How to Get More Money to Pay for College

Stetson University will begin offering presentations and workshops next week to help students tap into more than $120 billion in federal financial aid given out each year.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 23, Stetson’s Office of Student Financial Planning will host presentations and workshops to help students learn about FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and fill out applications for the 2018-19 academic year.

Part of the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid provides more than $120 billion in federal grants, loans and work-study funds each year to 13 million students. The application process for the 2018-19 academic year began on Oct. 1, 2017, and some grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

The upcoming events include:

  • Monday, Oct. 23: FAFSA Presentation to help better your understanding of the FAFSA and the Basics of Financial Aid, 11 a.m. – noon, first floor of the Rinker Welcome Center.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25: FAFSA Workshop in a computer lab to allow attendees to review and start their FAFSA for 2018-19, 4:30-5:30 p.m., LBC Room 317.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 8: FAFSA Presentation to help better your understanding of the FAFSA and the Basics of Financial Aid, 11 a.m. – noon, first floor of the Rinker Welcome Center.
  • Monday, Nov. 13: FAFSA Workshop in a computer lab to allow attendees to fill out and review their FAFSA for 2018-19, 4:30-5:30 p.m., LBC Room 322.

Maximum available funding by applying for the FAFSA includes:

  • Pell Grant — up to $5,920;
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant — up to $4,000;
  • Florida Assistance Grant — up to $2,610;
  • Unsubsidized loan — up to $7,500;
  • Parent loans — up to the cost of attendance.

Please note these are the maximum amounts available and are awarded based on need, availability and grade level.

If eligible, Florida residents can also receive the Bright Futures Scholarship, which provides up to $7,352 for Academic Scholars and $2,464 for the Medallion level. They also receive the Florida Resident Access Grant for $3,300 as long as at least one parent has been a resident for a minimum of one year.

Read the full article about the FAFSA events on Stetson Today.