Cost, Scholarships & Financial Aid

Cost, Scholarships & Financial Aid

We believe a college education should provide lifelong benefits — not lifelong debt. From scholarships and grants to student loans, there are many ways to pay for college. We’re here to guide you every step of the way.
Please review the entire page for A2O, internal and external scholarship opportunities for incoming freshman, transfer and current students.

First things first --
how much is your education going to cost?

Click here to view UCF’s estimated cost of attendance. You can also use the tuition calculator to break down tuition and fees. Students can receive financial assistance through scholarships, grants, loans, fellowships and assistantships. Full details and application information are available through the Office of Student Financial Assistance. For information on fellowships and assistantships, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies website.


Last year, 72 percent of undergraduate students at UCF received some form of financial aid, and 44 percent graduated with no educational debt. Nationally, only 34 percent of students graduate debt-free. Kiplinger consistently ranks a UCF education among the nation’s best values.


The combination of financial aid plus scholarship funds can have a profound impact on your future success in and after college. Whether you’re interested in learning about scholarships, loans or personal finance, The Office of Student Financial Assistance has all the information you need.


Rosen College awards more than $225,000 in scholarships each year. The scholarship application period is open Jan 31 to March 15 through the A2O system. Please CLICK HERE to apply for Rosen College Scholarships through the A2O system.


Schedule an appointment with a Financial Assistance counselor to discuss the UCF Financial Aid application process or your financial aid status. Due to the limited number of appointments available, appointments should be reserved to gather information not accessible through myUCF or available on the UCF student Financial Assistance website. Appointments are available for booking up to 2 weeks in advance.

Note:  Financial Assistance counselors can only address questions pertaining to Financial Assistance and briefly address any general questions regarding tuition payments.


Financial Aid Information

For specific questions regarding your family’s financial aid package, please contact the UCF Office of Student Financial Assistance at or call 407-823-2827.  A list of financial aid FAQs (including COVID-19 related impact) visit

FAFSA information: Opens Oct 1. Complete by December 1. ; UCF School Code 003954

For questions relating to third-party billing and tuition payments, including Florida Prepaid, please contact UCF Student Account Services at or visit

Rosen College Scholarship Opportunities

Rosen College awards more than $225,000 in scholarships each year. New/Incoming and current students may apply for scholarships. The scholarship application period is open January 31 to March 15 through the A2O system. Please click the image to apply for Rosen College Scholarships through the A2O system.

The Rosen College Scholarship Committee is responsible for the application process, reviewing applications and awarding scholarships. Students in all majors,  Hospitality Management, Event Management, Restaurant and Foodservice Management, Entertainment Management and Senior Living Management are eligible.

We are excited to announce that our newest degree program, Senior Living Management, has full and partial tuition scholarships for those that are seeking a career in this industry that combines hospitality and health care. Look for scholarship opportunities like the Lilly and John Donohue Senior Living Management Scholarship and the Tuscan Gardens Senior Living Management scholarship in the A2O system.

Scholarships are also available to students in the Master’s and Ph.D. programs, though they are limited. Both domestic and international students may apply for these scholarships.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic criteria as well as any combination of financial need, campus/community activities, leadership positions and work experience.

For questions relating to merit scholarships, please contact the UCF Office of Undergraduate Admissions Scholarship Committee at

We believe a college education should provide lifelong benefits — not lifelong debt. Rosen College awards more than $225,000 in scholarships each year to deserving students, through the generous gifts provided by our donors. Our students also have access to more than $100,000 in external scholarships, provided by industry partners.

Four UCF Rosen College students, Jida Awa, Karen Bodden. Nadya Jatoft and Elizabeth Rutkovsky, say thank you to our donors for their support and on behalf of the hundreds of students who benefit from scholarships each year.

UCF Scholarship Opportunities


*No paper applications will be accepted. Scholarship applications are only available online through the A2O portal. You will only see scholarships for which you meet the basic eligibility requirements.


IMPORTANT! Please read each scholarship application carefully to make sure you meet ALL of the specific criteria required for each scholarship before applying. Criteria used to determine eligibility includes, but is not limited to: GPA, class standing, academic program and campus involvement.


