State Programs for Undergraduate Students

Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG)
This program is a non-need based grant funded by the State of Florida. The FRAG provides tuition assistance to full-time (12 credits or more per semester) students from Florida attending private, independent colleges and universities located in the state. A student must be a permanent resident of Florida (for other than educational purposes) for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the semester of enrollment. Dependent students eligibility is based on a parent’s Florida residency requirement. This program provides approximately $2,150 per academic year, subject to state budget appropriations. Effective Fall 2011 all eligible Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for the FRAG award. The Office of Financial Aid assumes from the information you submitted on the FAFSA that you appear eligible. Final eligibility is subject to confirmation from the State Agency. If you are a prior year recipient, you must have earned 24 credits by the end of the spring term and have a cumulative 2.0 GPA to maintain eligibility.

Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)
The FSAG is a need-based grant funded by the State of Florida. This grant provides approximately $1,500 per academic year to full-time students (12 credits or more per semester), subject to state budget appropriations. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for the FSAG. The Office of Financial Aid assumes from the information you submitted on the FAFSA that you appear eligible on the basis of financial need. Final eligibility is subject to confirmation from the State Agency. These funds are limited, students eligible for the FSAG have the right to be considered as long as funds are available. Priority is given to student who apply prior to the priority deadline of April 1st, 2014 for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
Florida students who have earned a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship can utilize these funds at St. Thomas University. All eligible Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for the Bright Futures Scholarship. The Florida Academic Scholars, the Florida Merit and Vocational Gold Seal awards are estimated. The amount is determined by the type of scholarship earned and is equal to a fixed cost per credit hour. At St. Thomas University the actual award amount will be pro-rated based on 15 credits enrollment status each semester. Students should contact their high school guidance counselor, the Office of Financial Aid, or the Bright Future’s Scholarship website at www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org for more information. Click here for important information regarding to the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

Florida Pre-Paid College Program
While this program was designed initially for use at Florida public colleges and universities, these funds can be applied toward expenses at St. Thomas University. For further information please contact the Florida College Pre-Paid program at 800-552-4723 or visit their web site at http://www.florida529plans.com/prepaid/index.html

Other Florida State Scholarships
For more State of Florida Scholarship information please visit the following websites.
www.fldoe.org
http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org

State Grant Programs Outside Florida
Students who are not Florida residents should contact their State Department of Education. Some states provide transferable state grants to students who qualify, based on financial need. Out-of-state students can use these grants to attend a college or university outside of their state. Students should contact their State Department of Education for further details, application procedures, and deadlines.

Important Notice: According to state regulations all applicants for state-funded scholarships, grants, and loans are required to complete the Florida Financial Aid Application. Please visit www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org for further details and application procedures.