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Wtihdrawing from classes can cost youSt. Petersburg College’s Associate Vice President of Financial Assistance Services Michael Bennett offers the following advice to students who may be considering dropping or withdraw from a course.

Financial aid is awarded with the expectation that you will attend your classes for the entire term. Never attending, dropping or withdrawing can have both short-term and long-term consequences on your eligibility to receive the financial aid you have been awarded.

If you withdraw from a class, your tuition charges will remain the same; however, your financial aid may be reduced or eliminated. Also, you might find you are not eligible for financial aid in future terms because you have withdrawn from too many credit hours in past terms.

If you plan to withdraw from all of your classes, consider the consequences first.

  • If you withdraw on or before the “Withdraw deadline”
    Academic consequence: grade of “W”
    – Financial consequence: required repayment of a portion of your financial aid
  • If you withdraw after the “Withdraw deadline”
    Academic consequence: grade of “WF” (same impact on your GPA as an “F”)
    – Financial consequence: no repayment of your financial aid

Future financial aid eligibility may be affected no matter when you withdraw

Decisions related to your academic program should not be based solely on financial considerations. Check out the following resources first.

  • Your instructor – speak with your instructor first if you are struggling in your class
  • Learning Center – students who visit a Learning Center more than four times in a term have better than an 80 percent chance at success
  • Smartthinking – SPC students can get 10 FREE hours of online tutoring. Sign into ANGEL and look on the Resources tab

 If you do decide to withdraw, consult an Academic Advisor and a Financial Assistance Counselor to be sure you understand the consequences of your decision.

Additional information and a downloadable document can be found at www.spcollege.edu/withdrawal.

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SPC President Bill Law congratulates one of the Presidential Scholarship recipients.

St. Petersburg College honored its 105 Presidential Scholarship recipients this week.

SPC President Bill Law and the college’s Executive Team welcomed our 2014-15 Presidential Scholars to the college at an event held at the Seminole Campus on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Student speakers included Salwa Shamsi representing Phi Theta Kappa and Carmen Mendez-Rivera representing the Honors College.

Scholarship recipients were honored on stage and given a certificate for their accomplishments.

The Presidential Scholarship covers up to 15 credit hours per term for one year following high school graduation. Since 2010-11, SPC has awarded over $1.2 million in Presidential Scholarships.

See more photos from the event on the college’s Facebook page.

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Five FAFSA Nights, held at various Pinellas County high schools in February and March, drew more than 500 attendees looking for help completing financial aid applications.

The federal financial aid outreach initiative, sponsored by St. Petersburg College, was aimed at helping Pinellas County students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2013-14.

More than 200 SPC faculty, staff and student volunteers traveled to Boca Ciega, St. Petersburg Collegiate, Dunedin, Lakewood and Largo high schools to offer assistance. Students received one-on-one help and could expect to receive their FAFSA results in just one week. Completing the applications as soon as possible also allowed students a better chance at receiving financial aid. FAFSA also is a requirement for students who want to use Bright Futures money.

Results for attendees at the different FAFSA Nights were:

  • Boca Ciega High School – Feb. 6 – 123
  • St. Petersburg Collegiate High School – Feb. 12 – 64
  • Dunedin High School – Feb. 19 – 194
  • Lakewood High School – Feb. 26 – 67
  • Largo High School – March 12 – 84

Photos from the different FAFSA Nights are on the college’s Facebook page.

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About 47 SPC faculty, staff and student volunteers helped more than 194 family members and students at the FAFSA Night at Dunedin High School on Feb. 19.

The federal financial aid outreach initiative helps Pinellas County students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2013-14.

Upcoming FAFSA Nights

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  • Feb. 26 – Lakewood High School
  • March 12 – Largo High School

The event was the second in a series of four FAFSA Nights offered in the county. The next FAFSA Nights will be held at Lakewood High School on Feb. 26 and Largo High School on March 12.

More photos from FAFSA Night at Dunedin High School are on SPC’s Facebook page.

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There still are three upcoming FAFSA Nights events over the next several weeks, TBNweekly.com reported. SPC is hosting the event to help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as fast and accurately as possible. Those who participate can expect to get their FAFSA results in one week.

Locations and dates for the remaining events are:

  • Feb. 19 – Dunedin High School
  • Feb. 26 – Lakewood High School
  • March 12 – Largo High School

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Volunteers work with students and their families at SPC’s FAFSA Nights.

St. Petersburg College will be holding more FAFSA Nights in the next several weeks.

The federal financial aid outreach initiative helps Pinellas County students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2013-14.

About 36 SPC faculty and staff volunteered their time for FAFSA Nights at Boca Ciega High School on Feb. 5. The event was the first in a series of four FAFSA Nights offered in the county. The next FAFSA Nights will be held at Dunedin High School on Feb. 19.

Every year, current and prospective college students who want to qualify for aid from schools, state and federal government have to fill out a FAFSA. Forms need to be submitted by June 30 to be considered for federal aid, but every college and scholarship program has a different due date, said Todd Smith, SPC director of financial assistance and services, in an article on TBO.com. “Students will learn how much aid they qualify for within a week, but the application process can be frustrating. That’s why St. Petersburg College wants to offer help,” the article stated.

Upcoming FAFSA Nights

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  • Feb. 12 – St. Petersburg Collegiate High School
  • Feb. 19 – Dunedin High School
  • Feb. 26 – Lakewood High School
  • March 12 – Largo High School

“Would you rather do your taxes at home or sit down with an H&R Block agent for free and get it done the right way?” Smith said in the news report. “It’s always good to have someone there with you. If you’re sitting at the computer by yourself, it’s easy to feel lost.”

ABC Action News aired a news report about SPC’s FAFSA Nights. News about the event also has been reported in I4U News and the Tampa Bay Times.

See more photos from the FAFSA Nights at Boca Ciega High School on the college’s Facebook page.

 

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When every dollar counts, getting the most out of your financial aid is a priority. The sooner students can complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the better chance they have at getting a slice of the financial aid pie. In addition, continuing this year, the FAFSA is a requirement for students who want to use Bright Futures money.

Sponsored by SPC, FAFSA Nights is an event aimed at helping parents and students complete the FAFSA quickly and accurately so they can qualify for the most financial aid possible. Those who participate can expect to get their FAFSA results in just one week.

No matter what college they plan to attend, students and parents can get one-on-one help completing their FAFSA on the following Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at one of the Pinellas County high school locations:

· Feb. 5 – Boca Ciega High School (map)
· Feb. 19 – Dunedin High School (map)
· Feb. 26 – Lakewood High School (map)
· March 12 – Largo High School (map)

Visit www.spcollege.edu/fafsanights for a checklist of documents to bring to ensure successful completion. For more information, call 727-302-6802.

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