Paying for College

Bright Futures

The Florida Bright  Futures Scholarship Program consists of three awards: Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) award, Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) award and the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV) award. Seniors must apply by submitting a Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) after December 1 and prior to high school graduation. Initial eligibility requirements for the desired award must be met prior to high school graduation with test scores admissible through June 30 of the senior year in high school.

Bright Futures Registration Directions (Cheat Sheet)

https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/ua/sawstua_uaform.asp

Education’s Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) at [email protected] or toll free at 1-888-827-2004.

Florida Pre-paid Programs

Florida Prepaid College Plan 2014-2015 had specific dates to enroll, but you can request information to be sent for the next open enrollment (Fall 2014). However, you can open a Florida 529 Savings Plan account at any time. Using the links below, you can view the Florida 529 Savings Plan Guide to learn more about the importance of saving for college and the options we offer.

http://www.myfloridaprepaid.com/compare-plans/

Scholarships

  • Students, searching for scholarships can be time-consuming and hard work.  Please take a few preparatory steps before you begin your search to ensure that your time will be well spent and fruitful.  Planning ahead is EVERYTHING!
  • Prepare a resume- Educational or Work Related; keep a log or folder of "things" you do, places you've gone, people you've met, lessons you've learned.  It will all come in handy when preparing your 100 words of WOW!
  • Get reference letters written early.  Begin getting reference letters from your minister, your employer, your teachers, your guidance counselors, your coaches, your babysitting families, etc.  Make 10-15 copies of each and have them sign them individually.  Then keep them all in the folder with your resumes.
  • Keep an extra 10-15 wallet size pictures of yourself.  Many scholarships require a headshot.
  • Keep your persuasive and informative essays from high school close by and electronically filed.  They will come in handy when you are trying to write an essay for each of the scholarships you choose.
  • Make copies of everything you send off.  Don't ever trust that just because you put a stamp on it or handed it to someone that it is going to reach its destination.
  • All that you can – in general, the more you apply for, the better your chances of receiving one become.
  • Depends on your financial situation – most students will need some financial aid or scholarships to pay for college.
  • Any scholarship that a student can receive will help to defray the cost of college.
  • Three places – First, check with the college you will be attending for any scholarships they offer- most colleges and universities have a variety available.  Second, use internet searches – there are literally millions of available scholarships – one challenge with internet searches is that many of the resources are specific to a particular college or major or have some other limiting requirements.  Another challenge is that if it’s available on the internet the number of students applying is usually very large, which typically lowers the odds of receiving a particular scholarship.  Third, regularly check the scholarship book in Student Services (referred to as the Big Red Book). This is a list of scholarship applications that we receive here at SHS.  Each application is available for Seabreeze students.  One of the benefits of this list is that many of the scholarships you’ll find here aren’t on the internet because they are from local organizations.  Many of these are also scholarships that are only Seabreeze students are able to apply for.  In general, the scholarships that are in this book will have fewer students apply for them so the odds of receiving them are better.
  • It’s on ongoing process – most of the scholarships out there are for seniors so start searching early in your senior year.  As for the Big Red Book in Student Services, students should be checking every couple of weeks throughout the year as we are adding scholarships each month from October until early May.

The BIG RED BOOK of Scholarships is available in our guidance department throughout the year.

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