Our Scholarship Guarantee

You will receive scholarship funding to attend New College if:
  • All of your required admission materials are on file by April 15, 2020.
  • You are admitted to New College for Fall 2020.
  • You are a first-time-in-college student.
  • 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, 2020.

All required materials — including SSAR (Self-reported Student Academic Record), exam scores and recommendation — must be postmarked or transmitted by the deadline.

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.


The following scholarships are awarded based upon your Institutional Rating (IR). We award these scholarships using your exam scores and the GPA we calculate for you at the time of admission. Please note that official exam scores will be needed before any funds disburse. You can use our Scholarship Calculator to estimate what you might receive.

Institutional RatingScholarship
95 and Above(Presidential Scholar): $3,500 ($14,000 over four years)
92-94(Gold Scholar): $3,000 ($12,000 over four years)
89-91(Silver Scholar): $2,500 ($10,000 over four years)
85-88(Bronze Scholar): $2,000 ($8,000 over four years)
84 and Below(Leadership Award): $1,000 ($4,000 over four years

Be sure to send us all of your exam scores if you took more than one test, including more than one type of test. We want to see which scores are the strongest for admission and scholarship assignment, and we can “superscore” within the same type of test.

Here are the guidelines for how to enter scores for the three types of test:

Once you enter the score, enter your estimated high school GPA, then click to estimate your Institutional Rating (IR). 

Scholarship Calculator


Benacquisto Scholarship Program (formerly called the Florida Incentive Scholarship – FIS)

This 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 (NM) process. For eligibility requirements, please click here.

Benacquisto Scholar Award = COA – (BF + NM)


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

2. If you qualify for this 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 Benacquisto scholarship

Scholarship Value: $4,000 per year ($16,000 over four years) This scholarship is assigned to two 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

A New College Excellence Award replaces the Four Winds Award.

National Hispanic Scholars:

Scholarship Value: $4,000 per year ($16,000 over 4 years) To receive this award you must be a National Hispanic Scholar recognized by the College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program. This award is considered a New College Excellence Award and replaces the Four Winds Award. 


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 and Engineering Fair. To be eligible for this award, a Finalist must be admitted and enroll at New College of Florida in Fall 2021 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.


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 2020 semester must complete an admissions application by April 15, 2020, be admitted to the College, and enroll.

This scholarship supersedes all other scholarship funding from New College. 

Additional Scholarships Available by Application

New College offers four additional scholarships that are available to incoming students. Applications are required for the following scholarships. Directions on how to apply have been sent to all applicants and admits.

John Jakes Writing Scholarship: Up to four students from the incoming Fall 2020 class will receive a one-time, non-renewable $2,000 scholarship during their first year of study at New College. Applicants should demonstrate an interest and involvement in writing through coursework in the subject, work on a publication for a public audience, and/or personally driven writing activities. Applicants should express a desire to pursue careers as writers or fields in which writing is a central job component, such as policy work. Open to first-time in college students and incoming transfer students.

Skestos Scholars Leadership Program: Up to 10 students in the Fall 2020 class will receive scholarships with a total value of up to $25,000 over four years. Awards will be $2500 in year one with renewal and funding increases contingent upon completion of a required leadership program developed by the Division of Student Affairs and meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. Applicants should demonstrate interest and involvement in leadership development throughout high school. Open to first-time in college students.

Archimedes STEM Scholarship: One outstanding student in the Fall 2020 class will receive a scholarship valued at up to $40,000 over four years. Award in year one will be $10,000 with renewal contingent upon meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. Applicants should demonstrate interest and involvement in STEM-related fields and activities throughout high school. Open to first-time in college students.

Barancik Access Leadership Scholarship:  A New College program created to engage and support high potential talent from underrepresented populations. The Access Leadership Initiative and the Barancik Scholarship were created in 2020, funded by a grant from the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation. It is intended to reduce or eliminate financial barriers that might otherwise prevent a Manatee or Sarasota County high school student from benefitting from the exceptional preparation for future success and leadership that a New College education can provide. Scholarship amounts: up to $7500 for students residing on campus, up to $2500 for students residing off campus. Amounts for scholarship funding may vary each year, according to other gift aid in the student financial aid package, and annual eligibility for need-based gift aid as determined by the FAFSA. Total financial aid package may not exceed the Cost of Attendance.

Other Resources and Opportunities

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 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at as soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019. Our school code is 039574. For Maximum Aid Eligibility: complete your FAFSA by Nov. 1, 2019 for priority consideration for need-based funding.

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

For information on private scholarships, click here.

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.