Take these steps to find out if you qualify
At Seacoast Career Schools, we don’t want finances to stand in the way of your educational goals. We want to help you find ways to get the support you need, and our financial aid advisors are to help.
So, how does it work? Where do you start? Here is a step-by-step guide to seeking out financial aid for your career training education at Seacoast.
Step 1. For new students: Complete the Seacoast application.
The first step is to fill out our application materials. These forms do not obligate you to come to our school, but you cannot receive financial aid until you are accepted at a school. To be accepted into Seacoast, you need to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Our Admissions representatives are here to help you with the application process.
When you meet with our Admissions staff, they will also help you consider which of our programs you might want to choose: Professional Medical Assistant or Massage Therapy. So come on in at any time! The school is open Monday through Wednesday 8:00 am to 9:30 pm, Thursday 8:00 am to 8:30 pm, Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Step 2: Talk with one of Seacoast’s Financial Aid Advisors.
Our Financial Aid advisors can help you understand and navigate the process of applying for financial aid. They cannot apply for you, but they can help to explain the process and help you understand the materials and information you will need in order to apply.
Step #3: Submit the FAFSA.
FAFSA is the first step for anyone seeking financial aid. What is FAFSA? It is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and it is the key process for determining the amount of aid you are eligible to receive from the Federal government.
To start, create a Federal Student Aid ID number (FSA ID). This will serve as your online signature when applying for aid. Next, go to the FAFSA website, where you can submit an online application. Make sure you have the following materials gathered ahead of time:
- Social Security Number (or Alien Registration Number)
- Most recent income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money you have earned
- Bank statements and records of investments, if any
- Records of untaxed income, if any (e.g., child support that you received)
- The name of the school or schools to which you have applied
- If you are a dependent student, then you will also need the above financial information for your parent(s)
Step #4: Wait to hear from Seacoast Schools.
The FAFSA results can take from 3 days to 3 weeks. You will get a Student Aid Report by email that shows your Expected Family Contribution. But don’t worry about this number. It is NOT the amount of money you will receive or the amount you will owe. Seacoast Schools will also receive this report, and we will use the information to determine the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive for attending Seacoast. We will contact you to explain the financial aid package that we can offer. If you do not hear from us within a week of receiving your Student Aid Report, please contact us!
Once we offer you a package, be sure to think carefully about it. Remember, grants are monies that do not need to be paid back, but loans do need to be repaid after graduation. If your package includes loans, be sure that you will be able to afford the monthly payments before agreeing to the loans.
Step #5: Explore other options if necessary.
If the Federal Student Aid program cannot provide enough finances for you, you can still look at other options. You may be able to secure loans through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, earn tax credits through the educational tax-payer credits, or claim benefits through the GI Bill®; (if you are a veteran).
We hope this step-by-step guide helps you to understand the process. And remember, our Financial Aid advisors want to help you make your educational goals a reality. If you are interested in pursuing a new career by getting trained at Seacoast, contact us at any time. You can call us to make an appointment, or simply stop by our offices, and we can help you figure out what works best for you.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.