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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT STATE OF FLORIDA FINANCIAL AID
PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS

2013-14


Student Questions

Student Application Questions
  1. What types of student financial aid programs are available?
  2. How do I apply for state scholarships and grants and what are the program deadlines?
  3. How long will it take me to complete the Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application?
  4. How can I check on the status of my award?
  5. Why do some questions on the Florida Financial Aid Application contain an asterisk (*) and appear in red type?
  6. What if I do not know some of the answers to the application questions at the time of applying?
  7. How do I submit additional test score and transcript documentation required?
  8. What is the difference between an unweighted and a weighted Grade Point Average (GPA)?
  9. When filling out the application, what should I do if I receive an error message when entering a valid unweighted GPA?
  10. What if I do not know my exact Grade Point Average (GPA) for question #26 on the Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application?
  11. Why does a second twin who submits the application sometimes receive a duplicate error message?
  12. What if I do not want to supply my Social Security Number (SSN)?
  13. What application questions' responses are essential in determining eligibility for specific state program awards?
  14. What is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and why do I need to fill it out?
  15. How can the spouse of a deceased or disabled veteran apply for benefits through Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans?
  16. Are there any student financial aid programs available for job training or trades?
  17. Can I receive the First Generation Matching Grant at any institution?
Student Eligibility Questions
  1. Do I have to be a Florida resident to be eligible for state-funded student financial aid?
  2. What are the requirements to automatically maintain my award?
  3. How many credit hours must I complete to be eligible for renewal of my Bright Futures award?
  4. How can I verify that my grades, test scores, and certifications have been received?
  5. What if I haven’t decided to take a college entrance exam?
  6. How is other documentation, such as a student's "high school transcript" and "test scores," received by the Florida Department of Education for a student's Bright Futures and José Martí evaluations?
  7. How does the Florida Prepaid College Program work in coordination with the Florida Bright Futures Scholarships and/or Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans (CSDDV)?
  8. What are the qualifications for spouses to receive state funding through Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans?
  9. Can I skip a semester and still be eligible for my scholarship or grant?
  10. Are graduate students eligible for state-funded financial aid programs?
Student Communication Questions
  1. How and when will I be notified of my award eligibility?
  2. When are students notified of their reinstatement or restoration eligibility?
  3. When will I receive my User ID and PIN to access my application information?
  4. If I lose my User ID and PIN, how do I obtain my State Program information?
  5. I use Internet Explorer as my browser.  When I use the keyboard backspace button, why am I sometimes taken to the previous page?
  6. Why have I not received e-mail communications from the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)?
Other Financial Aid & Funding Questions for Students
  1. May I use my Bright Futures or another state scholarship and grant at an out-of-state college?
  2. How can I find out in which programs my institution participates?
  3. If I drop or withdraw from courses for which I received Bright Futures funding during the fall term and have not repaid this amount by the beginning of the following winter/spring term, will I still be eligible for funding during that winter/spring term?
  4. When do I get my money and how much do I get?
  5. What is Cost of Attendance (COA)?
  6. Will financial aid cover the cost of required disability testing?
  7. What are the student qualifications to receive disability testing?
  8. How do I transfer my scholarship between postsecondary institutions?
  9. How can I obtain information on the Talented Twenty program?
  10. What financial aid benefits are available for dependent children of veterans classified as Deceased, Disabled, Prisoners of War, or Missing in Action?
  11. What financial aid benefits are available for spouses of deceased or disabled veterans?
  12. Are there any financial aid programs for nurses?
  13. What kinds of loans are available and how can I apply for a loan?
  14. What kinds of scholarships are available for children of Marine Corps or other United States Armed Forces personnel?



Student Questions

Student Application Questions
  1. What types of student financial aid programs are available?

    The Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance, administers state funded student financial assistance programs to assist eligible students defray the costs of postsecondary education.  Each program has specific eligibility requirements.  Programs Offered provides individual program descriptions and deadlines.

  2. How do I apply for state scholarships and grants and what are the program deadlines?

    Select State Grants, Scholarships & Applications from the website at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org to access the online Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application.  Select Apply Here from the menu bar and then choose Initial State Student Application.

