Here you will find information on the types of financial aid, steps for applying, and sources of financial aid.
The Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA), administers state and some federally funded student financial assistance programs to assist eligible students defray the costs of postsecondary education. Need-based, merit-based, special interest, and professional programs are available. Each program has specific eligibility requirements.
The Polk Education Foundation is a non-profit organization directly supporting the Polk County Public Schools. Through the Foundation, various donors contribute scholarship monies to assist students in continuing their education after high school.
The Polk Education Foundation also administers the Take Stock in Children scholarship and mentoring program.
Created in 1947, the Voice of Democracy (VOD) scholarship program is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12 that annually provides more than $3 million in scholarships. The first-place winner, who competes with all the first-place VFW Department winners, receives a $30,000 scholarship that is paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school.
Here you will find a variety of other financial aid resources.