Financial aid offers range from $200-$2600 per academic year, based on availability of funds. This grant is for one year only and is not guaranteed in subsequent years. Talented 20 students qualify for priority funding if FSAG requirements are met. Please bring a copy of your Talented 20 notification letter to the Financial Aid Office.

Loans

Federal Direct Loan Program is available to undergraduate and graduate students who enroll at least half-time. Subsidized Federal Direct Loans are offered to undergraduate students demonstrating financial need. Students are not responsible for interest accrued on Subsidized Direct Loans while in school. Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans are offered to students who do not qualify for the Subsidized Direct Loan or do qualify and are still in need of additional funding. Students are responsible for interest accrued on Unsubsidized Direct Loans while in school. Annual Direct Loan borrowing limits for dependent undergraduate students are $5,500 for freshmen, $6,500 for sophomores, and $7,500 for undergraduate students beyond Sophomore standing. Independent undergraduate students may borrow additional unsubsidized loans beyond the above stated limits (additional amount depends on academic standing). Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 per year in Unsubsidized Direct Loans. Repayment of principal and accrued interest begins six months after the student graduates, withdraws or drops below half time enrollment. There is no penalty for accepting a partial loan amount.

Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note
As part of the federal government's initiative to reduce defaults on student loans, Direct Loan recipients who are obtaining their first Direct Loan at FAU are required to complete Entrance Counseling prior to receiving their first loan disbursement. Entrance counseling is conducted through an online entrance counseling seminar available through Direct Loan Servicing. Students also must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) with the Department of Education to process the loan. The MPN may be completed at the Student Loans website.

Direct Loan Exit Counseling
All Federal Direct Loan recipients from any post-secondary institution are required by federal regulations to complete Direct Loan Exit Counseling upon graduation or dropping below half-time attendance. As a means toward helping students meet these requirements, an Exit Counseling Package is sent to all Florida Atlantic University Federal Direct Loan recipients who have recently graduated, withdrawn or dropped below half-time. It provides valuable information regarding repayment and borrower's rights and responsibilities. After reviewing the information in the package, students are required to complete an online exit counseling seminar at the Student Loans website.

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Student Employment Programs

Need-Based Employment Programs

The Federal Work Study Program is a need-based, federally funded, part-time employment program, which allows eligible students to earn money to help pay for education expenses. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to be considered for federal financial aid, including FWS.

Florida Work Experience Program is a State of Florida-funded, need based program providing eligible Florida students the opportunity to secure work experiences complementary to and which reinforce the student's educational and career goals. Recipients of the Florida Work Experience Program may work on campus in positions that complement and reinforce academic and career goals, or off campus in local, public, after school programs. All recipients of the FWEP program MUST be Florida Residents.

Transient Student Procedures for Students Receiving Financial Aid

Undergraduate students wishing to take courses at both FAU and another eligible institution (Concurrent Enrollment) OR only taking courses at another eligible institution (Consortium) must submit the appropriate forms to the FAU Student Financial Aid Office after the drop/add deadline of the "host school" each semester. Failure to submit required documents from the "host school" could result in the reduction of aid. For more details, click here.

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Non-Need-Based Financial Aid

Direct Parent PLUS LoanDirect Parent PLUS Loan is a low interest loan available to assist the parents of dependent students admitted and enrolled in an undergraduate degree program or graduate students admitted and enrolled in a graduate degree program. To be eligible for the Direct PLUS Loan, the parent borrower or the graduate student borrower should have no adverse credit history. Maximum eligibility is equal to cost of education minus other aid. Repayment of principal and interest begins within 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed. The borrowers may be eligible to defer repayment until the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half-time. In order to receive a Direct PLUS Loan, students must first file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans are available for all students once the FAFSA information determines a student’s financial need. Some students may only qualify for unsubsidized. Repayment is the same as the Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan except that students accrue interest while enrolled. For more information, click here.

Direct Grad PLUS Loan is a loan directly from the U.S. Department of Education. It is NOT a loan through a bank.  The Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is an unsubsidized loan, meaning interest begins to accumulate on the loan from the time it is disbursed. The first payment is due within 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed (borrowers have the option of deferring repayment until they cease to be enrolled at least half-time). For more information please refer to the Federal Student Aid Web Site for Grad Plus Loans.

Student Employment is available to a limited capacity to students with special skills and abilities, without regard to financial need. Inquiries and applications should be directed to the employment department within the institution or the Student Employment Office. More information can be found here.

Short-Term Advance
A University monetary advance available to degree-seeking students enrolled at least half-time at FAU for assistance with purchasing textbooks, emergency funds relating to educational expenses and unanticipated living expenses until the disbursement of financial aid. Keep in mind that the Short Term Advance is NOT a source to assist with paying student tuition and other related fees.

Maximum loan amount is $750 with a non-refundable processing fee of $5.00 $7.50 assessed. Students must meet additional eligibility criteria. (Change effective summer 2021.)

