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Financial Aid & Scholarships

For many people, cost is the biggest barrier to pursuing an education beyond high school. But, we have good news! Grants, work-study, and scholarships are available to help you.

At LEAP, we encourage students to look into all options to pay for college before considering a loan to keep long-term debt low.

Students and families at all income levels could qualify for various types of aid, so LEAP encourages all families to fill out federal and state financial aid forms, like the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

For many people, cost is the biggest barrier to pursuing an education beyond high school. But, we have good news! Grants, work-study, and scholarships are available to help you.

At LEAP, we encourage students to look into all options to pay for college before considering a loan to keep long-term debt low.

Students and families at all income levels could qualify for various types of aid, so LEAP encourages all families to fill out federal and state financial aid forms, like the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Federal & State Financial Aid

Completing FAFSA will help determine if you are eligible for:

A Federal Pell Grant: A Pell Grant is money for lower-income students and does not require any repayment. Eligibility for a Pell Grant is based on the estimated contribution of the student and their family (known as the EFC – Estimated Family Contribution).

Work-Study: Qualifying for work-study gives you access to part-time jobs that help pay for your schooling.

Florida State Aid: The State of Florida offers financial assistance to students through grants, like a grant for students whose parents didn’t go to college. See all state of FL financial aid opportunities including the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

It is important to remember, that in order to be qualified for Florida State Aid, you still need to complete the FAFSA.

The FAFSA opens October 1st each year for the following academic year.

average number of students in Hillsborough County Public Schools that are economically disadvantaged*

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(on a scale of 0 to 100.)

*Source: U.S. Government

Scholarships

Many of LEAP’s local partners offer scholarships that are focused on Tampa Bay students going to school.
There are endless scholarship opportunities available, if you know where to look. Below, we’ve rounded up local resources, along with some of the largest national scholarship search tools, to help you find the money you need for college.
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