Florida Student Assistance Grant Program
The Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG) Program is a need-based grant program
available to degree-seeking, resident, undergraduate students who demonstrate substantial financial
need and are enrolled in participating postsecondary institutions.
FSAG is a decentralized state of Florida program, which means each participating institution determines application
procedures, deadlines, student eligibility, and award amount.
The FSAG awards provided to students in the Public, Private, and Postsecondary sectors includes federal
Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) and Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (SLEAP) funds.
The Talented Twenty Program rewards high school students graduating in the top 20
percent of each senior class by guaranteeing them admission to one of the eleven
state universities in Florida, within space and fiscal limitations, and by providing priority funding for the FSAG Public program, if
eligible. The FSAG program is a need-based
grant; therefore, Talented Twenty students must meet FSAG eligibility requirements
in order to receive priority funding. Additional information regarding the
Talented Twenty Program is available on the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) website.
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.
- Enroll for a minimum of 12 credit hours per term, or the equivalent, in an associate
or baccalaureate degree program at an eligible institution to participate in the
FSAG Private, or
FSAG Postsecondary programs.
- Enroll for 9 - 11 credit hours per term, or the equivalent in an associate or baccalaureate degree
program at a state university or Florida college (public community college) in order to participate in the FSAG Public
program three-quarter time .
- Enroll for 6 - 8 credit hours per term, or the equivalent in an associate
or baccalaureate degree program at a state university or Florida college (public community college) in order
to participate in the FSAG Public program half time .
- Meet Floridaís general eligibility requirements for receipt of state aid.
Applying for an Award
The student will demonstrate financial need by completing the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in time to be processed error free by the deadline specified by
Student Award Renewal
- A renewal applicant must have earned a minimum institutional cumulative grade point
average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and earn the following for each term an award
was received during the academic year for the programs listed below:
- Florida Public Student Assistance Grant,
- 12 credit hours for each term for full-time enrollment;
- 9 credit hours for three-quarter time enrollment; or
- 6 credit hours for half-time enrollment.
- Florida Private and Postsecondary Student Assistance Grants, 12 credit hours for
each term award was received.
- Eligibility for renewal is determined at the end of the second semester or third quarter of
each academic year. Credit hours earned during the previous summer can be counted
toward the total number of credit hours required.
- A student should consult the postsecondary institution for renewal requirements
established by the institution.
- Demonstrate financial need by completing an error free
FAFSA each academic year by the deadline specified by the institution.
Failure to Meet the Minimum Renewal GPA
- If a student does not meet the minimum institutional cumulative GPA, a probationary
award may be granted for two semesters or three quarters.
- To be eligible for renewal the following year after probation, the student must have earned the required credits
and an institutional cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Failure to Meet the Minimum Renewal Credit Hours
- A student who does not meet the annual minimum number of credit hours required for
renewal may not receive funding the following academic year.
- To be eligible for funding in a subsequent year, the student must apply for restoration and meet
the general eligibility requirements for restoration and have earned an institutional
cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Student Award Restoration
- A student may be eligible for restoration if an institutional
cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is earned at the end of the second semester or third quarter of
the academic year for which the student was ineligible.
- A student may apply for restoration with the postsecondary institution after two
semesters or three quarters at the end of the spring term.
Student Award Reinstatement
A student who met the requirements for a renewal award, but did not receive an award
during a full year of eligibility and wishes to reestablish use of the grant, may
apply for reinstatement with the postsecondary institution in a subsequent year
provided the student has earned an institutional cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0
scale as of the end of the second semester or third quarter of the academic year
preceding the year the award is sought.
- The postsecondary institution will determine applicant eligibility and award amount.
- The annual minimum and maximum award amount may vary each academic year. For the
2012-13 academic year the minimum annual award amount is $200 and the maximum is $2,534.
- The studentís award in combination with all other resources shall not exceed the studentís financial aid.
OSFA allocates funds to eligible postsecondary institutions. Each postsecondary institution distributes
awards to eligible students.
Terms of Eligibility
- A student receiving the FSAG Public is eligible to receive an award for a maximum
for 110% of the number of credit hours required to complete a program.
- A student receiving FSAG Private or Postsecondary is eligible to receive scholarship
funding for 9 semesters or 14 quarters of full-time enrollment.
- Undergraduate students participating in college-preparatory instruction, students
requiring additional time to complete the college-level communication and computation
skills testing programs (CLAST), or students enrolled in a 5-year undergraduate
degree program are eligible to receive financial aid for a maximum of 10 semesters
or 15 quarters.
- Unused hours may not be used for further course funding after a
student earns a baccalaureate degree.
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 OSFA of any change in name, address, or institution attended. A student may update
information the following ways:
- By accessing and updating the student record on the OSFA website
www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org, 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 in the award amount 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 race,
sex, 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.