Financial Aid 2012-2013



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Financial Aid Overview 2012-13 Goals  By the end of this workshop, you will be able to: Define Financial Aid Comprehend the Financial Aid Process Understand Types of Financial Aid       Federal State Institutional/Local  Know Financial Aid Timeframes and Guidelines What is Financial Aid?  Financial Aid is money received from state and federal governments and private institutions that is awarded to help students pay for college expenses Types of Financial Aid      There are two types of financial aid: gift aid and self-help aid Gift aid includes grants and scholarships – gifts of money to pay for college that don’t have to be repaid Self-help aid includes employment, such as parttime jobs that help curb college expenses, and loans that you will need to repay Financial Aid is based on demonstrated need and is designed to help students who cannot afford the cost of attending college Scholarships based on merit should be seen as a reward for grades, special talents, creativity, leadership, or other criteria used to select recipients College Costs  The average cost for published tuition and fees in a public two-year college per year is $2,693 The average cost for published tuition and fees in a public four-year college or university per year is $8,244  Average surcharge for full-time out-of-state students at these institutions is $20,770 The average cost for published tuition and fees in a private four-year college per year is $28,500   Source for Statistics: What it Costs to Go to College College Board, 2012 The Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) FREE What is the FAFSA?      The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that current and prospective students must annually complete to apply for federal student aid The FAFSA is distributed and processed by the largest source of student aid in the nation, the U.S. Department of Education Applications are available electronically or in paper form Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible on or after January 1st Completing the FAFSA is just the first step in the financial aid process Before Beginning the FAFSA     Check ALL application deadlines  School and state deadlines* may differ from federal guidelines Confirm your dependency status* Search for school codes* Determine how you will submit the FAFSA  Electronically (up to 14 days FASTER!)  Electronic signature and submission requires a PIN. Establish a PIN before at or during the application process  Manually  Sign and mail the application to the address provided *Can be done online at! Before Beginning the FAFSA – Organize your documents  2012-13 documents needed to complete the FAFSA include:          Your Social Security Number Your Driver’s License Number (if any) 2011 W-2 Forms and other records of money earned Your 2011 Federal Income Tax Return for the current tax year Your parents’ 2011 Federal Income Tax Return (if you are a dependent student) Your 2011 untaxed income records Your current bank statements Your current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records Your alien registration or permanent resident card (if you are not a U.S. citizen) “FAFSA on the Web” Worksheet     Allows you to read and complete FAFSA questions before entering your information online Questions are listed in the same order that they appear on the official electronic application Available online at: You can also obtain printed copies of this worksheet by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or through your financial aid office Complete the FAFSA Electronically    Go to and click on “Fill Out Your FAFSA”  Or complete the FAFSA by transferring the data from your “FAFSA on the Web” worksheet to your electronic application, if applicable NEW - IRS Data Retrieval option is available  US Department of Education HIGHLY recommends using this tool Sign and submit the electronic FAFSA with your PIN  Remember, you can apply for a PIN before or during the FAFSA process  If you cannot remember your PIN, you may request a duplicate PIN by visiting FAFSA Web site FREE! Complete the FAFSA - Paper    You can request a paper FAFSA in English or Spanish from the Federal Student Aid Information Center by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)  A .pdf version of the application is also available at Complete, sign, and mail the FAFSA in the preaddressed envelope, or send it to the address indicated in the .pdf version (if you printed one) Your FAFSA will be processed in two to three weeks  May take longer during peak processing times Your Student Aid Report (SAR)  You will receive:  Your SAR by E-mail three to five days after your FAFSA has been processed, if you provided an Email address when you applied  Your paper SAR by mail seven to ten days after your FAFSA has been processed, if you did not provide an E-mail address when you applied Your Student Aid Report (SAR)   Your SAR will contain your official Expected Family Contribution (EFC)  The U.S. Department of Education calculates your EFC, and sends your EFC to the postsecondary institutions you listed on your FAFSA The postsecondary institutions will use your official EFC to determine how much financial aid you are eligible to receive, based on your school’s cost of attendance Your Student Aid Report (SAR)   After you submit your FAFSA, you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR)  Your SAR summarizes all the information you provided on your FAFSA  Review your SAR carefully to make sure it is correct and complete  Your institution may request additional information If you need to make any changes to your SAR, go to the FAFSA home page at, and click on “Make Corrections to a Processed FAFSA” under the “FAFSA Follow-Up” section of the home page  If you received a paper SAR, you can make corrections on the paper SAR and mail it back to the address provided Check with your financial aid office BEFORE making any corrections to determine if they will file the corrections on your behalf Information to Keep In Mind      Contact your school to determine your award eligibility Your FAFSA may be used to apply for aid from other sources, including your school and state If you need help filling out the FAFSA or if you have any questions about the FAFSA, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center toll-free at 1-800-4FED-AID Don’t forget to apply for grants, scholarships, or other financial