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, 2020 to March 15, 2020 through the A2O system. Please CLICK HERE to apply for Rosen College Scholarships through the A2O system.

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 February 1, 2021 to March 28, 2021 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 Donahue 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


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

NEWH Sunshine Chapter Scholarships

The application process for the 2021 NEWH Sunshine Chapter Scholarships is OPEN!

  • Open to students with a major and career objective within hospitality: (interior design, culinary, hotel management, architecture, etc.)
  • Student must be attending college in: Florida (Central – Northern) & Mississippi
  • Apply before: April 26, 2021
  • Membership is not required but it is FREE to students + full-time educators
  • Students can apply by mail, email or online:

Get Connected:


Facebook: newhsunshine  @newhinc   @NEWHScholarships
Twitter: @NEWHinc
Instagram: @newhinc

The chapter will be awarding deserving students approximately $25,000 in scholarships this year. Individual scholarship amounts will be approximately $5,000. NEWH, Inc. and its chapters provide scholarships to students pursuing a career with Hospitality related fields (Interior Design, Hospitality Management, Culinary, Architecture, Senior Living, etc.).

Please reference the link provided for more information.

FRLAEF Scholarships

  • ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS ARE CURRENT COLLEGE STUDENTS  PURSUING A COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY DEGREE IN CULINARY OR HOSPITALITY. The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation (FRLAEF) scholarship application is now available for distribution to your students.  CLICK HERE for the application. Application deadline: Friday, May 21, 2021. Applicants notified award status by: May 28, 2021.

In order to be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must:

      • Be enrolled at a post-secondary institution
      • Be entering or continuing in a culinary or hospitality post-secondary program – Summer/Fall 2021 term
      • Return a transcript to FRLAEF by application deadline

The scholarship amount is based on investment returns and award amounts fluctuate from year to year. Approximately three–five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. This is a one-time, non-renewable award.

Transcripts should be mailed to:

PO Box 1779
Tallahassee, FL 32302

Some schools have the capability to email transcripts. Those should be sent to Amy Parker at: Students may contact the FRLAEF with any questions at 850-224-2250 Ext. 250 or the above email address.

The Southwest Airlines Scholarship

Southwest is committed to building a diverse talent pipeline, while inspiring future generations to find careers within the airline industry. The Southwest Airlines Scholarship provides access to education and is available to those seeking diverse educational pathways. The scholarships are one-year awards for students pursuing higher education. Applicants must intend to enroll or be enrolled at an accredited vocational, community/junior college or undergraduate program, and pursuing a degree or post-secondary certificate.

The selection committee looks for students showing academic achievement, financial need, demonstrated communication skills and strong character values. In addition, the selection committee will take into consideration the overall quality of the application materials, personal statement, and interview.

Scholarship Amount: Up to $5,000

Number of Awards: Up to 20

Eligibility Criteria

  • Demonstrate career interest in the airline industry through one or more of the following:
    • Acceptance into a degree program, major, or trade specialty that prepares for careers within the airline industry (including but not limited to: frontline operations, customer service and hospitality, aircraft maintenance, dispatch, engineering, flight operations; as well as corporate positions such as finance, technology, human resources, marketing, sales, and communications.)
    • Demonstrated vocational interest or personal aspirations in the airline industry through internship, work, or extracurricular experiences.
  • Age must be 24 or younger at the time the applications are due.
  • Must be attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university in a vocational, 2-year or 4-year program in the upcoming fall or spring semester.
  • Demonstrated academic achievement or growth and leadership qualities through extracurricular activities.
  • Minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA (if currently enrolled in classes).
  • Scholarships may be applied only to tuition, on-campus room and board, books and costs related to an institution’s cost of attendance. Students who receive full scholarships (covering the cost of tuition and books) during the year from any other source(s) are not eligible.
  • Special consideration is given to applicants who identify as black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC), are first-generation college students, and are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant.

Starting April 1, 2021, register and login to Apply SVCF, our online application system. Applications are due May 13, 2021.

2. Complete your Apply SVCF profile; the system will use your profile information to determine your eligibility for scholarships.

3. If you are eligible, complete the online application. You’ll need to provide details on your education, extracurricular activities and financial information.

4. Upload the required application documents, outlined above.

5. Review, finalize and then save your application, by clicking submit.

Women’s Executive Council (WEC) Scholarship

The Women’s Executive Council (WEC), an external professional women’s group, is accepting scholarship applications for its 2021 cycle. The amount of each scholarship, $1,972, commemorates the year WEC was founded. In 2020, WEC awarded 46 academic scholarships.


  • 3.0 GPA;
  • Be registered for at least 12 credit hours at one of the following schools: Daytona State College; Florida A&M University; Florida Institute of Technology; Herzing University (Orlando); Rollins College (College of Liberal Arts); Rollins College; Seminole State College; University of Central Florida; or Valencia College.
  • High School students must be a Senior and registered to attend one of the above stated Colleges/Universities for Summer or Fall 2021.

DEADLINE: June 30, 2021 (Applications and all materials must be submitted via email by 5:00 p.m.)
APPLICATION and full criteria information available here.

Florida Executive Women (FEW) Scholarship

The Florida Executive Women (FEW) Scholarship application period is now open.  FEW is a professional women’s group focused on community and business issues and providing support – via academic scholarships — to the next generation of Central Florida women leaders. Application and instructions available online at

Deadline:  April 23, 2021

FEW Scholarship Requirements,

  • Junior or senior level female student,
  • Full-time resident of Orange, Seminole, Brevard, Lake, Volusia or Osceola County,
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0,
  • Financial need of at least $3,000.


Best Hospitality Degree Scholarships

BHD has a $1,500 scholarship, which is awarded bi-annually to a United States citizen who is pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in hospitality. The deadlines are April 30 and November 30. The scholarship can be viewed here:

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. Additional questions, please contact Director of  the PTM program at UCF Rosen College.

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.

UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management awards numerous scholarships each year to hard-working, deserving students. This year 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. This year we present 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!