Helpful Links

Extensive information on available government benefits www.govbenefits.gov/Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ Student Aid on the Web www.studentaid.ed.gov – In depth info on federal student aid programs, applying for financial aid & repaying student loans. Conduct college & scholarship searches, estimate college costs, track & compare financial aid awards.Resources for students

NORTHEAST FLORIDA COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY – promotes self sufficiency by encouraging families & individuals to improve their eduation, enroll in skill training & seek employment. The education program may assist students with tuition, books, lab & exam fees. You can also get information on their local offices here: www.nfcaa.net

Please contact your local NFCAoffice to get information on program requirements & information on how to apply for assistance:

Putnam County
3314 Crill Avenue, Suite 1-A
Palatka, Florida 32177
Phone (386) 385-3954
Fax (386) 385-3024

St. Johns County
1300 Duval Street
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
Phone (904) 824-0978
Fax (904) 823-3568

KID CARE – Uninsured families throughout the state are encouraged to apply for Florida KidCare. Florida KidCare, the state’s low-cost health insurance program for children under age 19, is designed to provide low-cost healthcare benefits to families regardless of their income. Coverage includes doctor visits, check-ups and shots, prescriptions, vision and hearing screenings, dental care, emergency services, surgical care and more. Florida KidCare enrollment is open year-round and monthly premiums depend on household size and income.

For more information or to apply for Florida KidCare, visit www.floridakidcare.org. Families can also call 1-888-540-5437 to receive an application by mail.

HEAD START – A no cost preschool program for income eligible families. School site classrooms, full day classes, school readiness activities & disability services. For information, call 904.547.4896.

Uninsured Floridians can visit www.FloridaHealthFinder.gov  to find resources available to cover the cost of medical care, prescription drugs, health insurance and more under Medical Help Resources.

WorkSource – This program is a valuable tool for students from beginning their application, through their enrollment & after graduation. Please take time to explore their website to learn about the valuable resources they offer!Worksource Home PageLearn, Return and Earn – This program funds scholarships through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The LRE workforce training program connects you to industry recognized certifications, which lead to employment in high demand occuations.You may qualify for the LRE program if: You were laid off from your job or have received notice that your job will be eliminated. You qualify based on income. (Including if you have been laid off and have taken a short term or part time job!) Worksource Educational OpportunitiesPlease contact your local WS office to get information on program requirements & information on how to apply for assistance:

Clay County
1845 Town Center Blvd., Suite 150
Fleming Island, FL 32003
Phone: (904) 213-3888

Duval County
Downtown: Intensive Services only
215 N. Market Street, Suite 100
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: (904) 798-9222
Fax: (904) 798-4759

Gateway:
5000 Norwood Avenue, Suite 2
Jacksonville, FL 32208
Phone: (904) 924-1710
Fax: (904) 924-1725

Southside:
6800 Southpoint Parkway, Suite 950
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Phone: (904) 997-3100
Fax (904) 425-6450

Putnam County
146 Comfort Road
Palatka, FL 32177
Phone: (386) 590-7089
Fax: (386) 310-1261

St. Johns County
525 State Road 16, Suite 109
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: (904) 819-0231
Fax: (904) 819-1993

Ready to Work Certification –  Be a job candidate who stands out from the crowd by earning your FREE Florida Ready to Work Credential. Job seekers who move through the Ready to Work program and become “work ready” can prove their workplace skills to potential employers with the Florida Ready to Work Credential. The only thing you need for the Florida Ready to Work certification is the time it takes to study and take their online placement assessments.

 Workforce Ready to Work Certification