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Florida International University

Undergraduate Admissions

Loans & Grants

To make an FIU education even more attainable...


Our Financial Aid Office awards more than $180 million in financial aid each year. In fact, about 60 percent of all undergraduate students at FIU receive some type of aid.

Types of Aid

Confused about the various types of aid? Here is a breakdown:

  • Grants: Grants do not need to be repaid. Most are based on your financial need, though some also take into consideration factors like residency, such as the Florida Resident Access Grant for Florida residents who are seeking their first college degree and meet GPA requirements. To be considered for any grant, you must complete the FAFSA.

  • Loans: College loans include subsidized student loans (the government pays your interest while you’re in school) and unsubsidized student loans, which means the interest is added to the balance while you are enrolled in school. It’s ideal if you can pay off the interest as it is added throughout your college career.

  • Work-Study: If you show financial need, this federal program can help you to earn a portion of your educational expenses through employment both on and off campus.

Qualifying for Aid

Qualifying for “need-based” aid (aid that is based on your financial need) begins with completing the FAFSA form. Students may begin as early as October 1. Please note: You must submit all required documentation to our Financial Aid Office before you will be considered for financial assistance.

Students who qualify under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals do not qualify for federal financial aid, state scholarship programs and University scholarships that are funded through the State budget allocations. DACA students may be eligible for private scholarships depending on the requirements of the individual program. Students are encouraged to use search engines such as,, and

Additional information is available at Students may also want to speak with their advocate about opportunities available to assist in the financing of their college education.

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