Grandparent Waiver of Out-of-State Tuition and Fees

Beginning with out-of-state undergraduate first-year students admitted for the 2022-23 academic year, students with grandparents residing in Florida may be eligible for a tuition and fee waiver of the Non-Resident (out-of-state) fee.

Policies for the Grandparent Waiver are maintained by the Board of Governors of the State University System. Freshman applicants may apply for the waiver after submitting the application for admission. Students who qualify for Florida residency should not seek this waiver.

Students MUST meet the following requirements to be eligible for the grandparent waiver:

  1. The student must have a grandparent who has a legal relationship to a student’s parent as the natural or adopted parent or legal guardian of the student’s parent.
  2. The grandparent must be a legal resident of Florida as defined in Florida Statue Section 1009.21 (Grandparent Florida Residency Declaration).
  3. Apply as a freshman to be a full-time undergraduate student for the summer or fall term immediately following earning a high school diploma comparable to a Florida standard high school diploma, or its equivalent, or completes a home education program.
    • Student must be continuously enrolled full-time (minimum 12 credits) at the end of drop/add every fall and spring term until the requirements for the bachelor’s degree have been completed.
    • Summer enrollment is not required, but eligible students may use their waiver during summer enrollment.
    • If a student enrolls part-time, the grandparent waiver eligibility will be lost.
    • The grandparent waiver is applicable for up to 110 percent of the number of required credit hours (i.e., total degree hours) of the degree program for which the student is enrolled.
  4. Student must achieve
    • An SAT combined score of 1340 or greater; OR
    • An ACT composite score of 29; OR
    • A CLT score of 96.


  • Students must be offered admission to Florida Atlantic University
  • Students complete the Grandparent Waiver Application.
  • Admissions office will review the initial eligibility. If eligible, students will be prompted to have the grandparent complete residency verification via the Owlres portal.
  • Students will be “awarded” a grandparent waiver on a first-come, first-served basis on the date a student pays the $200 Admissions deposit or submits a deposit fee waiver.
  • Scholarships awarded by the Office of Admissions are not stackable (cannot be combined with other admissions merit-based scholarships) with the grandparent waiver.