Veterans, U.S. Service Members, and Their Families

Special Circumstances: information for Veterans, U.S. Service Members, Public Servants, and their families; and out-of-state waivers for students with three years of attendance and graduation from Florida high schools. If you believe you qualify for a special exemption, 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

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
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 ( or 888-827-2004)

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 a Florida resident for tuition purposes, and you have earned a Purple Heart (or another combat decoration superior in precedence), you may qualify for a waiver of tuition according to Florida Statute.

Recipient of Purple Heart or Superior Combat Decoration - FS 1009.26(9)
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:
(a) Is enrolled as a full-time, part-time, or summer-school student in an undergraduate program that terminates in a degree or certificate;
(b) Is currently, and 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; and
(c) 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. Please contact your admissions counselor to inquire.

Out-of-State Waivers for Students with Three Years of Attendance and Graduation from a Florida High School - FS 1009.26(12a)
If you are a student who does not qualify for Florida residency for tuition purposes, but you are graduating from a Florida high school, you might be eligible for an out-of-state tuition waiver to reduce your tuition and fees to Florida rates.

If you have attended a Florida high school for at least 3 consecutive years immediately before graduating from a Florida high school, you must apply for enrollment within 24 months after high school graduation, and submit an official Florida high school transcript as evidence of attendance and graduation. Please note that you cannot be eligible for Florida grant and scholarship programs with this status. Through this waiver, you retain out-of-state residency and are charged Florida resident rates for tuition and fees for up to 110% of your required hours to degree.

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