For the Financial Aid Grant that is putting back on your SPC One Card, are you allowed to use the money you receive to buy anything other than school related items ?
This is an excellent question! A very detailed answer has been provided to you by Financial Assistance Services at the college.
From the desk of A$KFA$, “After SPC deducts the amount owed for tuition, fees and any Book Line of Credit spent at the bookstore, the leftover amount from your financial aid disbursements will refund to a student’s SPC OneCard. The money should be spent on education-related expenses. There are lots of education-related expenses that arise over the course of the term – from transportation to and from school, to clothing, housing, and miscellaneous personal items.
You’re probably thinking, what does that really mean? Well, you could buy gas to go back and forth to classes or even pay your rent. Remember that by signing the FAFSA, you are certifying the following, ‘If you are the student, by signing this application you certify that you (1) will use federal and/or state student financial aid only to pay the cost of attending an institution of higher education…’
We would encourage you to not spend the money on designer clothing or a high-end car. Keep in mind that if you borrowed loans and that’s how you are receiving a refund, you’ll be paying back the principal and interest for a long time to come. If you have received a refund this term and find that you do not have as many education-related expenses, consider lowering your loan amount next term.
If you have any questions, visit A$KFA$. Follow us at #spcfas.”
Hope this helped!
Motivation to go to class?
It’s ironic how you ask this question toward the end of the semester! That’s funny because pretty much everyone is looking for as much motivation as they can to finish out this spring semester.
During any point in any semester it can be tough to find motivation to go to class or do homework. I find myself always slowing down toward the end of the semester. I always want to sleep in and not go to my eight o’clock class or watch movies instead of doing homework. I just remind myself that I have big future plans. All of the hard work that we’re doing now is to help us reach our big goals that we have planned for ourselves in the future. At the end of the journey, we get the degree in something that we love.
If you need short term motivation, treat yourself. When you finish that big term paper or make it through class after a long week, go shopping or relax at the beach. Rewarding yourself will give you something to look forward to. You can do it!
Good Luck and stay focused!
How important is it to love what your major is?
I believe that one of the hardest choices in life is choosing what you want to do for a living. It took me what seems like forever to finally choose a major.
There are so many different components to consider when it comes to choosing a major. Many will say that it’s all about the money. Personally, no matter how much money I am making, I have to be able to enjoy my job. If you don’t enjoy your job, it will be complete misery and it won’t last long. Find something that you love.
Also, school isn’t as enjoyable at times so don’t make it extra unbearable by not choosing a major that you love. Once you start taking courses that are geared towards your major, school gets very exciting.
But yes, it is VERY important to love what your major is. Find something you have a strong passion for. Do what you love. Love what you do.
I wish you the best,
How do you balance sleep and homework?
It’s always a challenge to keep a balanced life, especially as a student. There’s so many distractions to keep you away from staying focused on school, but sleep is definitely important. For me, I like to have about six to seven hours of rest. Some people require more or maybe less, but I find I’m at my best when I get proper sleep. It makes it easier for me to work and study with energy and not feel so sluggish. That’s the worst feeling, to move slow as snail when you know you have an assignment due and the only thing that’s on your mind is sleep.
What’s really helpful for me is to keep a planner. My planner is my lifeline. Between working, school and family I have to schedule my day. It helps me to visualize my day so I know what to expect and how to plan accordingly.
As much as we hear this as a student, it’s so vital to limit procrastination. Procrastination is such an bad habit. No matter how long you put something off it’s still going to be there waiting for you. So, by planning my day, it helps me not to procrastinate and I know exactly how much sleep I’ll be getting.
I hope this helps and best of luck with balancing your life!
Are there two summer semesters? Can I take classes until June? And after that?
Summer semester includes a traditional 10-week term as well as two eight-week terms and an Express six-week term.
For Summer 2015, the traditional ten-week courses start May 18 and end July 23. The first eight-week term also starts May 18 and ends July 10. The second eight-week term starts June 1 and ends July 23. The Express six-week term starts June 15 and ends July 23. So in total, there are four summer terms.
It’s a lot of information to take in! Remember, if you need any additional information, feel free to see or call an academic advisor.
Here is a link with information on the upcoming summer term including registration details.
Best of luck!
Do you have a nursing program?
Yes, we do in fact have a nursing program here at St. Petersburg College!
Our nursing program is actually one of the most popular programs at our college. We currently offer either a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing. Both of these degree programs have different curriculums. A bachelor’s will take you approximately four years to complete, while an associate in science will only take you about two years to complete. There is a catch to both of these scenarios. In order to qualify for our bachelor’s degree, you must first complete your associate degree.
I happen to know a lot of students who were very successful in SPC’s nursing program. My own mother is one of them! She completed her A.S. degree and then went on to pursue her bachelor’s at SPC. She is now a very successful registered nurse at All Children’s Hospital.
To find out more about our program including application deadlines and GPA requirements feel free to visit these web pages –