aid at the institution you want to attend Use student loans as a last resort State Grants and Scholarships State Grants & Scholarships   The Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) administers state-funded scholarship and grant programs and the Federal Family Education Loan Program Please visit for detailed information, applications, and deadlines How to Apply for State Grants & Scholarships      The Florida Financial Aid Application is available December 1st Remember to apply early Each scholarship and grant program has its own application deadline Check the website for details  Go to  Click on “State Grants, Scholarships & Applications”  In the top blue toolbar, click on “Apply Here”  Click on “Initial State Student Application” Check the website often to track application progress and make updates Student Information Types of State Grants & Scholarships Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program      The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program provides scholarships based on high school academic achievement and is Florida’s largest merit-based scholarship program The Program offers three levels of scholarship awards – the Florida Academic Scholars (including Academic Top Scholars), the Florida Medallion Scholars, and the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars To be considered, a student must submit a completed (error-free) Florida Financial Aid Application during his or her last year in high school (after December 1st and prior to graduation) Eligibility requirements can be viewed at:  sheets/BF.htm Award amounts can be viewed at:  wardamt.htm 2011 Legislative Changes FAFSA Requirement  Students are now required to submit a complete, error-free FAFSA for  Bright Futures, Florida Resident Access Grant, and Access to Better Learning and Education Grant  Required annually of initial and renewal students any time prior to disbursement  No FAFSA = No $$  Community service requirements increased for all three Bright Futures award levels  FAS – 100 hours (increased from 75 hours)  FMS – 75 hours (increased from 0 hours)  GSV – 30 hours (increased from 0 hours) 25 2011 Legislative Changes Test Score Requirements Raising the Bar for Juniors, Sophomores & Freshmen Graduation Year 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 Year of Initial Eligibility 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 SAT 1270 1280 1290 FAS ACT 28 28 29 SAT 980 1020 1170 FMS ACT 21 22 26 2012 Legislative Changes    Students who graduate from high school midyear may submit a Florida Financial Aid Application no later than August 31 prior to the student’s graduation, be evaluated for Bright Futures, and, if eligible, receive funding in the spring term following the student’s high school graduation University of Florida Pilot Program students receive funding in spring and summer terms Students graduating high school in 2012-13 are eligible to accept an initial Bright Futures award within two years (rather than the current 3 years for reinstatement) following high school graduation and to accept a renewal award for five years following high school graduation 27 2012 Legislative Changes (continued)    28 The Gold Seal Vocational program will remain unchanged for renewing students 2012-13 Initial Gold Seal Scholars WILL NOT BE FUNDED if enrolled in an AA or BA degree program 2012-13 Initial Gold Seal Scholars MAY BE FUNDED FOR UP TO 100% for the following programs of study at a Florida public or eligible Florida private postsecondary institution:  Applied Technology Diploma, up to 60 credit hours or equivalent clock hours  Technical Degree Education Program, not to exceed 72 credit hours or equivalent clock hours  Career Certificate Program, not to exceed 72 credit hours or equivalent clock hours Other State Grants & Scholarships  The Initial State Student Application also determines your eligibility for other state grants and scholarships administered by the state of Florida  José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund  Rosewood Family Scholarship Program  Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans and Servicemembers For more details about these state programs, please visit: /ProgramsOffered.htm Other State Grants & Scholarships  Your institution will determine your eligibility for other state grants and scholarships administered by the state of Florida  Florida Student Assistance Grant  Florida Resident Access Grant  Access to Better Learning and Education Grant  Florida Work Experience Program  Mary McLeod Bethune Scholarship For more details about these state programs, please visit: /ProgramsOffered.htm • Florida Virtual Campus for Students is Florida's official online one-stop-shop in transitioning students from middle school through college. It is an advising system that can assist high school students, college students, parents, and even counselors to help plan and track educational progress in Florida. • Go • Click on “Student Services.” • Requires User ID/Password Searching for Other Types of Aid       FastWeb offers a free scholarship database that includes over 1.3 million scholarships worth over $3 billion Database sources include local, national, and college-specific scholarships Search and compare detailed college profiles on FastWeb’s database FastWeb’s database allows you to also search for internships or part-time job openings near your home or school FastWeb is recommended by more than 16,000 schools and 3,600 colleges Access FastWeb by visiting  requires User ID and Password Other Sources    Use to search for available monies through scholarships and grants nationwide High School Guidance Office Be aware of recent scholarship scams  Scams can be received via phone, letter in the mail, or E-mail  Visit the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website at for additional information on scams, or contact the FTC by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or TTY 1-866-653-4261 IMPORTANT! Keep copies of ALL financial aid documents! Navigating Your Financial Future OSFA offers a variety of tools and resources to assist you in your pursuit of higher education For more information, please visit: For More Information      E-mail: [email protected] 1-888-827-2004 (Grants/Scholarships) 1-800-366-3475 (Student Loans) Outreach Representative:  Reyonna Parrish, Outreach Representative  [email protected]  850-410-6830 38 Questions? Thank you for attending this workshop