New College guarantees scholarship funding to nearly 100% of admitted students, providing an exceptional education at an affordable price.

Admitted students who are U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent resident aliens, or eligible non-citizens can receive scholarship funding.  Also, there are additional scholarships available by application. If a student qualifies for more than one scholarship, we will assign the best option (unless the scholarship indicates it may “stack”). All scholarships are subject to renewal requirements and to availability of funding. Institutional funding is not available to students who already hold a bachelor’s or advanced degree.

Scholarship Awards for First-Year Students

Entering 2023-2034 Academic Year
Florida Residents*
Out-Of-State Residents*
Pell-Eligible Students

Through gift aid from all sources: Pell plus any other grant, scholarship, or waiver

Full coverage of:
Tuition and Fees
On-Campus Room up to $9,000
Full coverage of:
Tuition and Fees
On-Campus Room up to $9,000
Top 10% of the High School Class
$6,000 per year
$24,000 over 4 years
$20,000 per year
$80,000 over 4 years
National Hispanic Scholars
$6,000 per year
$24,000 over 4 years
$20,000 per year
$80,000 over 4 years
National Merit Semifinalists
$6,000 per year
$24,000 over 4 years
$20,000 per year
$80,000 over 4 years
National Merit Finalists
Benacquisto Scholarship
Total Cost of Attendance Covered
Approx. $87,000 over 4 years
Approx. $83,000 over 4 years
in Out-of-State Waiver
All Eligible Admitted Students
Four Winds Award
$1,000-$3,000 per year
Four Winds Award:
$1,000-$3,000 per year
Out-of-State Scholarship:
$10,000 per year
Total Award:
$11,000-$13,000 per year
$44,000-$52,000 over 4 years
If a student qualifies for more than
one scholarship, the student will
receive the scholarship award
with the larger dollar amount.
The Grandparent Waiver for Out-of-State Students with SAT 1330+ and ACT 29+ Grandparent who is a qualified FL Resident
Approx. $83,000 over 4 years

*Scholarship funding amounts are tied to residency guidelines for tuition purposes. For example, a student who is a Florida resident for tuition purposes will not be eligible for an out-of-state scholarship. If a student qualifies for more than one scholarship, the student will receive the scholarship award with the larger dollar amount. Further questions may be directed to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at [email protected].

Additional Info and Application-based Scholarships below!

Guaranteed Scholarships First-Year Students

The Four Winds Scholarship is a merit scholarship awarded to virtually all eligible admitted first-year students based upon the GPA we calculate for you and your SAT/ACT scores at the time of admission. See the above table for scholarship award ranges.

This scholarship will be funded through gift aid from all sources (Pell plus any other grants, scholarships, and waiver). See above table for award amounts. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted to determine Pell-eligibility.

If you rank in the top 10% of your high school class, you can qualify for the scholarship award listed above. Be sure to send your final official transcript verifying graduation and Top Ten % placement in your high school class.

This scholarship is designated for National Merit semifinalists recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. This scholarship does not require advancement to the finalist level. 

Funded by multiple sources, this scholarship covers a full cost of attendance budget. Please register New College as your first choice institution according to rules set by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.


  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.

This program is administered by the state of Florida. For eligibility requirements, please click here.

Out-of/State National Merit finalists who do not graduate from a Florida high school are eligible for a $6000/yr award from New College.

To receive this award you must be a National Hispanic Scholar recognized by the College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program. This scholarship is designated for students recognized by the College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program. Please submit a copy of your certificate or notification letter. 

Scholarship Value: up to $7000/yr for up to 3 years ($21,000 over 3 yrs).

This scholarship is for graduates of the State College of Florida Collegiate School who concurrently earn an AA from State College of Florida, with at least an SCF college GPA of 3.0 and Florida SUS minimum cut scores for college readiness. This scholarship will be awarded for up to three years, or until the SCFCS student completes their first bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first. If the student lives on campus, up to an additional $1000 towards meal plan costs will be provided. Awarded over and above other gift aid (such as Pell and Bright Futures), as long as the total cost of attendance is not exceeded. 

Scholarship Value: $4,000

For Manatee County first-year and transfer applicants who meet these criteria:

  • Admitted to New College of Florida
  • Manatee County resident
  • Entering New College of Florida directly from high school or college

Scholarship Award:

  • $2,000 per year Bishop Parker Scholarship, available for the first year of full-time study at New College.
  • $2,000 one-time Internship Scholarship to be used to fund an internship experience in the Manatee County area after the student’s first year at New College, before graduation.

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 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 in the fall semester must complete an admissions application by July 1, be admitted to the College, and enroll. This scholarship supersedes all other scholarship funding from New College. 

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

A waiver is available to students who meet certain criteria and who have grandparents who meet the Florida resident documentation requirements.

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Application-based Scholarships

Scholarships available by application are stackable with our guaranteed scholarships, up to Cost of Attendance. Directions on how to apply are sent to all applicants and admitted students. The priority application deadline for these scholarships is February 1.

Up to four students from the incoming 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.

This one-year scholarship is available to students with ties to Sarasota and/or Manatee counties. Students can be incoming first year in college or incoming transfer students.

Funded by a grant from the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, this scholarship will help students in their first year at New College, reducing or eliminating financial barriers that might otherwise prevent a high-potential student with ties to the Sarasota/Manatee area from benefiting from the exceptional preparation for future success and leadership that a New College education can provide. Scholarship amounts: up to $5000 for students residing on campus, up to $2500 for students residing off-campus. Amounts may vary according to other gift aid in the student financial aid package, and eligibility for need-based gift aid as determined by the FAFSA.

The total financial aid package may not exceed the Cost of Attendance.  Instructions on how to apply will be sent to freshman applicants and admitted students through December.

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Tuition & Fees

Because New College is a public college, our in-state tuition and fees are significantly lower than those of private colleges. Along with Guaranteed Scholarships, you’ll receive an exceptional education at a state university value.

Financial Aid

Learn more about applying for need-based federal financial aid and other funding resources for students.