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:
Just getting started? Talk to the financial aid office, and check out the Federal Student Aid website.
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.
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.
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.
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.