Earning a college degree is an important step in preparing for what’s next in life. Paying for that degree may seem daunting, but our friendly and knowledgeable financial aid office is here to help you navigate through the entire process.
We will assist you in your quest to find funding through federal, state, institutional and private resources.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
All incoming freshman, returning and transfer students must submit the FAFSA
for each year. You don’t need to wait for your acceptance letter before filling out the FAFSA. As soon as you have sent in your application for admission, go ahead and fill out the FAFSA as well. The sooner you fill out these applications, the more money will be available to help you. You may begin filling out the FAFSA on Jan. 1 of the year you plan to attend Florida College.
An award letter will be emailed to you once we receive your FAFSA (usually a few business days after you submit it). We use the email address that you provide on your FAFSA to send your award letter, so make sure it is accurate and that you check it often. Instructions and documents needed to process the financial aid listed in your award letter will be provided in accompanying attachments. The estimated cost of attendance and awards will be listed on this letter.
Indicate which awards you would like to accept, and sign and return your award letter to the financial aid office. Make sure to include any scholarships/aid that you’ve received from outside sources on your award letter. Signed award letters may be mailed, faxed, or scanned and emailed.
Some financial aid requires that an application and documentation be submitted before that aid may be added to your account. Please refer back to your award letter for directions and applications.
Frequently Asked Questions
There is no deadline for filling out the FAFSA. However, there are some small need based grants that are first come, first serve, so it may be beneficial to submit it earlier rather than later. You may begin filling it out Jan. 1 of the year you plan to attend Florida College.
Yes. The FAFSA needs to be resubmitted every year. Students will also need to accept their awards by signing and submitting their award letters. Follow the directions in your award letter and attachments to access all of your financial aid.
After you have completed the FAFSA, you will be emailed an award letter. This letter will detail all the awards that you are eligible for and will also include directions for accepting your awards, as well as required applications.
First, you must submit your FAFSA before the deadline. 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.
The financial aid office attempts to process your financial aid documents in a timely manner to allow you an opportunity to review your aid and accept your awards prior to the beginning of each school year. However, some factors may encourage a quick processing time:
• Have an admission application on file.
• Submit a processed FAFSA to our office.
• Complete all additional financial aid requirements. (Please see your award letter.)
• For students who are selected for verification, submit all required verification paperwork and necessary documentation.
Typically, our office begins processing financial aid award packages for the upcoming academic year in mid-March.
The Central Processing System (CPS) randomly selects students who have submitted FAFSAs to undergo the verification process each year. Approximately 30 percent of all applications are chosen for verification. This means that your award letter cannot be finalized until the financial aid office reviews your submitted verification documents. If your FAFSA is selected for verification, you and your parents/spouse (if applicable) will need to submit additional documentation. You will be notified by email (if chosen) and given specific directions about the information you need to provide, which may include your tax return transcripts.
You can request your tax return transcripts by visiting www.irs.gov
or using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA.
It depends on all of the aid received before the loan is applied, but generally, no. The government allows a limited amount of funding through the student Stafford Loan. The government allows parents who qualify to cover the final costs through the Parent PLUS Loan.
You will need to notify your state of your plans to attend Florida College so that they know who to contact for billing purposes. It is also helpful to mention that Florida College is a private college. As each prepaid plan is different, you will need to contact your prepaid plan provider if you have questions about how much they will pay. The financial aid office does not have access to this information.
If you have Bright Futures from the state of Florida, the state provides a list of recipients who are planning to attend Florida College. The list of Bright Futures recipients is usually available to our office in the summer. If you are receiving an athletic award and you do not see it listed on your award letter, contact your coach. If you have a scholarship from an outside source, you will need to send us documentation (such as a letter) and we will add it to your account.