Financial Aid

Federal financial aid investments at FIU make a critical impact in South Florida, allowing our region to gain new college-educated professionals as these individuals work to pursue their dreams.

FIU is one of the largest public universities by campus enrollment, and nearly 23,000 students currently receive Pell Grants (57 percent of the total undergraduate population).


2022-2023 Highlights

  • Over 22,396 FIU students received Pell grants in 2022-2023
  • This represents approximately 57% of our total student undergraduate population*
    • * Source: AIM headcount - 39,213, Fall 2022 UGRD Headcount
  • Over 55% or 12,411 of Pell recipients receive the maximum award based on an expected family contribution of $0
  • Sixty-nine percent of 12,301 Pell recipients earned a B average or higher (3.0+) in Fall 2021 (based on CumulativeGPA)
  • Sixty-seven percent or 12,261 of Pell recipients are enrolled full-time at FIU during Fall 22
  • 42.5% of FIU students receiving Pell are First Generation in college
  • FIU had 4,458 students who qualified for the Florida Student AssistantGrant(FSAG) but didn’t get an award due to a lack of funding
  • In South Florida, 154,608 students receive Pell Grants at the sumof $659,358,966 (NAICU)
  • Total unmet financialneed for FIU’s enrolled undergraduates who filed as FAFSA and received at least one type of AID was over $198 Million (not including summer) for 2022-2023

Download the 2022-2023 Financial Aid Information

Together, we will make higher education not only an achievable goal, but a more affordable one

Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education

Reductions to federal financial aid programs would disproportionately affect FIU’s students—many of whom are classified in the categories of highest need, such as the growing first generation and large Pell eligible populations—due to their heavy reliance on aid to attend school. As reauthorization and supplementary legislation move forward, year-round Pell grants and other access initiatives are still top priorities that would greatly benefit our students.

Research by our national partner, CEOs for Cities, shows that by increasing local baccalaureate degree production by just one percent, the South Florida region would benefit from an expected economic impact of $1.7 billion; such advances are only possible with continued federal financial aid investments.

Priorities/Recommendations for Congress

  • Protect the maximum Pell grant amount and forestall interest rate increases on Stafford Loans.
  • Encourage year-round Pell grants under the Higher Education Act.

Related Agencies

  • Department of Education