Paying for Florida State University is easier with access to a wide variety of resources and programs. The FSU Admissions Department helps get students started with access to their Paying For College Page that includes an easy-to-understand graphic to help determine college costs for Florida State University students along with a link to an informational video related to applying for FAFSA. The consumer information page includes cost of attendance calculator, and a net price calculator.
Additional tools and resources include a page for Frequently Asked Financial Aid Questions, a print-out budget worksheet, an interactive budget spreadsheet worksheet for students to tinker with and a 28-page PDF college preparation checklist. A Debt Management and Credit Page contains a wealth of information and links to useful resources and articles, including loan resource links. An alphabetized and searchable Fee Dictionary is available to students who wish to research more about specific fees on their tuition bill. Throughout the year and on occasion, various departments or centers at FSU will offer financial literacy workshops. These upcoming workshops can be found on the FSU event calendar page.
Florida State University offers students financial aid once they are admitted and after submitting a FAFSA form for consideration of aid. In addition to merit-based scholarships, need-based are also offered. Financial assistance and aid can be through grants including state, federal, and university grants, state scholarships including the Bright Futures Scholarship and the Florida Farmworker Student Scholarship, or additional scholarships including talent, ROTC, or athletic-based scholarships. Other scholarship opportunities include the Florida State University Foundation Scholarships which are largely awarded through a specific department and funded for a particular purpose. A typed Foundation Scholarship application is required when applying for one of these special scholarship opportunities. Featured Scholarships are available and based upon a variety of guidelines and eligibility and providing gifts of various amounts depending upon the scholarship. Veteran scholarships are available as well. Students can access the freshman scholarship FAQ or obtain a sample scholarship letter to use as a guide when filling out inquiries for outside scholarship opportunities.
Students who submit a FAFSA are considered for federal work-study jobs. FSU’s Financial Aid page offers a comprehensive work-study resource page including on and off-campus federal work-study jobs including a partnership with Amazon. Loans are offered to students as part of their financial aid packages. The loan resource page offers a small section of information about financial literacy in direct connection to loans. FSU partners with Debt Management Credit Counseling Corp to help students with repayment plans.
international student financial aid information can be found on their respective links.
A couple of other financially helpful programs at Florida State University were found to help with the cost of books. The Bookstore Deferment program is a program where students who are eligible and selected will be able to purchase their books using a “financial aid credit” in order to purchase their books in time for classes. This perk is available to students who are notified and have met certain eligibility requirements including being enrolled and registered for a certain amount of credits and having been offered financial aid. The second program, the IncludED Textbook Program allowing students to either rent or purchase digital textbooks at reduced costs.
Florida State University’s Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE) Resources
The Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement provides a page dedicated to money management with links to some resources as well as general information about money management. This special FSU Center offers a variety of services that are sensitive to the financial needs of the population it serves which includes low-income, first generation college students, and those who have been in foster care to name a few. Some of these programs include:
The Student Support Services (SSS) Program which is also known as S.C.O.P.E is a federally funded (by the U.S. Department of Education) TRIO program that works to “improve student retention, graduation, financial literacy, and overall academic success rates.” In order to be admitted into this particular FSU program, students must meet select criteria and then submit an application for this support service program.
Financial Aid Assistance personalized assistance and support applying for and navigating financial aid
Programs to help pre-college students navigate the path toward college. Individuals include those who are first-generation college students, College Reach Out Program (CROP), Upward Bound, and the Horizons Unlimited Programs
Unconquered Scholars Program provides a range of support services (including financial navigation and learning assistance) to help guide students into academic and personal success.