    Each program has its own deadline.  Programs Offered provides individual program descriptions and deadlines.  The Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application serves as the application for the following four programs.  Two of these programs also require students to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)*, available online at www.FAFSA.ed.gov.

    Program              Deadline
     
    • Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
    High School Graduation
    • José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund*
    April 1
    • Rosewood Family Scholarship Program*
    April 1
    • Scholarships for Children & Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans
    April 1


    Students must apply through the postsecondary institution of their choice to be considered for the programs listed below.  Students should consult their financial aid offices for each school’s participation, application process, and deadlines.  Those applying for the FGMG, FSAG-CE, FSAG, FWEP, and MMB programs must also file the FAFSA* by the deadline set by the postsecondary institution.

    • First Generation Matching Grant Program (FGMG)*
    • Florida Public Postsecondary Career Education Student Assistance Grant Program (FSAG-CE)*
    • Florida Student Assistance Grant Programs (FSAG)*
    • Florida Work Experience Program (FWEP)*
    • Mary McLeod Bethune Scholarship Program (MMB)*

  3. How long will it take me to complete the Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application?

    The Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application is easy to complete and should take about 15 minutes.  Applicants do not need any tax or financial information to complete this application.

  4. How can I check on the status of my award?

    Visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance website at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org and select State Grants, Scholarships & Applications.  From the menu bar, choose Application Status & Award History, and then under Applicant Quick Links, select View Student Financial Aid History.  Log in using your User ID and PIN, or go to Get My User ID and PIN to access information on the status of your award.

  5. Why do some questions on the Florida Financial Aid Application contain an asterisk (*) and appear in red type?

    Red questions containing an asterisk require a response for application processing.

  6. What if I do not know some of the answers to the application questions at the time of applying?

    When applying, we encourage you to supply as much accurate information about yourself as possible to increase your eligibility for program selection results.  The applicant may then update the submitted application with additional information prior to the program's application deadline.  Questions marked in red must be answered in order to submit an application.  Programs Offered provides individual program descriptions and deadlines.

  7. How do I submit additional test score and transcript documentation required?

    The high school’s records office will electronically send your transcript/high school records to the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), Office of Student Financial Assistance for review.  The FDOE will retrieve your test scores from the student’s transcript or the College Board (providing the student indicates attendance at a Florida state postsecondary institution).

  8. What is the difference between an unweighted and a weighted Grade Point Average (GPA)?

    An unweighted GPA is based on a scale of 4.0 with a grade of "A" having an assigned value of 4 points.  A weighted GPA is based on a scale of greater than 4.0 and typically is awarded for courses in advanced placement, dual enrollment courses, and honors.  Each Florida county school district defines its own weighted scale.  Bright Futures uses a state defined weighted scale that may differ from individual county scales.

  9. When filling out the application, what should I do if I receive an error message when entering a valid unweighted GPA?

    The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) data system responds best to Internet Explorer (IE) version 6.3 or 7.  If you are using an internet web browser, such as Safari for Apple, or the AOL browser and receive an error message, for best results we recommend that you access the OSFA website with IE.

  10. What if I do not know my exact Grade Point Average (GPA) for question #26 on the Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application?

    You should provide an estimated GPA at the time of application.  The Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application is designed to assess program requirements based on students’ preliminary credentials for the evaluation of awards.  The Office of Student Financial Assistance will receive official certification of the grade point average from the appropriate entity (e.g. high school or postsecondary institution) for final eligibility of program awards.

  11. Why does a second twin who submits the application sometimes receive a duplicate error message?

    The Office of Student Financial Assistance data system is designed to identify potential duplicate applicants, but is also designed to identify twins whose information might match.  When the second twin submits the application, a pop-up window should appear asking, "Are you a twin?"  Most "pop-up blocking" software prevents this question from appearing.  It is recommended that your blocking service be temporarily disabled, for full application functionality.

  12. What if I do not want to supply my Social Security Number (SSN)?

    It is not required by law to submit an SSN for evaluation of financial aid through the state of Florida.  If you choose to leave your SSN blank, the system will generate a pseudo number.  Providing your SSN allows the Office of Student Financial Assistance to collect necessary information to determine award eligibility.  Financial assistance will not be denied for failure to disclose your SSN. However, without your SSN, correct identification of your records cannot be assured and may result in an error in the award amount or delay in the disbursement of an award.

