FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Guide to applying for a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Provides eligibility requirements and guidelines for those applying for federal student loans and aid. You should NEVER have to pay to apply for financial aid! This is a FREE resource! http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
Helpful Tips for the FAFSA
Check with your school about their definition of an application deadline - whether it is the receipt date and time or the process date and time of the application. Federal Student Aid considers a FAFSA’s receipt date and time to be when the FAFSA/correction is submitted successfully.
When you submit your FAFSA, be sure to print out the confirmation page and keep it for your records. It contains a confirmation number with the exact date and time (Central Standard Time) the form was received. You can also choose to have a copy e-mailed to you if you have provided an e-mail address.
Transactions must be completed and accepted by midnight to meet the deadline. If you wait too long to submit your application and it is rejected, you may miss your school’s deadline.
Federal Student Aid
U.S. Department of Educations' Federal Student Aid site. Provides access and information about the products and services that you will need throughout the financial aid process. http://studentaid.ed.gov/redirects/federal-student-aid-ed-govFlorida Financial Aid
Guide to applying for Florida grants and scholarships. The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) State Programs, within the Florida Department of Education, administers a variety of post secondary educational state-funded grants and scholarships, and provides information to students, parents, and high school and postsecondary professionals. http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/
FinAid's custom calculators can help you figure out how much school will cost, how much you need to save and how much aid you'll need. http://www.finaid.org/calculators/
Funding Your Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid
A comprehensive resource on student financail aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of aid available through the Department's Federal Student Aid office. http://studentaid.ed.gov/about
Florida Pre-Paid College Plan
A college investment plan that allows you to prepay Florida college tuition. http://www.myfloridaprepaid.com
The Southern Scholarship Foundation
The Southern Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit organization which awards qualifying students with an affordable living option. All applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA and a demonstrated financial need. Scholarship recipients live in a cooperative, home-like setting with students representing a variety of backgrounds and cultures. They do not pay rent, but are responsible for their fair share of the basic household expenses such as food and utilities, approximately $950 per semester. Applications are available on their website at http://www.southernscholarship.org/
Included on the application is a detailed list of all necessary application materials. Only complete application packets will be reviewed for acceptance. There is not a deadline for application, however, submission by March 1 is encouraged as spots do tend to fill quickly.The following schools particpate in the Southern Scholarship Foundation:Florida State University
University of Florida
Florida Gulf Coast University (women only)Helpful Links:Tuition Funding Sources - A free website (but you must register to use it) that allows you to search for a wide range of scholarships, grants, and other financial aid opportunitiesSallie Mae - If you think you will need private loans to help cover the cost of college, Sallie Mae is a great place to start