Federal Aid Information

Financial aid is more than just student loans. There are grants available from Federal, State of Florida and College sources. Aid is available to full-time or part-time students in all of our two-year programs and most vocational courses.

How to apply. It doesn't cost anything to apply, but students need to be citizens or permanent residents. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The first step is easy - get your FSA ID.  Steps to Apply - PDF

After receiving your FSA ID and filing your income tax returns, you and your family should complete the FAFSA. The site also has instructions for families who don't file a federal income tax return. The website provides a toll free "800" number and a complete version in Spanish.

Summer Scholarships 2017

Financial Aid, in collaboration with the Palm Beach State College Foundation supports students through scholarships.
More details on Summer Scholarships.


Code of Conduct

All staff of the Financial Aid Office at Palm Beach State College adhere to the Code of Conduct of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

According to federal regulations, Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy 34 CFR 668.34 Students participating in the federal financial aid program at Palm Beach State must meet our Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). These standards may also apply to some state aid as well. The SAP calculation uses cumulative credit totals. This means that we include all terms of enrollment, including those at prior institutions, regardless of whether the student was receiving financial aid at the time. This Policy is effective July 1, 2016. 

Three standards are used to measure academic progress for financial aid purposes:

Standard 1: Cumulative grade point average (GPA) is at or above 2.0 for all students.

If a course is repeated, only the highest grade is used in the calculation of the cumulative GPA but all will remain on the transcript and all are counted toward attempted for financial aid purposes.

Standard 2: Cumulative completion rate is at or above 67%

For example, if a student has attempted 24 credits, the student must at a minimum complete 16 credits. 

Anytime a student withdraws, fails, audits, and/or repeats a class, it is counted as an attempt.
If an instructor withdraws a student from class or the student receives an
incomplete, it is also counted as an attempt.

Standard 3: Credits completed and/or attempted do not exceed 150% of the credits required to complete the program

AA students are only eligible to receive financial aid for up to 90 cumulative credit hours attempted.
AS and certificate students are eligible until they have attempted 150% of the number of cumulative credit hours needed to complete a program as published in the Palm Beach State catalog.
Be careful when changing program objectives. Switching to a different program may lead to exceeding the 150% rule when classes do not transfer to meet the requirements of your new objective.

If during the SAP review, it becomes clear that a student cannot mathematically complete his/her program within the maximum time frame (credit hours), he/she will become ineligible for financial aid assistance.

The SAP Calculation

  • We will count all credits that appear on a student’s transcript as cumulative hours attempted and/or completed.
  • Attempted hours are all credit hours in which the student enrolls, including, remedial courses, repeat courses, courses with grades of “F”, “W”, “I” or “IP’, and all the transfer hours (including from program change) to be used toward a degree at PBSC.
  • We include all transfer credits, CLEP hours, repeated courses, dual enrollment credits and certain ESOL courses if designated as credit courses by the transferring institution.
  • We will count “Incomplete” grades (I) as failing grades (F) until the Registrar’s Office posts the final grades on your transcript.
  • We will calculate the standards once a year at the end of Spring term for students leading up to an AA, AS or BS program. If you fail to make satisfactory academic progress by the end of the Spring semester you will not be financial aid eligible for the subsequent semester and placed on financial aid suspension.   
  • Financial aid is cancelled when you do not meet the GPA standard, the 67% completion rate and/or the 150% rule.

Remedial Course work:

A student can only receive financial aid assistance for up to 30 credit hours of developmental courses which is not counted towards the 150% maximum timeframe. 

Students whose eligibility has been terminated (because of failure to meet the standards of satisfactory progress) may, in certain cases, appeal their suspension of eligibility. Circumstances that may be considered for this special review (appeal) include:

  • Illness of student and/or immediate family member (mother, father, sister, brother, spouse), death of immediate family member, domestic violence, unexpected accident, relocation due to military duty or other mitigating circumstances.
  • If there are extenuating circumstances that caused you to fail SAP, you may file an appeal.

Procedure for Review
In order to appeal the decision on this basis; the following procedures must be used:

  1. Complete an appeal form.
  2. Type your appeal letter, or print legibly. Make sure to include a detailed explanation of the circumstances that occurred during the semester which academic progress was not achieved.
  3. Provide documentation from a third party for example a letter on an official letterhead from a mental or medical health professional, legal documentation, death certificate etc., to support your appeal.
  4. Be sure that the circumstances you reference apply to the semester(s) for which you are claiming mitigating circumstances.
  5. Once your appeal has been reviewed you will be notified of the result by email to your Panther Email Account.

Not considered extenuating circumstances but personal choices:

  • Voluntary Work Schedule Issues (increased hours affecting attendance in class or performance)
  • Voluntary pause, lapse, or termination of employment
  • Incarceration due to guilty verdict
  • Being “Young, Irresponsible, New to College Experience”

If the appeal is approved you will be placed on Probation, and will be eligible to receive financial aid the subsequent semester.  Students on probation will have their academic progress review again at the end of the payment term to ensure student is meeting the SAP standards as indicated below:

  • You must complete all coursework attempted and maintain a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.
  • You must NOT withdraw, audit or fail any courses.
  • Financial aid will only apply toward courses REQUIRED for your approved degree or certificate program.
  • You must develop an educational plan with your academic advisor and not change your program objective or take courses not outlined in your approved plan.

Other important information for appeals:

► While on probation status you may be allowed to register for classes for the following semester; however  once grades are posted for the current semester, and you are found not to be making academic progress your future financial aid will be cancelled.  If you wish to receive financial aid. Your appeal will not be reviewed until all grades are posted from the previous term.

► Appeals are not retroactive. An appeal must be submitted prior to the end of the term for which it is intended.

A student who is placed on financial aid suspension or termination will not be eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid including Federal Direct Loans and some state funding. Students who are suspended must pay for their own classes until they have earned the minimum required GPA and/or completion rate. Students will not be reimbursed for courses taken while on suspension.

Belle Glade - Map & Driving Directions
Hours: Mon. - Thur. 8:00am to 7:00pm | Fri. 8:00pm to 12:00pm*
Phone: (561) 993-1133 
Fax:  (561) 993-1129 
Email: Belle Glade

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Phone: (561) 862-4330 
Fax: (561) 862-4320 
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Phone: (561) 868-3330 
Fax:  (561) 868-3987 
Email: Lake Worth

4200 Congress Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33461, MS #13


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Phone: (561) 207-5330 
Fax: (561) 207-5333 
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* Closed on Friday during Summer term


Veterans Contacts

Belle Glade
Ruth Ann Guerra
1977 College Drive, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Boca Raton
Kamau Ellison
801 Palm Beach State College Drive, Boca Raton, FL 33431

Lake Worth
Moises Pena
4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33461

Palm Beach Gardens
Angel Camilo
3160 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Coordinator of Veteran Affairs
Matthew Watkins


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