Florida College Grants and Loans
Florida GrantsAccess to Better Learning and Education Grant Program (ABLE) This program provides assistance to Florida residents studying at eligible Florida colleges and universities. Each school may have it's own application deadline. Pick up your application at your school's financial aid office. The Florida legislature determines the amount of the grant by their funding each year.
Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG) Program This is a need based program which actually is three programs in one. For Florida residents attending state universities and community colleges, there is the Florida Public Student Assistance Grant. For those attending eligible private, non-profit, four-year Florida colleges and universities, there is the Florida Private Student Assistance Grant and for those not eligible above, there is the Florida Postsecondary Student Assistance Grant. Each participating school determines it's own application deadlines, student eligibility, and award amounts.
William L. Boyd, IV, Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG) This grant program provides tuition assistance to Florida undergrads attending eligible private, non-profit Florida colleges or universities. Participating institutions set their own application deadlines and student eligibility requirements. For more information and requirements, please visit the Florida Resident Access Grant webpage at the Florida DOE website.
2005-06 JosÚ MartÝ Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund This program provides merit scholarship funding to eligible Hispanic students. Undergrads should apply during their senior year of high school. Graduate students may also apply for the grants, but priority is given to high school seniors. For more information on application requirements, please visit the JosÚ MartÝ Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund page at the Florida Department of Education website.
First Generation Matching Grant Program provides need-based grants to state university students whose parents have not received a baccalaureate degree. Money to fund this program will come from private donations coupled with matching state funds as available. Students must be a state resident for at least twelve months prior to the first day of classes. There are other requirements that can be seen at https://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/pdf/FGMG.06-07.pdf.
Florida Public Postsecondary Career Education Student Assistance Grant (FSAG-CE) Program Florida residents who enroll in certificate programs consisting of 450 or more clock hours at participating community colleges or career centers operated by district school boards may be eligible for the FSAG-CE grants. These grants are administered by the individual community college or career center, so there may be different deadlines or application procedures. Check with the program administrators for eligiblity requirements.
Florida Loans2010-11 Critical Teacher Shortage Student Loan Forgiveness Program This program did not receive funding for the 2010-11 School year. More information at https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/home/cts201011faq.asp. Florida teachers with a valid Florida Teacher's Certificate or Florida Department of Health License in a critical teacher shortage subject area can be assisted in the repayment of undergraduate and graduate educational loans that led to certification. Applicants must submit a completed 2010-11 Teacher Florida Financial Aid Application . July 15 of the first school year in which the applicant taught full-time for at least 90 days as a certified teacher in a critical teacher shortage subject area is the deadline.
For more information about this Student Loan Forgiveness Program, please visit the Florida Department of Education website.
USF (University of South Florida) Loan Program This program is need based and funded by the university. The loan remains interest free until repayment begins, when the interest rate will be 5%. Repayment will begin nine months after graduation or less than half time enrollment. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required and must be submitted by March 1 for automatic consideration. For more information on the USF Loan Program, please visit the USF Loan webpage.