External Scholarship Opportunities

onePulse Foundation 49 Legacy Scholarships

The onePulse Foundation 49 Legacy Scholarships application period is now open. This is a great opportunity for anyone pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or technical degree at an accredited institution. The scholarship program is one of the Foundation’s four pillars-mission to create a memorial that opens hearts, a museum that opens minds, education programs that open eyes, and legacy scholarships that open doors.
The onePULSE Foundation awards 49 scholarships annually, each up to $10,000, for use at an accredited institution of higher learning, including career and technical schools.
The selection committee considers many factors when evaluating scholarship applicants, including the applicant’s personal story, financial need or independence, strong academic or self-improvement interest, and proven track record of leadership, community involvement and/or work experience.
Preference is given to applicants who are immediate family members of the 49 victims, as well as all of the survivors of the tragedy and first responders. Family members, survivors and first responders are strongly encouraged to apply. The scholarship application can be found HERE.
DEADLINE to apply for scholarship: January 31, 2022

For more information on the scholarship and to learn about the 49, please visit

FRLAEF Scholarship

The FRLAEF Scholarship application is now open! The FRLAEF will award approximately $40,000 in scholarships during the 2021-2022 school year! These scholarships will be awarded in the Spring. The scholarship application link is below. We are giving away twenty $2,000 scholarships to graduating seniors pursuing a degree in culinary, foodservice, or hospitality.

The application closes Friday, February 4, 2022. Apply now.


Hospitality Diversity Action Council (HDAC)/NEWH Scholarship

DEADLINE to apply, Monday February 7, 2022. See details and link below.

Click HERE to apply to the NEWH and HDAC Diversity in Hospitality Scholarship.


Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)

Every year, HSF selects ~10,000 outstanding students as HSF Scholars from a broad and talented pool of applicants

HSF awards more than $30 million in Scholarships annually and, depending upon available funds, HSF Scholars may also be eligible to receive a scholarship, which range from $500-$5,000 and awarded directly to students



Scholars are selected based on merit. Award amounts range from $500 – $5,000, based on relative need.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be of Hispanic heritage

  • U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, or DACA 

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students; minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for college and graduate students

  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, public or not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, in the US, for the 2022-2023 academic year

  • Submit the FAFSA or state-based financial aid forms (if applicable)

Apply Today: Deadline to apply is February 15, 2022.

AHLA Foundation Scholarship

The 2022-23 AHLA Foundation Scholarship application is open. This year AHLA is giving away $1.1 million to deserving students! The direct link to the application can be found here:

Incoming freshman studying hospitality can receive up to $4,000 a year to begin their academic career. Undergraduate hospitality majors can receive up to $7,500 towards a bachelors degree. Hospitality graduate degree students can receive $5,000 to put towards their academic program.  The AHLA Foundation is committed to supporting the future leaders of the industry. More information on the various scholarships offered is here:
The deadline is February 15, 2022. Elevate. Educate. Empower.


The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) offers two types of scholarships:

  • SELF-NOMINATED – open to all hospitality management students enrolled in a U.S. college or university
  • SCHOOL-NOMINATED – requires school affiliation with the AHLA Foundation

All hospitality students, regardless of where they attend school, have access to more than $500,000 in scholarships offered through the Foundation’s self-nominated scholarships:

This year, the Foundation will disburse $1 million through its nine hospitality management scholarship programs for students ranging from freshmen to graduate students. Some scholarships are reserved for current hotel employees or minorities. Others are open to full-time or part-time students. Award amounts range from $500 to $7,500.

In order to apply for an AHLA Foundation scholarship, you must be able to answer Yes to the following question:
  1. Will you be enrolled in a hospitality management degree granting program at a U.S. college or university for the upcoming 2022 Fall semester? Qualifying majors include programs such as hotel administration, hotel/restaurant management, culinary arts, and travel/tourism.
CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION. Application closes mid-February.


The National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF) Scholarship application opens on January 15. Scholarships range between $2,500–$10,000. Application closes Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

Undergraduate Scholarship Timeline

    • January 15: Scholarship Application Opens
    • March 15: Application Closes
    • April – May: Scholarship Application Review
    • June: Scholarship Award Notifications
    • July – August: Scholarship Claiming and Payments
    • August 15: Deadline to Claim Scholarship

    CLICK HERE for the scholarship page and more information.

Professional Tennis Management Grants and Scholarships

A career in tennis has never been easier to achieve than with a Professional Tennis Management (PTM) certificate through the Hospitality Management degree at UCF Rosen College.  There are grants and scholarships available for PTM students through the USTA Foundation at  and click on the grants and scholarships tab at the top of the page.

