The Florida Department of Education offers the Florida Bright Futures Scholarships for high school graduates. For more information, see Florida Student Financial Aid or call (888) 827-2004 prior to your high school graduation.
The Office of Admissions currently offers a limited number of merit-based Presidential scholarships designed for our 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)
No separate application is required for these scholarships; all students who apply by the November 1 deadline are considered on the basis of their application for admission to UF. Applicants are reviewed for scholarships with the same holistic and academic criteria used for the admissions review. No additional materials or updated information should be submitted for scholarship review.
While there are no minimum academic criteria for Presidential scholarships, applicants must be classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes by our February Decision Day. Past recipients have demonstrated strong academic achievement that falls within the upper range of our middle 50% of our admitted student profile or above, combined with a diverse and engaged resume and essay response. However, meeting our profile numbers does not guarantee a scholarship award. If selected for one of our merit-based scholarships, an offer will arrive via email by mid-March.
The UF Office of Admissions currently offers a very limited number of merit-based out-of-state scholarships designed to reduce the out-of-state tuition for high-achieving students at the following levels:
- Alumni Scholarship: Up to $8,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total $32,000 over 4 years)
- Sunshine Scholarship: Up to $16,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total $64,000 over 4 years)
- Gator Nation Scholarship: Up to $20,000 per year (Fall/Spring, total $80,000 over 4 years)
There is no separate application for out-of-state scholarships; all applicants who apply by the November 1 deadline are considered on the basis of their application for admission to UF. Applicants are reviewed for scholarships using the same holistic and academic criteria used for the admissions review. No additional materials or updated information should be submitted for scholarship review.
While there are no minimum criteria for the out-of-state scholarships, applicants should be classified as a non-Florida resident for tuition purposes by our February Decision Day. If your residency classification is updated to Florida after being awarded an out-of-state scholarship, you will no longer be eligible and the award will be rescinded. Past recipients have typically fallen within the upper range of the middle 50% of our admitted student profile or above, combined with a diverse and engaged resume and essay response. However, meeting our profile numbers does not guarantee a scholarship award. If selected for one of our out-of-state scholarships, an offer will arrive via email by mid-March.
National Merit Finalists/Benacquisto Scholarship
UF offers a $500 annual scholarship to all National Merit® Finalists that indicate UF as their first-choice institution with the National Merit® Corporation by the deadline to do so. This scholarship qualifies as a college-sponsored scholarship for the Benacquisto Scholarship offered to students named as finalists by the Florida Department of Education. The scholarship covers the remaining institutionally-posted cost of attendance after Bright Futures (if eligible) and the qualifying National Merit® Scholarship are applied.
Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars
The Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program provides financial resources and individual support with the primary goal of graduating first generation, low-income undergraduate students. By addressing systemic barriers and challenges, the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program provides a full grant and scholarship financial aid package as well as a comprehensive support program to ensure students thrive at UF. To be eligible, students must first be admitted into the University of Florida as a first-year student. Upon completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the December 15 deadline, students are invited to complete the MFOS Supplemental Form if they meet the initial eligibility criteria. Specifically, the program supports students whose annual family income is less than $40,000 and assets are less than $25,000.
Lombardi and Stamps Scholarships
Both the John V. Lombardi Scholarship and the Stamps Scholarship Programs recognize outstanding students from Florida high schools who rank at the top of their class and demonstrate service to the community, extracurricular involvement, leadership and high moral character. The UF Honors Program administers both scholarship opportunities. The application process for high school seniors begins in the fall of each year.
Student Financial Affairs
The Office of Student Financial Affairs (SFA) offers an online search engine that provides information about scholarships available to UF students.
The Southern Scholarship Foundation supplies housing for academically gifted students who need financial assistance to attend college. Applicants must be Florida residents who are willing to work for their college education and who are willing to share the responsibilities of living cooperatively in a house with other students.
Davis United World College Scholars
Students who graduate from one of the United World Colleges (UWC) are eligible for the Davis United World Scholars program, which is the world's largest privately-funded international scholarship program. The University of Florida's partnership with the Davis Foundation helps to attract academically talented world citizens that will enrich the UF undergraduate experience. Qualifying students receive a need based grant up to the full cost of undergraduate tuition for up to eight semesters or until graduation. The scholarship is limited to non-US citizens who are currently UWC students. Additional benefits include participation in the UF Honors Program. Contact the Program Director Mr. Bill Kolb for more information
While not affiliated with the University of Florida, you may find other ways to fund your education on the following websites:
Currently Enrolled Students
Student Financial Affairs
The Office of Student Financial Affairs (SFA) offers a scholarship search engine that provides information about scholarships available to UF students.
The Honors Program offers select scholarships for currently enrolled Honors students for travel and other support. In addition, the Honors Program supports students interested in applying for prestigious scholarships that fund undergraduate and graduate study such as the Goldwater, Truman, Udall, or Rhodes Scholarship Programs.
Colleges and Academic Departments
The Office of Undergraduate Affairs offers two scholarships dedicated to Florida transfer students.
The Office of Admissions offers a very limited number of scholarships to entering international freshmen. Admitted international freshmen will be considered for one of the out-of-state scholarships listed above. International students may find additional resources for funding their education on the UF International Center website.
Multiple colleges and academic departments on campus have scholarships to offer graduate students. Contact your advisor or the dean's office in your college for more information. In addition, the Office of Student Financial Affairs (SFA) offers an online search engine that provides information about scholarships available to UF graduate students.