The Financial Aid Office 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. Manatee Tech does not offer student loans.


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

Our Federal School Code: 015496

Adult Applicants are required to complete a FAFSA at  in order to qualify for the following services:

CareerSource Suncoast Bradenton
1112 Manatee Ave. E.
Bradenton, FL 34208
(941) 714-7449
CareerSource Suncoast Sarasota
3660 N. Washington Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34234
(941) 358-4200


Federal Financial Aid (Title IV)

Available at Manatee Tech:

Pell Grant

Manatee Tech 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, as determined by their FAFSA.

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

Manatee Tech 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

National Scholarships


State and Local Scholarships

Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarships 
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.

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 a 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.

Manatee Tech 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 are listed in the Spring each online at: Applications are usually available February through July. Outside scholarships need to be applied for by the deadline set by the outside scholarship agency.

High School Diploma Eligibility
Standard Diploma (Passed FCAT)
Standard Diploma (GED Exit Option)
Adult Standard High School Diploma
Adult Standard High School Diploma (Alternate Assessment)
Standard Diploma (FCAT Waiver)
State of Florida Diploma (GED only)
Adult State of Florida Diploma (GED)

Not Eligible Diplomas – GED is needed
Special Diploma (Option One)
Special Diploma (Option Two)
Online High School Diploma
Certificate of Completion

Contact Information

Main Campus
Aurea Gonzalez, 941.751.7900 x 1037,
Michelle Gulsby, 941.751.7900 x 1036, gulsbym@manateeschools.netZ
Deborah Tomlin, Financial Aid Specialist, 941.751.7900 x 1087,
Annette Franco, Financial Aid Specialist, 941.751.7900 x 1014,