Eight semesters or until the scholar earns a baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first. Funding will not be continued beyond six years from the scholar’s start date. Scholars enrolled in five-year undergraduate programs such as Engineering can receive the award for 10 semesters provided they have remained on track in the academic program. Such scholars will be required to file a petition upon completion of 8 semesters for continued eligibility.
If a scholar is in a 3-2 or 4-1 accelerated masters or professional degree program such as the Medical Honors Program, Pharmacy, or Accounting, scholars will be funded at the regular undergraduate tuition rate for the number of hours needed for a baccalaureate degree. The scholar is responsible for paying the difference. In this case, most scholars will have loan eligibility to cover the difference, if needed. The MFOS program will not pay for the additional graduate/professional tuition, fees and other graduate expenses.
Moving off campus is a big responsibility and students will be expected to keep up with monthly bills on their own. We suggest asking your apartment complex if you can pay for your full semester of rent in August or January. This helps you budget your money appropriately. One piece of advice: find a roommate to keep costs lower and more manageable.
Additionally, we suggest that scholars plan to pay January rent with their fall disbursement as spring disbursement often does not occur until mid-January and rent is usually due on the 1st or 5th of each month. We advise consulting the cost of attendance information found on the Financial Aid Website to see how much financial aid budgets for your housing expenses.
As a first-year student in the MFOS program, you must complete and pass SLS1102: First-Year Florida by the conclusion of spring semester with a C or better. Additionally, you must actively participate in the peer mentoring program as well as attend two Financial Literacy Workshops (one in the fall and one in the spring). Innovation Academy (IA) students must complete all requirements above however, they will complete two Financial Literacy Workshops in their spring semester. IA students must all take SLS1102 in the spring of their first-year.
As a second-year student in the MFOS program, you must complete two Career Workshops (one in the fall and another in the spring). Innovation Academy students complete this series of workshops in their spring semester.
As a third-year student in the MFOS program, you must complete one Life Planning workshop that will help you prepare for life after college. This requirement may be completed in either fall or spring semester (or spring for IA students).
All MFOS students must keep a 2.0 GPA and earn 24 credits each year to remain eligible as well as reapply for aid by updating their FAFSA. Parental income will also be reevaluated each year for scholarship renewal. The MFOS staff strongly urges scholars to submit their FAFSA as soon as it opens on October 1st each year.
Scholars registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) are required to earn 18 credit hours per academic year and they may petition for additional semesters to complete their degree. Under special circumstances, a scholar may earn fewer per their approved accommodations. The DRC is located in Reid Hall and scholars are strongly recommended to use their services if it improves their academic success while at UF.
MFOS students are eligible for other types of aid in the summer such as student loans and work study (if available). Students may also choose to take classes at another college, perhaps closer to home, in order to save money. Be sure to check with your academic advisor before registering for non-UF classes to ensure that the credits will transfer back and count towards your degree. Students must also complete paperwork to be considered a transient student during any semseter they complete credits somewhere other than UF. We recommend consulting your academic advisor in this situation.
MFOS is unable to fully fund study abroad; however, you will be eligible for financial aid to go abroad. Students who remain eligible for MFOS and elect to study abroad in a fall or a spring semester will be allowed to apply their financial aid package to their abroad experience. Innovation Academy students are eligible in the spring or summer semester as those are semesters they are funded with MFOS aid. Keep in mind that you’re expected to enroll in 12 UF credits during your term abroad to remain eligible for financial aid.
It is advisable to meet with the Study Abroad office in the HUB as well as with your Financial Aid advisor as you are planning your semester abroad. If costs to go abroad are higher than your allocated Financial Aid, you will likely be eligible for a student loan to cover the remaining cost. Additional scholarships can also help cover the difference. Check here for additional scholarships suggested by the UF International Center.
Students who elect to study abroad in the summer (or fall for Innovation Academy students) will be responsible for the full cost of the trip; however, loans are often available for summer study. Additionally, there are several scholarship opportunities that students can apply for to go abroad.
Scholars who opt to participate in a short term study abroad program (i.e. weeklong program during Spring Break) are eligible for loans but MFOS will not be increased to meet the need.
Scholars who fail to meet workshop requirement are given a written assignment with a due date. Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, the Career Connections Center, and the MFOS program director are responsible for reviewing the written assignment and either pasing or failing the assignment based on content of the essay. Scholars who fail to complete the written assignment will not be continued on the program the following year for failure to complete the workshop requirement.
Special consideration is made if a student has a medically documented or other special circumstance that arises which prohibits them from completing this requirement. Scholars must work individually with the program director in this case. These students will still need to file a petition to remain eligible for the program.
Scholars who do not meet one or more of the renewal requirements may submit a scholarship petition based on extenuating circumstances (with documentation) to continue on the program in the following year. Petitions are submitted to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships and reviewed on an individual basis. It is recommended that scholars submit a petition within one year of being notified following the loss of their MFOS scholarship. After spring grades post (or summer grades for IA scholars), the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships will review renewal requirements. Scholars who have not met one or more renewal requirement will be contacted at that time and encouraged to submit a scholarship petition. Students can check their petition status via ONE.UF page.
Scholars who withdraw (either medical or non-medical) from a semester and have not earned 24 credits or 2.0 GPA requirements need to submit a petition. Successive petitions for this reason are not advisable.
Only credits earned during semesters of degree-seeking student status will be counted towards the 24. Scholars who begin in Summer B may count those credits earned towards the 24. Innovation Academy (IA) scholars are not considered degree-seeking in their first fall semester and thus may not use credits earned toward the 24.
Keep in mind that UF policy states that students must reapply if they do not enroll for three consecutive semesters. Therefore, students who elect to sit out a semester to complete an internship are advised to enroll in the following semester to continue their enrollment at UF.
Yes. In a scholar’s final semester, MFOS will fund the remaining credits needed to graduate provided they are enrolled in at least 3 credits. In fact, Financial Aid and Scholarships will not pay for credits you take that are not needed. Be sure the credits you are completing in the final semester count for either your major or minor.
Graduating scholars are considered a full-time student with less than 12 credits for purposes of continuing to receive UF student services such as involvement in student organizations, use of the Counseling and Wellness Center and Disability Resource Center, and recreation facility use. Please be sure to meet with a MFOS staff member to discuss the process of taking less than 12 credits.