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Scholarships for Florida Freshmen

Our Scholarship Guarantee

You will receive scholarship funding to attend New College if:

All of your required admission materials are on file by the time the class is closed.
• You are admitted to New College for Fall 2016.
• You are a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident Alien, or eligible noncitizen.
• You submit your $200 enrollment deposit no later than May 1, 2016.

All required application materials (including official transcripts, exam scores and the recommendation) must be received by the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid on or before the deadline.

Mail postmarked by the appropriate date will meet the deadline so long as the mail is received by 5 p.m. EDT, the following business day.

Scholarship funding amounts are tied to residency for tuition purposes. (For example, a student who is a Florida resident for tuition purposes will not be eligible for assignment of the Presidential Scholarship for out-of-state students.) For more info on tuition and residency, please contact your admissions counselor. All scholarships are subject to renewal requirements, and to availability of funding.

Four Winds Awards
The following scholarships are awarded based upon your Institutional Rating.

We award these scholarships by calculating your SAT Critical Reading and Math scores, as well as your grades at the time of admission. (If you took the ACT, use the conversion chart on the left to convert your score).

Use the calculator below to estimate your Institutional Rating and determine the scholarship award amount that may be available to you. 

Scholarship Calculator

 Combined SAT score: (must be 1600 or lower)
 High School GPA:
 Estimate Institutional Rating


Scholarship Package  Scholarship
95 & Above
Presidential Scholar
($14,000 over four years)

92 to 94Gold Scholar              
($12,000 over four years)

89 to 91Silver Scholar$2,500 
($10,000 over four years)

85 to 88Bronze Scholar$2,000 
($8,000 over four years)

84 & BelowLeadership Award$1,000 
($4,000 over four years)


National Merit Finalists and National Achievement Finalists
March 2015 update: Florida Incentive Scholarship Program (FIS):  The FIS Program is administered by the State of Florida.  Eligible students will receive an award equal to the per term cost of attendance (COA), minus the sum of the Bright Futures (BF) award and an award associated with the National Merit/Achievement (NM) process.

FIS Award = COA – (BF + NM)


1. Send us a copy of your National Merit Finalist or National Achievement Finalist Certificate to assist us in identifying you as a possible candidate for this Scholarship Program.

2. If you qualify for the FIS Program, it will supersede all other New College of Florida scholarship offers.

New College Excellence Award – for those finalists who do not meet the requirements for the FIS scholarship

Scholarship Value: $4,000 per year ($16,000 over four years)

This scholarship is assigned to four types of finalist, and is funded from a combination of sources, including these funds:
-- NCF National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarship
-- NCF National Merit Corporate-Sponsored Scholarship
-- National Achievement $2,500 Scholarship
-- National Achievement Corporate-Sponsored Scholarship 

A New College Excellence Award replaces the Four Winds Award.

National Hispanic Scholars 
New College Excellence Award
Scholarship Value: $4,000 per year ($16,000 over four years)

To receive this award you must be a National Hispanic Scholar recognized by the College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program.

A New College Excellence Award replaces the Four Winds Award.

State Science & Engineering Fair Award
Scholarship Value: $2,000 per year ($8,000 over four years)

We reserve a total of 10 scholarships for students who — in 11th grade — placed as Finalists in Florida’s Annual State Science & Engineering Fair. To be eligible for this award, a Finalist must be admitted and enroll at New College of Florida in Fall 2016 with the intent to study mathematics or science.

If you receive this award, we will add it to your Four Winds or New College Excellence Award.

Florida Education Fund Brain Bowl Scholarship 
We reserve four full four-year scholarships (tuition, room, and board): two for first-place team members of the statewide competition in mathematics and two for first-place team members in history and culture. Students interested for the fall 2016 semester must complete an admissions application by April 24, 2016, be admitted to the College, and enroll.

This scholarship supersedes all other scholarship funding from New College.

Other Resources and Opportunities
Need-Based Financial Aid
In addition to an academic scholarship, you could qualify for even more gift assistance if you are a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident Alien, or qualified non-resident alien. Complete the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov as soon as possible after Jan. 1, 2016. Our school code is 039574. For Maximum Aid Eligibility: complete both your admission application file and your FAFSA by Feb. 15, 2016 for priority consideration for need-based funding.

State of Florida Programs
Florida’s Office of Student Financial Assistance administers a number of grant and scholarship programs, including these:

Bright Futures Scholarship
• March 2015 update: Florida Incentive Scholarship Program (FIS) for National Merit Finalists and National Achievement Finalists
Mary McLeod Bethune Scholarship
Rosewood Family Scholarship
Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans

External Scholarships
For information on private scholarships, click here.

Special Circumstances
Eligibility for fee waivers and exemptions is regulated by the Florida Board of Governors (7.008).
If you believe you may be eligible, please submit the Request for Out-of-State Exemption or Florida Resident Tuition and Fees Waiver form, which addresses students in these special categories:
-- Veterans and U.S. service members
-- Purple Heart/military decoration recipients
-- Non-Florida residents graduating from Florida high schools
-- Florida Department of Children and Family Services adoptions
-- Homeless
For more descriptive information on the above categories, click here.

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
5800 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota, FL 34243

Phone: (941) 487-5000
Admissions Fax: (941) 487-5001
Fin Aid Fax: (941) 487-5010