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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.

 

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 Community Outreach & Recruitment Liaison, Erlis Abazi, at 1-800-466-8017 x 7847 or email eabazi@hodges.edu.

Learn More About Our Scholarship Programs

Hodges University Institutional Scholarship Information Overview

  • Scholarships will be awarded based on set criteria for each Scholarship Award under university and/or donor specifications.
  • After the Scholarship Committee receives, votes and approves all scholarships per session, the recipient list will be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Services for disbursement purposes.
  • Awarding of scholarships will be equally weighted based on academic performance/grade point average (GPA), enrollment status (credit hours per session), financial need/estimated family contribution (EFC), and application essay/interview (if required).

Eligibility Criteria For All Scholarships

  • An undergraduate- or graduate-level student in good standing in their current session with at least a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for undergraduate and a 3.0 GPA for graduate students minus all available grants and fees. 
  • All scholarships below may require additional criteria in order for a student to be eligible for said scholarship. 
  • Students receiving tuition discounts and/or tuition waivers as a part of other university agreements or policies will be ineligible to receive institutional scholarships as this type of funding is also classified as institutional aid. 
  • 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 a rubric scale which will include style/content as well as writing skills that are clear, articulate, logically organized, and demonstrates an exceptional grasp of the philosophical and psychological issues involved in the assigned topic(s).

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.

Hawks Fund Scholarship

The Hawks Fund Scholarship (also known as the general scholarship fund) includes general donations from generous donors who give to the university regularly. This funding consists of the following named scholarships:

  • Hawks Fund Scholarship
  • Gaynor Hawks Fund Scholarship
  • Thelma Hodges Hawks Fund Scholarship
  • CenturyLink Hawks Fund Scholarship
  • Pettit Hawks Fund Scholarship

Criteria

  • Subject to all specifications, as stated above, regarding “Eligibility Criteria for ALL Scholarships.”

 

Awarding Schedules 

Undergraduate degree-seeking students are limited to the following amounts per session:

  • Enrolled in 1-8 credit hours: up to $500
  • Enrolled in 9-11 credit hours: up to $1000
  • Enrolled in 12 or more credit hours: up to $1500

 

Graduate degree-seeking students are limited to the following amounts per session:

  • Enrolled in 1-5 credit hours: up to $500
  • Enrolled in 6-8 credit hours: up to $1000
  • Enrolled in 9 or more credit hours: up to $1500

 

Limitations 

  • We have a large number of students applying to the Hawks Fund Scholarship every month, due to monthly-starts; however, the Scholarship Committee is conscious regarding the current balance of funds and may limit the funding that can be disbursed every month.

Scholarship Assistance for Veterans Education (SAVE) Fund

Criteria 

  • Subject to all specifications as stated above regarding “Eligibility Criteria for ALL Scholarships”; and
  • Must be a veteran or spouse/dependent of a disabled or deceased veteran pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree.

 

Awarding Schedules 

Undergraduate degree-seeking students are limited to the following amounts per session:

  • Enrolled in 1-8 credit hours: up to $500
  • Enrolled in 9-11 credit hours: up to $1000
  • Enrolled in 12 or more credit hours: up to $1500

 

Graduate degree-seeking students are limited to the following amounts per session:

  • Enrolled in 1-5 credit hours: up to $500
  • Enrolled in 6-8 credit hours: up to $1000
  • Enrolled in 9 or more credit hours: up to $1500

 

Limitations 

  • In past years, this funding was held until summer terms in order to designate funding for the federally mandated match for VA Yellow Ribbon benefits; however, veterans needing VA Yellow Ribbon funds in the past year has reduced meaning that we can begin disbursing more SAVE funds moving forward.

Jerry F. Nichols Accounting Scholarship

 

Criteria 

  • Subject to all specifications as stated above regarding “Eligibility Criteria for ALL Scholarships”;
  • The academic degree program must be in Accounting;
  • Full-time enrollment status (12 or more credits for UG; 9 or more credits for GR); and
  • At least a 3.0 GPA for either undergraduate- or graduate-level students.

 

Awarding Schedule 

  • Students may be awarded up to $1500 per session.

 

Limitations 

  • Funding availability is significantly limited while there are also specific criteria that a large number of accounting-major students are not currently maintaining.
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Jerry F. Nichols Veterans Accounting Scholarship

 

Criteria 

  • Subject to all specifications as stated above regarding “Eligibility Criteria for ALL Scholarships”;
  • The academic degree program must be in Accounting;
  • Veteran/military status preferred, but may be given to a student without a military/veteran status if no student is deemed to be eligible;
  • Full-time enrollment status (12 or more credits for UG; 9 or more credits for GR); and
  • At least a 3.0 GPA for either undergraduate- or graduate-level students.

