Office of Financial Aid

Honorably Discharged Graduate Assistance Program (HDGAP)

The 2014 Florida Legislature created funding for the Honorably discharged Graduate Assistance Program (HDGAP) as a supplemental needeed-based veteran educational benefit. Funds are to be used to assist in the payment of living expenses during holiday and semester breaks for active duty and honorably dicharged members of the Armed forces who served on or after September 11, 2001.

The appropriation will provide need-based veterans educational benefits in the form of supplemental living expenses during holiday and semester breaks.  This program is for undergraduate AND graduate students.

To be eligible students must meet all of the requirements below:

  • Be an active duty or honorably discharged member of the Armed Forces who served on or after September 11, 2001;
  • Be a Florida resident;
  • Be enrolled in a degree seeking program of study (undergraduate or graduate);
  • Complete an error-free 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
  • Have sufficient unmet need as defined by the FAFSA.
  • Be enrolled in the Fall semester 2020;
  • Be registered for the Spring 2021 semester.
  • Complete all required applications/documents by the November 1st deadline.

Eligible students may receive up to 20 days at $50.00 per day in benefits ($1,000). However, the actual amount will be based on the number of eligible students. The actual amount may be significantly lower.

Funding is not guaranteed and is determined by the Florida Legislature and the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance. All funding will be disbursed during the Fall semester.

For additional questions or concerns, please call our office at (850)599-3730.

Contact Info

1735 Wahnish Way
Suite 203
Tallahassee, FL 32307

P: 850.599.3730
F: 850.561.2730