Need money for college?
The FAFSA is FREE to complete.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is where students get the majority of their grants, loans and work study funding to go to most colleges, universities, and technical schools.
In 2016-2017, BCPS seniors received over $16,000,000 in Pell Grants (free money!) by completing the FAFSA. Still, over 45% of seniors didn't submit their FAFSA and left at least another $5.5M in grants on the table.
Many sources of funding are on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply as soon as possible.
Everybody is strongly encouraged to submit a FAFSA, regardless of their income. You may pick and choose which types and the amount of financial aid you receive. So, it doesn't hurt to ask for a financial aid package!
"Where to Get Help"
School Counselors and BRACE Advisors are available to assist families with the application process, as well as families who do not have a valid social security number and may require alternative forms of financial aid.
In partnership with Broward College, anybody may visit the Financial Aid Office at all of their campuses to receive one-on-one assistance with the FAFSA...even if you don't plan to go to BC! Click here to find the times and locations at each campus for FAFSA assistance: http://www.broward.edu/financialaid/Pages/Contact-Us.aspx
Broward College FREE HELP with FAFSA, OPEN Labs:
- February 8th at BC Central
- February 22nd at BC South
- March 1st at BC North
- March 22nd at BC Central
- April 5th at BC South
- April 19th at BC North
High Schools with Open Labs:
- Cooper City (no hands-on, presentation only) 2/17 at 6pm
- Western HS 12/12 from 6-8pm
- Deerfield Beach HS 2/1 from 8am-4pm
"How Do I Get Scholarships?"
The FAFSA is not a scholarship application and will only offer grants, loans, and work study options. For scholarships, please visit Naviance - Family Connection
to find millions of local and national scholarships.
Also, all students should complete the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA)
, which is the application for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarships. In addition to Bright Futures, there are several other scholarships through this same application.