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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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With student loan debt expected to top $867 billion this year in the United States, St. Petersburg College has launched a partnership with American Student Assistance to provide a free online financial literacy and loan management education program. The service helps students manage their money, plan repayment of their student loans and develop long-term financial skills. The membership program and website, dubbed SALT, is easy, confidential and tailored specifically to each student.

By creating an account on the website, students can:

  • Keep track of their student loans
  • Get loan advice from an expert counselor
  • Look for a job or internship
  • Search for scholarships
  • Learn how to budget and manage money wisely
  • Find out why credit and credit reports are so important

“Student loan debt is at an all-time high, actually exceeding credit card debt,” said Michael Bennett, Associate Vice President, Financial Assistance Services. “SALT provides a service for students to be able to successfully plan to repay their student loans and manage their money. Students input their loan information, see the amount they owe and plan their budget. By using SALT, they also have access to live, knowledgeable counselors who can walk them through the complex world of repayment.”

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