The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.

Students should complete their FAFSA as early as October 1st of their Senior year. Students should also complete the Florida Financial Aid application aka the Bright Futures Scholarship application.

Please view the videos provided for an overview of the federal financial aid process, types of awards, and a walk through of the actual application.

Financial Aid Presentation (by PHSC)

Spanish speakers attending PHSC may speak to Ms. Maria Morales at PHSC for financial advising in Spanish.Her contact info is,  email: moralem@phsc.edu and phone: 727-816-3319.

Find out who counts as your parent when you file your FAFSA form.

Accepted into college for the summer term? If you are a graduating senior who has been accepted to a university for summer admission, please be advised that you will need to complete a FAFSA application for both the current school year and the last year. For example: If a senior in the graduating class of 2020 is set to start college at say USF in the summer term. This senior would need to complete a FAFSA for both the 2019 and 2018 tax years.

Click here to begin your FAFSA.

NOTE: There are many fake FAFSA websites. Please use the link above to be sure you are on the correct website.

NEVER EVER pay to complete your FAFSA if it asks for money it is the wrong website.

Many of you should already be receiving “Financial Aid Award Letters” from each of the colleges that you have been accepted to. Please carefully read the information below to help you understand and then evaluate your financial aid award letter. The purpose of doing this is to determine if “this” college is affordable for you as part of helping you make your final decision.

I have attached the Unmet-Need Calculator that is used for the CAP Grant. Please use this as a guide to help you determine your unmet need. If you do not yet have an award letter from your college, you can use one of the award letters below.