Understanding the process of financial aid and scholarships can be overwhelming, to say the least.  Check out this amazing resource to help you understand the financial aid process: http://www.navigatingyourfinancialfuture.org/Audio_Presentation.aspx

College Cost Calculator: http://www.finaid.org/calculators/costprojector.phtml

What is financial aid? How do I get it?
Financial aid is defined as all money that is used toward college costs.  In order of most likely to least likely awards:
1. Institutional Aid – Awarded directly from the college or university based on strong academics and/or financial need
2. Federal Aidwww.fafsa.gov Generally based on need in the form of grants, loans, and work study
Federal Financial Aid Forecaster – https://fafsa.ed.gov/FAFSA/app/f4cForm?execution=e1s1
United States Department of Education: Student Aid on the Web:            http://studentaid.ed.gov/
3.  State Aid – State of FL Scholarships and Grants (INCLUDING Bright Futures): www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org
4.  Private Scholarships – ongoing with variety of eligibility requirements, deadlines, etc.  See BELOW for some links to scholarship search websites.

http://apps.collegeboard.org/cbsearch_ss/welcome.jsp: Home of the SAT, this site also offers scholarship searching along with college searching based on major, location, cost and more.
www.fastweb.com: Just create a profile, and you will receive regular email updates informing you of new scholarships; It even allows you to track scholarships that you are considering or have applied to!

http://www.scholarships.com/: This site is a key resource featuring a wealth of financial aid information and free scholarship searches.

http://www.scholarships4students.com/: HUNDREDS of scholarships, including a feature to narrow down your options by type.

http://www.finaid.org/: A fantastic resource for traditional scholarships and…not-so-traditional scholarships, like left-handed awards! Check it out today!

http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ssfad/bf/: Home of State of Florida Scholarships and Grants JUST for being a FL resident.  This application is for several state scholarships INCLUDING Bright Futures! Starting Oct 1st of your senior year, you can apply even before you meet all the eligibility criteria. Be sure to apply EARLY!!!

http://www.collegeconfidential.com/: Here you’ll find hundreds of pages of articles about choosing a college, getting into the college you want, how to pay for it, and much more. You’ll also find the web’s busiest discussion community related to college admissions.