To access the online Short-Term Advance application:

  1. Sign into MYFAU with FAU credentials
  2. Click/tap the "Money Matters!" tile
  3. Click/tap the "Short Term Advance Application" tile

Note: If the student is under 18 years of age, download the Parental Short-Term Advance Application and submit to the Office of Student Financial Aid. In addition, the student must set up direct deposit. The ACH Direct Deposit Online Form is located on MyFAU; click on the Money Matters tile. For information and eligibility requirements, visit the Financial Aid website.

FAU Bookstore Line of Credit Program
In addition to the Short Term Advance, eligible Financial Aid recipients may receive a $400 line of credit for textbook purchases from the FAU Bookstore. The line of credit can be used for online and in store textbook purchases only. The amount of the line of credit used will be posted as a charge to the student's FAU account. Students who meet the eligibility criteria listed will be notified of their eligibility for this program via their FAU email. More information can be found here.

Disbursement Estimator
The financial aid disbursement estimator is designed as a tool to help students determine what they need to pay the University and represents only an ESTIMATE of what financial aid may disburse based on their enrollment and offer status now. At the time of the actual disbursement process, where appropriate for individual offers, items such as residency, grade level, satisfactory academic progress, unmet need, and/or loan entrance or promissory note requirements may effect whether or not the individual offers disburse or not. Also, at the time of actual disbursements, other charges or credits to students' accounts not displayed now (such as Housing, Meal Plans, parking or library fines, Florida Prepaid, and Matriculation waivers) may be applied to their account.  For more details click here.

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Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Program for International Students

International students attending any of Florida's state universities or community colleges may be eligible to apply for admission as residents for tuition purposes. In order to qualify, students must be from one of the countries with which Florida Linkage Institutes are established. Students are required to return home after their graduate study or undergraduate study, for a length of time equal to their exemption period. The Institutes also have criteria for selection of students who will receive out-of-state fee waivers.

For information about the Linkage Institutes in Florida and the state universities/community colleges that process applications for each particular institute, click here. A student does not need to attend the Institute where the linkage office is located.

Military and Veterans Affairs

Florida Atlantic University is approved for the education and training of veterans and their children under all public laws now in effect. The Military and Veterans Student Success Center, located on the Boca Raton campus, provides a full range of information about educational assistance, Out-of-State Waiver (OOS) and work study for veterans. Students who may be eligible for educational benefits under any Veterans Administration program are urged to contact the Center at Veterans@fau.edu or 561-297-4725.

Veterans are eligible for one fee deferment per term. On the VA Certification Request form, students may indicate if they would like a deferment. Checking "yes" provides students with 60 additional days to pay tuition and fees. This extension begins on the first day of classes.

Certification is not automatic and must be requested prior to the start of each semester via the VA Certification Request form, available here. All VA Certification Request forms are due 30 days prior to start of semester. If not submitted on time, the VA cannot guarantee on-time payment.

Eligibility for VA benefits are determined by the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs as per VA rules and regulations. To remain eligible for veteran benefits, veteran students may not be on academic probation for more than two consecutive terms. Lack of satisfactory progress will be reported to the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs. Benefits will be terminated for failure to achieve satisfactory progress.

Scholarships
Florida Atlantic University offers students a wide variety of scholarship opportunities, from freshman and transfer scholarships to foundation scholarships offered in general categories or for specific colleges or majors. For more information click  here.

Bright Futures Scholarship Program
The Florida Department of Education offers both need-based and non-need-based programs for Florida residents, including the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. Some of these programs require separate applications. Information may be obtained from the FAU Student Financial Aid Office (Bright Futures) or the Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance, State Programs, 255 Collins, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, or the Florida Bright Futures website.

Outside Scholarships

Every college and university has an outside scholarship policy that specifies what happens to the need-based financial aid package when the student wins a merit scholarship. An outside scholarship is any scholarship not awarded by the government or the school, such as a scholarship provided by a private-sector company, philanthropist or foundation.

Outside scholarships are considered resources, meaning that they reduce a student's financial aid package dollar for dollar. Receiving scholarships counts toward students' overall financial resources. Federal regulations require FAU to consider outside scholarships when calculating students' financial aid packages and eligibility. Therefore, scholarships may potentially reduce financial aid award. Students are required to report any outside scholarships to the school's financial aid office. If students fail to report an outside scholarship, they may be required to repay the school or the government all or part of the student's need-based financial aid package.

Tax Status for Scholarships
The Internal Revenue Service, in IRS Publication 520 titled Scholarships and Fellowships, states the following:

1. Scholarship or fellowship grants are taxable, unless the student is a candidate for a degree.

2. Amounts for tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment are not taxable. However, amounts for other expenses such as room, board and travel are taxable.

3. The part of any scholarship or fellowship grant that represents payment for services rendered (such as teaching, research or other services) is taxable.

If you receive a scholarship and are not sure about the tax status of the grant, consult your tax advisor or local IRS office.

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