Freshman Scholarships

All Office of Undergraduate Admissions scholarships are limited in number, competitive, and are awarded annually on a rolling basis early in the scholarship cycle. Students must be admitted to FAU before applying for any Office of Undergraduate Admissions scholarships. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee a scholarship.

Our awards require continuous enrollment in 30 credits per academic year, full-time status (15 credits or more at FAU), and are paid out for fall and spring terms only.

Our merit scholarships do not require a supplemental scholarship application as eligibility is determined at the time of admission. Many of our merit awards are competitive and are ultimately determined by the competitiveness of our entering freshman class. Generally, scholarships offered through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and are not stackable. Scholarship recipients must maintain an FAU GPA of 3.0 for award renewal.

To be considered for merit-based scholarships from the Office of Admissions, students must submit a complete admissions application by January 14, 2022 with all supporting documents (application, application fee, SSAR and test scores).

FL resident



Funds may include either or both of these awards: FAU 100 Scholarship/Spirit of Atlantic Scholarship

3.95 GPA & 1410 SAT / 31 ACT

$16,000 ($4,000/yr for 4 years)

Spirit of the Atlantic

3.90 GPA & 1340 SAT / 29 ACT

$8,000 ($2,000/yr for 4 years)

Spirit of the Atlantic

3.85 GPA & 1270 SAT / 27 ACT

$4,000 ($1,000/yr for 4 years)

Benaquisto Scholarship

Receive designation as a National Merit Finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and name FAU as your first-choice school By May 1.

Full cost of attendance is covered including grants or scholarships for Fall & Spring semesters up to 4 years or 8 semesters, or until undergraduate degree is awarded.

Non-FL Resident (must be US Citizen or Permanent Resident)



Funds may include either or both of these awards: Spirit of Atlantic Scholarship/Hoot Scholarship

3.90 GPA & 1340 SAT / 29 ACT

$32,000 ($8,000/yr for 4 years)**

Spirit of the Atlantic

3.85 GPA & 1270 SAT / 27 ACT

$4,000 ($1,000/yr for 4 years)

State University System of Florida Grandparent Waiver

1330 SAT / 31 ACT AND have a Grandparent who is a Florida resident defined by FL Statute 1009.21. Residency process must be complete in order to be verified and offered.

Out of state tuition & fees waived up to 4 years, or when the undergraduate degree is awarded. Student will be billed Florida resident rate of tuition & fees. 25 Waivers available for new first-year students.


  • **Total Scholarship amount includes HOOT Scholarship
    • HOOT is $23,000 (5926/year for 4 years), which covers 6 credits per year of non-resident tuition.

Students who are recognized through the College Board Recognition Programs (African American, Hispanic, Indigenous, or Rural and Small-Town Recognition) who are not already receiving one of the above mentioned awards, can be considered for scholarship funding upon providing documentation of this recognition to the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Florida Resident: Must be classified as Florida resident for tuition purposes.
Non-Florida Resident: Must be classified as a Non-Resident for tuition purposes


  • Be a US citizen or meet the requirements of an eligible non-citizen as defined by the Federal Student Aid program.
  • Must be classified as in-state or out-of-state (depending on the award) for tuition purposes.
  • Freshman merit scholarships are competitive and not guaranteed. The deadline to be considered is January 14. A student must have a complete admissions application on file by January 14 and receive an admissions decision by March 1. A complete admissions file includes: application, application fee or fee waiver, SSAR and ACT/SAT scores.

Criteria for Renewal

  • Students must maintain full-time academic enrollment at FAU in the terms that the scholarship is awarded
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative FAU grade point average and complete/earn a minimum of 30 credits each academic year towards their chosen degree program.
  • Scholarship can be renewed for up to four (4) years (8 semesters) or up until the student completes their first Bachelor’s degree or until student’s earned and attempted credits reaches the required number of credits for their chosen degree program, whichever comes first.

Bright Futures Scholarship

This state-funded scholarship is based on high school academic achievement and is awarded to students enrolled in an eligible Florida public or private post-secondary educational institution within two (2) years of graduation from a Florida high school. For additional information, visit Bright Futures or contact your high school counselor or call the Florida Department of Education at 1-888-827-2004 (toll free) or visit Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.


Raise.Me offers high school students the ability to earn microscholarships. You can earn scholarships by visiting our page at Create your profile and follow us to start earning now for your college experience. Student must complete their earning profile updated and complete by December 1 of their senior year of High School.

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Student Financial Aid


Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College Scholarships



Q. What do I need to do to be considered for a scholarship?  
A. Submit a complete admissions application by January 14. There is no separate application needed, but all required information, including application fee or fee waiver, official SAT or ACT scores, completed and linked SSAR, official high school transcripts, is necessary for an application to be considered complete. Ensure that your application is complete by logging into Scholarships are offered on a funds available basis.
Q. Do I need to submit a scholarship application to be considered for admissions scholarships?  
A. No, scholarships offered by the Office of Admissions do not require a separate application. Students are automatically considered for these scholarships when they submit an admissions application by the priority deadline. However, additional scholarship opportunities can be found at Student Financial Aid.
Q. If I meet the posted criteria for a scholarship, am I guaranteed to receive it?  
A. Typically, a student meeting all criteria and deadlines for a scholarship will be offered a scholarship. However, all scholarships are offered on a funds available basis each term, so receiving a scholarship is not guaranteed.
Q. What GPA is used for scholarship consideration?  
A. The Office of Admissions recalculates students' high school GPA for admission and scholarship purposes. This calculation is based on academic courses and the rigor of the curriculum.
Q. If I do not meet the criteria for a scholarship when I apply to FAU, can I be considered if I submit new information?  
A. Students are automatically considered for scholarships from October-January. Standardized tests (SAT/ACT) taken in December and/or first semester grades and received by the scholarship deadline are used in scholarship consideration. Later tests and senior year grades will not be used and students cannot be offered scholarships from the Office of Admissions after they have enrolled at FAU.
Q. How will I be notified if I receive a scholarship?  
A. Notification of your offer will be included in your acceptance letter, or in a separate letter that is sent after you are admitted. Offers will also appear on your MyFAU account under the Money Matters tab.
Q. Does the university offer any other scholarships?  
A. Yes. Admitted students can apply for additional FAU Scholarships. The 2022-2023 FAU Scholarship Application is available from January 22, 2022 to July 30, 2022. Access the application from MyFAU, on the Money Matters tile. Please visit Student Financial Aid for more details.
Q. Can I receive multiple scholarships?  
A. Most scholarships offered by the Office of Admissions can be combined with other scholarships and financial aid. Please view the Terms and Conditions of your offers for additional information.
Q. If I received a higher scholarship offer from another school, will FAU increase my offer?  
A. The Office of Admissions will consider students for an upgraded offer if they meet the necessary academic criteria, but does not increase scholarship amounts based on other offers.
Q. How does residency impact my scholarship eligibility?  
A. Certain scholarships are offered based on residency. It is imperative that your residency status is accurate to ensure that you receive the proper scholarship.
Q. If my residency status changes when I am enrolled, what will happen to my scholarship?  
A. If your residency status changes after enrollment, your scholarship will be adjusted or removed depending on funding availability and eligibility.
Q. What do I have to do to continue to receive my scholarship?  
A. In order to remain eligible for your scholarship, you must enroll full-time in each Fall and Spring term, complete 30 credits by the end of each academic year (Fall/Spring/Summer) and maintain a 3.0 FAU GPA. You can view the full terms and conditions of your offer on your MyFAU account.