Graduate Program Director Handbook

Chapter 7: Tuition and Financial Aid

7.1 Tuition


Tuition and fees are assessed on the basis of residency; enrolling students are classified either as “Florida” or “non-Florida” students.

 

The tuition rates are posted online.



7.2 Types of Financial Aid


Federal Stafford Loan Program


A federal loan program supported with dollars from banks and other lending institutions is available to eligible students. There are two types of Federal Stafford Loans. The need-based “subsidized” Federal Stafford Loan and the non need-based “unsubsidized” Federal Stafford Loan. Students who feel that it is necessary to borrow additional funds through the “unsubsidized” Federal Stafford Loan should contact the One-Stop Student Services Center for additional information.

Federal Work-Study


The Federal Work-Study Program is a federal program supported with matching funds from UNF. This employment program is designed to assist students by providing employment opportunities and work experience while they are attending school. Students are paid an hourly rate on a bi-weekly basis. Students must demonstrate financial need.

Graduate Assistantships


A limited number of graduate assistantships and fellowships are available to qualified students. Continuation of the award is based on the student’s satisfactory performance in both academic and assigned duties. Graduate students who wish to apply for assistantships should write to the chairperson of the department in which they plan to enroll. Graduate students must be enrolled in 9 credit hours for fall and spring or 6 credit hours for summer to be employed and classified as a graduate assistant.  

Graduate Matriculation Fee Waivers


The State of Florida funds a limited number of graduate matriculation fee waivers for graduate students who are on either graduate assisantships or fellowships. These waivers can be used to offset a portion of a graduate student’s in-state tuition. A student must be a fully admitted graduate student to qualify under this program. Because each college administers this program using different requirements, students are encouraged to contact their college as early as possible to determine their eligibility.

Out-of-State Tuition Waivers


Out-of-State tuition may be waived for certain full- and part-time enrolled non-residents who have skills or abilities which will contribute to the academic environment of the University. UNF attracts a great majority of its students from Northeast Florida.  Program directors with interested non-resident students must complete a Request for Out of State Fee Waiver and submit to the director of the Graduate School.  Awards are based on the availability of funds.

Latin American Caribbean (LAC) Scholarship


Students from Latin America and the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) are eligible to receive Latin American/Caribbean (LAC) Scholarships at UNF. LAC scholarship recipients receive a minimum of $300 per academic term to cover the cost of books and other assorted expenses. On the basis of the LAC scholarship, the student will also be classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes. In order to qualify, they must be admissible to UNF under existing criteria for undergraduate or graduate programs and (1) must be a registered student in good standing at the University of North Florida or a prospective student who has been admitted to UNF; (2) must be registered for a full-time course load during each semester the scholarship is awarded (9 credit hours for graduate students); (3) must perform 25 hours of approved community service each semester.

Auzenne Fellowship


The Auzenne Fellowship is a yearly award given out on a merit basis - based on a combination of GPA and GRE/GMAT test scores - which funds students for full-time study during the Fall and Spring semesters. This program is designed to assist Florida’s State Universities in increasing the enrollment of minority students (African American, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaskan Native) who are enrolled in disciplines in which there is under-representation of the minority group at the graduate level at the University of North Florida. Awards are continued for up to two years for students in Masters and Professional programs, and up to four years for Doctoral students.

 

College-based Scholarships


Funding for scholarships for graduate students is received by the individual colleges as part of their annual budget request and subsequent allocation. Individual college deans allocate shares of those resources to individual departments as well as determine how those resources may be distributed to students.