Scholarships Awarded by the Admissions Office:
The Admissions Office awards a limited number of scholarships for admitted freshmen who apply by the priority deadlines and receive their decision on our February Decision Day. No separate application is needed, and no additional materials or updated information can be submitted for review.
The review process incorporates the same holistic approach used in admissions decisions. Scholarships are awarded based on grades and standardized test scores, as well as extracurricular involvement, leadership, community service, and your personal essay. Our incoming freshman class is always outstanding in all of the above-mentioned areas, which makes awarding scholarships challenging!
With scholarships limited and no pre-set criteria, students with similar test scores, grades, extracurricular activities, and more may receive different scholarship decisions. In 2021, UF Admissions awarded scholarships to approximately 10 percent of admitted freshmen.
If selected for one of our merit-based scholarships, students will be notified via email and status page update by mid-March.
UF does not send notifications to students not selected for scholarships. If you do not hear from us, this means we were not able to offer you a scholarship.
The Office of Admissions currently offers a limited number of merit-based Presidential scholarships designed for in-state, high-achieving students:
- Presidential Scholarship: $5,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total $20,000 over 4 years)
- Presidential Gold Scholarship: $8,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total $32,000 over 4 years)
- Presidential Platinum Scholarship: $10,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total $40,000 over 4 years)
UF’s Presidential scholarships can be combined with Bright Futures and the Benacquisto Scholarship offered by the Florida Department of Education.
Out-of-State Tuition Waiver
The Office of Admissions currently offers a limited number of merit-based tuition waivers designed to reduce the out-of-state tuition for selected students:
- Alumni Scholarship – up to $8,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total up to $32,000 over 4 years)
- Sunshine Scholarship – up to $16,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total up to $64,000 over 4 years)
- Gator Nation Scholarship – up to $20,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total up to $80,000 over 4 years)
If a student’s residency is updated to in-state for tuition purposes after being awarded a merit-based tuition waiver, they will no longer be eligible, and the award will be cancelled.
The out-of-state fee waiver cannot be combined with another tuition-wavier scholarship (offered by the School of Music, for example) since both scholarships waive the same portion of non-resident tuition.
Admissions Honors Scholarship
For students offered the opportunity to join the University Research Scholars Program, a $2,000 residential tuition waiver will be awarded ($500 waived each fall and spring term). No separate application is needed, and no additional materials or updated information can be submitted for review.
This residential tuition waiver applies to tuition for both Florida residents and non-Florida residents alike, so residency for tuition purposes classification is not considered. This award can combine with the merit-based scholarships listed above (Presidential and Out-of-State Tuition Waivers) but would reduce the amount billed to any Florida PrePaid account.
The scholarship deadline is 1st November 2021.