Miami Lakes Educational Center offers several programs of financial aid to assist students in meeting educational expenses.
What are Educational Expenses?
Educational expenses include the cost of tuition, fees books, supplies, transportation personal expenses and reasonable cost for room and board
What Can Students Expect to Receive?
The amount of financial aid you can receive depends on your financial need. Financial need is the difference between your educational expenses and what your family can reasonably expect to pay towards these expenses. The amount your family can contribute is derived from the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)”. Funds from FSEOG, FWEP, FSAG-CE, DFAP, and sometimes the Fee Waiver programs are awarded based on your “financial need”. Funds from the other programs listed below are determined by offices or agencies other than the Financial Aid Office at Miami Lakes Educational Center. The Financial Aid Office will provide you with an award letter listing the type and amount of aid you can expect. Applications are available at the Financial Aid Office
What types of aid are available?
Federal Pell Grant Program
Federally funded grant program awarded to students who demonstrate financial need. Students must complete FAFSA. The Pell Grant is available to students who have an eligible EFC and enroll in an eligible program. Awards range from $400 to $5550 for 900 hours of attendance (for the 2010/2011 school year)
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Federally funded grant program awarded to students who demonstrate financial need. Awards are calculated by the Financial Aid Office and are determined by need and availability of funds. Students must complete a FAFSA each year to be considered for this aid. Average award is $450 for 900 hours of attendance.
District Financial Aid Program (DFAP)
Need based grant program. Students must complete FAFSA and be enrolled in a vocational program. Awards may vary but can not exceed tuition (not applied toward special or id fees nor books and supplies). Awards are determined by the Financial Aid Office and are based on need and availability of funds.
Fee Waiver Program
Need based grant program. Students must be enrolled in a vocational program. Awards may vary but can not exceed tuition (not applied toward special or id fees nor books and supplies). There are a number of methods in which need may be calculated. Awards are determined by the Financial Aid Office and are based on need and availability of funds.
All State programs require a student to meet the Florida residency requirements as defined in legislature.
Florida Bright Future Scholarships
Academically based scholarships that include the Academic Scholars, the Medallion scholars and the Vocational Gold Seal. These are awarded to graduating high school seniors. The award amounts are determined by the State of Florida. Student must be enrolled for at least 12 hours per week.
Florida Student Assistance Grant-Career Education (FSAG-CE)
State funded grant program. Student must have financial need as described previously. Student must be enrolled for minimum of 12 hours per week. Awards are determined by the Financial Aid Office based on need and availability of funds.
Florida Work Experience Program (FWEP)
State funded work program to provide eligible students with jobs on campus. Must be enrolled for minimum of 12 hours per week. Actual award amounts are determined by the Financial Aid Office. Awards are determined by need and availability of funds.
Florida Pre-Paid College Fund
State program where parents have pre-paid the college tuition for 2-4 years. May be utilized at public vocational schools.
Workforce Investment Act
Program coordinated through South Florida Workforce (SFW). Provides for tuition, fees, books and supplies for those students who qualify for program.
Provides for tuition, fees, books and supplies for those students who qualify for program
Veterans Educational Benefits
Veterans of the US Armed Forces may be eligible for a monthly educational stipend. Please check with veteran‘s clerk in the Financial Aid Office.
Are you a student who is currently in foster care or have recently left foster care?
If yes, you should know the following:
- You should fill out a FAFSA in preparation for each year of college/vocational education. A student who was in foster care at any time since turning 13 is considered an independent student by the FAFSA and does not have to provide parent information on the application. You can learn about the FAFSA at StudentAid.ed.gov/fafsa and fill it out at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers educational and training vouchers to certain current or former foster youth. General information about the vouchers and eligibility can be found in a fact sheet at StudentAid.ed.gov/resourses#foster.
Resources and Links
Federal Trade Commission’s Scholarship Scams Information
Unfortunately, in their efforts to pay the bills, many students and their families are falling prey to scholarship scams. The FTC cautions students on how to recognize a scholarship scam.
Department of Education Student Financial Assistance
The Student Financial Assistance Programs are the largest source of student aid in America, providing over $60 billion a year in grants, loans, and work-study assistance. Here you’ll find help for every stage of the financial aid process, whether you’re in school or out of school.
Department of Education Student Guide to Financial Aid
The Student Guide is the most comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of student financial aid available through the Department’s Student Financial Assistance office. Updated each award year, The Student Guide tells you about the programs and how to apply for them.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, click the link or the image. Follow the directions listed on the FAFSA web page. You may be required to include Miami Lakes Educational Center’s Federal School Code: 016400
The GI Bill Website
The GI Bill Website provides information and links to veterans seeking educational assistance. There is an electronic application form, listing of education benefit programs, online education forms and more. You can also try the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration
The Employment and Training Administration provides information on educational assistance and information for Adult Training Programs, One-Stop Centers, Indian and Native American Programs, H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants and Laid-off Workers.