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Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our FAQs for answers to all your application questions. For any additional questions that may not be covered, just call us at 1.855.348.6654.

How do I apply to Florida International University?
You may apply online by clicking Apply Online Now. For speedy processing, please have a major credit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover) available to pay the $30 application fee. Personal Checks, SAT/ACT waivers and Money Orders in U.S. dollars are also accepted.

When should I apply to Admissions?
Every semester has an application deadline. Please refer to this calendar to view what the deadlines are for each semester.

What do I need to provide in order to properly complete my application?
You need to provide the following information:

Are standardized tests required for admission?
Yes. All freshmen are required to submit either SAT or ACT scores. Official scores must be reported to the university either electronically or through mail. FIU encourages students to take both the SAT and ACT to determine which exam best suits the student. Read more information on Admissions Requirements.

What are the Admissions office Hours?
The office hours are as follows:

How do I obtain Florida residency for tuition purposes?
To be considered a Florida resident for tuition purposes, a student must reside in Florida for at least 12 months prior to the beginning of classes. If you are a dependent student, your parents must qualify as a Florida resident. Verification including driver's license, vehicle registration, and voter registration will be required. Read more information on residency.

How do I arrange for a campus visit?
Tours are available at both Modesto Maidique Campus and Biscayne Bay campuses. The tour lasts approximately one hour and includes an information session with an Admissions counselor. Read more information about campus visits.

How many majors does FIU offer?
Students can choose from more than 200 baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral programs. Read more information on degree programs.

How do I apply for financial aid at FIU?
To receive financial assistance you must be fully admitted to an FIU degree program or be enrolled in a qualified certificate program. For need-based aid, complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA). We encourage students to apply online using FAFSA on the Web at the Federal Department of Education Website by FIU's priority deadline date of March 1. Please note that if you are admitted for Summer you will need to complete (2) FAFSA applications: one application is for the prior academic year (includes summer semester) and the other application is for the upcoming academic year. FIU's Federal School Code is 009635. Read complete information on applying for financial aid at FIU.

How may I become a transient student at FIU if I am currently attending another State of Florida university?
Students attending other institutions are welcome to take classes at FIU while they are home for the summer or any other time. Since these students plan to transfer classes from FIU back to their home institution, they are classified as “transients” by the State of Florida.

What special documents are required for an international college transcript?
Requires a course-by-course evaluation, with a calculated U.S. equivalent grade point average, through a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization or the recommended agencies below. Official evaluations must be forwarded directly to FIU from the evaluation service. One exception to this policy exists: Chinese language transcripts from Tianjin University of Commerce will be evaluated by FIU staff for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management.

Josef Silny & Associates 
7101 SW 102 Avenue 
Miami, FL 33171 
Tel: (305) 273-1616 
Fax: (305) 273-1338 
http://www.silny.com or e-mail info@jsilny.com

World Education Services 
P. O. Box 745 
New York, NY 10113-0745 
http://www.wes.org or email info@wes.org

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. 
P.O. Box 514070 
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 

Read more information on international requirements. Follow this link for more information on studying in the United States as an international or foreign student.

How can I check the progress or current status of my application?
Applicants to FIU may check their admission status online anytime (except for applications received on Saturday, or Sunday, where a minimum of 48 hours is needed to update the status). You will be asked for a login and an FIU Panther ID. If you have not previously logged into the system, there are instructions on the web page for obtaining a login. You can also check your status by logging in to MyFIU.

What scholarships are available through the university? How can I be considered for an award?
All admitted students are automatically considered for University scholarships. The scholarship priority deadline is February 15 of each year. Students admitted after this date will still be considered for scholarships, but funds may be limited. Since scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, students with strong academic records who meet academic performance criteria (which include high school course selection, grade point average and ACT or SAT scores) are urged to submit admissions applications early. Awards are also available through academic departments. New and transfer students should contact the department of their intended degree program for more information on available awards. Application for departmental awards is separate from the application to the university; students are not automatically considered for departmental scholarships. Read more about scholarship information, or check with the appropriate departments. You can also visit FIU's Financial Aid website.

Is there a summer attendance requirement at FIU?
A student entering the State University System with fewer than 60 semester hours of credit is required to enroll in a minimum of nine credit hours in the summer at a Florida state university. These hours can be spread out over the course of a student's degree program.

How do I get credit for Advanced Placement and college courses?
Students who participate in the AP program in high school and receive a score of three or higher may receive credit in the appropriate subject area. Scores must be submitted prior to enrollment for consideration. Students should consult their high school guidance counselor or contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for additional information. For more information visit FIU's Policy on Credit by Examination page.

Who is my admissions representative? Or do I have a specific contact person?
You can identify your admissions representative on Find My Recruiter and scroll to the bottom of the page.

How can I have my application fee waived?
Typically the application fee can be waived if they have a "$0" expected family contribution when applying for financial aid. Other scenarios where they may qualify for a deposit waiver are:

Is my deposit for tuition refundable? Why do I have to pay a deposit?
A deposit is a non-refundable fee. It is also a pre-payment on tuition, meaning that it will be discounted/applied to tuition fees when you enroll in classes.

Can I get a refund on my application fee?
Prospective students are forewarned that the application fee is non-refundable. It is a fee that is charged by the admissions department for processing your application — which includes calculating GPA from all transcripts received, evaluating credit transferability, and rendering a decision for admission. Appeals can be made if you feel that there is a compelling reason for FIU undergraduate admissions to make an exception in your case; e-mail admiss@fiu.edu for this. There is no guarantee that appeals will be approved.

What happens if I have courses in progress? Can I still be admitted if I am earning and almost done with my Associate degree?
Undergraduate admissions is not admitting students who have their courses listed as "in-progress" for their AA. In other words, anyone with less than 60 credits without ACT/SAT will not be considered for admission until after November 2.

What happens if I have an A.S. from a U.S. institution? Do I still need to take the TOEFL if I am originally from another country?
An A.S. from a U.S. institution does not guarantee exemption from the TOEFL exam. The Associate of Science is a technical degree that often does not require general education courses such as English Composition I and II, so it usually cannot be used to waive the TOEFL. A student would need at least two years of high school or an AA to be considered for TOEFL exemption.

Do I need to wait a year to re-apply if I have been denied admittance?
Not if you are undergraduate student.