2016-2017 Catalog

Student Financial Aid

The primary purpose of financial aid is to provide assistance to students who have a demonstrated financial need as determined by an approved need-analysis system, or who show academic or special talent. Awards may come from any combination of grants, scholarships, loans or part-time employment. The financial aid awarded to a student may be from federal, state, institutional or local funds. Students interested in applying for financial assistance should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Priority Dates. To be given full consideration for all aid programs, FAFSAs should be completed online by January 1 and supporting documentation submitted prior to July 1 for the academic year that begins in the fall semester. If the student financial aid file is not complete by July 1, the student will be considered to be in a late applicant pool and should be prepared to pay all tuition and fees until an aid determination is made.

Student consumer information and other institutional aid applications are available in the Office of Financial Aid and the Enrollment Services Center at any of our campuses or centers. Questions concerning financial aid and scholarships should be addressed to the Office of Financial Aid.

A staff member who speaks Spanish is available to provide information and answer questions about financial aid at the College of Central Florida. Please call 352-873-5800 or email espanol@cf.edu.

Un miembro del equipo de trabajo que habla español está disponible para brindar información y respuestas a las preguntas sobre ayuda financiera en el College of Central Florida. Por favor llame al 352-873-5800 o envíe un email a espanol@cf.edu.

General Eligibility Requirements

All financial aid is dependent upon the availability of federal, state, local and institutional resources. To be eligible for financial aid, a student must:

  1. Be accepted as a degree-seeking student in an A.A., A.S, B.A.S. or B.S. degree program, or
  2. Be accepted as a certificate-seeking student in an eligible College Credit Certificate or Postsecondary Adult Vocational certificate program.
  3. Make satisfactory academic progress for financial aid purposes.
  4. Be a U.S. citizen, national or eligible non-citizen.
  5. Enroll at least half-time (six credit hours) for most aid programs.
  6. Not be in default on a prior student loan.
  7. Not owe a repayment or overpayment of a federal grant.
  8. Be registered for Selective Service, if required.
  9. Have a standard high school diploma or GED. If enrolling in higher education for the first time on or after July 1, 2012, in order to be eligible for federal student aid, the student must have either a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent (such as a General Educational Development certificate, GED, or have been home schooled).
  10. As a college transfer student, upon admission to the college provide an official transcript from each previously attended institution. These are submitted to and evaluated by CF.
  11. Not have been convicted for sale or possession of illegal drugs while receiving Title IV aid.