What is the application process for merit-based scholarships and what are the criteria?

There is not a separate application for these scholarships, as all admitted students who apply by the November 16 priority deadline are automatically considered.

The criteria used to select scholarship recipients from our qualified admitted students are the same holistic and academic criteria as used for admissions. No additional materials or updated information can be submitted for review.

There are not minimum criteria, as each year depends on the competitive nature of the pool of admitted students and the nature of our holistic review taking the entire student application into consideration.

We take multiple academic and extra-curricular factors into consideration, such as academic rigor overall, the number of challenging courses during senior year, years of foreign language and additional academic courses past minimums needed for graduation, extent of involvement in student clubs/organizations, number of volunteer opportunities and hours committed, employment opportunities, internships or study abroad involvement, level of community leadership, leadership in sports and student government, articles or research published, life challenges overcome... The list goes on and on. Our incoming freshman class is always outstanding in all of the above-mentioned areas, which makes awarding scholarships even more challenging!

How and when are students notified of scholarship offers?

If selected for a scholarship award, an offer will arrive via email and by mail to your address on file by the beginning of March.

Are students notified if they are not offered a scholarship?

No, UF does not send notifications to students who are not selected to receive one of our limited merit-based scholarships. If no email or letter arrives from our office indicating an offer of a scholarship and your subsequent financial aid award letter does not include a scholarship offer, then we are not able to offer one of our merit-based scholarships to you.

Does UF match scholarships offered by other colleges/universities?

No, UF does not match offers made by other colleges/universities — but we congratulate you on your academic achievements that have provided so many wonderful opportunities.

What merit-based scholarships are available?


Students must be classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes by our February Decision Day in order to be considered for a Presidential Scholarship. We currently offer three tiers of Presidential scholarships designed for our in-state high-achieving students:

  • Presidential Scholarship-$5,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total 4 years)
  • Presidential Gold Scholarship-$8,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total 4 years)
  • Presidential Platinum Scholarship-$10,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total 4 years)


Students must be classified as a non-Florida resident for tuition purposes by our February Decision Day in order to be considered for an out-of-state scholarship. If your residency is updated to Florida after being awarded an out-of-state scholarship, you will no longer be eligible and the award rescinded. We currently offer three tiers of scholarships designed to reduce the out-of-state tuition for selected students:

  • Alumni Scholarship-up to $8,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total $32,000 4 years)
  • Sunshine Scholarship-up to $16,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total $64,000 4 years)
  • Gator Nation Scholarship-up to $20,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total $80,000 4 years)

How many scholarships are available?

Each year depends on budget allowances, but we typically have about 300 total merit-based scholarships to offer to our incoming freshman class.

Are unused or declined scholarship offers re-awarded to students after the initial round of offers?

No, our merit-based scholarships are all awarded at once and using the same predictive analysis that we use for admissions offers, we over-award the incoming freshman class. There is no re-review, re-consideration, or re-issuing of our scholarships.

Can I "stack" scholarships offered by UF with my other financial aid awards or other scholarships I've been offered?

It depends. The type of award will determine whether your scholarship will "stack" or will adjust that particular award.

UF's merit-based scholarships may impact how much in loans you are eligible for, but it will not change the amount of Pell grant you are eligible for.

UF's Presidential scholarships will "stack" on top of Bright Futures and the Benacquisto Scholarship offered by the Florida Department of Education.

UF's out-of-state scholarships cannot be stacked with another scholarship (offered by the School of Music, for example) since both scholarships waive the same portion of non-resident tuition.

Can I defer my scholarship?

No, UF cannot defer scholarship offers — scholarships must be accepted and used during the year the student is admitted into.

How do I accept my scholarship offer?

The accompanying 2-page scholarship agreement must be signed and dated by the student and a parent then returned to the Office of Admissions (or postmarked) by the posted deadline.

By email:

Scan both sides and email as attachment to scholarships@admissions.ufl.edu

By mail/fax:

Return both sides to the Office of Admissions:

UF Office of Admissions
c/o Assistant Director for Scholarships
201 Criser Hall
PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 392.2115 fax

Scholarships that are not accepted by the posted deadline will be cancelled.

I'm a National Merit® Finalist. Am I eligible for a scholarship?

UF offers $500 annual scholarship to National Merit® Finalists that indicate UF as their first-choice institution with the National Merit® Corporation. Florida high school graduates who receive a UF-sponsored National Merit® Scholarship are eligible to receive the Benacquisto Scholarship from the Florida Department of Education. Benacquisto Scholars will receive an award equal to the cost of attendance at UF minus the sum of Bright Futures and the National Merit® award.

How does one of UF's merit-based scholarships work with Florida PrePaid Plan? With Bright Futures?

Florida PrePaid Plan qualifies a student as a Florida resident for tuition purposes. However, simply indicating you are a recipient of the Florida PrePaid Plan on the UF application does not update your residency classification — the appropriate documentation must be submitted to the Office of Admissions for your residency status to be updated and the coverage applied towards your account.

Bright Futures must be applied for during a student's senior year, so please contact your school or the Office of Student Financial Assistance at the Florida Department of Education if you have any questions.

Florida PrePaid will apply to tuition due first. Then, any other funds awarded (Presidential Scholarship, grants, loans) apply to the student's account balance with the Bursar's office, followed by final qualifying Bright Futures award amounts. Students should follow up with the University Bursar to ensure the process runs smoothly.

Will the scholarship cover my admissions tuition deposit due by May 1?

No, scholarships are predicted awards based on enrollment for the upcoming year. You will need to submit the tuition deposit to confirm your enrollment. The deposit will be credited to your account and possibly reimbursed by your scholarship when it is disbursed in the Fall.

Do you have scholarships for international students?

The Office of Admissions offers a very limited number of scholarships to entering international freshman. Admitted international freshman will be considered for one of the out-of-state scholarships. International students may find additional resources for funding their educations on the UF International Center website.

Do you have scholarships for transfer students?

While the Office of Admissions does not offer scholarship opportunities for transfer students, there are two scholarships offered by the Office of Undergraduate Affairs dedicated to Florida College Transfers. For more information and online applications, please visit http://undergrad.aa.ufl.edu/scholarships/transfer-scholarships/.