The Financial Aid Office at Manatee Technical Institute provides financial assistance to students who, without such aid, would be unable to attend. Grants and scholarships do not have to be repaid; however, students must make satisfactory progress in their programs in order to continue to be eligible for awards.

All students seeking financial assistance at MTI must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application is available online at:

***MTI does not take part in student loans. We would not be able to process any student loan funding for you.***

015496 for the Main Campus (and the North Campus) or
015496 for the East Campus

If you or your parent (for students requiring parent information on your FAFSA application) need a pin to complete your FAFSA online go to:

Title IV Federal Financial Aid

To be eligible for federal financial assistance, a student must complete the FAFSA. A student may apply for a FAFSA online at In order for a student to be eligible for Title IV Federal Aid, a student must have a high school diploma or GED, be enrolled in an eligible job preparatory program at least 600 hours in length and maintain satisfactory progress. Students cannot be in default on any student loans. Student’s eligible for Title IV aid may receive a Pell Grant, a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and/or be eligible for employment through the Federal Work Study Program.

Pell Grant

The Pell Grant is the basic federal aid and is awarded on the basis of financial need. The amount of an award depends on the Expected Family Contribution ( EFC ), which is determined by a federal formula from the information reported on the FAFSA. The EFC , MTI ‘s cost of attendance, and the number of clock hours enrolled during the school year determine the amount awarded.

NOTE: Manatee Technical Institute is a clock hour school. Federal Regulation mandates that students attend all the hours of each Pell Grant Payment Period to be eligible for additional funding eligibility.

Important Documentation You Will Need

Request for yourself (and/or Parents for dependent students and spouse if married and taxes were filed separately or you and your spouse did not file taxes):

•  If taxes were filed: Tax Transcript from IRS

•  If No Taxes were filed: Verification of Non-Tax Filing Letter and W-2 Transcripts from IRS to document wage amount- even if there were no wages

You can request the documents three ways:

•  Go to: 5971 Cattle Ridge Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34232 and request the forms in person (the closer to registration time the longer the wait will be at the IRS)

•  Call 1.800.829.1040 to have the forms faxed to you. You must be able to be on hold and at a personal fax machine for 1-2 hours for this option.

•  Call 1.800.098.9946 or go to and have the tax transcript mailed to you (this takes 4-6 weeks during times of high volume- only do this if you are planning well in advance)

•  Documentation of being a Dislocated Worker if you answer “yes” to this on the FAFSA

Documentation of child support paid reported on the FAFSA

•  local Clerk of the Court

•  Documentation of child support received reported on the FAFSA

•  local Clerk of the Court,

•  Florida Department of Revenue


•  Proof of SNAP (food stamps) will be required if you answer “yes” to receiving them on the FAFSA this year or last year


Satisfactory Progress

Manatee Technical Institute is a clock hour school. Federal Regulation mandates that students attend all the hours of each Pell Grant Payment Period to be eligible for additional funding eligibility. Students must also maintain a minimum of “C” to remain eligible for Federal Aid. Students will be evaluated after 450 clock hours or half of their program length if the program is less than 900 clock hours.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

This grant is awarded to students with exceptional financial needs. The students need is determined by completing a FAFSA. Awards will be given based on funds available and number of students with exceptional need.

Federal Work Study

This federal program provides jobs to the students to earn money to help pay for their educational expenses. Students must have unmet need as determined by the completion of the FAFSA to be considered for employment. Students must be enrolled in a program of 600 clock hours more to be eligible. Applicants will be required to be fingerprinted for a background check before they will be eligible to work. This process can only start after class begins

Veterans Educational Benefits

MTI is certified by the Florida State Approving Agency for Veterans Educational Benefits. Veterans may apply for educational benefits online at Veterans are also encouraged to complete a FAFSA to determine qualification for additional funds.

***See the Veterans Education Benefits Page for more information***


Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarships :
These include the Florida Academic Scholars Award, Merit Scholars Award, and the Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award. All three are based on one’s high school academic achievement and given to high school seniors that are Florida Residence. These scholarships are applied beginning December of a student’s senior year and must be applied for prior to the student’s senior year in high school and can be used at MTI. Eligible students will be covered at the clock hour rate set by the State Florida’s Office of Student Financial Assistance- currently (2012-2013) $1.27 per clock hour FMS and GSV, $1.43 per ATS and $1.67 per FAS. Proof of Florida Residency is required as well the completion of an error-free FAFSA.

