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Federal Aid

Federal Pell Grants

  • Maximum award amount is $5,920/year based on "0" EFC for 2017-2018 aid year
  • Must be in a degree or certificate program that is approved for financial aid. Check list.
  • EFC and enrollment status determine award amounts*. Visit the Pell Calculator page
  • You may not receive Pell Grant funds from more than one school during the same term
  • Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree

 

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

  • Limited funds available 
  • Minimum award amount is $350 per semester
  • Maximum award amount is $700/year
  • Must be in a degree or certificate program that is approved for financial aid
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours for each term.
  • Exceptional financial need as determined by your EFC and total family income
  • Must be eligible and receiving a full Pell Grant (EFC=ZERO)
  • SEOG Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree

 

Federal Subsidized Direct Loan

  • Maximum loan for a first year student is $3,500/year (0-23 credit hours earned).
  • Maximum loan for a second year student is $4,500/year (24+ credit hours earned).
  • Maximum loan for a bachelor student is $5,500/year.
  • Financial need as determined by EFC.
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours.
  • Must be in a degree or certificate program that is approved for financial aid.
  • Aggregate undergraduate maximum is $23,000.
  • Repayment begins 6 months after student drops below half-time enrollment (less than 6 credits).
  • Interest rate is 4.45%.

           More Loan Information

 

Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

  • Undergraduate dependent students only
  • Must be in a degree or certificate program that is approved for financial aid
  • Not based on financial need
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours
  • Parent of dependent student is the borrower
  • Borrower must have an approved credit check(as indicated on the PLUS Loan Request Form)
  • Limit = Cost of attendance per child minus (-) other financial aid awarded
  • Repayment begins on date of disbursement
  • Interest rate is 6.31%.

 


Programs Approved for State and Federal Aid

Review list of eligible programs


 

Bookstore Credit

If you qualify for a bookstore credit, it will be available about a week before the first day of classes for the 16-week Fall and Spring terms, through the last day of the add/drop period. It is also available during the add/drop period in May for the Summer Terms. May is the only period you will be able to use your allowance for all of the Summer terms. Financial Aid awards cannot be used to purchase books on credit before or after these periods.

Students can check available bookstore balances on their PantherWeb - Select "Information" from the yellow menu at the top of the page and utilize the "PantherCard Online Card Office." Instructions - Bookstore Balances. Your PantherCard is required to be presented to the bookstore cashier.

Please purchase books not currently in stock or those that you'll need at a later session. You can request a voucher from the bookstore, which will enable you to pre-pay for an item that is on back order. You may use your bookstore credit to purchase books, supplies, and education related materials.

Bookstore credits are based on the expected excess of financial aid and your level of enrollment.
The maximum bookstore credits are:

** New Amounts for 2017-2018 **

$900 for full-time (12 credit hours or more)
$700 for three-quarter time (9, 10 or 11 credit hours)
$500 for half-time (6, 7 or 8 credit hours)
$250 for less than half-time

After add/drop, your Financial Aid awards will be prorated based on actual enrollment. This may result in a decrease of your bookstore credit, which you are obligated to pay. We advise you to retain all receipts for items purchased using your bookstore credit. Your signature on the receipt authorizes the college to pay Follett Bookstore on your behalf using your available financial aid funds.

If you have any questions regarding how your enrollment may affect your aid, contact your campus Financial Aid Office prior to purchasing books and supplies using your bookstore credit.



Aid for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities are eligible to apply for any and all forms of financial assistance that are available through the College. Also, the Palm Beach State College Office of Disability Services (DSS) provides a limited number of scholarships to students taking advantage of their services. Please see the DSS contact on your campus for further information and application instructions.

High school seniors may pursue scholarships through the local foundations listed below:

• George Snow Foundation in Boca Raton  

 Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties

Students with documented disabilities may enroll in a less than full-time course load as an academic adjustment to accommodate their disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the regulations accompanying Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students are encouraged to discuss full-time course load requirements with an academic advisor or student services counselor for their respective program. Additionally, the nature of the disability must warrant the adjustment. A financial aid counselor can determine how a reduced course load will affect their aid.

Students should be aware that federal law requires the Federal Pell Grant funds be prorated based on the number of credits taken, and that the student financial aid budget will also be reduced accordingly. In addition, to participate in the federal Direct Loan Program, or to have a previous loan deferred, the student must take at least six credits. Finally, as always, eligibility for financial aid depends upon satisfactory academic progress.

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