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How to pay for College State Financial Aid

The following State of Florida program is available to qualified graduate students:

Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund

A need-based merit scholarship that provides financial assistance to eligible students of Hispanic origin who will attend Florida public or eligible private institutions. Priority is given to graduating high school seniors.

Eligibility Requirements:

The student will:

  • Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. A student’s residency and citizenship status are determined by the postsecondary institution. Questions regarding such status should be directed to the financial aid office or admissions office of the institution the student plans to attend.
  • Not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant, loan, or scholarship program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made.
  • Be of Spanish culture, born in or having a natural parent who was born in either Mexico, or a Hispanic country of the Caribbean, Central or South America, regardless of race.
  • Have earned, by the end of the seventh semester, a minimum unweighted cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in high school for an undergraduate scholarship, or a 3.0 institutional cumulative GPA for undergraduate college work if applying for a graduate level scholarship.
  • Enroll as a degree-seeking student at an eligible postsecondary institution and enroll each academic term for a minimum of 12 credit hours for undergraduate study or 9 credit hours for graduate study.

Apply for the Jose Marti scholarship

Florida Bright Futures

Bright Futures Scholarship recipients who graduate with a baccalaureate degree in the 2010-2011 academic year or after, in seven semester or fewer (or the equivalent in credit hours), and who wish to pursue graduate study, may apply the unused portion of their Florida Academic or Merit Scholars award toward one semester of graduate study, not to exceed 15 semester hours paid at the undergraduate rate.

Florida Bright Futures Information

Additional State Financial Aid

Additional programs for graduate students may also be available. The financial assistance programs available through the State of Florida are subject to change. The most current information regarding State of Florida financial programs may be obtained by reviewing the Florida Department of Education web site, or by contacting the Florida Department of Education at 1-888-827-2004.

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