 

Awarding Schedules 

Undergraduate degree-seeking students are limited to the following amounts per session: 

  • Enrolled in 1-8 credit hours: up to $500
  • Enrolled in 9-11 credit hours: up to $1000
  • Enrolled in 12 or more credit hours: up to $1500

 

Graduate degree-seeking students are limited to the following amounts per session: 

  • Enrolled in 1-5 credit hours: up to $500
  • Enrolled in 6-8 credit hours: up to $1000
  • Enrolled in 9 or more credit hours: up to $1500

 

Limitations 

  • Funding availability is significantly limited while there are also specific criteria that a large number of accounting-major students plus veteran-status are not currently maintaining.

Naples North Rotary Scholarship

 

Criteria 

  • Subject to all specifications as stated above regarding “Eligibility Criteria for ALL Scholarships”;
  • Student graduated from Collier County Schools or reside in Collier County;
  • Attend a minimum on one (1) Naples North Rotary meeting, coordinated through Hodges University (Director of University Advancement) and a club member; and
  • Participate in one (1) Naples North Rotary service project within the year funding was received.

 

Awarding Schedules 

Undergraduate degree-seeking students are limited to the following amounts per session: 

  • Enrolled in 1-8 credit hours: up to $500
  • Enrolled in 9-11 credit hours: up to $1000
  • Enrolled in 12 or more credit hours: up to $1500

Graduate degree-seeking students are limited to the following amounts per session: 

  • Enrolled in 1-5 credit hours: up to $500
  • Enrolled in 6-8 credit hours: up to $1000
  • Enrolled in 9 or more credit hours: up to $1500

 

Limitations 

  • The specifications of the scholarship as designated by the donor reduces the amount of scholarship applications that are received by the Scholarship Committee specific to this scholarship. Unfortunately, students feel that they may not be able to attend specified meetings and/or participate in a service project(s) due to their personal lives and work schedules.

Meftah Foundation Scholarship for Single Mothers

 

Criteria 

  • Subject to all specifications as stated above regarding “Eligibility Criteria for ALL Scholarships”;
  • Must be a single mother with minor children living at home;
  • Female;
  • Enrolled in an on-campus or online academic program; and
  • Pursuing a college degree to increase their job opportunities and family income.

 

Awarding Schedule 

  • One (1) recipient may be awarded $2500, annually, during the Fall session.

 

Limitations 

  • There is a significant amount of funds available; unfortunately, due to the regulations from the donor, $2500 of funds with only one (1) recipient is the maximum amount that may be disbursed on an annual basis.
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Moorings Park Foundation Scholarship in Nursing

 

Criteria 

  • Subject to all specifications as stated above regarding “Eligibility Criteria for ALL Scholarships”;
  • A student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing; and
  • Priority will be given to recipients residing in Collier County, but not required.

 

Awarding Schedules 

Students are limited to the following amounts per session:

  • Enrolled in 1-5 credit hours: up to $500
  • Enrolled in 6-8 credit hours: up to $1000
  • Enrolled in 9 or more credit hours: up to $1500

 

Limitations 

  • The scholarship is based on specifications of a program which has a substantial amount of students in the program while there is a limited amount of funding received on an annual basis.

Moorings Park Foundation Scholarship in Clinical Mental Health

 

Criteria 

  • Subject to all specifications as stated above regarding “Eligibility Criteria for ALL Scholarships”;
  • A student pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; and
  • Priority will be given to recipients residing in Collier County, but not required.

 

Awarding Schedules 

Students are limited to the following amounts per session:

  • Enrolled in 1-5 credit hours: up to $500
  • Enrolled in 6-8 credit hours: up to $1000
  • Enrolled in 9 or more credit hours: up to $1500

 

Limitations 

  • The scholarship is based on specifications of a program which has a substantial amount of students in the program while there is a limited amount of funding received on an annual basis.

Peter & Stella Thomas Veterans Scholarship

 

Criteria 

  • Subject to all specifications as stated above regarding “Eligibility Criteria for ALL Scholarships”;
  • A veteran that has been honorably discharged;
  • Essay addressing personal military service record including post-graduation career goals and plans;
  • Full-time enrollment status (12 or more credits for UG; 9 or more credits for GR);
  • A resident of Collier, Lee or Charlotte County; and
  • At least a 2.5 GPA for either undergraduate- or graduate-level students.