  13. What application questions' responses are essential in determining eligibility for specific state program awards?

    Certain state-funded programs (José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund, Rosewood Family Scholarship Program, and Scholarships for Children & Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans) require evaluation based on special interest information: nationality, genealogy, or veteran information respectively.  When applying, we encourage you to supply as much accurate information about yourself as possible to increase your eligibility for program selection results.

  14. What is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and why do I need to fill it out?

    The FAFSA is a need analysis form processed by the U.S. Department of Education.  Most federal financial aid programs and some of Florida’s programs require this completed error free federal application.  The postsecondary institution uses the Expected Family contribution (EFC) derived from the FAFSA to determine a student’s financial need.  The FAFSA is required to complete your application for the:
    • First Generation Matching Grant Program
    • Florida Student Assistance Grant Programs
    • Florida Work Experience Program
    • José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund
    • Mary McLeod Bethune Scholarship Program
    • Rosewood Family Scholarship Program

    Check with your postsecondary institution for application and FAFSA deadlines.  Deadlines and program information are also available on each program's fact sheet.  Access the FAFSA at www.FAFSA.ed.gov or through www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org.

  15. How can the spouse of a deceased or disabled veteran apply for benefits through Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans?

    Spouses may apply via the Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application online at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org.  Select State Grants, Scholarships & Applications and then Apply Here.  The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs will then certify the applicant’s eligibility.  The Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance may accept late applications, from children and spouses, in a first-come, first-served order to fund as many eligible applicants as the appropriation allows.

  16. Are there any student financial aid programs available for job training or trades?

    Yes.  The Florida Public Postsecondary Career Education Student Assistance Grant Program is a need-based program available to certificate-seeking, resident, undergraduate students who demonstrate substantial financial need and are enrolled in participating Florida colleges (public community colleges) or career centers operated by district school boards that offer programs consisting of 450 or more clock hours.  Programs Offered provides individual program descriptions and deadlines.

  17. Can I receive the First Generation Matching Grant at any institution?

    The First Generation Matching Grant award is available to students attending public state universities and Florida colleges (public community colleges).  Programs Offered provides individual program descriptions, deadlines, and a list of participating postsecondary institutions.

Student Eligibility Questions
  1. Do I have to be a Florida resident to be eligible for state-funded student financial aid?

    All state-funded student programs except the Rosewood Family Scholarship Program require recipients to be Florida residents.  To meet residency requirements, students must maintain residency for a minimum of 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term of the academic year for which aid is requested.  Each postsecondary institution is responsible for making residency determinations.

  2. What are the requirements to automatically maintain my award?

    Most Florida grants and scholarships are renewable.  To be eligible to automatically renew, you must meet program specific eligibility requirements, which include grade point average, hours earned, and length of the financial aid program.  Renewal eligibility is determined after the second semester or third quarter, or the equivalent of the academic year based on reports from the institution(s) attended.  From the menu bar, on the Office of Student Financial Assistance website, select the link Programs Offered to see individual program fact sheets.

  3. How many credit hours must I complete to be eligible for renewal of my Bright Futures award?

    Students are evaluated for renewal based on the number of hours for which they received funding each term.  You must earn the required number of credit hours based on whether they were funded full-time, three-quarter-time, or part-time.  Please visit the How to be Renewed page at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org/SSFAD/bf/renewpg.htm for details.

  4. How can I verify that my grades, test scores, and certifications have been received?

    From the menu bar, under Applicant Quick Links, select View Student Financial Aid History.  Log in using your User ID and PIN.  On the Application/Certification Status page, click on the View Certifications link in the Documents and Certifications Received column. Specific information received from third party certifiers will be displayed.

  5. What if I haven’t decided to take a college entrance exam?

    If you are undecided, it is to your benefit to respond to the testing intent question #29 on the Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application to the best of your ability.  Some programs require specific test scores as eligibility criteria.

  6. How are other types of documentation, such as a student's "high school transcript" and "test scores," received by the Florida Department of Education for the student's Bright Futures and José Martí evaluations?

