How To Pay For College

  • I love it when students tell me they don't want fiancial 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