Financial Aid & FAFSA
The FAFSA is FREE to complete.The 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
What to Bring…
1. Student & parent(s) social security numbers
2. Parent(s) drivers’ license number
3. Student and parent(s) 2018 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
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.
What is a Financial Aid Award Letter?
After a college accepts you, you'll receive a letter outlining how much the school will cost and what kind of financial aid package you'll receive for one year. All financial aid award letters do not look the same, but they contain the same general information:
- Grant, Scholarships, Work-study, Federal student loans
- Cost of attendance (COA), an estimate of what you can expect to pay for tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and personal expenses for one year.
- Expected Family Contribution (EFC), an index number that colleges use to determine financial aid eligibility.
- The remaining amount, or funding gap, that you’ll have to make up from other sources.