Embrace On-Campus Living with the Local Promise Award at Saint Leo University

As part of our ongoing commitment to providing accessible education and support to our regional community, Saint Leo University is thrilled to announce the launch of the Local Promise Award. This new and exciting initiative aims to financially assist new and continuing undergraduate students residing in select Florida counties in obtaining on-campus housing. We understand that living on campus is an essential part of students' academic journeys, allowing them to immerse themselves in our vibrant community and make life-long connections. Through this award, we endeavor to ease the financial burden for qualified students. 


Qualification Criteria and Intended Recipients 

The Local Promise Award is designed for new and continuing undergraduate students at university campus living in the eligible counties of Pasco, Hernando, Pinellas, and Hillsborough. Students who meet certain requirements can receive this award for one year, which is renewable for a second year, covering the 2024-2025 and 2025-2026 academic years. 


Key Award Details 

For eligible students, a housing-specific award of $7,040.00 will be granted for the academic year (a rate based on the 2024-2025 Marmion and Snyder residence hall room rate*). If a student chooses to move out of the Marmion or Snyder residence halls, they will be responsible for the difference between their chosen residence hall's rate and the approved award.  

* This rate is evaluated and adjusted annually to ensure it accurately reflects current costs. 

The award is renewable for the second academic year if students meet all requirements and maintain eligibility. As space is limited, we encourage interested applicants to act promptly. 

Initial Eligibility Requirements 

To qualify for the Local Promise Award, students must: 

  • Be a domestic, degree-seeking student with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher 

  • Enroll full-time each semester (12 or more credit hours) 

  • Complete the Proof of Florida Residency review, demonstrating 12 or more months of residency in an eligible county (Pasco, Hernando, Pinellas, and Hillsborough) 

If a student is unable to prove 12 or more months by Fall 2024, they can receive the award in the next eligible academic year. 

Maintaining Eligibility Requirements 

To continue receiving the award, students must: 

  • Meet all academic performance requirements and maintain good standing in their program from attendance, student conduct, residence life, etc. 

  • Meet all financial obligations to the University  

  • Remain in a degree seeking program  

  • Enroll full-time each semester (12 or more credit hours) 

  • Maintain continuous enrollment for each academic year (Fall and Spring) 

  • Remain in good standing with the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy 

  • Carry a 19-meal plan, regardless of housing type  

Application Process and Deadlines 

Students interested in applying for the Local Promise Award should first complete their application, then, upon acceptance, submit their admissions deposit and housing application by June 1. 

Why Choose Saint Leo University? 

At Saint Leo University, we are committed to ensuring that our students have the resources and support they need to succeed academically and personally. The Local Promise Award is just one example of our commitment to easing the challenges and costs associated with higher education for deserving students in our community. 

Choosing to live on campus at Saint Leo University provides students with invaluable opportunities for personal growth and academic success. The Local Promise Award is a testament to our commitment to supporting students and breaking down barriers to a fulfilling college experience. We encourage all eligible students to consider applying for this award and join our vibrant, diverse, and supportive community at Saint Leo.