    In addition to the Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application, a student's high school transcripts and test scores are required for evaluation and determination of a student's eligibility.  Florida high school transcripts are electronically submitted by the high school counselor to the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and FDOE collects the SAT and ACT scores from Florida's test score repository.  The FDOE will retrieve an applicant’s test scores from the student’s transcript or the College Board (providing the student indicates attendance at a Florida state postsecondary institution).  An out-of-state applicant should request the test scores be sent to one of Florida’s 11 state universities when applying for the SAT or ACT.  These scores will be sent to the FDOE repository.  An out-of-state applicant must request that sealed official transcripts be sent to the FDOE, Office of Student Financial Assistance.

  7. How does the Florida Prepaid College Program work in coordination with the Florida Bright Futures Scholarships and/or Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans (CSDDV)?

    There are two ways a student can use the Florida College Prepaid Program in coordination with a Bright Futures award or CSDDV award.
    • A student may request a reimbursement through the Florida Prepaid College Program each semester.  Instead of mailing the money to the student's postsecondary institution, the Florida Prepaid College Program would mail the money to the student, or
    • Both Florida Prepaid and Bright Futures (and/or CSDDV) would pay the postsecondary institution.  Florida Prepaid would cover the tuition and Bright Futures (and/or CSDDV) could then pay for remaining postsecondary educational expenses.
    A student should work with the financial aid office at the postsecondary institution to ensure the scholarship funds and Prepaid funds are used in coordination to pay for his/her tuition and educational expenses.

  8. What are the qualifications for spouses to receive state funding through Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans?

    The eligible spouse of a deceased veteran will:
    • Not be remarried,
    • Be, along with the veteran, a Florida resident for one year immediately preceding the resident veteran's death, and
    • Apply to use the benefit within five years after the veteran’s death.

    The eligible spouse of a disabled veteran will:
    • Be dependent and married to the veteran for one or more years,
    • Be, along with the veteran, a Florida resident for one year immediately preceding the occurrence of the veteran’s disability, and
    • Be eligible for the duration of the marriage and up to the point of termination of the marriage by dissolution or annulment.

    The spouse must also:
    • Be enrolled for at least six semester hours or the equivalent per term funded in a degree or certificate program and
    • Attend an eligible Florida postsecondary institution.


  9. Can I skip one term (semester) and still be eligible for my scholarship or grant?

    Yes, you may skip one term and still remain eligible for your award during the same academic year.  A student who receives funding during the current academic year (fall through spring) for one or more terms is automatically evaluated for renewal at the end of the second semester or third quarter of each academic year.  A student’s renewal eligibility is based on GPA and hours earned during the academic year.  Programs Offered provides individual program descriptions and annual renewal requirements.

  10. Are graduate students eligible for state-funded financial aid programs?

    • Most state-funded financial aid programs are only available for undergraduate students.  The José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund is available to graduate students who meet program eligibility requirements; however, undergraduates receive priority funding.
    • Bright Futures Scholarship recipients who graduate with a baccalaureate degree, in the 2010-11 academic year or after, in seven or fewer semesters (or the equivalent in credit hours) and wish to pursue graduate study may apply the unused portion of their FAS or FMS awards toward one semester of graduate study, not to exceed 15 semester hours paid at the undergraduate rate.
    Students should meet with their financial aid officers for funding details.

Student Communication Questions
  1. How and when will I be notified of my award eligibility?

    You will receive a notification via your online Financial Aid Recipient History regarding your eligibility or ineligibility status for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program, Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans, José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund, and Rosewood Family Scholarship Program after:
    • You have submitted an Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application to the Office of Student Financial Assistance by the program deadline,
    • All supporting documentation (including electronic transcripts from your school) has been received, and
    • The submitted information to the Florida Department of Education has been evaluated after the program deadline.

    Bright Futures applicants can view posted notifications following the completion of 7th semester evaluation (early evaluation) or 8th semester (final) evaluation.  Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans, José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund, and Rosewood Family Scholarship Program applicants can view posted notifications during the summer.  Each program has its own requirements and deadlines.  Programs Offered provides individual program descriptions and deadlines.

