Stetson Promise

Presidential Scholars and Demonstrated Financial Need

Demonstrated Financial Need

Early Filing Award

Stetson Promise

On Monday, Feb. 21, Stetson University announced plans to meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for students who qualify as a Presidential Scholar and are enrolling for Fall 2022. The move is part of a strategic priority to minimize student debt; reduce the financial barriers for low-income, historically underrepresented populations; and allow students to focus on their future. 

At Stetson, President Scholars receive a scholarship of up to $31,000 per year, awarded based on high school record, standardized testing and community service. The awards are given to incoming first-year students and cover eight semesters or until undergraduate graduation, whichever comes first. Eligibility is decided by the admissions committee upon completion of the student’s application.

To learn more details about how Stetson University can help meet your family’s financial need contact an admission representative at [email protected] or call (386) 822-7100.

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It's just three steps to discover if you qualify.

  1. Apply to Stetson University
  2. Fill out your financial planning form
  3. Hit submit! Decisions are available within two weeks. 

Calculating Demonstrated Financial Need

Demonstrated financial need is the difference between the cost of attendance and the amount your family is expected to contribute. 

Student demonstrated financial need is determined through a comprehensive needs assessment of a family’s financial strength. This information is obtained through the financial aid application process, which includes both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Board CSS Profile.

For more information on calculating financial need and how this might work for you, contact Stetson’s financial aid and student  financial planning office at [email protected], or call (386) 822-7100 and request financial planning or visit

Stetson Early Filing Award

Stetson University also announced all first-time in college and transfer students are eligible to receive a $3,000 early filing award for Fall 2022, regardless of their demonstrated financial need. To qualify, a student must submit their financial aid application by their admission application deadline. This award is renewable in subsequent years as the students complete their financial aid application by the financial aid deadline each year.

Stetson Promise

In addition to the newly announced Stetson Presidential Scholars program, Stetson University is known for the Stetson Promise, which, regardless of financial circumstances, provides qualifying students with guaranteed access to a Stetson experience that is truly life changing. All eligible students will benefit from a premier private, liberal arts, residential education where students are more than just a number. Stetson University students thrive in an exciting and engaging community, interact closely with faculty and embark on real-world, experiential educational opportunities including field and lab research, internships, national competitions, national conferences and campus leadership positions. If a student is unable to graduate in four years or less, through no fault of their own, the university covers up to one full semester of tuition to allow them to complete their degree without any additional tuition expense.

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Find out whether The Stetson Promise is right for you, and how you can participate.

  • For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 386-822-7100 and your admissions recruiter will be able to assist you.