 

Awarding Schedules 

  • The scholarship amount will be equal to the tuition-only cost of one (1) course per session.
  • Scholarship limited to twelve (12), annually.

 

Limitations 

  • Scholarship specifications bring a limited number of applications, especially regarding the essay portion. While many students do not enjoy writing/creating essays, the Office of Student Financial Services’ Veterans Services team have begun having conversations with veteran students regarding writing essays and assisting them with the process.
  • Maximum amounts per year of scholarships disbursed also presents a concern; if the Scholarship Committee is able to award 12 students, the maximum amount being used would be $27,000 per year.

John & Joanne Fisher Veterans Scholarship

 

Criteria 

  • Subject to all specifications as stated above regarding “Eligibility Criteria for ALL Scholarships”;
  • Veteran or spouse of a veteran that has been honorably discharged;
  • Essay addressing personal military service record or spousal perspective of the impact thereof including post-graduation career goals and plans;
  • Full-time enrollment status (12 or more credits for UG; 9 or more credits for GR);
  • A resident of Collier, Lee or Charlotte County; and
  • At least a 2.5 GPA for either undergraduate- or graduate-level students.

 

Awarding Schedules 

  • The scholarship amount will be equal to the tuition-only cost of one (1) course per session.
  • Scholarship limited to twelve (12) awards, annually.
  • If qualified veterans or spouses of veterans are not available, scholarship funds may be awarded to a Fisher School of Technology (FSOT) student.

 

Limitations 

  • Scholarship specifications bring a limited number of applications, especially regarding the essay portion. While many students do not enjoy writing/creating essays, the Office of Student Financial Services’ Veterans Services team have begun having conversations with veteran students regarding writing essays and assisting them with the process.
  • Maximum amounts per year of scholarships disbursed also presents a concern; if the Scholarship Committee is able to award 12 students, the maximum amount being used would be $27,000 per year.

Earl & Thelma Hodges Scholarship

 

Criteria 

  • Subject to all specifications as stated above regarding “Eligibility Criteria for ALL Scholarships”;
  • Essay addressing personal challenges prior to enrolled with Hodges University while also including post-graduation career goals and plans;
  • Full-time enrollment status (12 or more credits for UG; 9 or more credits for GR);
  • A resident of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Glade or Hendry County; and
  • At least a 2.5 GPA for either undergraduate- or graduate-level students.

 

Awarding Schedules 

  • The scholarship amount will be equal to the tuition-only cost of one (1) course per session.
  • Scholarship limited to two (2) awards annually, specific to the fall and winter terms only.

 

Limitations 

  • Scholarship specifications bring a limited number of applications, especially regarding the essay portion. While many students do not enjoy writing/creating essays, the Office of Student Financial Services has partnered with the Office of Student Experience to better explain the essay process and how to write an effective essay.
  • Maximum amounts per year of scholarships disbursed also presents a concern; if the Scholarship Committee is able to award 2 students, the maximum amount being used would be $4,500 per year.

Earl & Thelma Hodges Veterans Scholarship

 

Criteria 

  • Subject to all specifications as stated above regarding “Eligibility Criteria for ALL Scholarships”;
  • A veteran that has been honorably discharged;
  • Essay addressing personal military service record including post-graduation career goals and plans; and
  • A minimum of part-time enrollment status (at least 6 or more credits per session).

 

Awarding Schedules 

  • The scholarship amount will be equal to the tuition-only cost of one (1) course per session.
  • Scholarship limited to twelve (12) awards, annually.

 

Limitations 

  • Scholarship specifications bring a limited number of applications, especially regarding the essay portion. While many students do not enjoy writing/creating essays, the Office of Student Financial Services’ Veterans Services team have begun having conversations with veteran students regarding writing essays and assisting them with the process.
  • Maximum amounts per year of scholarships disbursed also presents a concern; if the Scholarship Committee is able to award 12 students, the maximum amount being used would be $27,000 per year.

Jeanette Brock LPN Scholarship

 

Criteria 

  • Subject to all specifications as stated above regarding “Eligibility Criteria for ALL Scholarships”;
  • The degree program must be in Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN);
  • At least a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.

 

Awarding Schedules 

Undergraduate degree-seeking students are limited to the following amounts per session:

  • Enrolled in 1-8 credit hours: up to $500
  • Enrolled in 9-11 credit hours: up to $1000
  • Enrolled in 12 or more credit hours: up to $1500

 

Limitations 

  • The Scholarship Committee is conscious regarding the current balance of funds and are limited on how much funding should be disbursed on a monthly basis.

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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