Need money for college?
The FAFSA is FREE to completeThe Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is where students get the majority of their grants, loans and work study funding to go to most colleges, universities, and technical schools.
In 2016-2017, BCPS seniors received over $16,000,000 in Pell Grants (free money!) by completing the FAFSA. Still, over 45% of seniors didn't submit their FAFSA and left at least another $5.5M in grants on the table.
Many sources of funding are on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply as soon as possible.
Everybody is strongly encouraged to submit a FAFSA, regardless of their income. You may pick and choose which types and the amount of financial aid you receive. So, it doesn't hurt to ask for a financial aid package!
Where to Get Help
School Counselors and BRACE Advisors are available to assist families with the application process.
What to Bring…
1. Student & parent(s) social security numbers
2. Parent(s) drivers’ license number
3. Student and parent(s) 2017 tax records
4. Student and parent(s) records of assets. This includes savings and checking account balances, as well as the value of investments such as stocks and bonds and real estate (except the home in which your family lives)
5. List of schools you are interested in attending
In addition, in partnership with Broward College, anybody may visit the Financial Aid Office at all of their campuses to receive one-on-one assistance with the FAFSA...even if you don't plan to go to BC! Click here to find the times and locations at each campus for FAFSA assistance:
How Do I Get Scholarships?
The FAFSA is not a scholarship application and will only offer grants, loans, and work study options. For scholarships, please visit Naviance Student to find millions of local and national scholarships.
Also, all students should complete the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA), which is the application for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarships. In addition to Bright Futures, there are several other scholarships through this same application.