1 Financial Aid Seminar Brooke Pair Pinellas County Public Schools Guidance Counselor-Financial Aid
2 What Is Financial Aid? O Money given, paid or loaned to help pay for college O Gift Money O Grants O Scholarships O Self-Help Aid O Loans O Work
3 Where can I find Information about financial aid? O District Financial Aid Website- O (Under Resources for Students or Families go to Financial Aid & Scholarships) O Monthly Opportunities o Bright Futures information o Pinellas Education Foundation o Financial Aid Seminars o Financial Aid Acronyms o Talented 20
4 Where is the Financial Aid page on the District Website? Click on Families or Students
5 Where is the Financial Aid page on the District Website? It is the first link under resources, FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS
6 Where is the Financial Aid page on the District Website? Scholarship Opportunities is a regularly updated list of scholarships available for students of all ages
7 Scholarship Opportunities
8 Pinellas Education Foundation O O Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program O Nominated in grades 6-10 O Financial Need (students on free/reduced lunch) O ptec Scholarships O Offer several scholarships for students attending Pinellas Technical College O Walker s Rising Stars O Provides college scholarships to Pinellas County public high school juniors & seniors O Awarded to solo performers in areas of dance, theater/stage performance, vocal music, instrumental music & visual arts
9 Pinellas Education Foundation O Traditional High School Senior Scholarships O More than 100 different college scholarships to more than 250 high school seniors throughout Pinellas County O Scholarship criteria varies from music & drama to science & math and even sports O On line application that includes a required essay O Opened in August and deadline is January 15, 2015
10 Where can I find Information about financial aid?
11 Where can I find Information about financial aid?
12 Where can I find Information about financial aid? O Postsecondary financial aid advisor/postsecondary Websites O Internet Brokescholar.com FASTWEB.com mycollegedollars.com Free-4u.com Scholarships.com Scholarshipexperts.com
17 Watch Out for Scholarship Scams O What to look for: o The fee o The money-back guarantee o Credit card verification o Can t get information anywhere else o Must make decision NOW Don t be fooled by the name!!!!!!
18 Types of Scholarships O Need-based O Aid based on financial situation of parents and student O Merit-based (or non-need) O Aid based on your grades, test scores, hobbies and special talents (artistic, athletic, etc.) O Many will be a combination of both
19 O Criteria O Neatness O Essay Tips for Applying for O Let sponsor know about yourself O Make copies for your file Scholarships
20 Florida Bright Futures Program Awarded to every student in the state of Florida who meets the eligibility requirements.
21 General Requirements 1. Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, as determined by the student's postsecondary institution. 2. Complete the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) no later than August 31 after high school graduation. 3. Earn a standard Florida high school diploma or its equivalent from a Florida public high school or a registered Florida Department of Education private high school. 4. Not have been found guilty of, or pled nolo contendere to, a felony charge, unless the student has been granted clemency by the Governor and Cabinet sitting as the Executive Office of Clemency. 5. Be accepted by, enroll in a degree or certificate program, and be funded at an eligible Florida public or independent postsecondary institution within 2 years from the student s year of high school graduation. 6. Be enrolled for a least 6 non-remedial semester credit hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours) per term.
22 Florida Academic and Medallion Scholars Award O Must meet the following criteria to be eligible for these awards: O Graduate high school from a Florida public high school with a Florida Standard Diploma, graduate from a registered Florida Department of Education private high school, earn a GED, complete a Home Education program, or graduate from a non-florida high school. O Complete the required high school coursework. O Achieve the required minimum high school grade point average (GPA). O Achieve the required minimum score on either the ACT or SAT college entrance exam; and O Complete the required number of service hours.
23 Type FAS 16 High School Course Credits * 4- English 4- Mathematics (at or above the Algebra I level) 3- Natural Sciences (two must have High School Weighted GPA College Entrance Exams (ACT/SAT) FMS substantial lab) 3- Social Science 2- World Language (sequential, in same language) /1170** 75 Service Hours / * The required coursework aligns with the State University System admission requirements found in regulation ** Home-educated students without official transcripts must score a 27/1220 to meet the FMS award requirement.
