Types of Aid - Scholarships
Your UWF financial aid package will be made up of a combination of awards depending on your academic standing and your financial need. Awards including scholarships, grants, loans, and federal work-study opportunities are all part of what makes a UWF education affordable.
A scholarship is "non-repayable" aid and is awarded on the basis of academic achievement, athletic skills, special talents, and sometimes demonstrated financial need. UWF offers a wide range of scholarships that are awarded to new and continuing undergraduate students.
True Cost Calculator
The True Cost Calculator is designed to help you estimate your financial aid options for University of West Florida. The average time to complete a full estimate is between 3-5 minutes. When you need help feel free to speak to your Admissions counselor or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 474-2230.
1) Financial Aid Office Scholarships: The UWF Financial Aid Office awards a limited number of need/merit scholarships to undergraduate students. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required. Admitted students are automatically considered for scholarship awards using the material provided in the application for admissions to evaluate academic merit. There is not a separate scholarship application to complete. In order to be considered you must have and maintain a minimum 3.00 GPA unless otherwise noted. Some scholarships are renewable; however, the majority are one-time awards.
Please review the list of Foundation Scholarships awarded by the Financial Aid Office.
2) Office of Undergraduate Admissions Scholarships: Some scholarships will also require the results of the FAFSA to be eligible. The vast majority of scholarships are awarded to students entering during the fall semester; however, scholarships are available for spring term entrants on a limited basis. Some scholarships are renewable and others are one-time awards. Learn more at Admissions Awards and Aid.
Scholarship Consideration: To be considered for any award, first-year students should be admitted prior to December 1. For those scholarships that consider financial need, please submit your FAFSA by March 1.
Renewal Criteria: Generally a 3.0 cumulative UWF GPA is required for renewal. If there is a higher minimum standard and/or credit hour requirement, it will be included in the award notification. Renewable UWF scholarships require continuous, full-time enrollment (excluding summer) at UWF. Students must remain in good academic standing. Once lost due to academics, a scholarship will not be reinstated if GPA improves.
3) Academic Scholarships: Some academic departments award merit-based funds. These scholarships are awarded directly by the department. Contact the Dean's Office in your College for additional information and application procedures. Graduate students may also contact the Graduate School for information on scholarships.
4) Athletic Scholarships: are awarded by the coach of each individual sport. Contact the Athletics Department for information on scholarship availability.
State of Florida scholarships can be found on the State of Florida's website. Each scholarship has specific eligibility requirements and application procedures.
Florida Bright Futures
We are notified of your Bright Futures eligibility when you complete the Florida Financial Aid Application, however you must list UWF as the institution you plan to attend. You may add or update this information on the State of Florida's website or by calling the State at 1-888-827-2004.
Florida Bright Futures is a merit-based scholarship for Florida residents who graduate from a Florida high school. Contact your high school guidance counselor to determine your eligibility.
- Florida Academic Scholars - 2014-15: $103 per credit hour
- Florida Medallion Scholars - 2014-15: $77 per credit hour
- Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars - 2013-14: RENEWALS ONLY, NOT AVAILABLE AT STATE UNIVERSITIES FOR NEW STUDENTS- $77 per credit hour
- Students are required to repay the Bright Futures award for any course withdrawal.
For additional information on Bright Futures, please review the State's Florida Bright Futures Brochure.
Bright Futures Scholarship recipients who graduate with a baccalaureate degree in the 2010-11 academic year or thereafter may be funded for one semester of graduate study, not to exceed 15 semester hours paid at the undergraduate rate if they meet the following requirements:
- Earn their baccalaureate degree in seven semesters or fewer
- Earn their baccalaureate degree in 105 semester hours or fewer
- Have time remaining on their program
Private scholarships come from various sources. These may be awarded through your high school, local community, employer, or through diligent research on your part.
There are several websites that allow you to search for scholarships that you may be eligible for. UWF does not encourage you to ever pay for this service because there are quality sites that are free of charge. Please remember that these searches do not guarantee results, but are simply a tool for you to use.
Scholarship Search Engines
- College Scholarships, www.CollegeScholarships.com
- College Resource Network, www.collegeresourcenetwork.com
- Fast Web, www.FastWeb.com
- Military Scholar, www.MilitaryScholar.org
- Scholarships.Com, www.Scholarships.com
- StudentScholarships.org, www.studentscholarships.org
- American Business Women's Assoc, Pensacola Chapter, www.abwapensacola.org
- American Institute of CPAs, http://www.aicpa.org/
- The Gates Millennium Scholars, www.gmsp.org
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund, www.hsf.net deadlines vary based on scholarship
- Minority Teacher Education Scholarship, www.ffmt.org - UWF point of contact Dr. Richard Faessel at 850.857.6311 or email@example.com
- Scholarship America, scholarshipamerica.org
- UWF College of Business, uwf.edu/cob/support-resources/scholarships/
- Veterans United Foundation, http://www.enhancelives.com/scholarships/
- Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund, http://sbmef.org/Site/index.cfm
- Mensa Education and Research Foundation (MERF) Scholarships, http://www.mensafoundation.org/what-we-do/scholarships/