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Hodges University Financial Aid, Scholarship, Partnership, and Discount Programs

At Hodges University, we know that sometimes the drive a student has to succeed doesn’t match the means they have to pursue their education. That is why we are dedicated to assisting students in finding financial aid and scholarship opportunities to help them on their paths to success. In addition to the 11 million dollars in EASE grant awards we have distributed, we have a number of institutional scholarships, rate reduction programs, and payment plans as well.

Types of Available Aid:

  • Federal
  • State Aid
  • Discount Programs
  • Corporate Rates
  • Scholarships
    • Institutional
    • Outside Sources
      • Complete Florida
      • Niche
      • Scholarship Finder

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Financial Aid

FAFSA Overview

Obtaining a college degree is one of the most significant single investments you will make, and we firmly believe that you’ll be pleased with your Hodges University investment.

Hodges University’s Office of Student Financial Services has dedicated specialists to help you with educational expense options such as financial aid, student accounts, and textbook solution assistance. Your Financial Aid Specialist can provide support with financing your education when personal and family resources are not enough.

Invest in your educational future and fill out the FAFSA application today. Hodges University FAFSA code is 030375.

Hodges University FAFSA code is 030375.

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

1. Complete the FAFSA

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step toward getting federal aid for college. Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and quick, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial assistance to pay for college. It can also determine your eligibility for state and school aid. Hodges’ FAFSA code is 030375.

2. Work with a counselor

At Hodges University, financial aid counselors can help you understand your options for paying for college and guide you through the process of applying for the different types of financial aid available.

3. Explore grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study options

Grants and scholarships are awarded based on both need and merit and are virtually free money for students who meet eligibility requirements. Unlike grants, loans are funds borrowed by students and/or their parents and must be repaid with interest. Work-study programs allow students to take on part-time jobs while they are enrolled at Hodges University.

4. Access your award letter

Your Award Letter tells you which financial aid programs you can receive for your education at Hodges University. The letter includes the types and amounts of financial aid you may receive from federal, state, and school sources.

Different Types of Aid

  • Grants and college scholarships are awarded based on need and merit.
  • Scholarships are essentially free money for students who meet eligibility requirements.
  • Student loans are funds borrowed by students and/or their parents which get repaid with interest.

State Funding Resources

EASE/FRAG

Hodges University is currently participating in the EASE (formerly known as FRAG) program. Over the past 5 years, Hodges University has been able to award EASE to over 7,500 students with approximately $11M in grant funding.

Bright Futures

Hodges University is currently participating in the Bright Futures Program.

Florida Pre-Paid

Hodges University does partner with Florida Pre-Paid and allows students to utilize their FPP funding at their discretion.

Complete Florida

Complete Florida was created to help the state’s more than 2.8 million adults who have earned some college credit, but have not earned a degree. The best part, since Complete Florida is funded by the state of Florida, the services they offer are free.

Active Duty Military Program – $250 tuition discount per credit hour

  • The Active Duty Military Discount is available to Active Duty Title 10 Service Members and Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) as defined below. This discount is available for any eligible degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student.

Veteran Program – $100 tuition discount per credit hour / $2 off (the $10 rate) discount per clock hour

  • The Veteran Discount is available to honorably discharged veterans who are not eligible for any Department of Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense education benefits. This discount is available for any eligible degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students.

CareerSource Program – $100 tuition discount per credit hour

  • The CareerSource Discount is available to students who are enrolled in a current session and are receiving financial assistance from CareerSource for their educational expenses.

Employer/Corporate Partner Program – $100 tuition discount per credit hour

  • The Employer/Corporate Partner Discount is available to students who are enrolled in a current session and are employed by one of Hodges University’s Employer/Corporate partners. A list of current Partners can be found below.

Hodges University Graduate (HUGS) Program – $100 tuition discount per credit hour

  • The HU Graduate Discount is available to students who are enrolled in a current session and have completed a Bachelor’s Degree at Hodges University and are now completing their first Master’s Degree with Hodges University.

International Student Program – $60-$85 per credit hour

  • The International Tuition Discount is available to qualified students who meet enrollment and academic requirements per session.

 

Please refer to the Student Handbook to review details about each tuition discount program and eligibility requirements.

Corporate Partner Discount

  • Arthrex, Inc
  • AVOW Hospice
  • Bank of America
  • Brown & Brown Insurance
  • Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office
  • Chico’s FAS, Inc
  • City of Ft. Myers Police Department
  • City of Marco Island
  • City of Naples
  • Collier County Government
  • Collier County Public Schools
  • Collier County Sheriff’s Office
  • David Lawrence Center
  • Gartner, Inc
  • General Electric
  • Glenview at Pelican Bay

  • Golden Gate Fire Rescue
  • Hendry County School District
  • Hope Healthcare Services
  • Lee County Board of County Commissioners
  • Lee County Public Schools
  • Lee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lee Memorial Health System
  • Leesar
  • Millennium Physician Group
  • The Moorings, Inc
  • Naples Medical Group
  • NCH Healthcare System
  • Physicians Primary Care of SWFL
  • Physicians Regional Healthcare System
  • Regions Bank
  • SalusCare

Interested in a Corporate Partnership? Contact Our Partnership Development Liaison Michelle Zamniak at 1-800-466-8017 x 6147 or email mzamniak@hodges.edu.

