Student Resources

At UF, we’re building a stronger community, one connected across disciplines and committed to helping others achieve better. As part of this community, you have access to programs and support, which means you don’t have to go it alone.

Resource List


Accessing Your UF Email Account

As a student, all official communication is sent to your UFL email account. Please make sure you are checking your email regularly for important course updates, messages, and information about clearing holds and registering.

Your GatorLink username makes up the first part of the UFL email address (the part before Your UF email can be set up two weeks after you have been admitted to the program.

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Commencement Information


Please read this ENTIRE page and contact us at if you have any questions. Failure to do so could result in not graduating or receiving your diploma.

Applying to graduate: In order to graduate, you MUST apply to graduate in Student Self Service by the deadline posted on the  Critical Dates page. How to submit the degree application: Please click on the following link to submit your graduation application in Student Self Service: Click on “My Record” on the left side of the page, click on “degree application,” and provide the requested information.  You need to pick “Master of Science.” UF Registrar – Degree Application

Qualifying to graduate: In order to graduate, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Completion of all required courses and necessary electives
    • Only courses completed with a grade of C or higher can be counted toward a degree or graduate certificate
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A major GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • If you have an Incomplete in any course, please contact your instructor immediately to ensure completion of the coursework on time.
  • If you are not sure if you meet the above qualifications, email

Make sure you do not owe the university any money! Satisfy all financial obligations (fines, tickets, fees, etc.) with the University Bursar. Your final grades, transcripts and diploma will not be released until all debt are paid. All emergency or short-term loans from the college and university must also be paid before graduation. You can view and pay any current charges due on Student Self Service under University Bursar.

Did you receive financial aid? If you received financial aid, you will need to complete an exit interview. Your final grades, transcripts and diploma will not be released until this is done.

Follow these instructions to complete an exit interview:

  • Go to Student Self Service
  • Click on “Financial Services” from the Online Services menu on the left
  • Click on “Exit Counseling Student Loan”
  • If you don’t remember your pin, call loan services at 352-392-0737

The commencement ceremony: Check the Registrar’s website ( for important information regarding the commencement ceremony, including the schedule, information for graduates, information for guests, and more. You do not have to attend the graduation ceremony in order to graduate.

Graduates attending commencement need to order and pick up their caps, gowns and hoods from the University of Florida Visitor Center/Bookstore. Information regarding cap, gown and hood rental can be found here:

  • When picking up your regalia from the Bookstore, make sure you receive a gown, cap, tassel and hood.
  • Please be sure to return your gown and hood to the bookstore at the UF Welcome Center after graduation. The cap and tassel are yours to keep. Do not leave your gown or hood on a chair or table somewhere without checking it in. Failure to turn in your gown or hood will result in the withholding of your diploma and transcripts by the university.

Diplomas: Diplomas will not be handed out at graduation. The Office of the University Registrar will mail diplomas to your permanent address on file with the University of Florida approximately 8 to 10 weeks after graduation. Diplomas measure 11 ¾” high by 16” wide.

Make sure your permanent address is correct in the UF Directory by following these steps:

  • Log into MyUFL
  • Under Main Menu, My Account
  • Select Update Directory Information

Announcements: Graduation announcements can be purchased from the following website:

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Course Delivery

The course delivery system currently used is known as Canvas. Students can access assignments, readings, quizzes and tests, and pre-recorded content using this system. Interactive discussion boards are available 24-hours per day for students to engage in scholarly discussions with classmates and instructors. Students can monitor their progress in a given course using an interactive gradebook tool.

During the registration process you will be asked to create a GatorLink account. The GatorLink login and password you create is what you will use to access e-Learning. A couple weeks before classes start detailed instructions will be sent out to assist you with accessing your classes.

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Dropping a Course

If it is before the drop/add deadline, students may drop their course without fee liability. The fees will be refunded and the course will not appear on the student’s transcript. If it is after the drop/add deadline, students may still drop their course(s), but the fees will not be refunded and the student will be assigned a W for each course on their transcript.

Check the critical dates page for the drop/add deadline and contact with any questions.

Please visit this page for information about dropping a course: Drop a Course


  • You cannot drop your course by contacting your course instructor.

Withdrawing from a Course

If it is after the drop/add deadline and a student requests to drop their course it will be considered a withdrawal.

The student will be liable for all course tuition and a “W” will appear on his or her transcripts.

You must email a request to the registration team at, who will send direct instructions to you.

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Enrollment Verification

Students may need enrollment verification to prove to a loan company or employer that they are enrolled in courses.

