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:  

Broward College FREE HELP with FAFSA, OPEN Labs:

  • Central Campus: February 8, 2018 & March 22, 2018.
  • South Campus: February 22, 2018 & April 5, 2018.
  • North Campus: March 1, 2018 & April 19, 2018.
  • March 1st at BC North
  • March 22nd at BC Central
  • April 5th at BC South
  • April 19th at BC North
  • Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

    Locations: South Campus Building 72 Room 192
    Central Campus Building 19 Room 121
    North Campus Building 46 Room 245 Testing Center Lab

High Schools with Open Labs:

  • February 3rd 9am-12pm Blanche Ely High School
  • February 9th 6pm-9pm Western High School
  • February 10th 9am-12pm McArthur High School
  • February 14th 6pm-9pm Monarch High School
  • February 15th 6:00 p.m. Hallandale High School
  • February 20th 6pm-9pm City Hall, City of Lauderhill
  • February 21 from 6-8p. Taravella
  • February 22nd 6pm-9pm Northeast High School
  • February 27th 6pm-9pm Lauderdale Manors Elementary
  • February 28th, 6pm-9 pm Stranahan Highschool
  • March 3rd 9am-12pm Deerfield Beach High School
  • March 5th 6pm-9pm Lauderdale Manors Elementary
  • March 15th 6pm-9pm Fort Lauderdale High School

"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.

What is FAFSA?

The FAFSA, officially known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the form that families fill out to apply for federal grants, loans, and work-study funds for college students. Representatives from Broward Schools will be available to help students and parents complete the FAFSA.

What to Bring...

1. Student & parent(s) social security numbers
2. Parent(s) drivers’ license number
3. Student and parent(s) 2016 tax records
4. Student and parent(s) records of assets. This includes savings and checking account balances, as well as the value of investments such as stocks and bonds and real estate (except the home in which your family lives)
5. List of schools you are interested in attending

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