Financial Aid


Q: Which FAFSA do I need?

A: A FAFSA must be submitted each academic year to be considered for financial aid. If you're starting classes for the first time in January (Spring 2023) or May (Summer 2023), you'll need to file the 2022-2023 FAFSA. The 2023-2024 FAFSA will be used if you plan to attend next August (Fall 2023). Submit your FAFSA early - it's a requirement for FSW scholarships!

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The Office of Student Financial Aid at FSW helps students secure financial aid to make affording college easier through completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

A FAFSA needs to be completed every year to determine eligibility for grants, loans, work study opportunities, and/or FSW scholarships.

Important Deadlines

Fall Full & Mini-A

  • August 3: Tuition & fees due for classes starting August 22. Make sure your financial aid is in place.
  • August 1 - August 29: Financial aid book buying days for students enrolled in Fall Full and Mini-A
  • August 3: Classes dropped for non-payment and then daily

Need Help With Your Financial Aid Application?

Come to one of our FAFSA Completion Events at the Lee Campus, Library, in J-206. All events are from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

FAFSA Completion Event Dates:

  • Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023
  • Thursday, February 23rd, 2023
  • Thursday, March 2nd, 2023
  • Thursday, March 30th, 2023
  • Thursday, April 13th, 2023
  • Thursday, April 20th, 2023

Quick Financial Aid Facts

Find this and more on our Financial Aid FAQ page.

How do I apply for Financial Aid?

You have to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and use FSW school code 001477 to find out if you are eligible for any type of Federal Aid for your classes at FSW. A FAFSA is also required to be considered for any FSW scholarships you may apply for. Remember, both the FAFSA and the FSW scholarship application must be completed every year.

Which FAFSA do I need?

A FAFSA is required to be submitted each academic year. The 2022-2023 FAFSA will be used for the Fall 2022, Spring 2023, and Summer 2023 semesters.

My financial situation has changed since filing the FAFSA. What are my options?

If you have experienced the loss of a job, a large reduction in income, or extraordinary medical expenses, please request our "Family Contribution Appeal" found at: to have your financial aid status reviewed on a case by case basis. Note: the FAFSA itself cannot be updated to reflect your current financial situation. The Family Contribution Appeal can be used for unique circumstances. Contact your Financial Aid Specialist if you have any questions.

Where is the Scholarship Application for 2023-2024?

The scholarship application can be completed at You must be accepted to the college to complete the scholarship application. Not an FSW student yet? Visit to get started!

Where will I receive information about my financial aid at FSW?

Information will be sent to your Bucs (student) email from and will be available in your FSW Student Portal. Make sure to add to your safe senders list and forward your student emails to your personal email account if you will not be regularly checking your Bucs (student) email. Information can also be viewed by visiting:!/dashboard/home/2021

Transient Students and Bright Futures

Transient students at FSW who received their Bright Futures funding from another institution receive funding through their home institution. Florida Bright Futures Scholars must submit a Transient Student Admission Application, which is located online at Florida Shines. Transient students must pay out of pocket or enroll in the Tuition Installment Plan at FSW. If the Transient Student Admission Application is approved, you could be reimbursed by your home institution after the add/drop period closes.

Bright Futures

The Bright Futures Academic Scholarship covers 100% of in-state tuition and state approved fees. There are some specific course-related fees that are not included in this scholarship. The stipend of $300.00 per term is not available. Any charges that exceed this amount must be paid prior to the drop date. All classes will drop if a balance is owed.

The Medallion Scholarship covers 100% of in-state tuition and state approved fees for students seeking an Associates. The Medallion Scholarship will cover 75% of in-state tuition for students in a Bachelors program.

The Gold Seal and Gold Seal Cape Scholarships cover a “flat rate” of $48 per credit hour of in-state tuition. Students must be AS Degree Seeking in order to receive this scholarship.

High School & GED Transcript Information

Part of the financial aid process is to provide the FSW Office of Admissions with a final, official high school transcript; however, some students are provisionally provided a financial aid award notification based on an unofficial high school transcript. Financial aid will NOT disburse funds without an official, final high school or GED transcript on file with the Office of Admissions. If you are in high school and graduating this year, you will need to provide your final, official transcript to the Office of Admissions once your graduation date is posted in order to satisfy this requirement. If you have already submitted your official, final transcript to the Office of Admissions, Financial Aid does not require an additional transcript (see below for instructions to check if we have received your final, official high school transcript). Additional copies of in-progress or unofficial transcripts will not satisfy this requirement.

To determine if we have received your final, official high school or GED transcript, review your financial aid checklist. If "High School Completion" is marked as satisfied, we have received your official high school transcripts. (Once received, transcripts may take 5-7 business days to process and there may be a slight delay before completion appears in your financial aid checklist.) If you have questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at

Course Program of Study

Financial Aid will only pay for courses required for your current degree program. Academic Advisors are able to assist you in selecting courses that are required for your degree. Make sure to review your course selections prior to the add/drop deadline each semester.

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