How Can I get Financial Aid or Scholarships for College?
- After December 1, 2016 to apply for Florida Financial Aid such as Bright Futures Scholarships, other scholarships and grants, go to the FL DOE Office of Student Financial Assistance (OFSA) website
- Select State Grants, Scholarships & Applications in the left navigation menu
- Select Apply Here in the top navigation menu
- Select Initial State Student application
- Read all the information in boxes 1-7 before you begin.
- Make sure you verify the spelling of your first and last name on your application. It is critical that your application information is the same as it appears on your high school transcripts and test scores. Go to FLShines.org for course information.
- Proceed to Application.
Florida Financial Aid applicants will access the OSFA website to monitor the status of his/her Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application. It is the student's responsibility to check the status of his/her application and award. It is also the student's responsibility to inform OSFA of any changes. Call toll-free at 1-800-433-3243 with questions.
- Before January 31, 2017 go to the IRSC Foundation Inc. website to apply for scholarships if you plan on attending, or might attend Indian River State College. (STARS Scholarship application)
- After January 1, 2017 go to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website and fill out an application. Your parents need to complete their taxes before you can complete the application. This determines if you are eligible to receive money from federal grant, loan, and work study programs.
- February 1, 2017 - March 15, 2017 go to the Local Scholarship Info page to find out what Local Scholarships are offered.
- Ongoing: Search for scholarships on the Florida Virtual Campus website
- Be organized!! Mark application deadlines on your calendar. The earlier you apply the better your chances are to obtain a scholarship!
- Take the time to write an excellent essay. Creativity, unique points of view, humor, how you overcome adversity all adds interest to an essay. Do not forget to proof read and get input from friends and family.
- If you need recommendation letters, choose wisely, select people who know you well and who want to see you succeed. Give the person plenty of time to complete your letter – at least two weeks. Provide them with a high school resume so they can incorporate your activities and/or community service into their letter.
- Volunteer hours are required for many scholarships including Bright Futures. Volunteer forms must be turned in to the students’ assigned counselor to be properly documented. Forms are located in the guidance office and on our website.