International Undergraduate Tuition Waivers

Florida State University allocates funds each year to be used for out-of-state tuition waivers for international undergraduate students in F-1 status who are excelling academically. Students are awarded between 3 to 12 credit hours of tuition waivers based on their FSU GPA. The amount of waivers awarded to an individual student each semester depends on the number of applicants and the FSU GPAs of the applicants.

Students receiving the tuition waivers are responsible for paying the in-state portion of their tuition as well as for the fees for the out-of-state credit hours waived. In addition, each student must pay tuition and fees for any additional credit hours not covered by the out-of-state waivers.


  • Must be an international undergraduate degree-seeking student in F-1 visa status who has completed at least one semester at FSU.
  • Must have an FSU cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 and above OR at least a 3.3 GPA for the most recent full-time semester of 12 hours or more. Summer enrollment must be 12 hours to count towards eligibility. 
  • Must apply by the application deadline.
  • Students awarded out-of-state tuition waivers by the FSU admissions office, students receiving the 2+2 Panama scholarship, and students otherwise considered in-state for tuition purposes are NOT ELIGIBLE for out-of-state waivers through this program. However, students with partial tuition scholarships may be eligible for a partial award or an award that covers credits taken above the minimum. Students with the 2+2 scholarship may be eligible during a summer term in which they don’t qualify for the 2+2 award or if they are otherwise eligible and have used the maximum semesters of the 2+2 scholarship.

Please Note:
Tuition waivers are granted based on academic merit.

Application Process

Eligible international undergraduate students apply for out-of- state tuition waivers using the application link below. All applications must be received by the deadline.

Award Semester

Application Window

Summer 2019 Award


Fall 2019 Award


Spring 2020 Award

November 5th - December 15th

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If you have any questions about the Undergraduate Tuition Waiver, please direct them to Mr. Kevin Galutera at

Selection and Award Process

  • All applications are reviewed by the Committee for International Undergraduate Tuition Waivers. Awards are variable each semester and range from a minimum of 3 credits to a maximum of 12, based on GPA.
  • Students will be notified via email of the committee's decision. (No phone calls please).
  • Awards will be posted on students’ accounts after the drop/add period and before tuition is due.

Tuition Waivers Q&A

Q: How does the CGE inform students about the application process?

A: The CGE sends an email announcement to all international students through CGE-Announcements, reminding undergraduate students about the out of state waiver application deadlines and eligibility.

Q: Can graduate students apply for the waivers?

A: No, the waivers are only available for undergraduate tuition.

Q: How many undergraduate international students actually receive awards?

A: Students who meet the requirement (3.3 and above) FSU cumulative GPA or recent FSU semester GPA will receive some waivers. Only students with a 4.0 are likely to receive an award of 12 out-of-state tuition waivers. While the amount varies by semester, a student with the 3.3 minimum or just above, would most likely receive waivers for 3 or fewer out-of-state tuition credit hours.

Q: How much of my tuition is covered by the waivers?

A: A waiver for one out-of-state credit hour is currently worth $481.48. FSU tuition and fee information is on this page. If you receive out-of-state tuition waivers, you are responsible for paying the in-state portion of your tuition and the fees associated with the out-of-state credit hours waived. In addition, you must pay tuition and fees for any out-of-state credit hours not covered by the award.

Q: Can I receive out-of-state tuition waivers for more than 12 credit hours per semester?

A: Not from the CGE. The maximum CGE award covers out-of-state tuition for 12 credit hours. If you have another source of waivers and enroll in more than 12 credit hours, the CGE can award waivers on top of the others if your GPA makes you eligible for such waivers.

Q: What if I have a partial scholarship from another source?

A: Based on your GPA, the CGE might make a partial award.

Q: What if I have an FSU Admissions scholarship, a full Athletics scholarship, or receive waivers from another department?

A: If you have a scholarship that covers your out-of-state tuition, there is no benefit to applying for the CGE out-of-state tuition waivers. Only apply if you know that your award has a limit to the number of credit hours it covers and you intend to enroll in more credits.

Q: What if I don’t know my GPA at the time the application is due?

A: The CGE reviews applications after semester grades come out. You don’t need to know your GPA in order to apply. The CGE will get the GPA information through the FSU student database.

Q: Would the CGE consider my transfer GPA and allow me to apply for waivers for my first term at FSU?

A: No, the CGE only considers an FSU cumulative GPA or semester GPA. You must have enrolled at FSU in a full course of study (at least 12 credit hours) for at least one semester before meeting eligibility requirements. Waivers are based on a student’s FSU GPA only.

Q: Must I enroll in a full course of study to receive waivers in the summer?

A: No, you do not need to have fulltime enrollment for summer in order to receive out of state waivers. However, the summer GPA will not be considered for a fall award unless you enroll in 12 credit hours. Eligibility for fall would be based on your cumulative FSU GPA.

Q: Will the CGE make an award based on financial hardship?

A: No, the out-of-state waivers are awarded solely based on GPA.

Q: When will I know if I get waivers and how many I will receive?

A: The CGE will send you email after the drop/add period at the beginning of the semester and before tuition is due.

Other Undergraduate Student Scholarships and Funding Options

Although funding for international undergraduate students is extremely limited, more information regarding possible scholarship opportunities for highly gifted individuals can be found at:

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