Many students have questions about managing the transition to campus. We have listed a number of the most common questions below. If you aren't able to find an answer on these pages or the Graduate School website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. What payment options do I have?
You can pay online by e-check or credit card, in-person or by mail with a personal or cashier’s check or money order, by Western Union or International Check, or by a third party. Please contact the Bursar’s Office for more information.
2. How can I pay my tuition?
You can make payments to the Bursar’s Office for tuition, fees and other financial obligations through myUFL.
3. When do I have to pay my tuition and fees?
Fee payments are due at the end of the second week of the term. Please consult the Graduate Catalog for all published deadlines.
4. How do I use my tuition waiver?
If you have a tuition waiver, it will be applied to your student account through the payroll process. Please contact your departmental payroll staff member for more information.
5. Is payment for fees included in my tuition waiver?
No – all students must pay for their own fees, unless a third party payment has already been determined by a separate agreement.
6. What if my tuition, fees, or other bills will be paid by someone else?
Students’ tuition bills can be paid by a third party or sponsor, if you can provide an authorization letter or document that shows the amount of tuition and/or fees to be covered, as well as the time period covered by the payments. Once the letter is received by the University Bursar, they will provide an invoice to the third party or sponsor.
1. If I have been admitted with funding, what should I do before I arrive in Gainesville?
• If you have questions about your funding, confirm the terms and conditions with your departmental payroll staff member, as noted in your initial offer letter.
• Initiate the process for obtaining or providing proof of health insurance. For details, please see below.
2. Is there an expected date for the first paycheck of the semester?
If all of the required documentation has been completed, your appointment will start on time, and you will be paid according to the appointment dates on your letter of appointment, and the payroll calendar.
However, in many cases, there are numerous offices involved in the processing of hiring and payroll records, so it is important to budget wisely for the beginning of the semester. Based on unique circumstances involved in each new hiring appointment, it is possible that your first paycheck may not be paid during the first few payperiods.
3. What if I need funding for my graduate program?
1. How do I find out more about the requirements and materials needed for my first semester?
You should contact the graduate staff member in your program who is responsible for academics, or the faculty member who serves as graduate coordinator. You can also contact the faculty members listed as instructors for your coursework in the schedule of courses or through ONE.UF.
2. How do I learn more about my academic program?
You can visit their website, and contact your graduate staff or faculty members about the expectations for your program. You may also consult your program’s handbook, which may be available online.
3. What do I do if I have issues during my program?
If you have academic issues, you should first seek to address them with your advisor, graduate coordinator, and departmental chair. If you need additional assistance, your College Dean's office may be able to guide you appropriately. Finally, if you feel that you have not been able to come to a reasonble resolution, you may wish to contact the Ombuds Office.
1. Am I required to have health insurance as a graduate student?
Yes. As of Summer B 2014, all domestic and international students at UF must have health insurance which meets university standards. The new health insurance requirement is being administered by the Student Healthcare Center (SHCC).
2. What if I already have health insurance?
You may apply for a waiver from the requirement to purchase insurance if your current plan provides comparable coverage to the policy provided by our institutional plan (UF SHIP) from UnitedHealthCare.
3. What is UF SHIP?
UF SHIP is the institutional health insurance plan, which is available to any students who do not already have their own health insurance plan. UF SHIP coverage is also provided to students who are paid as Fellows at UF.
4. What is GatorGradCare, and how is it different from UF SHIP?
GatorGradCare is an employee health insurance plan provided to students who hold a qualifying assistantship (.25 FTE or higher), and is paid by the academic unit that created the assistantship. It differs from UF SHIP in that it is available only to students employed as assistants. Students who switch from an assistantship or fellowship appointment should keep in mind that there may be differences in policy coverage, and varying deadlines for switching health insurance plans.
5. Can my family be covered under my student health insurance plan as well?
Yes, there are coverage rates available for dependents.
6. Are there any other issues I should be aware of?
• Students who register for 6 or more credits will be automatically enrolled in the UFSHIP, unless you have already registered or received a waiver.
• For common insurance questions, please visit Student Health Insurance Frequently Asked Questions.
1. How do I register for classes?
In many graduate programs, the academic staff in your program will register you in the appropriate coursework, based on guidance by your faculty advisor or graduate coordinator. Each department may have a different procedure for registration, so please confirm the appropriate courses for your first term with your departmental staff and faculty.
2. When is the last date to change my registration for Fall?
• You must register for courses by August 19th to avoid a late fee.
• The drop/add and late registration dates for Fall are both set for August 26th. You can make any changes without a financial penalty until this date.
• Please consult the Academic Calendar for additional dates and deadlines.
3. What are the full-time registration requirements?
They vary depending upon your status as a student. Please see the Graduate Catalog.
Below you can find a list of campus organizations that can help with a variety of questions you may have:
UF Graduate School
Office of Admissions
Office of the University Registrar
Student Financial Affairs
Human Resource Services
Graduate & Family Housing
Dean of Students Office
U Matter, We Care
Student Health Care Center
Disability Resource Center
Collegiate Veterans Success Center
Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution
Counseling & Wellness Center
University Athletic Association