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Scholarships & Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid
Types of Aid

Applying for Financial Aid

  1. Familiarize yourself with the financial aid deadlines at USF St. Petersburg. Note that some scholarships, grants, and loans require you to apply for admission and file your FAFSA.
  2. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) soon after January 1 of the year you plan to attend. This form determines your eligibility for federal and state aid, including loans and need-based institutional aid. Be sure to list school code 001537 on the FAFSA when prompted. Tip: File your FAFSA by to March 1 to be considered for the most aid types possible.
  3. Submit applications for relevant scholarships, grants or loans prior to their respective deadlines.
  4. Check OASIS regularly to ensure all of your financial aid requirements have been satisfied. Financial aid cannot disburse until your financial aid file is complete.
  5. Pay your admission deposit and register for New Student Orientation. You will register for classes at Orientation. Your admission deposit is applied toward classes.

Types of Aid


USFSP offers scholarships for academically-talented first-time-in-college and transfer students. A scholarship is a type of financial aid that does not need to be repaid and can be awarded to students, based on academic achievement, athletic ability, talent or some circumstance. Some scholarships also factor in a student’s financial need in determining eligibility, which may require the student completing a FAFSA. Search the scholarship database now!


Grants are financial aid award that does not need to be repaid. Grants are a form of need-based aid, meaning they are distributed based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


Loans are one component of financial aid. Students can borrow monies for educational purposes from a lender of their own choosing. Depending on the type of loan that you are eligible for, some are credit based while others are not. Types of loans that are offered are Direct Stafford Loans, private loans, and Direct PLUS loans.