Veterans, U.S. Service Members

As a veteran, U.S. service member or public servants, you may qualify for a special exemption.

Veterans, U.S. Service Members and Their Families

As a veteran, a former or active duty military service member, or a family member, you may qualify for a special exemption. If you believe you may qualify, please fill out this form and return to the Financial Aid Office.

Veterans Affairs

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs administers many programs, including the Veterans GI Bill. Questions or concerns regarding VA educational benefits may be directed to the Office of the Registrar at records@ncf.edu.

Florida National Guard

If you are an active member of the Florida National Guard, you may be eligible for a full or partial exemption of your tuition and fees through either Education Dollars for Duty (EDD) or the State Tuition Exemption Program (STEP). For details and instructions on applying, please contact your unit commander.

Purple Heart or Another Combat Decoration Superior in Precedence

If you are the recipient of a Purple Heart or other combat decoration superior in precedence, you may be eligible for a tuition waiver.

Recipient of Purple Heart or Superior Combat Decoration

A state university or community college shall waive undergraduate tuition for each recipient of a Purple Heart or another combat decoration superior in precedence who:

  1. Is enrolled as a full-time, part-time, or summer-school student in an undergraduate program that terminates in a degree or certificate;
  2. Was at the time of the military action that resulted in the awarding of the Purple Heart or other combat decoration superior in precedence, a resident of this state, no matter where they are residing now – OR for those recipients currently living in Florida whose home of record at the time of military action was another state; and
  3. Submits to the state university or the community college the DD-214 form issued at the time of separation from service as documentation that the student has received a Purple Heart or another combat decoration superior in precedence.

Such a waiver for a Purple Heart recipient or recipient of another combat decoration superior in precedence shall be applicable for 110 percent of the number of required credit hours of the degree or certificate program for which the student is enrolled.

Active Duty Service Members

Waivers of out-of-state fees are available for active duty service members of the Armed Forces of the United States residing or stationed outside of Florida.

Florida Bright Futures for Children of Active Military

If you are a Florida resident for tuition purposes, and your parent or guardian is on active military duty or serving on public service assignment outside the State of Florida, you may be eligible for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. For additional eligibility details, and instructions for applying, click here.

If you’ve already earned a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship and enlisted in the US Armed Forces right out of high school, contact the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance to learn about requirements for activating your Scholarship (OSFA@fldoe.org or 888-827-2004)

Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans

The Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans (CSDDV) provides an award to dependent children or unremarried spouses of qualified Florida veterans. Students who attend an eligible public postsecondary institution will receive funds to cover their tuition and registration fees. Students who attend an eligible private postsecondary institution will receive a fixed award amount by using the average matriculation and fee calculation for full-time attendance at a public postsecondary education institution at the comparable level. Click here for more information.