Florida Tuition waivers are outlined in FL sections 1009.25 and 1009.26, Florida Statutes.
2. The high school student out of state fee waivers are for qualified non-Florida residents, therefore student would have signed as a non-Florida resident on the declaration.
3. The student must complete last 3 years at a Florida high school; graduate from a FL high school; apply to a member of the FSC or SUS within 24 months after HS graduation. International students may qualify if they meet the qualifying standards in statute.
4. Other waivers available include those for students in the custody of DCF as a child or adopted from DCF and those for homeless students.
5. Each school has forms for students to complete request for waiver. The point of contact may vary.
Students don’t have to decide right away although they shouldn’t wait until after May 1.
Join the college or university social media community
Accept your scholarships and financial aid awards or verification documents, if needed.
Make sure you apply for Bright Futures BEFORE graduation
Pay housing and dining deposits….
Send final high school transcript with your graduation documented.
Federal Financial Aid
A student who gets picked for verification can’t get federal aid unless the verification documents are submitted and approved. (Reviews take time, so it's important to follow the college's priority deadlines for submitting the FAFSA and then the follow-up verification documents.)
A student who gets picked for verification may well get picked for verification every year. (Argh. See above.)
Federal Financial Aid
Course withdrawals do not go away--they affect the student’s pace to graduation, which is one of the measures of eligibility for federal aid. Students thinking of withdrawal from their courses should check with the financial aid office to find out how it will affect their financial aid (and whether it might require them to pay some money back).
Applying Early and Adhering to Deadlines
Apply early (August, Sept, Oct) of senior year. Allow extra time to get all necessary documents submitted to school (ACT/SAT scores, HS transcripts, etc).
Know difference between schools with rolling admissions vs. schools that pool their decisions
Know difference between 'priority' vs. 'firm' deadlines
Not applying early, within deadlines can result in:
being wait listed for admission or not being considered for admission
Parents should be effective time managers in helping their student get the admissions applications, scholarship applications, and honors or other special programmatic applications done in a timely manner.
Parents should help their student think critically about the type of institutions that they desire to seek admission into with regard to size, academic reputation, and costs.
Parents should begin to seek, become familiar with, and discuss available resources at the collegiate level.
Students must complete 16 core courses, 10 of which must be completed before the start of senior year
Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.3 in core courses in order to compete in the first year of college
Students must earn a combined SAT/ACT score that matches the core-course GPA on the sliding scale
For more information visit www.2point3.org
New SAT Redesign
This summer, 2015, SUS Directors submitted a memo requesting that the SAT Essay and ACT Writing not be required for SUS Admissions effective Jan. 2017 entering students. The request was based on hoping to increase access and streamlining the application process.
The Board of Governors will consider the amendment to Board Regulation 6.002 during their Nov. 2015 and Jan. 2016 meeting. Hopefully, Jan. 2016 the change will be official.
For Summer/Fall 2016 the SAT Critical Writing and ACT Writing will remain as requirement for admissions to a SUS