Full-time students who are a citizen of a Latin American or Caribbean country (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and who receive scholarships from the federal or state government shall be classified as residents for tuition purposes. This provision of the law provides an opportunity to encourage the continued internationalization of UF and to attract more high-quality students from Latin America and the Caribbean.
To qualify, UF students must be awarded a non-duty scholarship paid from either state funds appropriated to universities in the General Appropriations Act, investment earnings as provided under section 1011.43, Florida Statutes, or from federally authorized scholarship funds. Universities may use equal matching funds from private businesses, private foundations, and public agencies. Students must be full-time and in good academic standing. Graduate or research assistantships are not considered scholarships for this purpose. Note that this program provides eligibility; it is not a guaranteed scholarship. Scholarship decisions are made by the colleges.
The Latin American-Caribbean (LAC) Scholarship may be provided to a student who has dual citizenship between an eligible country and the United States. The LAC award requires full-time enrollment, even in the final semester. LAC award letters must be provided to UFIC each semester in order to receive the change from out of state to in state charges. The LAC award does not require you to be present in the United States.