Financial Resources

  Information
College Board:
Net Price Calculator
• Using the financial information you enter, the NET Price Calculator estimates the amount of money your family would be expected to contribute
• Evaluates your eligibility for financial aid at specific colleges by matching your financial and personal characteristics to the criteria the schools used to distribute financial aid
• Provides understanding to what a specific college is likely to cost; allowing for a better comparison of your out-of-pocket expenses
College Board:
Savings Tools
• More than ten different tools and calculators to help organize your college payment plan and help you learn how to find the best savings
FAFSA4caster • Gives you an understanding of the different options you have to pay for college
• Will need to provide basic information so the forecaster can estimate your eligibility for federal student aid
FastWeb • Leading online resource to help you find scholarships right for you
FinAid: Calculators  • Figure out how much school will cost
• How much you need to save and how much aid you will need
GI Bill Calculator • Calculate your benefits
• Provides an estimation of what it will cost you to attend each college after your benefits are considered
Money Geek If you are a woman seeking for ways to fund your education, you will probably find plenty of choices here when looking for scholarships.
Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program • Emergency grants are available on an ongoing basis for eligible veterans who are enrolled in postsecondary education and experience unexpected financial difficulties that might cause them to drop out of school. Grants will be available for a one-time distribution up to $1,000 based on the cost of the emergency need, such as rent, utilities, daycare and medical expenses. There is no application deadline, but grants will be awarded on an ongoing basis until funds are exhausted.
Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program • Applications for the scholarship program are being accepted today through February 29, 2016. Awards will be made to honorably discharged veterans or spouses of disabled veterans who are high school or GED graduates. Renewable scholarships for up to $10,000 per year will be granted, determined by financial need and consideration of academic performance, work experience, leadership and community service, and challenges to completing a postsecondary program.

Company Policy and Terms

Understand your company’s policies and terms for tuition reimbursement

Tuition reimbursement programs encourage employees to enroll in a certificate or degree program to expand their knowledge and skill sets, leading to higher levels of job performance. Many employers encourage employees to continue education to create a motivated and knowledgeable workforce and will therefore reimburse out-of-pocket costs, including tuition and fees.

How It Works

An employee typically presents evidence that they took a course(s), the cost associated with each credit hour and their final grade. Employers then reimburse for expenses. Employees should confer with their human resources department to determine requirements and regulations associated with the company tuition reimbursement policy to be fully aware of policy rules.

About seven out of eight large employers provide some form of tuition assistance. Up to $5,250 in such assistance is excluded from gross income (in some cases more). They may require you to keep working or agree to work for the company for a set number of years after graduation. They may require you to maintain a minimum GPA in order to get the assistance. Often the assistance is provided as a reimbursement after the fact, so you'll need to budget for your cash flow needs.

Talk to your employer about your company’s tuition reimbursement policy if you are interested in earning a college degree or certificate to expand your knowledge, mobility and work performance.

Prior Debt and Your Options

What do with prior debt? What are the department options out there?

Although many schools restrict eligibility for the school's own financial aid programs to the first Bachelor's degree, some schools will waive the restrictions when the student is an adult returning to school to earn a second degree in preparation for a career change.

Many scholarship and fellowship programs do not have age restrictions, and there are no age restrictions on eligibility for federal student financial aid. Older students should conduct a search for aid just like younger students.

The FastWeb scholarship database includes more than 50 awards that have a minimum age restriction of 30 years or older. There are more than 230 awards with a minimum age restriction of 25 years or older. There are more than 1,800 awards with no age restrictions whatsoever.

More information can be found on studentaid.ed.gov

College Measures

Curious about which degree programs are “economically successful?” College Measures is a resource that offers success measurements based on degrees from specific Florida educational institutions or by particular areas of study.

Finance Department Contacts

Edward Waters College  
Director of Financial Aid Janice Nowak
Counselor Oluwatoyin Lipede
Counselor Tarayla Slaughter
Default Manager Michael Martin
Jacksonville University  
Students Last Names A - K Mr. Kelly McCuin
Students Last Names L - Z Teresa Singletary
ADP, Grad & Online Nursing Students Brooke Sellars
Students Utilizing Veteran's Benefits Kerry Boggus
Nova Southeastern University  
Financial Aid Services Counselor Geoffrey Wynn
St. Johns River State College  
Financial Aid Orange Park
Financial Aid Palatka
Financial Aid St. Augustine
University of North Florida  
Student Financial Services Valerie Stevenson
University of Phoenix  
Campus Director Lindalee Berk