2016-2017 Catalog

Grants

Grants may be awarded if a student is determined to have financial need based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The grants listed below are administered by the CF Office of Financial Aid based on the guidelines set for each program by the provider.

Federal Pell Grant

This is a need-based federal grant program for students who are seeking an undergraduate degree and whose Expected Family Contribution is below the amount designated by the United States Department of Education. The annual Federal Pell Grant award amount is determined by the student's EFC and enrollment status.

Initial awards are estimated based on full-time status (12 credit hours of fundable coursework) and on the evaluation of information submitted on the FAFSA. Estimates will change if any criteria used to determine the student's eligibility, such as program of study or area of interest, degree status, satisfactory academic progress, income or family information changes. Actual payment will be determined based on enrollment at the census date (please see the definition of census date for clarification) listed in the college calendar.

The amount paid to the student from the Federal Pell Grant listed in the student's award notification will be prorated if the student enrolls for less than 12 credit hours in a given semester. The student must begin attending all of his or her classes before disbursements of any funds are made. If the student's attendance is not confirmed for one or more classes, aid will be adjusted to the enrollment level of the fundable credit hours that have been confirmed.

Federal Pell Grant awards may be used for the equivalent of two full-time semesters each academic year. Students who attended part-time in fall and/or spring semester(s) may use their remaining eligibility in the summer semester.

Federal Pell Grant Program — Duration of Eligibility

Students may receive a Federal Pell Grant for up to 600 percent of their lifetime eligibility. Attending full-time for two semesters utilizes 100 percent of this eligibility. If a student has met or exceeded the 600 percent maximum, the student will lose eligibility for additional Federal Pell Grants. Equivalences are calculated by adding together the percentage of a student's Pell eligibility that is received each year to determine whether the total amount meets or exceeds 600 percent. Students may view their Federal Pell Grant usage at www.nslds.ed.gov.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

The FSEOG is a need-based federal grant awarded to students seeking an undergraduate degree in an eligible program who have exceptional financial need, enroll in at least six credit hours and are eligible for Federal Pell grants. Priority is given to students with an Expected Family Contribution of zero. Limited funding is available in this program, and funding is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Initial awards are estimated based on the results of the FAFSA. Estimates may change if any criteria used to determine eligibility, such as program of study or area of interest, fundable coursework, degree status, satisfactory academic progress, income or family contribution changes. Actual payment will be determined based on enrollment at the census date (please see the definition of census date for clarification) listed in the college calendar.

The amount actually paid to the student from the FSEOG will be prorated if the student enrolls for three-quarter time or half time in a given semester. The student must begin attending all classes before disbursement of any funds are made. If attendance is not confirmed for one or more classes, aid will be adjusted to the enrollment level of the fundable credit hours that have been confirmed or nullified.

Federal Iraq Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG)

The Federal IASG Grant is non-need-based awarded to students who are not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant on the basis of their Expected Family Contribution, but meet all other Title IV aid eligibility requirements. It is awarded to undergraduate dependents of deceased veterans who died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001. At the time of the veteran's death, the student must have been enrolled at an institution of higher education or have been 23 years of age or younger. The student must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A student may not receive both a Federal Pell Grant and an IASG grant at the same time.

 

Florida Student Assistance Grant

FSAG is a need-based grant for students who meet Florida residency requirements and are enrolled at least half time. To qualify a student must have exceptional need, be seeking a first undergraduate degree, enroll in an associate or baccalaureate degree program and meet Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements. A student is eligible for the award for 110 percent of the number of credit hours required to complete the program in which enrolled. The award amount varies per year for a full-time student and is prorated based on enrollment status. Limited funding is available in this program, and funding is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Initial awards are estimated based on the results of the FAFSA. Estimates will change if any criteria used to determine eligibility, such as residency, program of study or area of interest, fundable coursework, degree status, satisfactory progress, income or family information changes. Actual payment will be determined based on enrollment at the census date (please see the definition of census date for clarification) listed in the college calendar.

