OSFA - The Federal Family Education Loan Program

Middle and High School Counselors


 
The Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance is pleased to provide products and services to Middle and High School Counselors to support our mission of facilitating higher education access.
 
College Access Website - Provides general information and guidelines for students planning to attend college, and state and federal aid that is available.
2016-17 Counselors and Mentors Handbook ? Provides useful information to help high school counselors, TRIO and GEAR UP staff, and other mentors, advise students about financial aid for postsecondary education. This publication focuses on the federal student aid programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Included are handouts on a variety of topics, from financial aid scams, to independent status, to the FEDERAL Student Aid PIN.
Completing the 2016-17 FAFSA - Provides specific instruction on how to complete the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It also explains the purpose of the FAFSA questions and provides answers to several frequently asked questions (FAQs). If you have additional questions about federal student aid or how to complete an electronic or paper application after you review this document, please call the Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).
Completing the 2017-18 FAFSA - Provides specific instruction on how to complete the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It also explains the purpose of the FAFSA questions and provides answers to several frequently asked questions (FAQs). If you have additional questions about federal student aid or how to complete an electronic or paper application after you review this document, please call the Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).
Creating and Using the FSA ID - This informative PowerPoint shows the steps students and parents need to take in order to create their own unique FSA ID.
Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)? ? Resources to empower undocumented young people in their pursuit of college, career and citizenship.
The EFC Formula, 2016-2017 - This document explains how the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated and used to determine a student?s eligibility for federal student aid. This number results from the financial information the student provides on his or her Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The EFC formula is used to determine the EFC and ultimately determines the need for aid.
The EFC Formula, 2017-2018 - This document explains how the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated and used to determine a student?s eligibility for federal student aid. This number results from the financial information the student provides on his or her Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The EFC formula is used to determine the EFC and ultimately determines the need for aid.
FAFSA4Caster ? A free financial aid calculator that provides an early estimate of a student?s eligibility for federal student aid.
Federal Student Aid Toolkit ? The Financial Aid Toolkit provides federal student aid information and outreach tools for counselors, college access professionals, nonprofit mentors, and others.
Foster and Homeless Youth - The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) compiled a list of available resources to assist Foster and Homeless Youth with locating community resources for the purpose successful completion of higher education.
Florida Reach ? This website and resource guide centralizes resources available to youth and alumni of foster care in Florida.
Guide to College Positive Volunteering & Connect2Complete Resources ? Resources, tips, forms, templates, and activities to support mentoring relationships at various stages of a student?s academic career, thereby improving access, retention and persistence of college students. Contains resources for mentoring students from kindergarten to college, peer advocacy & support with college students & adult learners, community engagement and service learning. College Positive Volunteers (CPVs), college students (and their faculty and/or staff) receive training and resources to be effective mentors as part of a college course or service-learning program on their campus. As mentors, volunteers encourage and build enthusiasm among students for a collegiate experience, while providing information about college preparation, college admission, college success, career selection, paying for college, and financial resources. Connect2Complete (C2C), consists of course-based peer-to-peer advocacy and peer assisted service-learning, and credential completion while students are actively engaging with their peers, college, and broader community.
Keys to Higher Education Success for Foster Care, Unaccompanied and Homeless Youth - Provides tools that assist Financial Aid Administrators and other student advocates in helping unaccompanied homeless and foster youth pursue their postsecondary education dreams.
Mapping Your Future - Resources to assist Middle and High School Counselors in empowering your school, students, and families with free, web-based college, financial aid, career, and financial literacy information and services.
National Association for Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) - Materials for financial aid administrators, high school counselors, and other interested parties.
National Training for Counselors and Mentors (NT4CM) - NT4CM provides free training and support for any individual who advises students and their families on how to fund education beyond high school. Professional trainers provide comprehensive up-to-date information regarding federal and state student aid programs, scholarship searches, and financial aid fraud. Participants learn how to access free resources such as fact sheets, brochures, and PowerPoint presentations to help them help their students. For more information, please visit OSFA's training website or contact your local OSFA Outreach Representative.
Navigating Your Financial Future - Free products and services created to assist schools, students, lenders, and parents to increase their knowledge of default prevention and debt management practices.
OSFA News for Counselors - March 2017 (pdf):   Previous presentations are available on our Archive Page
OSFA Training - Office of Student Financial Assistance provides training on a variety of financial aid and professional development topics.   Individual classes or entire curriculums can be customized to fit the needs of your organization or staff. We provide both online and on-site training to suit your needs and schedule.
State Grants and Scholarships - Provides students, parents, high schools, and postsecondary professionals access to student financial aid information.
Student Aid Tips for Unique Student Populations - Certain students face unique challenges when applying for financial aid. These tip sheets are designed to help unique student populations overcome these challenges to successfully navigate the financial aid process and access higher education. We encourage you to distribute these tip sheets to students and families.
Undocumented Students - Resources to assist undocumented students with finding free money for college.
Contact Us

1-800-366-3475
Toll-Free

850-410-5200
Local Metro Area
Tallahassee, Fl

Email to:
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