The FSU Panama City Promise Scholarship was established as part of the FSU PC Promise. It is our commitment to accessibility and student success by making the cost of achieving a four-year degree possible.
The FSU PC Promise Scholarship provides free tuition and fees to students who are residents of NW Florida and whose combined family and student income is less than $50,000 or are Pell eligible. These funds, made possible through the generosity of area donors, will help ensure that high achieving students will be able to meet their educational goals.
Students from the Northwest Florida counties of Bay, Gulf, Liberty, Gadsden, Jackson, Calhoun, Franklin, Washington, Holmes, Walton, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Escambia who have high financial need and are pursuing a degree at Florida State University Panama City are qualified. This applies to new, returning and transfer students.
At FSU PC we believe that financial need should never be a deterrent to achieving your educational goals.
Students must enroll in at least 12 hours per semester and have a valid free federal application for financial aid (FAFSA) on file at the time of application. The FAFSA is the application required for most types of need-based financial aid. Complete the FAFSA starting October 1 each year.
To maintain eligibility students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per semester, be in good academic standing with the University, meet satisfactory academic progress and engage in 30 hours of community service per semester. The scholarship will be available to FTIC students up to 120 credit hours and up to 60 hours for transfer and returning students.
Students will be automatically considered if they meet the outlined criteria.
Combined family income of $50,000 or less
Full-time undergraduate student from NW Florida
Enroll in at least 12 credit hours each semester
Maintain 2.0 GPA
An FSU GPA of 2.0 or better
Complete 30 hours of community service per semester
What fees and other expenses does the FSU PC Promise Scholarship cover?
The PC Promise Scholarship only covers tuition and mandatory fees. It does not pay for books or other post-secondary expenses, including but not limited to program of study fees (course fees), late registration fees, housing fees, living and learning communities' fees, etc.
For first time in college students (FTIC) 120 credit hours, transfer students 60 credit hours or in both cases the number of hours required by the academic program. Undergraduate degree-seeking full-time enrolled students living for at least four years in a Florida county west of Leon County.
What Florida counties are included?
Counties included are: Bay, Gulf, Liberty, Gadsden, Jackson, Calhoun, Franklin, Washington, Holmes, Walton, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Escambia.
Will the FSU PC Promise Scholarship cover summer enrollment?
The FSU PC Promise Scholarship can be used for summer classes with at least 6 hours of enrollment.
Will the FSU PC Promise Scholarship cover distance learning programs (online programs)?
Yes, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements.
How will this program be funded?
Full-time students whose combined family income is $50,000 or less or who are Pell eligible will qualify. Students will use their Pell Grant, State Grants and Bright Futures (if eligible) first and then the PC Promise Scholarship will be applied to the balance of tuition and fees due; ensuring all tuition and fees are covered.
What must I do to remain eligible for the FSU PC Promise Scholarship?
To remain eligible to receive the PC Promise Scholarship, you must be a full-time, degree-seeking, undergraduate student working on your first bachelor’s degree with satisfactory academic progress, file a current FAFSA, and complete 30 hours of community service per semester. Turn in all required outstanding documents on your “to do list,” have Pell grant eligibility or a family income of 50K or less.
Do I have to be continuously enrolled to remain eligible? Do I have to be a full-time student?
To remain eligible for the FSU PC Promise Scholarship, you must be continuously enrolled at FSU Panama City each fall and spring semester. Summer enrollment is optional. While the FSU Panama City Foundation Scholarship may allow for part-time enrollment, the FSU PC Promise scholarship requires you to be a full-time student.
What if I lose the FSU PC Promise Scholarship? Can my award be re-established?
If a student loses their FSU PC Promise Scholarship eligibility due to GPA requirements, reduced enrollment hours, or by not completing the community service requirement, and seeks to regain the scholarship during their time as a student, the student will need to submit an appeal for award consideration 15 business days before the start of the fall or spring term.
What if I was eligible for the FSU PC Promise Scholarship but now my household income exceeds $50,000, am I still eligible for the scholarship?
Students who received the FSU PC Promise Scholarship but now have an increase in family household income that exceeds $50,000 may still be eligible if they are Pell grant eligible. If household income exceeds $50,000 and the student is no longer Pell Grant eligible, the student will become ineligible for the FSU PC Promise Scholarship.
How is family household income defined?
The accurate, verifiable total combined amount of parent and student adjusted gross income and untaxed income of $50,000 or less as defined on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
What if a student is enrolled at FSU PC prior to Spring 2021?
Existing FSU PC students who meet eligibility requirements will be eligible for the scholarship in the spring of 2021.
Will those students get a refund for previous years?
No, students currently enrolled who meet the eligibility requirements will be eligible to receive the scholarship beginning in the spring of 2021.
Can students transfer from any institution or do they have to transfer from a community college?
Qualifying Florida residents who meet university and college admissions criteria and eligibility criteria for the FSU PC Promise Scholarship can transfer from any institution as long as they have lived in one of the following counties for at least four years: Bay, Walton, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Escambia, Holmes, Jackson, Washington, Calhoun, Gulf, Franklin, Gadsden and Liberty.
The scholarship will be available to FTIC students up to 120 credit hours, and up to 60 hours for transfer and returning students.
Eligibility requirements for the scholarship are subject to change at the discretion of the university.