Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships and Grants can be a great resource in helping students pay for college because they do not have to be repaid. While Florida College has scholarship opportunities for our students, we also want to encourage you to seek outside scholarships. Campus Employment is another avenue to funding your education. Take a look at the scholarship, grant, and employment opportunities that may available to you.
Federal Pell Grant
Florida College Academic Scholarships
Florida College Departmental Scholarships
Florida College Endowed Scholarships
The James R. Cope Adopt Program
Phi Theta Kappa Upper Division Scholarships
Outside scholarships come from private sources. For example, a scholarship from your local rotary club would be an outside scholarship. You may choose to use the internet to search for outside scholarships. Keep in mind that scholarships that are smaller in award amount and scholarships that require essays tend to have less applicants, which may increase your chances of being awarded one of these scholarships.
First, consult your high school guidance counselor regarding possible scholarships that you may qualify for. Looking in your local community for outside scholarships may be the most beneficial place to search for scholarships. Local community and civic organizations (like American Legion, Boys & Girls Clubs, 4-H Clubs, etc.) may offer scholarships. Also, talk with your employer and your parents’ employers to see what scholarship opportunities they may have.
A college degree can be an important investment. Many students acquire loans to achieve their dreams of becoming college graduates. Our financial office staff is available to help you understand all of your loan options.
There are basically two types of loans: federal loans and alternative (or private) loans. Federal loans are the largest source of education loans and usually have more favorable terms than alternative loans. It is best to get all the federal loans you can before looking into alternative loans.
Federal Direct Stafford Loans
Each year the following loan amounts may be available to eligible students: Freshman $5500, Sophomores $6500, Juniors & Seniors $7500.
If the student and/or the family demonstrates financial need, a portion of the above funds may be subsidized (interest paid) by the federal government during periods of enrollment. Loan repayments will begin six months following graduation at a fixed interest rate. Current interest rates and origination fees are available at studentaid.gov.
Federal Parent PLUS Loans
Credit worthy parents may borrow up to the full cost of education minus any other aid for the student. Current interest rates and origination fees are available at studentaid.gov. Parents may apply at the same website. If parents are denied a Parent PLUS loan due to adverse credit, the student may be eligible for additional federal unsubsidized student loan funding. Please note that when logging onto the website, the parent should use the parent’s information and not the student’s.
Alternative loans provide additional funding after you have maximized your federal loan eligibility and are best used as a last resort. Often, students are required to have a co-signer for these loans. Learn more about alternative loans and compare options from private banks at fastproducts.org.
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Financial Aid for Florida Residents
If you already live in Florida and would like to study at Florida College, there are several special opportunities available to you.
Effective Access to Student Education (EASE)
Previously Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG). This program provides tuition assistance to full-time students from Florida attending private, independent colleges and universities located in the state. Students who have been residents of Florida (other than for educational purposes) for at least twelve consecutive months may be eligible for the grant. This program provides approximately $3,500 per academic year, subject to state budget appropriations.
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)
This need-based grant provides approximately $500- $1000 per academic year, subject to state budget appropriations. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at FAFSA.ed.gov to apply. It is recommended that the application be completed prior to May 15th, as these funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Florida Pre-Paid College Program
VA Education Benefit
Florida College is approved for veterans training under various programs. Contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss utilizing your VA education benefits at email@example.com.
For Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Ch 33) students and VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch 31) students, our tuition policy complies with 38 USC 3679(e) which means Post 9/11 and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment students will not be charged or otherwise penalized due to a delay in VA tuition and fee payments. For eligibility consideration, a Post 9/11 GI Bill student must submit a VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and a Vocational Rehabilitation Student must provide a VAF 28-1905 form. Please see 38 USC 3679(e) for complete details
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 website.
Contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss utilizing your VA education benefits.
We have opportunities on our campus for student employment. Please visit this link for more information.
CARES Act – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), found in Section 18004 of the CARES Act, provides funding to institutions of higher education “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.”