AM I ELIGIBLE FOR FINANCIAL AID?

Your financial need determines your eligibility for financial aid. Generally, to qualify for federal, state, and/or institutional assistance, you must meet certain requirements.

Requirements you need to meet to qualify for financial aid at SPC

  • Have a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate
  • Have a valid Social Security Number
  • Demonstrate financial need based on the results of the FAFSA
  • Confirm eligibility if you have been convicted of possessing or selling illegal drugs by submitting the fillable PDF version of this form in your FAFSA
  • Be enrolled in and attending classes. Most financial aid programs require at least half-time enrollment (6+ credits per term, including summer). View enrollment status definitions.
  • Be a degree-seeking student in an A.A., A.S., bachelor's degree, financial aid eligible certificate program or financial aid eligible clock hour program. Some certificate programs of 16 credit hours or more qualify.
  • Register with Selective Service if required
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress in your course of study
  • Document any Unusual Enrollment History 
  • Not be in default on any state or federal grant or loan received at any institution
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or trust territories
  • Certify that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes

High school Diploma types needed to qualify for financial aid

Eligible Diplomas

Students who receive the following types of high school diplomas from approved schools are eligible for financial aid:

  • Standard Diploma (Passed FCAT)
  • Standard Diploma (GED Exit Option)
  • Adult Standard High School Diploma
  • Adult Standard High School Diploma (Alternate Assessment)
  • Standard Diploma (18-Credit College Prep)
  • Standard Diploma (18-Credit Career Prep)
  • Standard Diploma (18-Credit College Prep, Alternate Assessment)
  • Standard Diploma (18-Credit Career Prep, Alternate Assessment)
  • Standard Diploma (Accelerated Alternate Assessment)
  • Standard Diploma (FCAT Waiver)
  • Standard Diploma (GED Exit Option, Alternate Assessment)
  • State of Florida Diploma (GED only)
  • Adult State of Florida Diploma (GED)

Diplomas that are not eligible - GED is needed

Students who receive the following types of high school diplomas are not eligible for financial aid until they obtain a General Education Diploma (GED): 

  • Special Diploma (Option One)
  • Special Diploma (Option Two)
  • CPT-Eligible Certificate of Completion
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Special Certificate of Completion
  • Adult Certificate of Completion
  • Adult CPT-Eligible Certificate of Completion

What if I have a change in my income or would like to be considered for a Dependency Override? 
See more information on Professional Judgment.

What classes are used in the calculation of your financial aid awards? 
At the time of registration in MySPC, you will be informed if the coursework you are registering for satisfies a requirement for your current degree program.

Financial Assistance Services wants you to maximize your federal financial aid eligibility. To do so, make sure to register only for courses that are within your current degree program. For this purpose, students who are working towards an Associate's Degree in Arts (AA), regardless of the degree plan and including those in AA-Transfer Plans, are viewed as though they are in a General AA degree. This is also true for Program Based Academic Standing.

If you choose to register for classes that do not complete requirements of your current degree program, those courses will not be used in the calculation of your financial aid awards. If the financial aid package for your other courses is not enough to cover the full cost of your classes, you will be responsible for any unpaid tuition and fees.

If you have any courses for which you will be requesting an alternative satisfaction, you must request approval from the academic dean of those courses.

Financial aid does not pay for credit hours that are audited. Non-credit continuing education and non-credit Corporate Training classes are not eligible for financial aid funding.

Remedial credit hours 
Federal aid is available for up to 30 remedial credit hours. Once a student attempts 30 remedial credit hours, federal aid will be awarded for college-level credits only. The following required prerequisites - MAT 1033, MAT 1033L, and MAT 1100 - can be paid with financial aid as remedial courses when considering the 30 remedial credit hour limit; however, unlike the typical remedial courses, these courses will be counted when calculating Completion Ratio and Maximum Time Frame for Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Transfer and transient students 
See more financial aid information for transfer students and transient students.

