Applying for financial aid begins when you apply for admission to Florida Tech, whether as a prospective freshman or transfer student. All undergraduate applicants' credentials are automatically reviewed for merit-based university scholarships and grants. These awards are applied to a student's account when the student completes the enrollment process and they renew automatically as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress. After enrolling for the first time, students are not required to take any action to "apply" for university merit aid again.
However, in order to be considered for need-based university aid and additional financial assistance from Florida State or the federal government, students must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing the FAFSA is an annual requirement. We encourage all degree-seeking U.S. students to file a FAFSA. Doing so enables the university to put together a comprehensive financial aid package, including both merit-based awards and need-based opportunities, for your consideration. Families that do not file a FAFSA are not considered for federal loan programs or need-based grants.
Financial aid opportunities and processes differ for freshman, transfer, international and graduate students.
You must be admitted to an eligible degree program at Florida Tech to be eligible for financial assistance. If you are not ready to apply for admission, check out our Net Price Calculator for a current estimate. If you are currently enrolled and maintaining satisfactory academic progress, you're all set.
Students who wish to apply for Federal Student Aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
You can expect to receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) within a few days after completing the FAFSA. Upon receipt of your SAR, you should read the cover letter carefully to see if the federal processor detected any errors or omissions. Mistakes made while completing the FAFSA may prevent Florida Tech from processing your financial aid package and sending you an award letter until the problems are corrected.
Upon admission to Florida Tech, you will receive information about creating a TRACKS login and password. Use your TRACKS information to sign into ACCESS. Inside ACCESS, you may use the Panther Access Web System (PAWS) to view current information about your financial aid status. PAWS will list any outstanding requirements that may delay or prevent you from receiving all of the aid you are eligible to receive.
Have you been awarded state or federal financial aid? Certain documents may be required before awards will pay down tuition and other costs that appear on your Florida Tech billing statement. You can avoid late charges, or even dismissal from classes, if you Monitor Your Financial Aid and promptly provide required documents. Keep in mind:
The federal government screens student FAFSAs and selects some for a process called verification. Additionally, the Office of Financial Aid is required to initiate verification if we find conflicts in information supplied by the student or the parent/guardian. If selected for verification, you will need to provide additional, supporting information that will be outlined for you in PAWS as a "Tracking Requirement."
If this applies to you, you will receive a letter directly from KHEAAverify.com with guidance for creating a secure login and for uploading any required verification documents. KHEAA stands for Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, which is a public corporation and government agency. KHEAA has an experienced, dedicated team that specializes in federal verification requirements. For more information about the verification process, check out our verification FAQs.
Students should periodically check status of their student account and financial aid to ensure the account is paid and they avoid late charges: