State Grants & Scholarships
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 Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)
- Limited funds available
- Annual award amount is $1,000/year, fall and spring, based on half-time enrollment, $2,000 based on full-time enrollment
- Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours (12 credits to receive the maximum award amount) by the end of add/drop of each 16 week Fall and Spring term***
- Must be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Minimum 2.0 cumulative G.P.A.
- Must be in A.A., A.S., or Bachelor program
- Financial need as determined by your EFC
- Must be eligible for a Pell Grant
- FSAG Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree
- Returning students must meet renewal criteria as listed on the state website. Please go to: Florida Student Financial Aid or call 1-888-827-2004 for more information.
*** Students with documented disabilities for whom part-time enrollment is a necessary accommodation as determined by The Center for Student Accessibility are also eligible. However, the actual amount of the award will be prorated based on term enrollment.
Florida Student Assistant Grant Continuing Education (FSAG- CE)
A need-based grant program available to Florida residents enrolled in certificate programs of 450 or more clock hours at participating Florida colleges (public community colleges) or career centers operated by district school boards.
First Generation Matching Grant (First Gen)
A need-based grant program available to degree-seeking, resident, undergraduate students who demonstrate substantial financial need, and are enrolled in eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Eligible students have a parent(s) who has not earned a baccalaureate or higher degree.
Bright Futures Scholarship
A merit-based scholarship program comprised of three levels of awards:
- Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) $63 per credit hour for AA/AS degrees; $71 per credit hour for Bachelor's degree
- Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) $63 per credit hour for AS/AS/non-Assoc. degrees; $53 per credit hour for Bachelor's degree
- Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV) $48 per credit hour for AS/AS/Certificate programs; $39 per credit hour for Vocational programs (CCP/ATD). NOTE: Can only be used to fund a career education or certificate program. As of July 2012, the Gold Seal Vocational Scholarship will not be offered for the Associate of Arts or Bachelor's degrees.
Bright Futures award amounts are based on 16 credit hours of enrollment. Adjustments will be made accordingly after the add/drop period. It is the student's responsibility to pay the balance by the payment deadline.
Students can check eligibility status and update institution codes on the FL Student Scholarship & Grant Programs website.
Palm Beach State College's code is 502, and it must be listed on the student's Financial Aid Recipient History.
Bright Futures Requirements:
- Complete FL Financial Aid Application (FFAA) no later than August 31 prior to intended high school graduation date, no exceptions.
- Be enrolled for at least 6 non-remedial semester credit hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours- 180 clock hours) per term
- Must be degree or certificate seeking, must be enrolled and admitted in a degree or certificate program, and taking classes towards their program objective.
- Students are no longer required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before awarding or disbursing the Bright Futures Scholarship.
- Renewal eligibility 2.75 GPA for Medallion and for Gold Seal scholars plus earning all credits paid for.
- Renewal eligibility 3.0 GPA for Academic plus earning all credits paid for.
- Florida Academic Scholars with a 2.75 to 2.99 GPA will renew as a Florida Medallion Scholars.
Bright Futures Renewal Criteria:
The criteria outlined below must be met each academic year.
- Florida Academic Scholars with a 2.75 to 2.99 GPA will renew as Florida Medallion Scholars.
- Florida Academic Scholars will be renewed by earning all credits paid for, and a 3.0 GPA.
- Florida Medallion Scholars will be renewed by earning all credits paid for, and a 2.75 GPA.
- Gold Seal Vocational Scholars will be renewed by earning all credits paid for, and a 2.75 GPA.
Failure to meet the renewal criteria will result in the loss of your Florida Bright Futures Scholarship. Once grades have been reported to the state by Palm Beach State College at the end of each spring term, the Office of Student Financial Assistance, OSFA, sends out e-mail notifications regarding students' status for the following year. In some cases, the student may be eligible to submit a Bright Futures Scholarship Appeal to the Financial Aid office at Palm Beach State College:
- Due to a verifiable illness
- Due to a documented emergency beyond the student's control
The deadline to report appeals is 30 days after the date of ineligibility determination, or at a date established by the institution, whichever is later. To be considered for renewal for the next academic year, fall and spring terms, the appeal must be submitted by July 1st (after the date of ineligibility determination).
A student must reimburse the post-secondary institution for the cost of course(s) dropped or withdrawn after the initial drop/add period. The student will be ineligible to renew his/her Bright Futures award for any subsequent academic year until repayment, or a satisfactory arrangement to reimburse the institution is made. Non-refunded hours will affect the student’s renewal eligibility.
Rosewood Family Scholarship (RFS)
- Award = cost of tuition for Fall & Spring, not to exceed 15 semester hours or 450 clock hours per term
- Student must be enrolled in 12 credit hours per semester (Fall & Spring only)
- Renewal requirements – minimum 2.0 GPA & must earn all attempted credits
- Submit a fully completed, error-free Florida Financial Aid Application (available October 1 each year) by April 1. Applicants will be ranked by their application submission date, if necessary.
- Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online in time to be processed, error-free by the U.S. Department of Education on or before May 15.
- The FAFSA is required for ROSEWOOD. It has to be completed, along with any required documents, before the student is awarded.
- Awards are not available for the summer
Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans (CDDV)
- Enrolled at least half time/6 credits or more per semester
- Award equal to the cost of tuition and fees
- Enrolled in at least half time/6 credits or more per semester (Fall & Spring only)
- Renewal requirements – minimum 2.0 GPA & earn all attempted credits
- Students will submit a completed Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) by April 1 (available October 1).
- Awards are not available for the summer term.
- The FAFSA is not required for CDDV.
José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant
- Award = cost of tuition for Fall & Spring, not to exceed 15 semester hours or 450 clock hours per term
- Students must be enrolled in 12 hours
- Renewal requirements – minimum 3.0 GPA & must earn all attempted credits
- Submit a fully completed error-free Florida Financial Aid Application (available October 1 each year) by April 1. Applicants will be ranked by their application submission date, if necessary.
- Demonstrate a minimum of $2,000 in financial need by completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in time to be processed error-free by the U.S. Department of Education on or before May 15.
- The annual award amount for the 2016-17 academic year is $2,000.
Programs Approved for State and Federal Aid
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 are based on the expected excess of financial aid and your level
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 Center for Student Accessibility (CSA) at PBSC provides a limited number of scholarships to students taking advantage of their services. Please see the CSA contact on your campus for further information and application instructions.
High school seniors may pursue scholarships through the local foundations listed below:
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.