St. Petersburg College is a prominent public school in Pinellas County, Florida, just south of Tampa Bay. It's part of the Florida College System and among the colleges in the state designated a “regional” school, because it offers a full-time degree. Because this is a highly-selective (some would say crazy) choice for pre-professional school, only the most serious students apply to it. However, the school has established itself as a top alternative for college-goers who otherwise might not have a chance to attend. Here's how it does that.
First of all, what kind of experience do you have in your field or career right now? Do you have a master's degree? A Ph.D.? If so, you have a leg up on other applicants simply because you already have an advanced education, unlike some of the St. Petersburg applicants who didn't even have the opportunity to earn their bachelor's degree.
Second, do you have a preferred profession? If you're a math whiz, do you want to major in something like accounting or computer science? If you're into sports, does your favorite sport attracts you? Or maybe you'd rather be working in a museum setting. Maybe your dream job is something in education. Whatever it is, make sure that your ideal career is highlighted on your resume when you submit your application to St. Petersburg College.
Third, do you have a backup plan? In case your chosen career doesn't seem to be the right fit after graduation? How will you pay for your education? Do you know where you'll end up living after school? These are all important considerations to make before college applications are returned, because if you don't prepare for them, the college might not accept your application.
When you apply to St. Petersburg College, the admissions office will ask you about all of these factors. If you're a high achiever with an interest in a particular career path, they'll be pleased to know that you've thought this through. The admissions staff wants students who are determined, ambitious and capable. In their view, those are the kind of students they want . . . . . . to admit to their college.
Once you've filled out your FAFSA, you will get a student aid report. The report will list all of your financial need along with your expected family contribution (net income – tax withholdings only, if any). You will also find out what types of subsidized and unsubsidized (federal) loans and grants you qualify for. There will also be academic information listed if you're applying with the St. Petersburg College of Art or Business. There should be some specific programs that you can use to prepare for standardized tests such as the TOEFL, ACBT, CLEP, and other exams. Your college financial aid representative will be able to help you with these matters.