  2. When are students notified of their reinstatement or restoration eligibility?

    Students participating in the following programs will be notified via their online Financial Aid Recipient History of their program eligibility after the Reinstatement or Restoration Application (along with supporting documentation) has been received and evaluated by the Florida Department of Education.  Programs Offered provides individual program descriptions and deadlines.  Notifications are posted for:
    • Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program,
    • Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans,
    • José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund, and
    • Rosewood Family Scholarship Program.

    For notification questions on other state scholarship and grant awards, students should contact a financial aid officer at their postsecondary institutions.  Each program has its own requirements and deadlines.  Programs Offered provides individual program descriptions and deadlines.

  3. When will I receive my User ID and PIN to access my application information?

    The assigned User ID and PIN will become available after the Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application is successfully submitted. It will appear on your Saved Results page which is the receipt of a successfully completed application. If you supplied an e-mail address on your application, you should receive an e-mail containing your User ID and PIN within 48 hours. If you have not received an e-mail notification within three days please call the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) toll-free at 1-888-827-2004.  If you did not provide an e-mail address on your application, a hardcopy letter, with your USER ID and PIN, will be mailed to you. However, all further correspondence from OSFA will be posted to your online Financial Aid Recipient History.  For instructions on how to get your User ID and PIN online within 48 hours after you have successfully applied, see question #33.

  4. If I lose my User ID and PIN, how do I obtain my State Program information?

    Visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance website at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org.  Select State Grants, Scholarships & Applications, Application Status & Award History, and then Get My User ID and PIN.  Complete the requested information and then select View My User ID Information.

  5. I use Internet Explorer as my browser.  When I use the keyboard backspace button why am I sometimes taken to the previous page?

    Internet Explorer recognizes the backspace key as the browser back button (unless you have clicked on or selected an area within an input text field).

  6. Why have I not received e-mail communications from the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)?

    Upon application, you will receive one e-mail communication from OSFA informing you about your application receipt.  Most all other notifications will be posted to your Financial Aid Recipient History. You may need to remove Spam Blockers to allow OSFA e-mails to reach you.  In order for you to receive our correspondence via e-mail, you may also need to add OSFA as a "Safe Sender" with your internet provider. Students are encouraged at the time of application to check their program status online by visiting the OSFA website at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org.  Select State Grants, Scholarships & Applications, Application Status & Award History, and then the appropriate option.

Other Financial Aid & Funding Questions for Students
  1. May I use my Bright Futures or another state scholarship and grant at an out-of-state college?

    No.  You may only use your Bright Futures and other state scholarships and grants at eligible and participating Florida postsecondary institutions.

  2. How can I find out in which programs my institution participates?

    Postsecondary institutions students attend must meet statutory requirements to participate in state-funded financial aid programs. Click here to view your school's programs.

  3. If I drop or withdraw from courses for which I received Bright Futures funding during the fall term and have not repaid this amount by the beginning of the following winter/spring term, will I still be eligible for funding during that winter/spring term?

    Yes, you will be eligible for funding the following winter/spring term.  Renewal is still determined annually, at the end of the 2nd semester or 3rd quarter.  If you do not repay for Bright Futures funded classes dropped or withdrawn by the end of the current academic year, you will not be eligible for renewal or funding the subsequent academic year.

  4. When do I get my money and how much do I get?

    Each state program specifies the award amount and disbursement schedule.  From the menu bar on the Office of Student Financial Assistance website, select the link Programs Offered to see individual program fact sheets for individual program award amounts.  Funds for your award are sent to the institution you indicated as "planning to attend" on your application.  The institution is provided with all eligible students' information electronically.  Contact your financial aid officer at the institution you attend for disbursement schedules and processes.

  5. 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 his or her 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


  6. Will financial aid cover the cost of required disability testing?

    Yes.  The 2006 Florida Legislature created Section 1009.892, Florida Statutes, Cost of Attendance; Adult Norm-Referenced Testing. This program provides for students to have the cost of adult norm-referenced testing required by their postsecondary institution to be included in their cost of attendance.

  7. What are the student qualifications to receive disability testing?

    The eligible student will:
    • Have documented learning disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 or the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
    • Be required by the institution to complete adult norm-referenced tests for placement in appropriate accommodations.
    • Be a Florida resident
    • Be enrolled for a minimum of six semester hours per term or the equivalent.
    • Be enrolled in a degree, certificate, or diploma program at a Florida private or public postsecondary institution.


