Florida Public Postsecondary Career Education Student Assistance Grant Program (FSAG-CE)

2012-13

Florida Student Assistance Grant for students in certificate programs

1. What is the FSAG-CE Program and when did it begin?

The 2007 Florida Legislature created the FSAG-Career Education Program to assist Florida students enrolled in certificate programs of 450 or more clock hours at a Florida college (public community college) or a career center operated by a district school board.  FSAG-CE awards were distributed to students beginning in the fall 2007 term.

2. What are student qualifications?

The eligible student will:
  • Be a Florida resident and U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be enrolled at least half-time (six semester hours or the equivalent of 180 clock hours).
  • Be enrolled in a certificate program of at least 450 clock hours at a Florida college (public community college) or a career center operated by a district school board.
  • Not owe a repayment under any state or federal grant, scholarship, or federal Title IV or state student loan program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made.
  • Meet Floridaís general eligibility requirements for receipt of state aid.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

3. What is the award amount?

The minimum award amount is $200 per year.  The maximum amount is $2,534 per year based upon the studentís unmet financial need. Unmet financial need is derived from the cost of attendance (COA) minus the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and any other grants and scholarships the student is receiving.  The student does not have to receive the Pell Grant to receive an FSAG-CE program grant.

4. What is Cost Of Attendance (COA)?

The COA is an estimate of how much money will be required to attend school for one year at a college, including all reasonable expenses. The COA is determined for each student by the postsecondary institution and may include:
  • Tuition and fees
  • Books, supplies, transportation, personal, misc.
  • Room and board
  • Dependent care
  • Study abroad expenses
  • Disability expenses
  • Employment expenses for co-op study
  • Loan fees

5. Which Florida postsecondary institutions are eligible to provide student funding for this program?

Florida colleges (public community colleges) and career centers operated by district school boards which offer certificate programs of 450 or more clock hours are eligible to provide student funding.  Contact the financial aid office at the institution you plan to attend for more information. To view a list of eligible and participating postsecondary institutions visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance website at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org. Select "State Grants, Scholarships and Applications," "State Program Links," and then under "Eligible Institution Information" select "By State Program."

6. How does a student apply for the FSAG-CE Program?

An applicant must complete the FAFSA to be considered for this grant.  The deadline for filing the FAFSA is set by the postsecondary institution.  Contact the financial aid office at the institution you plan to attend for more information.

7. Is student eligibility for this grant reserved for a certain age student?

No, any student at any age may apply for this grant.

8. May a student receive funding for a second certificate or diploma program?

Yes.  If a student has already earned a certificate or diploma, the student may receive an award for another certificate program, funded for up to 110% of the clock hours to complete the program of study.  Those students with the greatest need and/or those earning a first certificate program may be given priority funding.  Students identified as Talented Twenty students also receive first priority. Information about Talented Twenty may be found at www.fldoe.org/Talented20.

9. May a student receive funding for more than one certificate or diploma program being earned simultaneously?

Yes.  A student may receive one award for both programs simultaneously if enrolled in sufficient hours to qualify for a second certificate program.  The award is fundable up to 110% of the clock hours required to complete both programs of study.  Students with the greatest need and/or those earning a first certificate program may be given priority funding.  Students identified as Talented Twenty students should also receive first priority.  Information about Talented Twenty may be found at www.fldoe.org/Talented20/.
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