FIU National Merit Scholarship Benefits

National Merit® finalists will receive the following from FIU:

  • Full tuition, books and fees
  • Full room and board in Parkview Hall
  • Unlimited 7-day meal plan
  • Guaranteed admission into the Honors College
  • Priority registration when choosing your classes
  • Laptop
  • Guaranteed research opportunities and mentorship

Congratulations, for being named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist! As someone who wants to change the world, you will need a university dedicated to being a solution center; a place where you have the resources and freedom to explore new ways to solve the challenges of the 21st Century. At FIU, the work of our students, faculty and staff has a real impact on the real world. We hope you’ll take a closer look!

Jody Glassman, Associate Vice President of Enrollment & University Admissions

Get to Know FIU

 

  • Schedule a Tour

    The best way to learn about FIU is to visit us. Explore our campuses and get to know the REAL FIU. 

  • Honors College

    As a National Merit student, you are guaranteed admission into the Honors College. Learn about the benefits of joining. 

  • Parkview Housing

    Check out the private room and amazing amenities included in your scholarship.

Early Assurance Program

Students in the Honors College can apply to the Early Assurance program as sophomores. This program allows FIU Honors College pre-med or pre-law students to be considered for guaranteed admission to the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and the FIU College of Law. In addition to securing an acceptance of admission (if all standards are met), the EAP program will assist students throughout their pre-law or pre-med planning by helping to define and broaden their academic interests and by providing educational enrichment as students explore and learn more about the medical or law professions.

Testimonials

Katherine De Jesus

“I chose FIU because it offered me the ability to pursue any passion and explore. With FIU, I've been able to take classes that truly interest me and I've been able to travel and go abroad!

At FIU, I was able to find a job on campus that helped me nurture that passion and create videos and photos for their social media accounts and with this experience, I was able to secure an internship and a potential job offer at Sony Music!”

Katherine “Kat” De Jesus
- National Merit Scholar, FIU Honors College

Alex Anacki

“The first time I stepped foot on FIU's campus was when I attended FIMUN, FIU's high school Model UN conference, in March 2018. I knew immediately that it was the place for me.

FIU's Model UN team granted me the opportunity to travel across the continent 8 times in 2019, and built my professional network. FIU is a school whose merits far exceed what may be outlined by others, and I hope to be a part of what continues to drive our university forward in the national and international spheres.”

Alex Anacki
- National Merit Scholar, FIU Honors College

Vivian Caballero

"When you are a National Merit Scholar at FIU, you get the opportunity to be a big fish in a small pond as opposed to one of many. Even then, FIU is anything but a small pond. FIU has given me great resources through our pre-med counselor, pre-med clubs and honors societies. They also have hundreds of ongoing research projects which will eventually help me gain lab experience before applying to medical school. FIU offers its students so many opportunities to learn, grow, and connect with others; I truly feel that I am being prepared for my future after college."

Vivian Caballero
- National Merit Scholar, FIU Honors College

Calendar

Keep yourself on track

  • July-August (Summer)
    1. Submit Application to FIU early!
  • September-December (Fall)
    1. National Merit Scholarship Corporation announces semifinalist names
      • List of semi-finalists will be released
    2. Visit FIU
    3. Apply to Honors starting October 1
      • National Merit Semifinalists are provided automatic admission
      • Complete the application by visiting: honors.fiu.edu/apply
      • Priority consideration deadline is January 15
  • January – February (Early Spring)
    1. National Merit Scholarships Corporation announces finalists
      • Finalists will be selected. Let FIU know if you are a finalist to upgrade your scholarship
    2. Designate FIU as your first-choice institution
      • All students selected as finalists who designate FIU as their number 1 choice by the May 1 deadline are guaranteed the National Merit Scholarship
    3. Honors College Priority deadline January 15
      • Meet priority deadline in order to be invited to first available orientation date; pick your classes before all other incoming freshmen
      • Start looking at faculty researchers you would like to work with
  • March-May (Late Spring)
    1. Register to attend Admitted Student Day
    2. Waive your deposit by May 1
      • Confirm admission by sending us an email to nationalmerit@fiu.edu 
      • National Merit Scholars will have their $200 admissions deposit waived
    3. Complete your housing application
      • Start your housing application. National Merit finalists have housing costs and meal plans included in their scholarship. Students will room at Honors Hall in Parkview. Checkout photos and the floorplan by clicking here.
    4. Register for Orientation
      • Your my.fiu.edu account will have a link to start choosing your orientation date for orientation. 
    5. Select FIU as first-choice institution by May 1
      • You must have FIU listed as your first choice on the National Merit Scholarship Corporation website to guarantee your scholarship.