Guidance Services

817 Bill Beck Blvd.

Phone: 407-870-4600 / Fax: 407-870-4994

Amanda Lopez

Coordinator of College and Career Counseling Services

How To Pay For College

I love it when students tell me they don't want financial aid.

Really, you don't want money to go to college?

First, the term "Financial Aid" is an umbrella term - IT DOES NOT MEAN JUST LOANS.

Financial Aid is the term used to encompass the 3 main types of funding for post-secondary education:

1. Scholarships

2. Grants

3. Loans

Moral of the story? You want Financial Aid. Period.

9TH, 10TH, & 11TH GRADE STUDENTS AND FAMILIES:

1. Raise.me - https://www.raise.me
Scholarships meets social media. It is free, and you can start earn scholarship money NOW!!!

2. FAFSA4Caster - https://fafsa.ed.gov/FAFSA/app/f4cForm?execution=e1s1
FAFSA4caster will help you understand your options for paying for college. Get an estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid



SENIORS and their FAMILIES: 

Step 1: You complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

P.S. If you ever have to pay for the FAFSA, you are getting scammed. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE!

P.S.S - Nearly every scholarship will require you to have a FAFSA on file

P.S.S.S. - If you qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch, you will likely qualify for the Pell Grant, which can pay up to nearly $6,000


The FAFSA is an application. Upon completion of the FAFSA you may or may not qualify for grants, scholarships, or loans.

In some cases students qualify for all 3.

Whatever you qualify for, it is YOUR CHOICE to accept that offer.

If you qualify for a loan, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE THE LOAN!

 

The FAFSA application opens OCTOBER 1
EVERY
 SENIOR/GRADUATING STUDENT needs to complete the FAFSA by DECEMBER 1
but it can be completed after December if necessary.

 

Students will need the following information to complete the FAFSA:

1. You and your parent(s) social security numbers. 
If you or your parent is an undocumented citizen - see your College & Career Counselor for help.

2. You and your parents' birth dates

3. If your parents are married or divorced, you need to know the date they were married/divorced

4. The first 2 pages of your and/or your parents’ tax return paperwork





CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FAFSA WEBPAGE: FAFSA

 

 

 

FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION:

Learn the Financial Aid Lingo:
Financial_Aid_Glossary.pdf

Financial Aid & Undocumented Students:
financial-aid-and-undocumented-students.pdf

Scholarship List - The Education Foundation:
https://www.foundationosceola.org

Florida Bright Futures:
BFEligibilityAwardChart.pdf

FAFSA SPECIFIC INFORMATION:


FAFSA Myths & Truths:
FAFSA Myths.pdf

Link to FAFSA Website & Application:
www.fafsa.ed.gov 
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