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FGCU Financial Aid

FGCU Financial Aid

Student Consumer Information


The federal government mandates that institutions of higher learning that receive federal funds must disclose certain information about the institution to enrolled students, prospective students, and members of the community.

General Student Information

The information provided under this section will allow students to access general information about Florida Gulf Coast University. This includes directions to the school, a campus map, as well as employee contact information. Students can also see what academic programs FGCU has to offer and the cost of attendance for both, undergraduate and graduate degrees. The links will also provide information about academic statistics and general policies.

General school information:  

Contact information:

Campus Map:

Student Body Diversity:

Academic Programs

A list of all academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students, including details and requirements of each program can be found by clicking on the links below.

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Licensing and Accreditation

Florida Gulf Coast University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees.

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097

In addition, the university strives to achieve specialized accreditation for all its eligible programs. Currently, the following programs/units have earned specialized accreditation from professional accrediting agencies (non-state government agencies):

Retention Rate

The retention rate is the percentage of students who enter the university one year and continue to the next.

Cost of Attendance

Each year FGCU develops student expense budgets (cost of attendance), using U.S. Dept. of Education guidelines. These are used to determine students' financial need at FGCU. Students’ expense budgets include approximate tuition and fee costs as well as allowances for the cost of books and supplies, transportation, food, housing and personal expenses. These expense budgets represent the maximum amount of financial aid that students may receive from all sources, including student loans.

Transfer Credit and Articulation

Transfer credits are credit hours transferred from one institution to another institution. Transfer credits are reviewed and articulated using official transcripts by FGCU’s admissions office.

Transfer-Out Policy

International students must submit a Transfer Out Form when continuing their degree at another institution after leaving FGCU. For further information, please visit our International Services office.

Academic Improvement Plans

The Office of the Provost and assigned task forces continually plans and updates for the future of FGCU and the growth of our academic programs.

College Navigator Site

Consumer information about each institution is posted on one site for student accessibility.


Student Information


The information provided under the student section includes information about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). This federal law protects student privacy and provides for review and disclosure rights of the student’s records.

Copyright Infringement

Copyright infringement laws are put in place to protect the original works of authors or creators. These original works cannot be reproduced, distributed, performed, or publicly displayed without the author’s permission.

Peer-to-Peer File Sharing (P2P)

P2P allows computer users to share files by running the same software, however doing so opens up the user and the user’s computer to risks. These risks include downloading protected information, possible theft of personal information and/or files, and other computer and personal related risks.

Voter’s Registration

The Office of the Registrar’s website provides direct link to the US government voter’s registration page. You may access this site to fill out the necessary forms to be registered to vote.  

Course Schedule with Required Textbook ISBN

The following provides information about each course offered during a specific semester. The information provided includes the days the course is offered, the course numbers, type of course, and other useful details. Students can also click on the course reference number to receive information about the required textbooks, the cost of the textbooks, and the ISBN number of the textbooks. Students can utilize the ISBN number to locate and purchase the required texts from different vendors.

Services and Facilities for Students with Disabilities

The primary goal of the Office of Adaptive Services is to provide services and accommodations that enhance access for Florida Gulf Coast University students, faculty, staff and guests with disabilities. Adaptive Services facilitates effective reasonable accommodations by educating the campus community and promoting equal access and opportunity. Counseling services are also available to students.

Withdrawal Procedures

Students who wish to withdraw from their courses must fill out the required forms and submit them to the Office of the Registrar. If a student withdraws and received financial aid to pay for their courses, they must contact the Financial Aid Office for information about how their current and future financial aid may be affected.


Constitution Day

The federal government requires each school that receives federal funding to hold an educational program and/or activities for Constitution Day on September 17th of each year. If the 17th falls on a weekend, then the program will be held the following week.

Security (Cleary Act) and Health

Campus Security Report

The Campus security report provides information concerning safety and security on campus. Each federally funded educational institution is required to post information concerning crime prevention, campus safety and security, crime statistics, and other security information on an annual basis.

Fire Safety Report

The Fire Safety Report is combined with the Campus Security Report and includes information concerning fire safety and education, statistics, policies and procedures, the fire log, and other fire safety related information.

Crime Log

The Police Department maintains a daily crime log database. The log includes the nature, date, time, and general location of each crime reported to the Department. The log is available for review at the Police Department. The information is also provided weekly or as requested to the Eagle News for publication in the school newspaper.

