Funding your Education at UCF
Higher education requires an investment of time, effort, and money.
The UCF Office of Student Financial Assistance periodically offers scholarships to non-U.S. citizens. Please refer to the Scholarship Listing page on their website to obtain more information. Within their website, you can also find Scholarship Resources and other important information for International Students. We also recommend checking with the government of your home country to see if they offer scholarships or other programs for aid in order to study abroad. You can also search private scholarships at: www.internationalscholarships.com. For other financial support opportunities, please refer to the academic department of your major. Unfortunately, the federal government does not have any specific financial aid programs for undergraduate international students.
Funding in the form of assistantships, fellowships, and tuition support is available to qualified graduate students. The colleges and academic departments establish eligibility requirements and application guidelines. Students should contact the Graduate Program Director in the department of study to which they are applying for more information. There is also more detailed information available on the Graduate Admissions website. You can also contact both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Unfortunately, the federal government does not have any specific financial aid programs for graduate international students.
OTHER FUNDING RESOURCES
FLORIDA LINKAGE INSTITUTES
The Linkage Institutes were created to assist in the development of stronger economic, cultural, educational, and social ties between the state of Florida and strategic foreign countries. Established under Florida Statute 288.8175, linkage programs are enabled to award out-of-state tuition waivers to citizens of qualified countries. The purpose of the tuition fee exemption program is to provide international students attending any institution of the State University System of Florida the opportunity to pay in-state tuition rates. Please visit Linkage Institutes to learn more.
Please review the following links to see if a linkage institute exists between Florida and your home country.
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LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN (LAC) SCHOLARSHIP
The Latin American and Caribbean Scholarship (LAC) allows for students from eligible Latin America and the Caribbean countries to be classified as residents for tuition purposes providing significant savings over standard tuition rates.
International Education Financial Aid: http://www.iefa.org
Funding from Personal, Family, and/or Sponsor Funds
If you or a sponsor will be providing the funding for your education, there are specific requirements you must follow to document those funds and obtain your Form I-20.
Financial supporting documents must be dated less than one year from the first day of classes, officially translated in English (if applicable), state the account holder’s name, currency of the funds, type of account, current available balance, and officially issued by a financial institution. Additionally, funds must be liquid and currently available (i.e., savings or checking).
To help you navigate this requirement, please review the following acceptable examples of financial supporting documents:
If your financial support will come from your personal funds, you may submit a recent official bank letter or statement only. The account must belong to you (the applicant).
FUNDS FROM FAMILY OR SPONSOR
If your financial support is from anyone other than yourself, then you are required to submit an affidavit of support that must be signed by your sponsor, along with a recent bank letter or statement from your sponsor’s account. For the affidavit of support, you can use the Certification of Finances Form, or use a separate affidavit statement that contains the name of the sponsor, relationship to the applicant, name of the applicant, and the U.S. Dollar amount available for the purpose of the applicant’s educational expenses.
As another option, you may submit a bank letter on official letterhead containing the name of the sponsor, relationship to the applicant, name of the applicant, amount of funds available for the purpose of the applicant’s studies (must include the currency of the funds and type of account).
If your sponsor will be providing financial support from a business account, then you must submit a recent bank statement from the business account, an official bank letter indicating the name of the individual(s) who have signatory power, and an affidavit of support for the individual(s) listed. For the affidavit of support, you can use the Certification of Finances Form, or use a separate affidavit statement that contains the name of the sponsor, relationship to the applicant, name of the applicant, and the U.S. Dollar amount available for the purpose of the applicant’s educational expenses.
You may provide a recent sanctioned educational loan letter including terms and conditions such as fund availability date and total loan amount. If a co-borrower or guarantor is listed on the loan letter you must submit a signed affidavit of support for each person listed. For the affidavit of support, you can use the Certification of Finances Form, or use a separate affidavit statement that contains the name of the sponsor, relationship to the applicant, name of the applicant, and the U.S. Dollar amount available for the purpose of the applicant’s educational expenses.
GOVERNMENT OR ANY OTHER SPONSORING AGENCY
If your financial support will come from any type of scholarship or sponsorship, you may submit an official signed copy of the scholarship or award letter specifying the total amount of the scholarship including tuition & fees, living costs, health insurance, dependent coverage, etc.
UCF DEPARTMENT ASSISTANTSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS, ATHLETICS SCHOLARSHIPS OR OTHER UCF FUNDING
If you are receiving financial assistance from the university, an official finalized offer letter of the award must be received by UCF Global from the College of Graduate Studies, Academic Department, and/or the UCF Athletics Department. The letter must include funding details such the amount and duration of the award including tuition & fees, living costs, and health insurance.
EXAMPLES OF FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS THAT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED INCLUDE:
⊗ Screenshots of online accounts
⊗ Business accounts without official signatory verification
⊗ Annual salary statements or pay stubs
⊗ Tax return statements
⊗ Statements showing non-liquid assets (jewelry, real estate, automobiles, etc.)
⊗ Insurance policies
⊗ Lines of credit
⊗ Investments, portfolios, stocks, bonds or other accounts from which money cannot be withdrawn
⊗ Fixed or Timed accounts or Certificate of Deposits not matured or with withdrawal restrictions (Except China and Vietnam and China)
As an international applicant to UCF the immigration documents (including financial support) are not needed for an academic decision to be made on your application. If you would like to wait to submit these documents until after an admissions decision is made, that is not a problem. We encourage students to submit their immigration documents as early as possible to expedite the Form I-20 issuance if admitted, so you may still receive reminders from UCF Global to submit these documents until they have been completed in your file.