Donor-Selected Foundation Scholarships
Most scholarship donors choose their scholars without direct input from Valencia based on their own application process, usually in March or April for the upcoming academic year. If the donor notifies Valencia of the application process, an announcement will be posted on the Valencia Scholarship Bulletin Board and the campus newsletters.
Some donors will ask Valencia for recommendations. Valencia staff will choose students to recommend based on the donor’s requirements and the Valencia Foundation Scholarship applications on file.
Valencia-Selected Foundation Scholarships
Some of the donors have asked Valencia’s Scholarship Committee to choose their scholar. The Committee will match the applicants with the scholarship criteria. Most of the scholarships have unique, special criteria such as graduation from a particular high school, or employment with a certain company. Additional preference will be given to students with financial need and a minimum GPA of 2.5. While good grades are important, the highest grades are usually not the first basis for selection. Valencia Foundation Scholarships are for in-state students and applications must be submitted by the deadline as indicated on the Online scholarship application page.
Cost of Attendance
College cost, which is sometimes referred to as the Cost of Attendance (COA), includes both direct and indirect costs. The following are average* costs of attendance for a full-time student attending both the Fall and Spring Terms of the 2012 - 2013 school year (9 month budget for Fall and Spring) :
|Florida Resident||Florida Resident||Non-Florida Resident|
|Living at Home||Living Independently||Out of State Tuition|
|Books & Supplies||$1,250||$1,250||$1,250|
|Room & Board||$4,284||$9,084||$9,084|
|Total 9 mos Budget||$11,207||$16,007||$22,635|
* It is very important to note that the average expenses are estimated based on local cost of living information for use in calculating financial aid eligibility. Individual expenses will vary based on your choice of lifestyle and living arrangements.
** Non-Florida Residents include out-of-state students and international students. Review Valencia's Information for Residency Classification.
Note: Most scholarships offered through the Valencia Foundation require a student to demonstrate need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Valencia encourages all students to complete the FAFSA early each year and has a priority deadline of March 15th for the upcoming academic year.
Although Valencia’s tuition is very affordable, many of our students still face financial challenges that keep them out of college:
- The cost of books now outpaces the cost of tuition.
- The students who need financial assistance - those who are working full time or more than one part-time job and are just above federal guidelines - do not qualify for most grants or current endowed scholarships.
- Finances are still a major barrier to students enrolling and completing their education. In fact, four of the top five reasons students leave college early relate to finances.