Scholarship Tips

  • Maximize Scholarship Opportunities

    Here are a few tips to maximize your scholarship opportunities:

    • Apply early. The peak time to apply for scholarships is January through May for the upcoming school year. Remember the early bird gets the worm!
    • Check for scholarships frequently. Check your department, college, and the UCF Scholarship Listing Page for updates to scholarships.
    • Get Involved. While some scholarships do not require involvement, it does help showcase who you are as a person. Also, being involved helps identify your involvement within your community i.e. campus, local, church, sports.
    • Complete Your FAFSA. Some scholarships do not require the FAFSA, however, it is recommended for consideration of scholarships that require completing the FAFSA.
  • Write an Award-Winning Scholarship Essay

    Students many times do not apply for scholarships that involve writing essays. However, scholarships that require essays do not usually have many applicants which may increase your chances of earning a scholarship.

    Here are a few tips to write your award-winning essay:

    • Tailor your essay for your intended audience. While writing your essay, it is important to stay focused on the topic and specifically address the essay question.
    • Target your audience by using keywords. Identify the goals of the donor as well as identifying why you should be selected for the scholarship.
    • Stand out. Make the committee interested in who you are by grabbing their attention. Give the committee something different, so brainstorming will be very important before you begin writing your essay. Grab the reader’s attention with your essay and make the reader want to learn more about you.
    • Introduce yourself. Explain who you are, what your goals are, and how receiving the scholarship will help you accomplish your educational objectives. Scholarship committees often make decisions on awarding scholarships and want to know more about you, so using the essay is a good way to introduce yourself to the committee. Examples also include campus and community involvement, and hobbies.
    • Avoid negative messages. When writing your essay, avoid negative messages such as tear-jerker. Many use this method in hopes of being selected for a scholarship. However, it may have the opposite impact and not accomplish the intended message.
    • Write positive messages. In keeping with the theme of tailoring and targeting your audience, it is important to do so with positive messages. Positive messages are important when discussing negative situations. It gives great insight to you as a person, i.e., how you have overcome difficult situations.
    • Proofread. Essays should be proofread several times over to ensure that there are no typing or grammatical errors. Utilize your resources such as the UCF Writing Center or having a financial aid advisor review your essay.
  • Manage Your Scholarship Award

    Most students entering college encounter their first real-world situations with large amounts of money. We’ve compiled information on budgeting your money, as well as other financial literacy tips.

  • Avoid Scholarship Scams

    • Do not pay for scholarship searches. You have many options for free scholarship search engines as well as campus resources.
    • Avoid Scholarship Guarantees. Be wary of scholarship organizations that guarantee you will receive a scholarship based upon a small application fee. No one can guarantee you will receive a scholarship by paying an application fee.
    • Avoid Giving Personal Information. Do not provide personal information such as bank account numbers, and credit card numbers.
    • Money-Back Guarantee. Avoid scholarships that promise your money is guaranteed to be refunded if you do not receive a scholarship.

    If you believe you have encountered a fraudulent scholarship, visit the Federal Trade Commission website for help.

  • Write a Thank You Letter

    Letters of appreciation from scholars encourage our donors to continue funding deserving students like you. We ask that you prepare a brief letter describing how their contribution will help you reach your educational and personal goals.

    Here are some other suggestions for your thank you letter:

    • Make sure your letter is legible. If your handwriting is hard to read, you should type the letter instead.
    • Be sure to address the donor of the scholarship and not the scholarship committee.
    • Letters should be proofread and you should have someone else proofread it as well.
    • A store-bought card can be nice but be sure to write your own thoughts.
    • You should let the donor(s) know something about yourself and the impact their generosity has had on your education and life. You should also indicate what your future goals may be.


    Feel free to come into the Office of Student Financial Assistance if you have trouble writing your thank you letter and a staff member will assist you. You can also visit the Writing Center for assistance.

Special announcement:

If you were unable to join us in-person, or for the livestream, you can still watch the 2021-22 UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management Scholarship Awards Ceremony, originally presented at 4p.m. on Thursday, October 14, 2021. We awarded about $250,000 in internal scholarships to almost 150 deserving Rosen College undergrad students. We also recognized our generous donors for their contributions and for the many external scholarship opportunities provided. Access the Scholarship Award Ceremony on the Rosen College YouTube Channel via this link:

You can access the program for the event HERE! Take a look at the Facebook Photo Album from the  Scholarship Ceremony.

If you wish to make a gift to UCF Rosen College scholarship funds, please use this link to visit the UCF Foundation site: .

UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management awards numerous scholarships each year to hard-working, deserving students. In 2020, the awarding of scholarships is especially important as the hospitality and tourism industry has suffered devastating job loss, and our students are among those affected. We presented more than 140 students with scholarship at the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management Scholarship Awards Ceremony, a virtual event. Click the image to view the ceremony!