  8. How do I transfer my scholarship between postsecondary institutions?

    If you know you will be transferring schools during the year, you should contact both the postsecondary institution and the Office of Student Financial Assistance as soon as possible.  To update your postsecondary institution online, enter your User ID and PIN at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org.  Select State Grants, Scholarships & Applications, and then under Applicant Quick Links, select Update My Demographics.

    Note:  Eligible students may only use Florida State Program award funding at eligible postsecondary institutions.

    Transfer of an award from one eligible and participating institution to another eligible and participating institution is guaranteed during the middle of the academic year for the following programs:
    • José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund
    • Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
    • Rosewood Family Scholarship Program
    • Scholarships for Children & Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans

    The participating postsecondary institution determines student eligibility for the following programs, and transfer of an award is dependent upon available funding for these programs:
    • Access to Better Learning and Education Grant Program
    • First Generation Matching Grant Program
    • Florida Public Postsecondary Career Education Student Assistance Grant Program
    • Florida Student Assistance Grant Programs
    • Florida Work Experience Program
    • Mary McLeod Bethune Scholarship Program
    • William L. Boyd, IV, Florida Resident Access Grant


  9. How can I obtain information on the Talented Twenty Program?

    Obtain information on the Talented Twenty Program by visiting the Office of Student Financial Assistance website at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org and selecting State Grants, Scholarships & Applications.  From the menu bar choose Education Links, Florida Education websites, and then click on the Talented Twenty Program link.

  10. What financial aid benefits are available for dependent children of veterans classified as Deceased, Disabled, Prisoners of War, or Missing in Action?

    The Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans provides scholarships for dependent children and spouses of Florida veterans who died as a result of service-connected injuries, diseases, or disabilities sustained while on active duty or who have been verified by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs as having service-connected 100% permanent and total disabilities.  This program also provides funds for dependent children whose parent is classified by the U.S. Government as:
    • a prisoner of war or missing in action in the Armed Forces of the United States or
    • civilian personnel captured while serving (with the consent or authorization of the United States Government) during wartime service.

    Veterans must have been Florida residents for one year immediately preceding time of death, determination of 100% disability, or classification as Prisoner of War/Missing in Action.

  11. What financial aid benefits are available for spouses of deceased or disabled veterans?

    The 2006 Florida Legislature amended Sections 295.01, 295.02, 295.03, and 295.05, Florida Statutes, Scholarships for Children of Deceased or Disabled Veterans (CSDDV) to include spouses.  CSDDV now provides funding to qualified spouses at eligible Florida postsecondary institutions.  Programs Offered provides individual program descriptions and deadlines.

  12. Are there any financial aid programs for nurses?

    The Florida Department of Education administers the Nursing Loan Forgiveness Program.  This program is available to Florida residents who are employed full-time in the nursing profession in Florida, meet program requirements, and attend participating postsecondary institutions within the state of Florida after an LPN, RN, or ARNP is attained.  Visit the website www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org, select Student Loans – Information for Parents, Students, Schools & Lenders, and then Nursing Student Loan Forgiveness Program for program information and the application.  You may also contact the FDOE regarding the Nursing Student Loan Forgiveness Program toll-free at 1-800-366-3475.

  13. What kinds of loans are available and how can I apply for a loan?

    Students should contact the financial aid offices at their postsecondary institutions for loan information.  Federal loans available consist of the Federal Stafford Subsidized Loan, the Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loan, the Federal Perkins Loan, the Federal PLUS Loan (Parent and Graduate/Professional), and the Federal Consolidation Loan.  You may begin the application process for a federal education loan by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Call Customer Service toll-free at 1-800-433-3243 or contact the financial aid office at your postsecondary institution for more information.

  14. What kinds of scholarships are available for children of Marine Corps or other United States Armed Forces personnel?

    The website at www.mcsf.org/ provides opportunities to children of Marines or Navy Corpsman serving with the Marines.

    The website at www.gibill.va.gov/ is an excellent resource for all educational benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.



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