The following State of Florida Grant and Scholarship Programs are available to students attending Palm Beach State College. These programs are administered by the Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance. Applications and information about Florida Grants and Scholarships can be obtained from the
Florida Department of Education
•Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
•Florida Student Assistance Grant
•Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
•Rosewood Family Scholarship
•Scholarships for Children of Deceased or Disabled Veterans
•Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant
General Eligibility Requirements for all Florida Financial Aid Programs
►Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen as determined by the postsecondary institution you are attending
►Register for at least six hours per semester
►Do not owe a repayment under any state or federal grant or scholarship program
►Not in default on any federal Title IV program
scholars must also file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program is a merit based scholarship program and is comprised of three levels of awards
Florida Academic Scholars (FAS)
Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS)
Florida Vocational Gold Seal Award (GSV)
Effective Fall 2012:
Florida Academic Scholars recipients in AA, AS, or AAS programs will receive $61 per credit or clock-hour equivalent. Recipients enrolled in bachelor degree programs will receive $69 per credit hour. Academic Scholars no longer receive funds for books/other expenses.
Florida Medallion Scholars in AA, AS or AAS programs will receive $61 per credit or clock-hour equivalent. Medallion Scholars enrolled in bachelor degree programs will receive $51 per credit hour. Recipients enrolled in other programs will receive $47 per credit or clock-hour equivalent.
Florida Gold Seal Vocational recipients (renewal and initial students) will receive $47 per credit for AS, AAS, CCC programs. Renewal students will receive $47 per credit hour for AA programs and $51 per credit hour for bachelor degree programs. Renewal and initial students will receive $38 per credit hour for PSAV and ATD programs. Initial GSV recipients enrolled in AA Programs will not receive any scholarship funding.
Students must complete a Florida Financial Aid Application during the last year in high school (after December 1 and prior to graduation).
Students must earn the required grade point average and hours based on the award received to renew their scholarship each year.
Course Withdrawals after the Add/Drop Period: Bright Futures recipients are REQUIRED TO REIMBURSE THE STATE for amount paid for course withdrawals. Palm Beach State College will send these refunds to the state, and the student will then owe Palm Beach State College.
RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS FOR FALL 2012:
In essence, Bright Futures recipients must complete all credits for which they were paid during the 2011-12 academic year.
Florida Student Assistance Grant
The Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG) is available to:
►degree-seeking students who demonstrate substantial financial need and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by May 1st, and
►have not previously received a bachelor’s degree
The FSAG award amount may vary between $200 and $1500 per academic year.
Robert C. Byrd Honors Program
The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program was established by the United States Congress to provide scholarships to outstanding high school graduates who show promise of continued academic achievement.
Students must complete a Florida Financial Aid Application by April 15th.
The U.S. Department of Education will establish the maximum annual award amount. The award may not exceed the cost of attendance at the institution when combined with other financial aid.
Rosewood Family Scholarship
The Rosewood Family Scholarship was created to provide student financial assistance for a maximum of twenty-five eligible minority students who attend a state university, public community college or public postsecondary vocational-technical school.
Direct descendants of Rosewood families affected by the incidents of January 1923 will receive priority for awards. It is expected that all available scholarships will be committed to descendants of Rosewood families. Applicants who are direct descendants of Rosewood families must supply the descendant information on the Florida Financial Aid Application for verification.
Funds for the Rosewood Family Scholarship are contingent each year upon the appropriations made available to the Office of Student Financial Assistance by the Florida Legislature.
Scholarships for Children of Deceased or Disabled Veterans
Scholarships are available for dependent children of Florida veterans or servicemen who died as a result of service-connected injuries, diseases, or disabilities sustained while on active duty; or have been verified by the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs as having service-connected 100% total and permanent disabilities.
Students must complete a Florida Financial Aid Application by April 1st. and ensure that the Florida Department of Veteran Affairs certifies the applicant’s eligibility.
The annual amount of the scholarship is the cost of tuition and fees for two semesters or the equivalent.
Jose Marti Challenge Grant
The José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund is a need-based merit scholarship that provides financial assistance to eligible students of Hispanic origin. Applicants for undergraduate study must apply during their senior year of high school.
Students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
on or before May 15th
The Florida Financial Aid Application must be completed during the student’s last year in high school
The award amount is $2,000 annually.