Earning a college degree can be an important step in preparing for what’s next in life. Paying for that degree may seem daunting, but our financial aid office is here to help you navigate through the entire process. They will assist you in your quest to find funding through federal, state, and institutional resources. They will work with outside scholarship entities to process scholarships awarded to you.
The Financial Aid Action Plan was designed to help you get the best financial aid package possible and to help you feel more confident through the whole process. Begin this six-step process your junior year to get the best possible aid package.
1. Check general scholarships as early as your freshman year in high school.
There is a lot of money out there; you just have to find it. You may be eligible for scholarships close to home or those based on race, nationality or special skills. Look into these opportunities at the local library and online, and talk with your high school guidance counselor.
2. Apply to Florida College by Aug. 1 of your senior year.
Remember, we cannot inform you about your financial aid package until you apply for admission.
3. Fill out the FAFSA as soon as October.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed before you can receive any grants, scholarships, student loans or federal work-study funding. This may be the
most important step in the financial aid process. Submit the FAFSA as soon as your tax returns are available. The sooner, the better! Don’t forget to request that a copy of the results
be sent to Florida College (School Code: 001482).
4. Read your award letter from Florida College.
Once we receive your FAFSA results, we will send you an award letter informing you of the amount of aid you are eligible for and how to receive that aid. (Make sure you enter a valid email address on you FAFSA because this is where your award letter will be sent.)
5. Read about the academic, departmental and endowed scholarships offered at Florida College at floridacollege.edu/scholarships.
6. Talk to us! Call us at 813.988.5131 x134 to discuss your options.
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 may be available to help you. You may begin filling out the FAFSA on October.
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 October.
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.
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-November.
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.
The state of Florida, provides a list of recipients who are eligible for Bright Futures. This list 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.