Frequently Asked Questions

How do I receive the National Merit Semi-finalist/Finalist/Commended designation?

To participate in the National Merit® Scholarship Program, a student must:

  1. Take the PSAT/NMSQT® in the specified year of the high school program and no later than the third year in grades 9 through 12, regardless of grade classification or educational pattern;
  2. Be enrolled as a high school student (traditional or homeschooled), progressing normally toward graduation or completion of high school, and planning to accept admission to college no later than the fall semester following completion of high school; and
  3. Be a citizen of the United States; or be a U.S. lawful permanent resident (or have applied for permanent residence, the application for which has not been denied) and intend to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law.
    To see the full process, visit the National Merit Scholarship website


How can I join the Scholars Program at FAU?

Complete the 3-step admissions process here, making sure to also submit your designation letter from the National Merit Corporation.


What does it mean to receive a financial aid package that covers up to the cost of attendance?

For a detailed breakdown of the cost of attendance, click here. For National Merit Finalists, FAU will offer the cost of tuition, fees, and housing for in state students.


What is the difference between the Wilkes Honors College and the FAU Boca Campus?

FAU’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College is a distinct, free-standing, residential, four-year liberal arts and science college, located on the Jupiter campus. Wilkes Honors College students benefit from all-honors courses, an average class size of 16 students, and personal attention from distinguished faculty. WHC students receive exceptional opportunities for experiential learning and research, and many students participate in internships with world-class scientists at Scripps Florida, the Max Planck Florida Institute, and the FAU Brain Institute, which are all located on the Jupiter campus.

The Boca Raton campus provides an exciting and supportive learning environment for more than 70% of FAU’s 30,000 students. Located just three miles from the beautiful beaches of Boca Raton, this campus features everything you’d expect from a modern university: suite-style housing for nearly 4,000 residential students, brand-new athletics and recreational facilities, art galleries, a movie theater complex and so much more – all in a vibrant, tropical setting with a student body that is the most diverse of all of Florida's public universities.