First Generation Matching Grant Program
Florida Statutes 1009.701
The First Generation Matching Grant Program (FGMG) is a need-based grant program
available to degree-seeking, resident, undergraduate students who demonstrate substantial
financial need, are enrolled in
eligible participating postsecondary institutions,
and whose parents have not earned baccalaureate or higher degrees. Available
state funds are contingent upon matching contributions from private sources on a one to one dollar basis.
FGMG is a state of Florida decentralized program, which means each participating
institution determines application procedures, deadlines, student eligibility, and award amount. This program is available at Florida
state universities and Florida colleges (public community colleges).
Initial Eligibility Requirements to Receive Funding
The student will:
- Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. A studentís residency and citizenship status are
determined by the postsecondary institution. Questions regarding such status should be directed to the
financial aid office or admissions office of the institution the student plans to attend.
- Not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant, loan, or scholarship program unless satisfactory
arrangements to repay have been made.
- Not have previously received a baccalaureate degree.
- Be accepted at a Florida state university or Florida college (public community college) and enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours per term as a
degree-seeking undergraduate student.
- Meet additional eligibility requirements as established by the postsecondary institution.
- Be a first generation college student. A student is considered "first generation" if neither of the
student's parents earned a college degree at the baccalaureate level or higher. A student who
regularly resided with and received support from only one parent who did not earn a baccalaureate degree would also be eligible.
- Have met the eligibility requirements in Section 1009.50, Florida Statutes, for demonstrated
financial need for the Florida Public Student Assistant Grant, by submitting the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Applying for an Award
- The student will demonstrate financial need by completing the
FAFSA in time to be processed error free by the
deadline specified by the institution.
- The student will meet the application procedures established by the participating
institution. Applications may be obtained at the financial aid offices of
Student Renewal, Reinstatement, and Restoration
A student should consult the postsecondary institution for renewal, reinstatement, or restoration requirements
established by the institution.
- The postsecondary institution shall determine eligible applicants on the basis of financial need,
determine the award amount for each recipient, and notify each student of the award.
- The studentís award in combination with all other resources shall not exceed the studentís financial need.
The postsecondary institution will disburse awards to eligible students each term.
Terms of Eligibility
A student should consult the postsecondary institution for program length established by the institution.
An applicant who believes financial aid has been wrongly denied has certain rights to appeal.
If aid is denied for failure to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements, an applicant may appeal the
denial to the institution by providing proof of illness or other emergency beyond the applicant's control. An
institutional academic progress appeal is to be filed in writing within 30 days of the denial letter or by the date
established by the institution's financial aid office, whichever is later.
An applicant must notify Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) of any change in name, address, or institution
attended. A student may update information in the following ways:
- By accessing and updating the student record on the OSFA website at
using the assigned User ID and PIN:
- Select State Grants, Scholarships & Applications,
- select Application Status & Award History, and then
- under Initial Student Update, select the appropriate option.
- By calling OSFA toll-free at 1-888-827-2004.
Transferring from one institution to another will affect an applicantís award.
Use of an Applicantís Social Security Number/Non-discrimination Statement
The Privacy Act of 1974 requires state agencies to inform applicants of the reasons for requesting their Social
Security numbers (SSN). The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) requests an SSN on all applications for student
financial assistance in order to correctly identify applicants, match each applicant's financial aid record with the
student record at the postsecondary institution the applicant attends, and help coordinate state student aid programs
with federal student aid programs.
An applicant will not be denied financial assistance for failure to disclose the SSN. Without an SSN,
correct identification of an applicant's record cannot be assured and may result in an error or a delay in
the disbursement of an award.
Pursuant to Section 1000.05, Florida Statutes, state student financial assistance is provided to eligible
applicants without discriminating on the basis of ethnicity, gender, national origin, marital status, or handicap.
Minority status will be considered when required by law as a condition of eligibility or selection.
For further information contact the financial aid office at
eligible participating postsecondary institutions
or the Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance,
State Scholarship and Grant Programs, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1314, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400.
Contact OSFA toll-free at 1-888-827-2004.