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.

Learn more about Guild Education Partnership Tuition Assistance programs.

You’re Invited to the 2022 Scholarship Awards Ceremony

Please join us on Thursday, September 29, 2022, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Darden Auditorium on the Rosen College campus. We will be presenting more than $200,000 in internal scholarships to over 100 deserving Rosen College undergrad students. We will also recognize our generous donors for their contributions and for the many external scholarship opportunities provided. Be there to witness the excitement at the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management Scholarship Ceremony.

The Darden Auditorium is located to the right of the main campus building at 9907 Universal Blvd. Orlando, FL 32819. Parking for this event is complimentary.

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


Direct costs to attend UCF include tuition and fees as well as room and board. As an example, if you are a full-time, undergraduate student who is a Florida resident and live on or off-campus, the direct costs are $17,452. This is based on 28 credit hours, which is the average enrolled by students each academic year.

Indirect costs include books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses. Your indirect costs may vary. Out-of-state student tuition and fees are higher.

DIRECT ANNUAL COSTS Full-time undergraduate resident student
Tuition & Fees $5,954
Room $7,318
Board $4,180
Total $17,452

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 31 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

Gilman Scholarships

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. To be eligible for the Gilman Program, applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of their study abroad program or internship. The Institute of International Education has administered the program since its inception in 2001. Created by the U.S. Department of State, in 2021, the Gilamn Scholarships awarded nearly $15,000,000 to students across the country. Click on the following link to apply:

Applications for the first cycle of 2022-23 Gilman Scholarships — which include study abroad programs running Dec. 1, 2022-Oct. 31, 2023 — are due Oct. 6 at 11:59 p.m. (PST).


CKitchen Scholarships

What is the CKitchen Educational Funding Program?

  • The program is developed to assist high school students who plan to continue their education in college.
  • Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.
  • The scholarship program is currently giving a $5,000 grant to an eligible student to aid continue his or her studies in the culinary arts or hospitality industries.
  • We wish to recognize current or future culinary arts students who are enrolled in a culinary arts program or who are majoring in Culinary Arts or Hospitality Management.
  • We welcome you to apply whether you have already started your secondary education or you are in the exciting process of selecting the perfect career.
  • Our scholarship has been designed to be inclusive and to help the next generation of enthusiastic chefs and restaurant managers, regardless of socioeconomic position or existing academic achievements.

Students must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be US citizens or permanent residents
  • Must be enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited college or university in Fall 2022 or Spring of 2022.
  • Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Students have to write a 500-700 word essay on any topic
  • Submit your completed application by October 31st, 2022, to
  • For more info visit:

Deadline to apply: October 31, 2022


2023 Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship (LTMS)

The Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) awards two scholarships annually. The Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to hospitality students who are preparing for a career in Destination Management. Up to two (2) scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $2500 USD each. Applications are accepted from individuals throughout the world who are preparing for a career in Destination Management. The length of the program must be one year or longer.  Two scholarships may be awarded:  one to a North American student and one to a non-North American student.

Applications are reviewed by the ADMEI Scholarship Committee comprised of Destination Management professionals.  The decision will be made at the end of November and winners will be notified in December.  Winners will also be invited to and acknowledged at the 2023 ADMEI Annual Conference. The scholarships will be announced in December and again at the 2023 ADMEI Annual Conference which will be held 1 – 3 February in Tampa, FL (USA). Scholarship recipients need not be present to accept the award, however, if you choose to participate in the annual conference, you will receive complimentary registration, hotel accommodations, and airfare assistance courtesy of

For more information, please download the LTMS flyer and/or visit hte Association of Destination Management Executives website at

Deadline to apply: November 1, 2022

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.

2021 Scholarship Award Cermony

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: .

2020 Scholarship Award Ceremony

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!