FSAG is available for fall and spring semesters only.

For additional details and regulations, visit www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org.

FSAG-CE

The Florida Public Postsecondary Career Education Student Assistance Grant is a need-based grant for eligible Florida residents enrolled at least half-time in a credit certificate or vocational certificate program. A student is eligible for the award for 110 percent of the number of clock hours required to complete the program in which enrolled. Priority is given to early applicants. Award amounts vary depending on each student's need and enrollment level. This program has very limited funding. The grant will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about this grant, please visit www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org.

College of Central Florida and CF Foundation Scholarships and Talent Grants

Students who receive a CF need-based scholarship or talent grant must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid for the academic year in which the scholarship is awarded. Academic merit scholarship recipients are not required to file a FAFSA, but are encouraged to do so in order to receive multiple scholarship awards. Students are able to apply for foundation endowed scholarships by completing a scholarship application available online. The application will be kept on file and matched to specific endowed scholarships as they are made available. Reference materials with information about scholarship funds are available in the Enrollment Services Center at the Ocala and Citrus campuses, at the Levy Center, and on the CF website (refer to CF.edu/scholarships).

CF has a scholarship application priority deadline of May 1. Applications will be accepted after that date but awards may be reduced for applications received after the priority deadline.

Talent GrantsCF and the CF Foundation provide a number of talent grants each year for participation in campus activities. A student must enroll at least half time in order to receive a talent grant, but preference may be given to students enrolled full time. Talent grant recipients are recommended to the Office of Financial Aid by the appropriate department head or program advisor. Talent grants are provided in athletics, drama, music, dance, theatre, publications, activity board, Brain Bowl, forensics and more. Learn more at CF.edu/studentlife.

CF Academic Merit ScholarshipCF has established scholarships that will be awarded to seniors in high school in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties. Attempts will be made to award students from every high school (if funding permits). Recommendations for these scholarships should be made by the high school principals or their designees to the director of Admissions and Records by the announced spring deadline date. Each scholarship is awarded over a four-semester fall/spring period commencing after high school graduation. The student must enroll full time in order to receive the scholarship. Initial recipients must have a 3.3 GPA to qualify. To be eligible for renewal, a student must maintain a cumulative CF grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Community of Scholars ScholarshipCF has established scholarships for eligible students in the Honors Institute Community of Scholars program. Eligible students must be Florida residents and must meet the requirements to participate in the Community of Scholars program. Recommendations for awards are made by the Community of Scholars program advisor to the Office of Financial Aid. See Honors Programs for additional information about the Community of Scholars Program.

Other Scholarships may be available depending on funding. Students who complete the CF Scholarship application will be considered for all available scholarships.

Institutional Need Grant

The CF Institutional Need Grant is a need-based grant for students who meet Florida residency requirements and are enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program. To qualify, students must have financial need as demonstrated by completing the FAFSA. The award amount must be used only for tuition, fees and books. Priority is given to students who apply early. Funding is limited for this program.

Postsecondary Adult Vocational Grant

The PSAV Grant is a need-based grant for students who meet Florida residency requirements and are enrolled in an eligible PSAV certificate program. To qualify the student must have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The award amount is applied only to tuition and fees. Priority is given to students who apply early. Limited funding is available in this program, and funding is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program

This is a state scholarship awarded to Florida high school graduates who demonstrate high academic achievement. Awards are issued by the state of Florida directly to the eligible institution.

Applications and eligibility criteria are available at high school guidance counselor offices or from the Florida Department of Education website at www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org.

In order to receive funding for a Florida Bright Futures Award, a student must:

  • be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen,
  • be enrolled as a degree/certificate seeking student,
  • enroll in a minimum of six semester (nine quarters or the equivalent in clock) hours per semester by the end of the school's drop/add period,
  • not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant, loan or scholarship program.

