Tuition Waivers & Exemptions

USF Sarasota-Manatee waives tuition, non-resident tuition or associated fees for purposes that support and enhance the mission of the USF System as authorized and limited by Board of Governors (BOG) Regulations, Florida Statutes, or USF Board of Trustees Regulations.  Examples include state employees, homeless students, and certain Florida Department of Children and Family Service foster care or adopted students.  Below are some more examples and for a complete listing of other eligible populations, please visit USF System Regulation USF4.0108 Waiver of Tuition and Fees.

Out of State Veterans Tuition Exemption

HB 7015-Florida GI Bill, created the “Congressman C.W. Bill Young Tuition Waiver Program.” This will waive out-of-state tuition fees for honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Stated Armed Forces, Reserves, or National Guard who physically reside in Florida while enrolled at a Florida state university. The waiver is applicable for 110 percent of the required credit hours of the degree or certificate program in which the student is enrolled.

Out of State Waiver Eligibility Process

Bill HB 851- Postsecondary Education Tuition and Fees is a new law that allows students, including but not limited undocumented students who meet certain guidelines, to receive waivers to attend college at Florida resident (instate) tuition rates. These nonresident students, who do not have sufficient ties to Florida as set forth under Florida School Code (SB-20E) Section 1009.21 may qualify for an out-of-state tuition waiver.

Child Protection & Welfare Tuition Exemption

Section 402.403, Florida Statutes, established the Child Protection and Child Welfare Personnel Tuition Exemption Program for the purpose of recruiting and retaining high-performing individuals who are employed as child protection and child welfare personnel. For those personnel who meet the requirements of the program up to 6 credit hours of courses per term are exempt from the payment of tuition and fees at a Florida state university.

If you have additional questions about any of the above categories, please contact the USFSM Office of Admissions.