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Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows

UCF fosters an environment of participation and collaboration based on a diverse and inclusive community. An urban-based research university, the university has significant cooperation and partnerships with the central Florida community. Thousands of hours of service-learning opportunities are available to our students each year to engage in useful projects with community partners. With over 200 graduate programs and over 8,500 graduate students, UCF offers Peace Corps Fellows many choices for graduate study.


UCF offers in-state tuition for Peace Corps Fellows. Funding offered by graduate programs varies, so fellows should contact their programs of interest and inquire regarding additional funding opportunities.

For Peace Corps Fellows, UCF waives the $30 fee for the Graduate Application for Admission.

In-state Tuition and Fees

UCF Peace Corps Fellows will pay in-state tuition and fees, regardless of their state residence before their Peace Corps service. This special tuition fellowship applies for the duration of the nonresident Peace Corps Fellow’s graduate studies at UCF. For more information about UCF rates, see Tuition and Fees.

College of Education and Human Performance

In the College of Education and Human Performance, at least two assistantships with in-state tuition remission (does not include local fees) and paid health insurance are reserved for Peace Cops Fellows who have already obtained Florida residency since leaving the Peace Corps.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants are federally funded grants—up to $4,000 per year to a maximum of $8,000 for a two-year master’s program—for students seeking Master of Teaching (MAT) and Master of Education (MEd) degrees in high need areas (Mathematics Education, Science Education, Exceptional Education, K-8 Mathematics and Science Education, or Reading Education). The College will assist students in applying for the TEACH Grant.

Students accepted into the Lockheed Martin/UCF Academy for Mathematics and Science may be considered for partial tuition remission.

College of Arts and Humanities

In the College of Arts and Humanities, the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) allows Peace Corps Fellows to use their Peace Corps teaching experience toward the teaching hours required for the practicum course, giving them credit for their previous work experience within that course.

Peace Corps Fellows with teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) experience will be referred to the UCF English for International Students Program for work opportunities. These Fellows will be highly eligible to compete for Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) and Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA).


Returning Peace Corp Volunteers must meet the following requirements to be a UCF Peace Corps Fellow:

  • Satisfactory completion of the full two-year tour of Peace Corps service, or completion of the full tour minus up to 90 days if you returned home on an emergency leave, or were granted “Early Close of Service” or “Interrupted Service” status due to circumstances beyond your control, or were medically separated as a Volunteer.

Applicants must provide a copy of their Peace Corps Description of Service document as proof of service with their UCF graduate admission application.

  • Admitted to graduate study at UCF.

Returning Peace Corps Volunteers interested in UCF graduate programs should review the program’s admission requirements and application deadlines in the Graduate Catalog, review the Graduate Admissions site for guidance, and submit an online graduate admission application for each program.

In addition, applicants must contact the designated College representative of the graduate program by e-mail if they are submitting an admission application for consideration to this program:

College of Arts and Humanities - Susan Jefferson,

College of Education and Human Performance - Andrea Withington, 


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Please note the commission's expectation that contact occur only if there is evidence to support significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. For other information about UCF’s SACSCOC accreditation, please contact the university's SACSCOC liaison in UCF's Office of Academic Affairs.

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