24 Florida Academic & Medallion Criteria (cont d.) O High School Courses O Align with required coursework for SUS admission requirements. O World Language can be met by demonstrating proficiencies based on scores on Credit-by-Exam Equivalencies O High School GPA O Unrounded weighted GPA in the 16 college-prep courses O AP, Pre-IB, IB, Honors, Pre-AICE, AICE and academic Dual Enrollment are weighted.25 per semester
25 Florida Academic & Medallion Criteria (cont d.) O College Entrance Exams O OFSA does NOT use the writing section score from either test. O ACT-composite is the average of the 4 subject areas: English, Math, Reading & Science. Composite scored will be rounded up to next whole number. O SAT composite score is the sum of Critical Reading & Math sections. O Exams may be taken through June 30 of the student s graduation year (or January 31 for midyear graduates).
26 Florida Academic & Medallion Criteria (cont d.) O Service Hours O Completed by high school graduation. O Must be approved by school district. O Other ways to qualify O Students my qualify for FAS or FMS through Merit Recognition (i.e., National Merit Scholar, AICE or IB diploma) O Please review specific criteria at under Other ways to qualify
27 Other Ways to Qualify Merit Recognition Program National Merit/National Achievement Finalist & Scholar College Entrance Exams (ACT/SAT) Service Hours 100 hours FAS 75 hours FMS National Hispanic Scholars 100 hours FAS Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE)- Diploma 75 hours FMS 100 hours FAS 75 hours FMS International Baccalaureate (IB)- Diploma 100 hours 1 FAS AICE Curriculum 29/ hours FAS International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum 26/ hours FMS 29/ hours 1 FAS 26/ hours 1 FMS 1 Students meet the service hour requirement through the IB curriculum Bright Futures Award
28 Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award O Must meet the following criteria to be eligible for GSV O O O O O O Graduate from high school with a Standard Diploma. Achieve the required weighted minimum 3.0 GPA in the non-elective high school courses. Take at least 3 full credits in a single Career & Technical program. Achieve the required minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA in the career education courses. Achieve the required minimum score on the ACT, SAT or Florida Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) Complete 30 service hours. (Must be completed by graduation and approved by the school district).
29 Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award Exam Type Sub-test Required Score ACT SAT P.E.R.T. Exam types cannot be combined English 17 Reading 19 Math 19 Critical Reading 440 Math 440 Reading 106 Writing 103 Math 114 Sub-test scores from different test dates may be used Exams may be taken through June 30 of the student s graduation year (or January 31 for mid-year graduates).
31 Additional Information O Two years from graduation to begin using the award unless an active military O FAS, FMS, and FGSV are all renewable scholarships O There are GPA requirements for students to maintain in college in order to keep the scholarship. O FAS- 3.0 O FMS O GSV- 2.75
32 Student Responsibilities 1. Make sure your transcript has your correct social security number, address and test scores 2. Initiate the student authorization process after December 1 st of your senior year at 3. Take the proper tests before the end of June of your senior year (if not early graduate) 4. Complete all other requirements by graduation. 5. Know your Username & Password and check back to your account to see your status. O Award notifications will not be mailed out you must check your account
33 Community Service in Pinellas County Schools O Complete Community Service Project Proposal and submit to your school s community service designee O Submit and get approved before beginning! O Must address a social issue O Examples: Poverty, Animal Overpopulation, Environmental Clean-up
34 What hours cannot be counted? 1. Court mandated community service. 2. An activity for which a student benefited financially or materially for the community service work. 3. All forms of duty within the family. The student's family to include: parents (including step), siblings (including step), any of their grandchildren (including step) and any of their spouses, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. 4. Religious devotion or any activity which can be interpreted primarily as proselytizing. 5. An activity where there is no leader or responsible adult on site to evaluate and confirm student performance. 6. An activity that promotes a political candidate or party. 7. Donations, such as Locks of Love or giving blood.