Students that use Bright Futures to register and do not complete their entire registration period will be required to pay back unearned awards or they will lose their Bright Futures eligibility.

Apply online before the end of your senior year of high school to be eligible. Apply at

Florida Student Assistance Grant: 
This grant is open to Florida Residence with financial need as determined by the completion of the FAFSA and that are enrolled in a vocational program that is at least 450 clock hours. Students cannot be in default on any student loans or have bachelor’s degree. Proof of Florida Residency is required.

Florida Prepaid College Fund :
This program provides an opportunity for a student’s parents to pay in advance for a student’s college education. Qualified students should present a current prepaid college fund card. This card entitles students to use these funds to pay for their tuition.

MTI Scholarship: 
This scholarship typically assists with the costs of tuition and lab fees. Students are required to complete a FAFSA. This is open to Florida Residence with need attending a vocational program. Students cannot be in default on any student loans or have bachelor’s degree.

Local Scholarships: 
The following list is local organizations, businesses, and individuals who offer scholarships to MTI students. Some select their own recipients and have their own application process.

  • American Association of University Women
  • Bayshore High School Alumni MTI Scholarship Award
  • Blake Medical Center Auxiliary, Inc.
  • Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Deputy Chief of Police Walter C. Watkins Annual Law Enforcement Scholarship
  • DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office
  • Entre Nous Club, Inc. Scholarship
  • Freedom Village Memorial Scholarship Program
  • Kiwanis Club of Bradenton
  • Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key
  • Manatee Community Foundation
  • Manatee County Association of Educational Office Professionals
  • Manatee County Medical Education Foundation, Inc.
  • Manatee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Manatee High School Butler Scholarship
  • Manatee Memorial Hospital Foundation, Inc.
  • Manatee Schools Foundation
  • Mary Bradley Week Educational Project, Inc.
  • Royal Sara-Mana Club, Inc.
  • Sarasota Community Foundation
  • Sarasota Paint Company, Inc.
  • Sealaska Heritage Institute Scholarship Program
  • Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County

Local Scholarships are listed in the Spring each online at:

Applications are also in the Financial Aid when available. Applications are usually available February through July. Outside scholarships need to be applied for by the deadline set by the outside scholarship agency.

Career Skills Scholarship for High School Seniors
For more information, go to the Financial Aid Office January-May each year. Deadline is in May each year.


Manatee Technical Institute also works with the various agencies that sponsor students.

  • Passport Program
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance Program
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Welfare Transition Program
  • Workers Compensation
  • Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

Adult Applicants are required to complete a FAFSA to qualify for services

Suncoast Workforce – Bradenton 
3526 9th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: (941) 714-7449

Vocational Rehabilitation
600 8th Ave West
Palmetto, FL 34221
Phone: (941) 721-2851

Scholarship and financial aid information

The following website provides detailed information on scholarship searches and financial aid in general:

For a listing of local scholarships please go to: and search their Scholarship Directory.

For more information please contact:

Main Campus

Pat Forsythe, 751-7900 ext. 1037,

Financial Aid Specialist for the following programs:

Carpentry & Building Construction
Cosmetology* Cosmetology* includes:
Culinary & Baking/Pastries* Advance Est, Barbering, Facials, Nails
Major App Repair

Luisa Betancourt, 751-7900 ext. 1036,

Financial Aid Specialist for the following programs:

Automotive – All
Business*^ Business* includes:
Digital Design & Digital Printing Accounting, Admin Ast, Legal Admin Ast,
Drafting Medical Admin Ast
Machining & Industrial Tech
Medical Coder/Biller
Networking Travel* includes:
Travel* International Marketing and Sports Marketing
Web Design & New Media

East Campus

Deborah Tomlin, Financial Aid Specialist, 752-8100 ext. 2165,

All East Campus Programs

All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid.

Financial Aid Forms:

MTI East Campus Scholarship for Assistance with Books or Tuition

FERPA Student Release Form

2012-2013 Dependent Verification Worksheet

2012-2013 Independent Verification Worksheet

Professional Judgment Request Form

IRS Tax Transcript Request Form