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Financing Graduate Studies


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Florida Gulf Coast University offers quality education and personal attention on par with the finest private universities, but at the cost of Florida's excellent public university system. Smart financial management is crucial for your success while attending graduate school and for your professional achievement after graduation. Use the resources below to see how FGCU can help you make smart financial decisions.

Post-Baccalaureate Non-Degree seeking students are not eligible to receive financial aid (except for teacher certification).

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

For more scholarship information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships website.

Tuition and Costs

Please refer to the Office of the Bursar website for a breakdown of Tuition & Fees.

Tuition Support

Graduate tuition support provides assistance for in-state or out-of-state tuition. Graduate tuition support does not cover undergraduate courses or any fees other than tuition. Both in-state and out-of-state tuition supports are highly competitive, availability of tuition support may vary from one program to another.

To apply for tuition support, students must:

  • Be admitted to FGCU as a degree-seeking graduate student or have a pending application for admission.
  • Refer to individual program requirements BEFORE submitting the application. Additional information and/or documents may be needed at the time of submission.
  • Submit the application form and supplemental materials, as required by the individual program, by the deadline.
  • Incomplete applications (e.g. incomplete application form, missing supplemental materials) will not be processed.

(*Deadline may be extended only for out-of-state students who are in the process of re-classifying their Florida Residency.)

Fall Deadline:   May 1
Spring Deadline:   October 1  
Summer Deadline:   March 1

Graduate Tuition Support Application Forms for, in state and out of state, can be found in the ORGS Form Library.

Supplemental Requirements by Program in Each College

College of Arts & Sciences
English, Environmental Science, History, and Mathematics:  Graduate Tuition Application form only.

Public Administration:  Supplemental Application, Previously taken 6 credits in program with 3.0 GPA

Criminal Justice & Forensic Studies:  Supplemental Application

Lutgert College of Business          
All Programs:  Resume & Personal Statement

College of Education          
EdD: FAFSA, Statement of Financial Need (optional)

All Other COE Programs:
FAFSA, Resume, Statement of Financial Need (optional)

College of Health Professions & Social Work     
Social Work: Supplemental Application, Statement of Financial Need
Occupational Therapy & Physical Therapy:  FAFSA completed, Statement of Financial Need
Counseling (Mental Health & School):  FAFSA, Resume, Statement of Financial Need

All Other CHPSW Programs: Statement of Financial Need

§ Students of CHPSW may be expected to participate in 10 hours of department service for each credit of tuition support received during the term; for instance, assisting with department sponsored events, assisting with departmental service activities on campus or in the community, assisting with department or faculty projects, etc. 

Graduate Studies Scholarships

The Graduate Studies scholarship is $2,500 and is awarded to 6-8 current FGCU graduate students annually. The deadline to apply is May 1 at 4:00 PM. For more information and requirements please review the Graduate Studies Scholarship Application. 

The Graduate Studies Scholarship Form can be found in the ORGS Form Library

Latin American & Caribbean Graduate Scholarship

The Latin American & Caribbean Graduate Scholarship is $500 annually. In addition it provides students from Latin America and the Caribbean with the opportunity to have their residency classified as in-state, as opposed to out-of-state for tuition purposes (In accordance with section 1009.21 (10)(e) Florida Statutes). This scholarship can have an annual tuition value of approximately $22,500 in savings for scholarship recipients.  

The Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation has developed a wealth of scholarship opportunities for graduate students. For more information on these scholarships please visit the FGCU Foundation Scholarship website.

Other resources that many FGCU students have found helpful are listed below.

Student Scholarship Search
Southwest Florida Community Foundation
International Student Funding Opportunities

Graduate Assitantship

Graduate assistantships are hourly-waged or stipend student employment opportunities. Graduate assistantships are available through academic departments and administrative units within the University. Please check with your Academic department for current graduate assistantship opportunities. Another resource for on-campus and off-campus employment is the College Central Network service through the Career Development Services website.