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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 Waivers

A Graduate tuition waiver covers the tuition fee for an in-state or out-of-state student. Tuition Graduate tuition waivers cover only the graduate matriculation (tuition) fee for in-state or out-of-state students, depending on the residency of the student. Waivers do not cover undergraduate courses or any additional fees.

To apply for a tuition waiver, students must:

  • Be admitted to FGCU as a degree-seeking graduate student or have a pending application for admission.
  • Submit application and supplemental materials, as required by your program, by the deadline dates below.
  • Incomplete applications may not be given full consideration.
  • BEFORE applying, please consult these individual college requirements for details.

Graduate Tuition Waiver Application Form
Fall Deadline:
May 1  /  Spring Deadline: October 1  /  Summer Deadline: March 1

  Tuition Waiver Supplemental Requirements for Colleges

Arts & Sciences

English, Environmental Science/Studies, History, and Mathematics:

Waiver form only - no extra requirements

Public Administration:

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

Criminal Justice & Forensic Studies: Supplemental Application


All Programs: Resume & Personal Statement


EdS & EdD: FAFSA, Statement of Financial Need (optional)

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

Health Professions & Social Work

Social Work: Supplemental Application, Statement of Financial Need

Occupational Therapy & Physical Therapy: FAFSA completed, Statement of Financial Need (Include how waiver will impact performance & service activities you're involved in.)

Counseling (Mental Health & School): FAFSA, Resume, Statement of Financial Need

All Other CHPSW Programs: Statement of Financial Need


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.  Graduate Studies Scholarship Application Form

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.