Florida Aid Programs

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Florida Aid Programs Available to Florida Residents

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  • Effective Access to Student Education Grant (EASE)

    Funding for the Effective Access to Student Education (EASE) award is set annually by the Florida legislature for eligible Florida residents. In 2022-23, the amount is $2,000 per student. The Certification of Florida Residency must be completed and submitted to the OSFAE by all new incoming first-year and transfer students. The preferred date is June 30 for the Fall semester award and December 1 for the Spring semester award. Preference is given to applications received by these dates; all others will be awarded on a fund available basis.

    The FAFSA will also be accepted in lieu of the Florida Residency application; however, two supporting documents will still be required for the certification process. See the Certification of Florida Residency application for detailed descriptions of all acceptable documentation. If you submitted a valid application for the previous academic year and are still eligible, you will not be required to submit another application for the current academic year.

  • Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)

    This state grant is awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need, are legal Florida residents, and maintain full-time student status. The University of Miami determines eligibility using the information provided on the FAFSA. Award ranges are determined by state appropriations.

    Florida residents must answer all questions on the FAFSA to be considered for the Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG). Incomplete FAFSA applications will not be processed. The FAFSA and/or any corrections must be processed by June 1 in order to meet the deadline.

  • Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program

    The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program is a lottery-funded scholarship that rewards Florida high school graduates who demonstrate high academic achievement and enroll in an eligible public or private post-secondary educational institution within three years of high school graduation. It is the umbrella program for three state-funded scholarships: Florida Academic Scholars, Florida Medallion Scholars, and the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars. These awards are determined based on academic achievement in high school, ACT and/or SAT scores, and fulfillment of certain course requirements. The FAFSA is no longer required in order to receive this award.

    The amount of each specific award is based on the number of credit hours for which a student registers each semester and the value of each credit hour will be determined by the State on an annual basis. Initial eligibility must be at least 6 credits.  

    The University of Miami will include an estimated award for the year based on 15 credits of enrollment each semester. At the end of the drop period of each term, OFASE will review and update the awards for all students based on the actual number of credits a student is enrolled. Enrollment will also be reviewed at the completion of each term and adjustments will be made at that time as required. Please note that any adjustment to your Bright Futures award may affect your bill with the University of Miami. A student will be required to reimburse the State of Florida Department of Education for the funds reduced due to dropped or withdrawn after the funds have disbursed.

    Florida residents must have their high school guidance counselor submit their information and authorization form to the Florida Bright Futures Program at the Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee. As an incoming first-year, eligibility is determined based on performance throughout high school. For further requirements contact your high school guidance counselor, or visit the Bright Futures Program website. 

    Disbursement of Florida State Aid will occur after the University's last day to add/drop a course, including Bright Futures, EASE, FSAG.

  • Florida Prepaid College Program

    The University of Miami accepts the Florida Prepaid College Program. For more information, visit the Florida Prepaid College Program page. For any inquiries, you may submit a case to 'Canes Central at canescentral.miami.edu

  • Jose Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund

    This need-based scholarship is awarded to students of Spanish culture who were born in, or who have a natural parent who was born in, Mexico, or a Hispanic country of the Caribbean, Central or South America regardless of race. Students apply as a high school senior and must have a minimum unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.0. The student must enroll full-time, be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen and meet Florida residency requirements. Students need to complete and submit the Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application to the State of Florida Department of Education. Students must also complete a FAFSA.

  • Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans and Service members (CSDDV)

    This provides scholarships for dependent children or non-remarried spouses of Florida veterans or service members who died as a result of service-connected injuries, diseases, or disabilities sustained while on active duty or who have been certified by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs as having service-connected 100% permanent and total disabilities. CSDDV also provides funds for dependent children whose parent is classified as a prisoner of war or missing in action by the Armed Forces of the United States or as civilian personnel captured while serving with the consent or authorization of the United States Government during wartime service. CSDDV provides a fixed award amount at an eligible public or private postsecondary institution. Students must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program for at least six credit hours. Click here for more information about the CSDDV.

  • Benacquisto Scholarship

    The Benacquisto Scholarship is a merit scholarship for high school graduates who achieved the National Merit or National Achievement Scholar designation. To be eligible a student must enroll full-time in an undergraduate degree-seeking program and initially enroll during the fall academic term immediately following their high school graduation.

    A student enrolled in a 4-year program is eligible to receive an award for a maximum of 8 semesters, while a student enrolled in a 5-year program is eligible for a maximum of 10 semesters. To renew their award students must complete all credits attempted and maintain a minimum institutional cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students who do not earn the required credits or fail to maintain the minimum GPA will be ineligible to continue receiving this award and will not be granted restoration

  • Military Enlistment

    An initially eligible student who enlists in the United States Armed Forces immediately after high school graduation must do the following within three years after separation from active duty:

    - Complete and submit a Reinstatement/Restoration Application for Students online.
    - Submit a DD-214 via US mail to verify time served in the military.

    A student who is receiving a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship and discontinues his/her education to enlist in the United States Armed Forces must commence the remainder of the seven-year renewal period (for students who graduated high school during the 2009-2010 academic year or earlier) or five-year renewal period (for students who graduated high school during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 academic years) upon the date of separation from active duty. To reinstate the scholarship, the student must:

    - Complete and submit a Reinstatement/Restoration Application for Students online.
    - Submit a DD-214 via US mail to verify time served in the military.

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