The Adopt Program is about people helping people. Adopt matches deserving students with donors who are interested in helping students attend Florida College. The students selected are informed of their “adoption” and keep the donor informed of their progress during the year.

Adopt Funds

Adopt gifts range in award from $2000 to $4000 per year. Amounts are divided equally between the fall and spring semesters. The exact amount a student qualifies for is based on his/her FAFSA.

Adopt Application Deadlines for 2021–2022

Fall Semester

  • Drop/Add day (first week of classes)
    Failure to submit the completed application by this date will result in a loss of all funding.
Spring Semester (new entrants only)
  • Drop/Add day (first week of classes)

No exceptions can be made for these deadlines – please make note of them and complete and return all required items by the deadline.

Adopt Requirements

In order to be eligible for financial assistance from the Adopt Program, you must meet certain requirements.

Requirements for Initial Eligibility
  • Complete the FAFSA before the Adopt deadline and demonstrate financial need.
  • Complete the Adopt application by the deadline.
Requirements While in the Adopt Program
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.0 on a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.
  • Write thank you letters twice a semester, due by the deadline, to each of your adopt parents.
  • Complete all hours of volunteer service
    • $2000 award | 2 hours of service each semester
    • $3000 award | 3 hours of service each semester
    • $4000 award | 4 hours of service each semester
  • Attend any meetings assigned by the Adopt Coordinator.

Failure to comply with requirements by the deadline will result in the loss of all funding. 

A student with a GPA of less than 2.0 will be put on a one semester probation. Failure to raise grades to the minimum after that semester will result in a loss of all funding.

Adopt Requirement & Deadlines for 2021–2022

Fall Semester

  • Monday, Sept.20, 2021, by 5 p.m. 
    • First set of fall thank-you letters are due. Last names A-L
  • Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 by 5 p.m.
    • First set of fall thank-you letters are due. Last names M-Z
  • Nov. 1-17, 2021 – Thanksgiving card signatures
  • Nov. 23, 2021 – Service Hours Due 
Spring Semester
  • Monday, Mar. 28, 2022 by 5 p.m. 
    • Second set of spring thank-you letters are due. Last names A-L
  • Monday, April 11, 2022 by 5 p.m. 
    • Second set of spring thank-you letters are due. Last names M-Z
  • Tuesday, April 22, 2022 – Service Hours Due 
 

If you have received a James R. Cope Adopt Program acceptance letter, please fill out an adopt application here.

Frequently Asked Questions

First, you must submit your FAFSA before the deadline (see below). Adopt is a need-based program, meaning that you qualify based on your FAFSA. You will see it listed on your award letter if you qualify. A completed application must also be submitted before the deadline.
Requirements to be considered by the Florida College Adopt Program Include:

  • Completing the FAFSA before the Adopt deadline
  • Completing the Adopt application by the deadline
  • Maintaining at least 12 credit hours with a 2.0 GPA every semester

Adopt gifts range in award from $2000 to $4000 per year. Amounts are divided equally between the fall and spring semesters. The exact amount a student qualifies for is based on his/her FAFSA.

Yes! Even students who have had Adopt in the past must submit a new application each year. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of deadlines and submit completed Adopt applications.

Fall Semester
Drop/Add day (first week of classes)
Failure to submit the completed application by this date will result in a loss of all funding.
Spring Semester
Drop/Add day (new entrants only)

No exceptions can be made for these deadlines – please make note of them and complete and return all required items by the deadline.

If you miss an Adopt deadline you will be not be awarded the grant.

Adopt applications must be complete and submitted by the deadline. Please read your application carefully and submit all required information. The date that an application is complete is the date that our office considers it submitted.

You must maintain a 2.0 semester GPA and earn 12 hours every semester in order to keep your Adopt funding.
You must send thank you letters to donors who help you.

Working service hours each semester is also required. In addition to attending any meetings called by the Adopt Coordinator, students who are accepted for the Adopt Program must sign a pledge stating that their intent to one day reverse roles and become an adoptive parent when they are financially able.

You can see more details about the Adopt requirements in the Student Procedures Packet.

Make sure that you have submitted your FAFSA for the school year that you are planning to attend Florida College (the FAFSA must be submitted before the Adopt deadlines in order to qualify). You will then be notified if you qualify for the James F. Cope Adopt Program.

If you are an international student, please contact Colleen Engel at 813.899.1799 x152 for more information about the International Adopt program application.

Questions about your Adopt application should be directed to the financial aid office. If you have questions regarding requirements after being accepted as an Adopt student, or donors who want to submit payment, please contact the development office.

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