Florida Student Assistance Grant Program


Florida Statutes 1009.50 Florida Statutes 1009.51 Florida Statutes 1009.52
State Board of Education Rule 6A-20.031 State Board of Education Rule 6A-20.032 State Board of Education Rule 6A-20.033

Program Description

The Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG) Program is a need-based grant program available to degree-seeking, resident, undergraduate students who demonstrate substantial financial need and are enrolled in participating postsecondary institutions.

FSAG is a decentralized state of Florida program, which means that each participating institution determines application procedures, deadlines, student eligibility, and award amount. The FSAG awards provided to students in the Public, Private, and Postsecondary sectors includes federal Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) and Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (SLEAP) funds. The Talented Twenty Program rewards high school students graduating in the top 20 percent of each senior class by guaranteeing them admission to one of the eleven state universities in Florida and by providing priority funding for the FSAG Public program, if eligible. The FSAG program is a need-based grant; therefore, Talented Twenty students must meet FSAG eligibility requirements in order to receive priority funding. Additional information regarding the Talented Twenty Program is available on the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) Web site.

Initial Eligibility Requirements to Receive Funding

The student will:

  • Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. A student’s residency and citizenship status are determined by the postsecondary institution. Questions regarding such status should be directed to the financial aid office or admissions office of the institution the student plans to attend.
  • Not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant, loan, or scholarship program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made.
  • Not have previously received a baccalaureate degree.
  • Enroll for a minimum of 12 credit hours per term, or the equivalent, in an associate or baccalaureate degree program at an eligible institution to participate in the FSAG Public, FSAG Private, or FSAG Postsecondary programs.
  • Enroll for 9 - 11 credit hours per term, or the equivalent in an associate or baccalaureate degree program at a state university or community college in order to participate in the FSAG Public program three-quarter time .
  • Enroll for 6 - 8 credit hours per term, or the equivalent in an associate or baccalaureate degree program at a state university or community college in order to participate in the FSAG Public program half time .
  • Meet Florida’s general eligibility requirements for receipt of state aid.

Applying for an Award

The student will demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in time to be processed error free by the deadline specified by the institution.

Student Award Renewal

  • A renewal applicant must have earned a minimum institutional cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and earn the following for each term an award was received during the academic year for the programs listed below:
    • Florida Public Student Assistance Grant,
      • 2 credit hours for each term for full-time enrollment;
      • 9 credit hours for three-quarter time enrollment; or
      • 6 credit hours for half-time enrollment.
    • Florida Private and Postsecondary Student Assistance Grants, 12 credit hours for each term award was received.
  • Eligibility for renewal is determined at the end of the second semester or third quarter of each academic year. Credit hours earned during the previous summer can be counted toward the total number of credit hours required.
  • A student should consult the postsecondary institution for renewal requirements established by the institution.
  • Demonstrate financial need by completing an error free FAFSA each academic year by the deadline specified by the institution.

For additional information about the FSAG grant, please refer to:

http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/factsheets/FSAG.pdf