35 SAT and ACT Prep in O Shmoop Pinellas County O O Username is 52 + R2.D2 number without the period O Password is the same O Khan Academy O O Students create an online acount
36 How To Find Out Your Award Level Status O High school guidance counselors have evaluations for all twelfth grade public school students to give to students to review O All students can check their evaluation on Florida Virtual Campus (
38 2015 FAFSA Nights O SPC and Pinellas County Schools will host FAFSA Nights to help parents & students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid O Dates: O Tues., February 10, 2015 Location TBD O Tues., February 17, 2015 Location TBD O Sat., February 21, 2015 SPC Epi Center Additional information will be posted on PCSB and at the high schools!
39 2014/2015 Financial Aid Overview 39 Office of Student Financial Assistance
40 /2015 Agenda What is financial aid? Where do I find financial aid? How do I apply? Who can help me?
41 /2015 What is financial aid? Monies received from federal, state, institutional or private resources Monies are categorized as: Gift aid Self help Need-based Merit-based Can cover direct or indirect costs
42 /2015 College costs Public 2-year college (tuition and fees, in-state) - $3,131 Public 4-year college (tuition and fees, in-state) - $8,655 Public 4-year college (tuition and fees, out of state) - $21,706 Private 4-year college (tuition and fees) - $29,056 Source: bigfuture by The College Board
43 /2015 FAFSA Largest source of student aid; distributed and processed by the U.S. Department of Education Manual or electronic options Opens January 1 of each year Must be completed ANNUALLY IRS Data Retrieval Tool opens in early February
44 /2015 FAFSA Help
45 /2015 Getting started Gather important data Monitor priority deadlines State and institutional deadlines vary Confirm FAFSA dependency versus independency requirements Dependent students are required to include parental information Search for school codes Plan to sign and submit online with a FSA PIN
46 Cost of attendance less expected family contribution = financial need /2015 Student aid report Received via within 3-5 days if you provided an address Received via mail within 7-10 days if you did not provide an address Correct errors, if needed Will contain an expected family contribution (EFC) Assists institutions in the financial aid award packaging process
47 /2015 Additional info Contact institution to determine award process Contact institution for special circumstances or professional judgment needs Contact institution to determine what other types of aid applications are available Use student loans as a LAST RESORT
48 /2015 FFAA The Florida Financial Aid Application opens December 1 of the senior year Apply early - must be completed prior to HS graduation date One application is used for multiple programs, not just the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program Must log-in to check status, online notifications and award history
50 /2015 Grants Access to Better Learning and Education (ABLE) Florida Resident Access (FRAG) Florida Student Assistance (FSAG) Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge (JM)
51 /2015 Scholarships Bright Futures (BF) Student Handbook Chart of Eligibility and Award Criteria Florida Incentive (FIS) Mary McLeod Bethune (MMB) Rosewood Family (RFS) Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans (CSDDV)
52 /2015 Other First Generation Matching Grant (FGMG) Florida Fund for Minority Teachers (FFMT) Florida Work Experience Program (FWEP) Money for College Florida Scholarships and Grants
53 / /15 award amounts ABLE $1,500 annually BF (FAS) $52 to $103 per CH BF (FMS) $39 to $77 per CH BF (GSV) $39 to $48 per CH CSDDV tuition and registration fees public) annually flat rate (private) FGMG determined by need annually FFMT up to $4,000 annually FIS COA less BF/NMS awards annually FRAG $3,000 annually FSAG $2,610 max to $200 min annually FWEP determined by need annually JM $2,000 annually MMB $3,000 annually RFS tuition & fees up to $6,100 annually
54 /2015 Education credits Education tax credits (i.e., American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning Credits) can offset the costs of education Subtracted in full from the federal income tax, not just deducted from taxable income
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