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Financial Aid: Paying for School


Not sure how to pay for college? Financial Assistance Services provides guidance on grants, scholarshipsstudent employment and loans to help pay college expenses.

Where Do I Start?

Where Do I Start? or Dónde Comienzo? is a quick reference, step-by-step checklist to begin the process.

The US Department of Education provides basic information on federal student aid to help you pay for college.  See the Do You Need Money for College?:  The Guide to Federal Student Aid publication in English or Spanish. You may also order this publication in Braille.

Watch this overview video to learn more about all aspects of financial aid. Watch a short video tutorial that highlights key features of our financial aid website.

Use this glossary to learn about commonly used financial aid terms.

  • Ask PeteAsk PETE!
    Do you have questions about financial aid? Why not ask PETE? Go to any financial aid webpage and type in a question.

  • America Reads and America CountsMake a difference in a child's life!
    America Reads and America Counts
    is a program that provides Federal Work Study assignments for eligible college students to tutor elementary and middle school children.
  • ImportantNew! New requirements for Verification process
    For your personal security and to meet new federal regulations, we can no longer accept student Verification documents by email. All documents must be submitted using our online E-Forms, in person or by mail or fax. If your FAFSA application is selected for Verification, make sure you understand what documents you need to submit. Most forms related to Verification are available in an electronic format. Not all applicants will be asked to submit the same documents.
  • Withdrawing from classes can cost youWithdrawing from classes can cost you
    If you plan to withdraw from a class or all of your classes, see the consequences of your decision.
  • My Future Icon smallIt's MY FUTURE!
    We are proud to host several campus events to promote financial literacy for SPC students. Learn more about these events and how you can earn chances to win a $500 scholarship!
  • Foundation Scholarship IconHave you applied for Foundation Scholarships?
    Apply and submit a letter of recommendation by Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. for Spring 2019.
  • IRS Data Retrieval ToolNew! IRS Data Retrieval Tool is now available to complete the 2018-19 FAFSA
    You can fill out your 2017-2018 FAFSA’s by manually inputting your tax information. Use 2015 tax information for 2017-18 and 2016 tax information for 2018-19. Read more.
  • My SAP Icon smallSAP Appeals
    To submit a SAP Appeal, complete the E-form. Additional supporting documentation can be submitted by E-Form.
  • FA-TV Announcement IconGet answers to basic financial aid questions - 24/7
    Check out Financial Aid TV. Eliminate the need to call or stand in line. Get easy-to-understand answers by watching short videos on important financial aid topics.
  • My Learning PlanYour goal is graduation
    Get there by using My Learning Plan to map out which classes you need to take for your degree and when you need to take them.
  • Bright Futures IconBright Futures Recipients
    In order to receive Bright Futures funds at SPC, you must list St. Petersburg College as the institution you plan to attend on your Bright Futures account. Learn more.
  • Bright Futures IconFinancial Aid impact from Hurricane Irma
    See information due to Hurricane Irma, including questions about withdrawing from classes, updates to fall term dates, and what to do if you are experiencing a change in income. Learn more.

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