College Policies & Scholarship/Financial Aid
Admissions Policies for State Universities in Florida
The Florida Board of Regents has established minimum state level admission policies for first-time-in-college students. Graduation from an accredited high school or the equivalent is required. The high school grade point average will be based on a 4.0 scale and is recalculated by the university from grades earned in high school academic core courses. Additional weights are normally assigned for satisfactory grades in Honors, Dual Enrollment, and Advanced Placement courses.
Students must also submit SAT or ACT scores to show eligibility for admission. A sliding scale is used and allows the opportunity for an applicant to balance a low GPA with a high test score or to balance a low test score with a high GPA. High school courses required for admission to a state university include the following:
- English: 4 units
- Math (Alg I and above): 3 units
- Science: 3 units
- Social Studies: 3 units
- Foreign Language (in the same language): 2 units
- Approved Electives: 4 units
Admission for college credit studies is open to all high school graduates. Degree-seeking applicants to any university or community college in the State of Florida system must present placement test scores as part of the application process. Most community colleges accept either the SAT, ACT, or PERT. The PERT is the official placement test for community colleges in the State of Florida.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Numerous opportunities exist for students to receive financial aid for post-secondary education. The U.S. Department of Education has major Student Financial Assistance Programs. Grants are financial aid offers that do have to be paid back. Work Study allows students to work and earn money to pay for school. Loans are borrowed money that must be repaid with interest. Undergraduates may receive all three types of financial aid. Student can apply for federal aid by completing and mailing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1 of their senior year. However, applying online with FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov is faster and easier than using the paper FAFSA.
Additional scholarship information and applications for local, state, and national scholarships can be obtained from the guidance department.
In addition, the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship establishes a lottery-funded scholarship for Florida high school graduates with high academic achievement who enroll in eligible Florida public or private colleges or universities. The Bright Futures Scholarship Program is the umbrella program for three state-funded scholarships. Additional information can be obtained through the Guidance Office.
Any student enrolling as a college freshman and wishing to participate in Division I or II athletics must be certified by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. Information and application regarding the Clearinghouse can be found in the guidance office.