Fire Log

The Department of Housing and Residence Life maintains a Fire Log of all fire related incidents occurring within the residence halls. This log includes the incident type, date incident is reported, date and time of occurrence, general location of each reported incident type and the disposition of the incident if that information is known. Inquiries regarding the fire log should be directed to the Associate Director for Residence Life.

Missing Student Policy

The University Police, the Office of Housing and Resident Life, and/or the Office of the Dean should be contacted if a student is suspected to be missing. An investigation will be conducted by the University Police and the student’s confidential contact person will be notified (if the student designated someone).

Evacuation and Emergency Notifications

In an emergency situation notifications are sometimes sent out to the campus community as a whole or to certain groups that belong to the campus community, depending on the scope of the emergency. The University Police, Housing and Residence Life, and Environmental Health and Safety work together to prepare for emergencies, notify the campus community in case of an emergency, and plan for evacuation if the need should arise.

Vaccination Policy

Students must provide proof of vaccination or be vaccinated against certain diseases before registering for courses at FGCU. Waivers can be granted in certain situations.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

FGCU strives to create a safe learning environment for students and discourages the irresponsible use of alcohol, and drug abuse. There are policies and procedures in place to protect our students from the dangers involved with this type of activity and counseling services available to help those in need.


Financial Aid

Financial Aid Terms and Conditions

The terms and conditions outline information about federal, state, and institutional policies and regulations. In order to receive Financial Aid, each student must read and accept the terms and conditions on Gulfline before financial aid will be disbursed on to their account. The terms and conditions can be accepted electronically through the student information system (Gulfline).

Financial Aid Available

The following links provide information about the different types of financial aid offered at FGCU. This includes detailed information about grants, loans, and scholarships.

Financial Aid and Student Loans

Student loans are available to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as parents, to help make educational goals obtainable.  Alternative methods of payment should always be considered before borrowing student loans, since all loans must be repaid.

Financial Aid for Study Abroad

Students may be eligible to utilize certain types of financial aid funds to study abroad for a semester or more while attending FGCU. There are limitations and certain criteria which must be fulfilled in advance if using financial aid to pay for a portion or all of the expenses abroad.

Distribution of Financial Aid

Financial Aid funds are disbursed at the end of add/drop week in accordance with the published academic calendar. Refunds are issued approximately two weeks after the start of the term.

Criteria for Determining Amount of an Award

The Financial Aid Office determines the amount of the student award by developing an estimated cost of attendance. The cost of attendance is based on student expense budgets and the U.S. Department of Education Guidelines.

Net Price Calculator

The Net Price Calculator uses students’ answers to specific questions to calculate an estimated cost of attendance and expected financial aid.

Financial Aid Forms

General financial aid and verification forms are listed on the financial aid website and updated annually.

Entrance and Exit Loan Counseling

Students who borrow Federal student loans are required to complete an entrance counseling session and an exit counseling session. Each session describes the financial responsibility the student will be undertaking, details about loan interest rates, and loan repayment options.

Textbook Feasibility for Pell Eligible Students

The federal government requires each school to make it feasible for Pell Grant eligible students to buy the required text books each semester in a timely manner. FGCU has established a policy which allows students to use their financial aid funds to buy text books and meal plans within a reasonable timeframe.

Code of Conduct for Educational Loans

The Board of Trustees of Florida Gulf Coast University recognizes that ensuring the integrity of the student financial aid process is critical to providing fair and affordable access to higher education in Florida. Therefore, it is the desire of the Board to adopt the principles and guidelines formalized by the Board of Governors. These guidelines are designed to avoid any potential for a conflict of interest between the University, its students or their parents in the student financial aid process. The university will take all reasonable steps to adhere to the guidelines outlined on the following link.

A copy of the University’s Student Loan Code of Conduct can be found at:

Students Convicted of Possession or Sale of Drugs A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for FSA funds. Convictions only count if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Federal Student Aid. A student may regain eligibility the day after the ineligibility period ends or when he successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program.

Student Athlete Consumer Information

The EADA (Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act) Report was established to provide a customized reporting tool for public inquiries about equity in athletics. Each school must submit data annually to stay in compliance with the federally mandated regulations.

Students are also able to obtain additional facts about FGCU on the College Navigator website, click here - College Navigator

If you have questions about any of the these links or information please contact the financial aid office at 239-590-7920.