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Financial Aid

Applying for Aid

As one of the South’s most engaging — not to mention the most beautiful — small private colleges, Florida Southern provides more than just great value.

We also provide more than $20 million annually in scholarships — and more than $42 million in overall financial aid assistance if you factor in our federal and state awards. In fact, 98% of our students receive financial aid!

To apply for financial aid at Florida Southern follow these 5 steps:

1 Apply for admission and you will automatically be considered for one of our merit scholarships. Notification of your award will be sent along with your acceptance packet.

Before you can be considered for financial aid, you must be accepted to Florida Southern. Your first step? Submit your application for admission, along with a financial aid application. As a bonus, most scholarships are automatic for eligible students accepted to Florida Southern.

2 Apply for state aid

Programs and application procedures vary by state. See your high school guidance office for details.

Information about state aid for Florida students  

3 Complete the FAFSA by logging on to Florida Southern’s code on the FAFSA is 001488.

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which determines your eligibility for all federal aid—including loans and need-based institutional aid. Complete the FAFSA after Jan. 1 and before March 15 of your senior year. (FSC’S FAFSA priority deadline is March 1.) Florida Southern’s code on the FAFSA is 001488.

Information about federal aid  

4 Check your mailbox in early March. We will notify you of all college-funded, state, and federal aid that’s available to you.

In early March, Florida Southern will notify you of all college-funded, state, and federal aid that’s available to you. Watch for this notification and promptly return requested items to our Financial Aid Office.

5 Schedule an appointment to review your package and payment options with your Admissions counselor.

Review your package and payment options with your Admissions counselor. He or she can meet with you in person or over the phone.

Office of Financial Aid

We are here to help! Working with you, we’ll design a financial aid package that allows you to pursue your dream of a Florida Southern education.


Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Contact Us

Phone 800.205.1600
Fax 863.680.4567

Find Us

The Office of Financial Aid is located in the Raulerson Building. (BA on the Campus Map)

Tuition & Costs

The cost of attendance of a Florida Southern education includes tuition, room and board (housing and meal plan), books, miscellaneous fees and expenses. As a residential community, we require students to live on campus** and have a meal plan.

For a first-year student, total tuition, fees, room and board is typically $43,830. Below is a breakdown of each expense.

Tuition for 2016-2017

Amount of Credits Semester Annual
Flat fee for 12-18 credits $16,225 $32,450
  • Part-time rate per credit hours is $936.
  • Students attempting more than 18 credit hours per term will be charged $936 for each credit over 18 credits.
  • A course may be audited for a fee of $130.

Meal Plan

Meal Plan Semester Annual
20 Meal Plan (A)* $2,175.00 $4,350.00
15 Meal Plan (B) $1,730.00 $3,460.00
10 Meal Plan (C) $1,405.00 $2,810.00
5 Meal Plan (E)** $670.00 $1,340.00

* Required of all first-year resident students

** Available only for commuter students or those with private kitchen facilities

Housing (per year)

Hall Double Single
Spivey* $6,330 $7,500
Dell $6,080 $7,000
Hollis $6,080 $7,000
Jenkins $6,330 $7,500
JR* $6,330 $7,500
Miller $6,380 $7,700
Publix Commons $6,330 $7,500
Nicholas $6,500 $7,900
Wesley $6,500 $7,900
Lake Morton Apts N/A $7,900
Colony Arms Apts $6,500 $7,900
Lake Hollingsworth Apts $6,500 $7,900
Mississippi Apts $6,300 $7,300
Ledger Apts $6,300 $7,300
Lexington Apts $6,170 $7,250
Houses $6,170 $7,250

* Triples and quads are available in Joseph Reynolds and Allan Spivey. Annual fees for these rooms are $5,060 and $3,015 respectively.

** All students are required to live in campus housing unless they live with a parent or legal guardian within 30 miles of campus.

Students walking around the beautiful Florida Southern Campus


Expenses Semester
Late Registration $50
Late Payment Fee $100
Activity Fee † $75
Technology Fee † $275
Parking Permit (Resident) $120
Parking Permit (Commuter) $90
Health Insurance (August 1 - July 31) ‡ $1,140 (approx.)
Security Escort Fee* $50
Class Fees Varies
Books $300–$600
Personal Varies
Summer Options Varies

The Technology and Activities fees are required by all students.

You will be charged for insurance unless you provide proof of existing coverage. Prior to the start of classes, log on to United Health Care to cancel and the fee will be removed from your bill.

* Security Escort fee is required by first-year students only.

Types of Aid

Our students receive more than $42 million in overall financial aid assistance, including more than $20 million in scholarships. We award financial aid to 98% of our students, with an average annual financial aid package of $14,500!

There are three types of financial assistance—scholarships, grants, and loans. Scholarships and grants do not require repayment. Loans must be repaid with interest.



Scholarships are merit-based aid, which means they are offered based on merit or achievement in a specific area. They do not need to be repaid. If you have a strong academic credentials, talent(s) in athletics or fine arts, leadership experiences, and/or outstanding or community service, you may very well be eligible scholarships from Florida Southern. View scholarships  


Grants are a form of need-based aid, which means they are distributed based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). View need-based grants  


Loans are a form of need-based aid, which means they are offered based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). View loan options  

Work Study

Many of our students are employed at businesses and restaurants throughout the Lakeland area. For need-based students who qualify, the Federal Work-Study program provides students with part-time jobs to help meet their financial need and offer work experience on campus and in the community. Work-study students may work up to 20 hours per week and earn up to $1,200 per year. Eligibility for work-study and other federal programs is based upon the FAFSA, which must be filed annually.

Find out what jobs are available  

Net Price Calculator

At Florida Southern, our goal is to provide you and your family with a high quality, private education that’s also affordable.

Our Net Price Calculator* provides a quick, early assessment of financial aid options that may be available to you. Each year we award over $20 million in scholarships and grants—and you may qualify for federal or state aid programs, as well.

Our Admissions Office is here to help you through this process in any way possible. After working through the calculator, feel free to contact your admissions counselor at 800.274.4310 to discuss your results.

We’ll be glad to work with you to create a financial aid package that enables you to make your Florida Southern education a reality.

The Net Price Calculator is intended for use by first-year, undergraduate students only. It is not designed for use by transfer, re-admit, adult, or graduate applicants; these students should contact their admissions counselor for more information.

Start up the Calculator

* Please keep in mind that the Net Price Calculator is not an application for admission or financial aid. The total cost of attendance as reflected in the calculator is meant to serve as an estimate. It considers costs for books, transportation, and personal expenses, but it may not reflect the actual amount you will pay to FSC. If you have questions about the FSC Net Price Calculator, please contact your admissions counselor