Bright Futures awards are available for fall and spring semesters only. There will be no funding under any of these programs for summer coursework.

CF receives electronic award information about eligible CF student scholars from the Florida Department of Education and includes the award in their aid package. Actual payment depends upon the program regulations and the amount of tuition and fees assessed for the semester. After the end of the drop/add period, funds are either applied to the student's account at the institution or returned to the student via the CF One card.

Please note: Bright Futures does not cover remedial classes (prep coursework) and these credit hours are not included in the minimum requirement of hours per semester . A student who is initially eligible prior to the 2010-2011 academic year and is enrolled in a program that terminates in an associate degree or a baccalaureate degree may receive an award for a maximum of 110 percent of the number of credit or clock hours required to complete the program. A student who is initially eligible in the 2010-2011 academic year and after may receive an award for a maximum of 100 percent of the number of credit or clock hours required to complete the program. 

Each award level has different academic criteria for eligibility. You may receive only one award:

Academic Top Scholars Award: The high school senior with the highest academic ranking in each county shall receive a pre-determined scholarship amount per credit hour per semester, in addition to the Florida Academic Scholars Award, prorated by semester and hours.

Florida Academic Scholars Award: Pays per credit hour (including vocational credit hours) of community college-level tuition. For renewal criteria, go to http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ssfad/PDF/BFHandbookChapter3.pdf.

Florida Medallion Scholarship: Pays per credit hour tuition of community college-level tuition to degree- seeking students and a specific amount per credit hour for vocational coursework. For renewal criteria, go to http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ssfad/PDF/BFHandbookChapter3.pdf.

Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award: Pays per credit hour of vocation program tuition. The Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award can no longer be upgraded to the Florida Medallion Scholarship. Florida Gold Seal students initially awarded for the 2012-2013 academic year forward may be funded for up to the maximum hours of their program of study in Career Educational Programs. These include Associate in Science degrees, Associate in Applied Science degrees, and College Credit Certificates, Career Certificates or Diplomas (also referred to as Postsecondary Adult Vocational/PSAV). For renewal criteria, go to http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ssfad/PDF/BFHandbookChapter3.pdf.

Dropped or Withdrawn Hours: Students will be required to repay the college the cost of any course/hours dropped or withdrawn unless an exception is recommended by the home postsecondary institution.

  • A Bright Futures student who drops or withdraws from course hours that were funded by a Bright Futures award after the last day of the add/drop period will be responsible for reimbursing the postsecondary institution for the cost of course(s) dropped or withdrawn.
  • A student may make a written appeal, however, for hours dropped or withdrawn (due to verifiable illness or emergency) after the last day of the add/drop period. CF will make an appeal recommendation for a repayment exception to the Florida Department of Education. A recommendation for an exception is based on received documentation of a verifiable illness or emergency beyond the student's control.
  • The Florida Department of Education may accept or deny the postsecondary institution's recommendation for repayment exception. Nonrefunded hours may affect the student's renewal eligibility.
  • For first year students, summer grades and hours earned after spring evaluation may be used if necessary to meet the scholarship renewal requirements of GPA improvement. A student must ask a financial aid specialist to submit a grade and hours update to the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) indicating any adjusted postsecondary institutional cumulative GPA.

Repayment calculations are based on the current Bright Futures award amount per credit hour. For information regarding current scholarship requirements and award amounts, go to http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/bf/bfmain.htm.

Other Scholarships Offered by the Florida Department of Education

The Florida Department of Education offers a number of scholarships for Florida residents. Learn more at www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org.

Outside Private Scholarships

Many clubs and organizations offer scholarships to college students. Students can obtain information about these awards from high school guidance counselor offices, libraries or from free Internet scholarship search services such as www.fastweb.com

If a student or the student's family belong to any social, civic, ethnic, religious, professional or service groups, the student should contact these groups regarding possible scholarships. They often have educational assistance programs that are not advertised. Also, employers sometimes have educational assistance plans for employees and/or their dependents.