To show, or prove, enrollment in a course, submit a copy of the registrar’s enrollment certification form to the registrar after the drop/add period.

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Financial Aid

Master’s degree students are eligible for private and federal loans. Non-degree seeking and graduate certificate students are not eligible for federal financial aid but might be eligible for private loans.

Students seeking Federal Student Loans should complete must complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible. Financial aid applicants are responsible for ensuring the timely completion of several steps through FAFSA and UF’s Student Self Service in order for funds to be disbursed by the tuition due date.

Minimum credits for eligibility for financial aid:

  • Fall and Spring semesters: 5 credits
  • Summer semester: 4 credits

Please contact the College of Medicine Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible about financial aid.
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Every semester a Registration Preparation Hold, Local Address Information Hold, and Emergency Contact Hold are placed on all University of Florida student accounts. These holds need to be cleared by the student before the student can have access to his or her course(s).

Please follow these instructions to clear the hold(s):

  1. Go to Student Self Service.
  2. Click onto the heading “My Record” on the top left of the Student Self Service screen.
  3. Click on “Holds.”
  4. Follow the directions to clear the Registration Preparation and Emergency Contact Hold.
  5. Log out of Student Self Service completely, close your browser, and then log back in to Student Self Service to verify that the hold was successfully removed.

If you have an Immunization Hold, it does not apply to you. You do not need to have your immunization records sent to the University of Florida. The distance education registration team will ask the University of Florida registrar to have this hold removed for you internally. If you have any additional holds please contact us at

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Library Access

Distance Education and UF Online Students enjoy the same library privileges as on-campus students.

Access the University of Florida Library System online.

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Receiving an Incomplete in a Course

Incompletes are only awarded under specific circumstances and at the discretion of the instructor and can be requested after the drop/add deadline at any point in the semester.

  • Students must contact the instructor of the course that they would like to request an Incomplete (I) in. The instructors will then give any further instructions.
  • It is not guaranteed that an Incomplete will be granted.

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Technical Support

UF Software Licensing Services

Hardware specifications

Recommended Web Browsers

File Viewers and Plug-ins

Audio/Video Players

MS Office Viewers

  • To view Microsoft Office files for free, we recommend storing documents in OneDrive or Dropbox, where Microsoft Online opens the programs in your browser. The University of Florida provides GatorCloud cloud-based services to the UF community. Cloud storage makes it easier to access files from different devices and locations—there is no need to save documents to a flash drive when traveling or using a different device. In addition to file storage, OneDrive allows you to create and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote documents within your web browser or on your mobile device. OneDrive @ UF provides 1TB of cloud file storage.

If you are unable to resolve your problem and still require technical assistance, please do not hesitate to send an email at

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Transcripts are not automatically sent to the student after each term and must be requested by the student.

To gain access to unofficial transcripts:

  • Go to > click on “Transcripts” > click on “Current Students” > login with your Gatorlink username and password > click on “View and/or print my unofficial transcript.”
  • Students who have graduated or have not taken courses for more than a term will not have access to unofficial electronic transcripts.

For official transcripts:

  • Go to > click on “Transcripts” > Follow the Transcript Request Procedures (PDF) to request transcripts from the registrar.

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Tuition is $575 per credit hour plus fees for all students, regardless of location. This tuition rate is subject to change. Our program does not accept the UF EEP or Florida State Tuition Waiver. We are a self-supporting program and do not receive funds from these programs. M.S. students will pay Capital Improvement/Technology/Financial Aid fees. Non-degree students will pay Capital Improvement/Technology fees.

Students may pay tuition via credit card, electronic check, or paper check. Note that a processing fee is assessed for credit card payments. Payments can be made approximately three weeks before the semester begins. We will communicate payment instructions once UF has loaded tuition into the system.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or visit the Financial Affairs website.

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VA Services

All non-degree, graduate certificate, and master’s degree students can receive benefits from the GI Bill® or V.A. Tuition Assistance.

  • Active Duty Military interested in using Tuition Assistance benefits should contact their base Education Office and coordinate payment by emailing
  • The UF V.A. office must also be involved to coordinate the benefits and payment. Please contact them at or 352-294-2948.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

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Withdrawing from a Course

If it is after the drop/add deadline and a student requests to drop their course, it will be considered a withdrawal. Please visit All paperwork needs to be completed in time. Please send signed paperwork (including instructor and interviewing officer statement to the department at The student will be liable for all course tuition and a W will appear on his or her transcripts.

Students must email a request to the registration team at, who will send any necessary paperwork and direct instructions.

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