Florida State University

Department Of Economics

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application deadline?

We encourage all applicants to submit their application before January 1st to ensure you are considered for funding.

How do I apply for financial support?

All applicants who submit their application before the January 1 deadline are automatically considered for funding. There is no separate application.

I am an international student. What are my chances of full financial aid?

The answer largely depends on your nation of origin. FSU does not permit international students to become residents of Florida for tuition purposes. This makes international students very expensive for departments to fund. However, the state and university have a special program for students from many nations though the Latin American and Caribbean Scholarship.

For additional financial resources we refer you to the Graduate College.

Can you waive the application fee?

No. The university refuses to waive the application fee under any circumstances. 

Do I need to take the TOEFL?

All international students must provide TOEFL scores unless they have a degree from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (generally, the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain).

Can I substitute the GMAT for the GRE?

No. The GMAT is not considered an acceptable substitute. 

Am I guaranteed admission if I meet the GRE and GPA minimums?

No. The admissions committee reviews the entire application package when making a decision.

Am I automatically rejected if I don’t meet both the GRE and GPA minimums?

No. The admissions committee reviews the entire application package when making a decision.

If I come on my own funding and do well in the program, can I earn a teaching assistantship in subsequent years?

This does happen on rare occasions, but the limiting factor is availability of funds (very hard to predict).