Learn More About Our Scholarship Programs

Florida Independent College Fund

As a member of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF), Hodges University has the opportunity to apply for scholarships provided by the Florida Independent College Fund (FICF). The FICF is a non-profit foundation for program and resource development for the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF). It secures funds from private donors, industry, and businesses, as well as from the state of Florida. FICF scholarships have specific forms and criteria for consideration. The Hodges University Scholarship Committee reviews student applications for HU private funding assistance as well as the overall student body to find appropriate nominations for the FICF awards.

If a student is awarded a FICF scholarship and the amount exceeds the cumulative private scholarship dollar amount expressed in guideline number two, then the student may not be considered eligible for any further assistance from the Hodges University Scholarship Committee.

Criteria:

  • The appearance, presentation, and completeness of the application form will be taken into account in the awarding of scholarships. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All applications and reference letters become the property of Hodges University and will not be returned.
  • Any scholarship application found to contain false or misleading information will be eliminated from further consideration by the Scholarship Committee.
  • Essays, if required, will be judged on style and content as well as writing that is clear, articulate, logically organized, and demonstrates an outstanding grasp of the philosophical and psychological issues involved in the assigned topics.
  • The Hodges University Scholarship Committee may interview applicants as part of the process in the event additional information is required for the decision process.
  • In awarding the scholarships, the Hodges University Scholarship Committee judges the applicants based upon (1) academic performance, (2) the candidate’s application essay, if required, (3) personal interviews, if required, (4) financial need, and (5) application completeness.
  • Scholarships provided by the FLORIDA INDEPENDENT COLLEGE FUND (FICF) are considered the same as other private scholarships of Hodges University. Students are nominated for the FICF awards by the Hodges University Scholarship Committee. Award amounts established by the FICF may vary.

Friends of the University Scholarships:

Friends of the University Scholarships have the above criteria plus a requirement that students must submit an essay addressing their Hodges experience to date, their academic successes, a personal development plan, as well as their future career goals and expectations after graduation. Our Friends of the University include general donors, and our generous donors giving to the University on a regular basis include:

  • Thelma Hodges
  • CenturyLink
  • Collier County Education Facility Authority
  • John R. Wood
  • Raymond & Margaret Pettit
  • Lavern Norris Gaynor

Named Scholarship Opportunities:

  • Earl & Thelma Hodges Scholarship.
  • Jerry F. Nichols Accounting Scholarship – Students must be enrolled full-time in an Accounting degree program with at least a 3.0 GPA for either undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Meftah Foundation Scholarship for Single Mothers – This scholarship is for single mothers with minor children living at home; females enrolled in an on-campus or online academic program; pursuing their college degree to increase their job opportunities and family income.
  • Moorings Park Foundation Scholarship in Clinical Mental Health – This scholarship is for students pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; priority will be given to those residing in Collier County.
  • Moorings Park Foundation Scholarship in Nursing – This scholarship is for students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing; priority will be given to those residing in Collier County.
  • North Naples Rotary Scholarship – Scholarship funds will (1) go to students who have graduated from Collier County schools or (2) who reside in Collier County; recipients should attend a minimum of one Naples North Rotary meeting, coordinated through Hodges and a club member; recipient is expected to participate in one of North Naples Rotary service projects in the year/session funding was received.

Veteran Scholarships 

  • Earl & Thelma Hodges Veterans Scholarship – Full-time or part-time (at least 6 credit hours per term); demonstrated academic achievement and integrity of character; veterans honorably discharged from active duty; submit an essay addressing personal military service record and post-graduation career goals and plans.
  • Jerry F. Nichols Veterans Accounting Scholarship – Degree Program in Accounting; preference is given to Veterans; full-time enrollment for the session scholarship is awarded; at least a 3.0 GPA for either undergraduate or graduate students.
  • John & Joanne Fisher Scholarship – Must be a veteran or spouse of a veteran who has been honorably discharged; submit an essay addressing personal military service record or spousal perspective of the impact thereof including post-graduation career goals and plans; full-time enrollment for the session scholarship is awarded; resident of Collier, Lee, or Charlotte County; at least a 2.5 GPA for either undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Peter & Stella Thomas Scholarship – Must be a veteran who has been honorably discharged; submit an essay addressing personal military service record including post-graduation career goals and plans; full-time enrollment for the session scholarship is awarded; resident of Collier, Lee, or Charlotte County; at least a 2.5 GPA for either undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Scholarship Assistance for Veterans Education (SAVE) Fund – Must be a veteran or spouse/dependent of a disabled or deceased veteran pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree.

How Do I Apply For Institutional Scholarships?

Award Spring is our electronic system where students can login (single sign-on) and fill out the application for any scholarship. Prior to applying, students can see detailed information about each of our scholarships and the criteria needed to potentially receive requested funding. It’s a great tool that allows students to apply for one or multiple scholarships at the same time. We are currently working on upgrading our Award Spring system so students can see even more details about scholarships, criteria needed, deadlines for each scholarship application, and when to apply for each scholarship – these upgrades will be coming for the January 2019 session and beyond.

Scholarship Funding Disclaimer

The purpose of the Hodges University scholarship program is to supplement the resources of students to the extent possible to enable them to begin or continue university studies. All students are eligible to apply for scholarships. Please remember that if a student is already receiving a tuition discount and/or tuition waiver as a part of other university agreements or policies, this type of funding is classified as institutional aid and those students will be ineligible to receive both tuition discounts/waivers and institutional scholarships.

Global requirements of eligibility for institutional scholarships include, but are not limited to: Students must be undergraduate or graduate students in good standing in their current session with at least a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for undergraduate students and a 3.0 GPA for graduate students. Individual scholarship awards may have additional information and qualifying criteria which can be found below.

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