First Generation Matching Grant Program (FGMG)


First Generation Matching Grant Program for State Universities and Florida Colleges (Public Community Colleges)

1. What is the First Generation Matching Grant Program (FGMG)?

The Florida Legislature created Section 1009.701, Florida Statutes, the First Generation Matching Grant Program available to Florida public state universities.  In 2007 the Florida Legislature expanded participation to the Florida colleges (public community colleges).  FGMG is a need-based program providing financial aid to Florida undergraduate residents who demonstrate financial need and whose parents have not earned a baccalaureate degree.

2. What are student qualifications?

The eligible student will:

3. What is the award amount?

The award amount shall not exceed the studentís unmet financial need.  Unmet financial need is derived from the cost of attendance (COA) minus the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and any other grants and scholarships the student is receiving.

4. What is Cost Of Attendance (COA)?

The COA is an estimate of how much money will be required to attend school for one year at a college, including all reasonable expenses. The COA is determined for each student by the postsecondary institution and may include:
  • Tuition and fees
  • Books, supplies, transportation, personal, misc.
  • Room and board
  • Dependent care
  • Study abroad expenses
  • Disability expenses
  • Employment expenses for co-op study
  • Loan fees

5. Which Florida postsecondary institutions are eligible to provide student funding for this program?

The 11 Florida public state universities and the 28 Florida colleges (public community colleges) are eligible.  Please see the Board of Governorís State University System of Florida homepage at for a listing of Florida public state universities and the Division of Florida Colleges homepage at for a listing of Florida colleges (public community colleges).

6. Are students who are enrolled in an associate degree program at a four year institution eligible to receive the First Generation Matching Grant Program?

Yes, if a student is classified as an undergraduate degree-seeking student at a Florida public state university or Florida college (public community college) and meets all other eligibility requirements to receive funding.

7. If a studentís non-custodial parent has earned a degree, would the student be eligible for this program?

In the case of a student who resides with and receives support from only one parent, an applicant whose only such parent did not complete a baccalaureate degree, and met all other eligibility requirements, may be eligible to receive funding.

8. Is the student eligible for an award from the First Generation Matching Grant Program if the student lives with a grandparent?

Section 1009.21(1), Florida Statutes, defines a parent as the natural or adoptive parent or legal guardian of a dependent child.  If the grandparent is the legal guardian and has not received a baccalaureate degree, and the student meets all other eligibility requirements, then the student may be eligible for an award.

9. Must students apply for the First Generation Matching Grant immediately after high school?

Florida Statutes allows each institution to establish additional requirements for student eligibility.  Contact financial aid offices at eligible institutions to determine if currently enrolled or non-traditional students may apply for this program.

10. What does the word "matching" mean in First Generation Matching Grant Program?

The Florida Legislature appropriated state funds to match institution private donations on a dollar for dollar basis for Florida public state universities and Florida colleges (public community colleges).  Students are not required to match funds, but rather meet eligibility requirements listed in Question #2, What are student qualifications?
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