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).

2021-2022       Highlights

  • Over 22,884 FIU students received Pell grants in 2021-2022
    o This represents approximately 57% of our total student undergraduate population*
  • Over 54% of Pell recipients receive the maximum award based on an expected family contribution of $0
  • Sixty-nine percent or 12,658 of Pell recipients earned a B average or higher (3.0+) in Fall 2021 (based on Cumulative GPA)
  • Sixty-seven percent or 12,261 of Pell recipients are enrolled full time at FIU during Fall 2021
  • 44% of FIU students receiving Pell are First Generation in college
  • FIU had 7,363 students who qualified for the Florida Student Assistant Grant (FSAG) but didn't get an award due to a lack of funding
  • In South Florida, 222,203 students receive Pell Grants at the sum of $784,513,881**
  • On average, FIU students graduate with an average debt of $19,705.

Download the 2021-2022 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