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Federal and State Aid

Federal and State Aid Programs

Florida Southern participates in all of the major federal and many state-based programs based upon financial need.

Federal Pell Grant

In 2019-2020 the federal government awarded up to $7,352 to undergraduate, degree-seeking students who had not already obtained a bachelor’s degree.

Work Study

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. Eligibility for work-study and other federal programs is based upon the FAFSA, which must be filed annually.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Up to $500 granted to undergraduate, degree-seeking students with exceptional financial need.

Even if you do not qualify for a federal or state grant, you may still be eligible for a need-based assistance from the College.

Need-Based Awards

In addition to established state and federal programs for students with financial need, Florida Southern also provides need-based grants to students who qualify. We offer options for academically outstanding first-year applicants who demonstrate significant financial need.

George W. Jenkins Scholarships

Full tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and personal expenses The George W. Jenkins Scholarships are intended to allow deserving students to complete a four-year college education without substantial economic hardship for themselves or their families.

Hazel Haley Scholarships

$2,500 per year awarded to graduates of Lakeland High School with proven financial need, this scholarship awards up to $10,000 over four years. Candidates must have proven financial need. Preference is given to students pursuing English or education majors.

Florida Students

Florida offers an array of state-funded assistance programs for residents who attend college in their home state.

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program establishes lottery-funded scholarships to reward Florida high school graduates for high academic achievement. Qualifying students can receive up to $7,352 a year. To be eligible, students must meet the criteria established by the state of Florida, including minimum GPA, test score and community service hours; students are also required to submit the Florida Financial Aid Application (FAA) to OSFA. For information, visit Florida Bright Futures.

Effective Access to Student Education (EASE)

Formerly called the Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG), the EASE grant provides $2,841 per year from the Florida Department of Education to students who are Florida residents attending private, non-profit colleges and universities within the state.

Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)

Available to degree-seeking undergraduates who demonstrate financial need and are Florida residents. Renewable for FSAG recipients who have a 2.0 GPA at the end of spring term for prior year and complete the specified number of hours for the term and amount awarded. FSAG is a need-based program, so funds may be limited and it’s important to complete your FAFSA early to receive full consideration.

Florida Prepaid Tuition Plan Benefits

Florida Prepaid Tuition Plan benefits may be used at Florida Southern. For information, visit