Scholarships help you graduate from FIU with your degree and with little to no debt. Scholarships are usually merit-based financial aid (awarded based on your grades and achievements) but some may have need-based requirements as well. Apply to as many scholarships as you can and apply early to increase your chance of being awarded.
First Year Students
- First Year Merit Scholarships
Merit scholarships are very competitive. Students must prove a record of high academic achievement to qualify to apply. The following are the top merit scholarships for incoming first year students:
- Presidential Premier – Students with 4.0 GPA and 1370 SAT / or 30 ACT. Awards 100% tuition and fees plus a book stipend.
- Ambassador Premier – Students with 4.0 GPA and 1280 SAT or 27 ACT. Awards 75% tuition and fees plus a book stipend.
- National Merit – Students who qualify for Presidential/Ambassador scholarships and are selected as a finalist. Awards full tuition, fees, room and board, up to the cost of attendance as published by the Office of Student Financials.
- FIU Collegeboard National Recognition Programs (African American, Hispanic, Indigenous, or Rural and Small Town Recognition) – Students who qualify for Presidential/Ambassador scholarships and are selected as a finalist. Awards full tuition, stipend for books and $1000 stipend towards meal plan each semester.
- Be a newly admitted FIU first year student
- Meet academic eligibility listed above
- Submit 2 letters of recommendation
- Write an essay response to a prompt
Visit the FIU Scholarship Search for applications, deadlines, requirements and award notifications for these scholarships and others. FIU sends notification of scholarship awards by email. Note: scholarships are removed once the deadline has passed.
Your department or program may offer scholarships to a select number of students. Find scholarships through the FIU Scholarship Search. The FIU Office of Scholarships helps students find and complete applications for many FIU scholarships as well as others not offered by the university. Competition for scholarships is high among grad school students, so working with the Office of Scholarships to improve your application can help give you a competitive edge.
Information regarding additional forms of funding, including assistantships and fellowships, can be found on the University Graduate School’s Funding Page.