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Financial Aid and Grants on the Web: Federal and State Financial Aid Resources

Please Note

Eligibility for most federal student aid is based on financial need and on several other factors.

The most basic eligibility requirements to receive federal student aid are that you must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen
  2. Have a valid Social Security number
  3. Be currently registered with the Selective Service, if you're a male between the ages of 18 and 25
  4. Maintain satisfactory academic progress in college or career school
  5. Show you're qualified to obtain a postsecondary education

Volunteer and Serve for Financial Aid

If you are eligible for a Federal Work Study job, you may be eligible for financial work-study aid, especially if it involves working as a reading tutor for children or performing family literacy activities.

Some examples:

The Segal AmeriCorps Education Awardprovides several thousand dollars for each year of full-time service (prorated for part-time). Through 2009 the maximum education award was $4,725. Starting in 2010 the maximum education award is pegged to the maximum Pell Grant. The money can be used to pay for college costs or to repay student loans. The award may be claimed up to seven years after the service is completed.

The Presidential Freedom Scholarshipsare awarded subject to the availability of funding in the federal budget.

National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC)
This AmeriCorps program is an 11-month residential national service program intended for 18-24 year-olds. Participants receive education awards to pay for college tuition or to help repay education loan debt.


State Aid

Financial Assistance for Students Residing in Florida

The state of Florida provides scholarships and grants to students who are permanent residents. To be considered a Florida resident, an independent student or either natural parent of the dependent student, must have been a resident of the state of Florida for purposes other than education for at least twelve consecutive months prior to the first day of classes for the academic term for which assistance is requested. At Saint Leo University, funds will not be disbursed until Florida residency is determined.

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program

Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG)

Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)

In addition, you may already be participating in the Florida Prepaid College Plan. This is a plan in which families prepay for their child’s college education at a guaranteed fixed rate.