* See enrollment status chart under Eligibility Requirements
** Limited funds available
*** Students with documented disabilities for whom part-time enrollment is a necessary accommodation as determined by Disability Support Services are also eligible. However, the actual amount of the award will be prorated based on term enrollment.
Non Need-based Aid
Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
Undergraduate dependent students only
Must be in a degree or certificate program that is approved for financial aid
Not based on financial need
Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours
Parent of dependent student is the borrower
Borrower must have an approved credit check(as indicated on the PLUS Loan Request Form)
Limit = Cost of attendance per child minus (-) other financial aid awarded
Repayment begins on date of disbursement
Interest rate is 6.31%.
Florida Financial Aid Programs
PBSC General Eligibility Requirements for all State Grants & Scholarships
Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, as determined by the student's postsecondary institution.
Complete the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) no later than August 31 after high school graduation.
Earn a standard Florida high school diploma or its equivalent from a Florida public high school or a registered Florida Department of Education private high school.
Not have been found guilty of, or pled nolo contendere to, a felony charge, unless the student has been granted clemency by the Governor and Cabinet sitting as the Executive Office of Clemency.
If not funded in the academic year immediately following high school graduation, apply within two years of high school graduation to have your award reinstated.
Be accepted by and enroll in degree or certificate program at eligible Florida public or independent postsecondary institution.
Be enrolled for at least 6 non-remedial semester credit hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours- 180 clock hours) per term. Except for Rosewood Family Scholarship and José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grants must be enrolled in 12 credit hours per semester (Fall & Spring only).
Must be degree or certificate seeking, must be enrolled and admitted in a degree or certificate program, and taking classes towards their program objective.
Required to turn in any transcripts, high school and college, if applicable.
If you qualify for a bookstore credit, it will be available about a week before the first day of classes for the 16-week Fall and Spring terms, through the last day of the add/drop period. It is also available during the add/drop period in May for the Summer Terms. May is the only period you will be able to use your allowance for all of the Summer terms. Financial Aid awards cannot be used to purchase books on credit before or after these periods.
Students can check available bookstore balances on their PantherWeb - Select "Information" from the yellow menu at the top of the page and utilize the "PantherCard Online Card Office." Instructions - Bookstore Balances.
Your PantherCard is required to be presented to the bookstore cashier.
Please purchase books not currently in stock or those that you'll need at a later session. You can request a voucher from the bookstore, which will enable you to pre-pay for an item that is on back order. You may use your bookstore credit to purchase books, supplies, and education related materials.
Bookstore credits are are based on the expected excess of financial aid and your level of enrollment. The maximum bookstore credits are:
** New Amounts for 2016-2017 **
$900 for full-time (12 credit hours or more)
$700 for three-quarter time (9, 10 or 11 credit hours)
$500 for half-time (6, 7 or 8 credit hours)
$250 for less than half-time
After add/drop, your Financial Aid awards will be prorated based on actual enrollment. This may result in a decrease of your bookstore credit, which you are obligated to pay. We advise you to retain all receipts for items purchased using your bookstore credit. Your signature on the receipt authorizes the college to pay Follett Bookstore on your behalf using your available financial aid funds.
If you have any questions regarding how your enrollment may affect your aid, contact your campus Financial Aid Office prior to purchasing books and supplies using your bookstore credit.
Aid for Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities are eligible to apply for any and all forms of financial assistance that are available through the College. Also, the Palm Beach State College Office of Disability Services (DSS) provides a limited number of scholarships to students taking advantage of their services. Please see the DSS contact on your campus for further information and application instructions.
High school seniors may pursue scholarships through the local foundations listed below:
• George Snow Foundation in Boca Raton • Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties
Students with documented disabilities may enroll in a less than full-time course load as an academic adjustment to accommodate their disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the regulations accompanying Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students are encouraged to discuss full-time course load requirements with an academic advisor or student services counselor for their respective program. Additionally, the nature of the disability must warrant the adjustment. A financial aid counselor can determine how a reduced course load will affect their aid.
Students should be aware that federal law requires the Federal Pell Grant funds be prorated based on the number of credits taken, and that the student financial aid budget will also be reduced accordingly. In addition, to participate in the federal Direct Loan Program, or to have a previous loan deferred, the student must take at least six credits. Finally, as always, eligibility for financial aid depends upon satisfactory academic progress.