Study Abroad 
Students enrolled in an approved Study Abroad program can be reviewed for financial aid eligibility.

Transcripts
You must submit all required transcripts and allow time for their evaluation before you are eligible to receive financial assistance. In order to be degree-seeking at SPC, you must have a high school diploma or GED.

SPC Programs eligible for financial aid

In order to qualify for financial aid, you need to be a degree-seeking student in one of our:

Certificates (CERTF)
The following certificate programs are eligible for financial aid for fall 2017.

Accounting Applications (ACTAP)
Addiction Studies (ADS)(39 credits) - replaces Addiction Studies (AD)(40 credits)
Building Construction Technology (BCNST)
Business Administration (BUSADM)
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA-CT)
Community Health Worker
Computer Programming Specialist (CPS)
Computer Related Crime Investigation (CRCI)
Crime Scene Technology (CST)
Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CAD)
Digital Photography (PGY-CT)
Drafting Technology (DRAFT)
Educator Preparation Institute (EPI)
Emergency Admin. and Mgmt. (EAM)
Engineering Technology Support (ENGTECH)
Food and Beverage Management (FBM) 
Health Data Management ATC (HDM-ATC)
Healthcare Informatics (HCINF)
Homeland Security (HLS)
Information Technology (ITSC)
Linux System Administrator (LINXSA)
Marketing Certificate (MKT)
Maternal & Child Health (MCHL)(21 credits) - replaces Maternal & Child Health (MCH)(24 credits)
Mechatronics (MECH)
Medical Coder (MEDCD)
MS Certified IT Professional Server Administrator (MCITPS)
Paralegal Studies (LEGAL)
Paramedic (PMED)
Project Management (PRJMGT)
Rooms Division Management (RDM)
Rooms Division Operations (RDO)
Supply Chain Management
Veterinary Practice Management (VETTC)
Web Development Specialist (WEBDS)
Youth Development Professional (YDPF)

Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) 
Funeral Arts (FUNAT) 

Clock Hour Programs
Basic Law Enforcement Officer (BLE-PSAV)
Fire Fighter/Emergency Medical Technician - Combined (FFEM-PSAV) 

SEE ALSO: SPC programs covered by Florida Bright Futures

Financial Aid Eligible Certificate Programs that are no longer accepting new students
The last term students in this program are eligible to receive financial aid follows the name of the program.

Addiction Studies (ADS)(40 credits) replaced by Addiction Studies (AD)(39 credits) - Fall 2016
Assoc Addiction Professional (AAP) - Spring 2015
C++ Certificate (CPLUS) - Fall 2015
C# Certificate (CSHARP) - Fall 2015
Computer Support (APLS) - Summer 2016
Computer/Web Programming Specialist (CWPS) - Summer 2018
Gangs Enforcement Management (GEM) - Summer 2018
Gang Investigations (GI) - Summer 2016
EPI Biology Science (IMPSCI) - Fall 2016
EPI Elementary Ed (IMPELED) - Fall 2016
EPI Exceptional Ed (IMPESED) - Fall 2016
EPI Math Education (IMPMATH) - Fall 2016
EPI Mid Grades Math (IMPMGM) - Fall 2016
EPI Mid Grade Science (IMPMGS) - Fall 2016
Fire Officer I (FOI) - due to changes in State requirements, students who enter this program in Fall 2014 or later are not eligible to receive financial aid
Fire Officer II (FSOII) - due to changes in State requirements, students who enter this program in Fall 2014 or later are not eligible to receive financial aid
Java Certificate (JAVA) - Fall 2015
Maternal & Child Health (MCH)(24 credits) replaced by Maternal & Child Health (MCHL)(21 credits) - Spring 2015
MSCT IT Prof Server Admin (MCITPSA) - Spring 2016
Open Source Certificate (OPNSRC) - Fall 2015
Veterinary Management (VMG) - Summer 2016
Visual Basic.NET (VBNET) - Fall 2015
Youth Development Prof (YDP) - Fall 2015