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Financial Aid for Freshmen

You can believe us when we say that we strive to make the USF experience as affordable as possible for students and their families. In 2017-18, the USF System awarded more than $500 million in financial aid.

Learn more about the types of aid available and how to apply below or visit USF’s Office of University Financial Aid and Scholarships for comprehensive financial aid information. 

Types of Aid Available

  • Grants: Money provided to students by the federal or state government or institution that is need based (you are not responsible for paying back).
  • Scholarships: Money provided to students based on academic performance or talent (e.g. athletics, music, etc.).
  • Loans: Money borrowed by you and/or your parents that must be paid back with interest. Loans may be awarded to you regardless of financial need.
  • Work Study: Need-based employment. Money is received bimonthly based upon hours worked in an on-campus job.

Also, be sure to check with your employer (or your parents’) to see if they offer a tuition-reimbursement program.

How to Apply

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows you to be automatically considered for federal, state, and university financial aid programs. Don't delay – to be considered for the most types of aid possible, be sure to submit your FAFSA by the Jan. 1 priority deadline.

Start FAFSA