Florida residents who are active duty or honorably discharged members of the Armed Forces who served on or after Sept. 11, 2001, are degree-seeking and have unmet need (as determined by the results of the FAFSA) may be eligible to receive funding from the Honorably Discharged Graduate Assistance Program (HDGAP).
Funds are intended to assist with living expenses during holiday and semester breaks. This program was created by the 2014 Florida Legislature and must be funded every year.
To be eligible students must meet all of the requirements below:
- Be an active duty or honorably discharged member of the Armed Forces who served on or after September 11, 2001;
- Be a Florida resident; Complete and sign The Florida Residency Affidavit.
- Be enrolled in a degree seeking program of study (undergraduate or graduate);
- Complete an error-free Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
- Have sufficient unmet need as defined by the FAFSA.
- Be enrolled in the fall semester and registered for the spring semester.
- Complete all required applications/documents by the announced deadline.
Funding is not guaranteed and is determined by the Florida Legislature and the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance. The per student amount is based on many factors, including the number of eligible students, the amount the state provides the university and other factors. The amount in the past has varied between $100 and $1000 per student.