Florida Public Postsecondary Career Education Student Assistance Grant Program (FSAG-CE)
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
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
Meet Floridaís general eligibility requirements for receipt of state aid.
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
Study abroad expenses
Employment expenses for co-op study
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
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
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