If you’re a parent of a student, you may have questions regarding financial aid and how to best finance a college education. For many families, parents and students use a combination of family resources and financial aid to cover education costs.  SPC encourages students to become self-sufficient and become knowledgeable of the financial aid forms, deadlines, web sites and self-service screens and encourages students to work through situations on their own first, then consulting parental advice if needed.

Release of Confidential Information from Student Record

Students must complete the Release of Confidential Information from Student Record to authorize the release of their St. Petersburg College record to an individual or agency not covered under federal privacy laws.

Borrowing for college expenses

SPC encourages you to review all information about loans before deciding to borrow and to borrow only what you need. If you choose to borrow, the best financial option for a dependent student and their family is for the student to borrow a Federal Direct Stafford Loan. There is also an option for parents to borrow money for the education of dependent undergraduate students through the PLUS (Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students) program.

Tax credits, deductions and benefits

There are tax incentives that can help lower the cost of higher education:  tax credits, deductions and benefits. Learn the difference and how they can help you.

High school options for students

High school students can take college classes for free or even earn their associates degree for free!  See these high school options at SPC.


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Parent Information - Overview

Parent Information – Understanding Financial Aid