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Historic FUTUREAct will Streamline FAFSA

Legislation that would simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is on the way to President Trump for signature, according to the National College Access Network. On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed the FUTURE Act (H.B. 5363), which if enacted would reduce the number of questions on the FAFSA by 20%. The…

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Fuse Scholarship Students More Likely to Stay on Path to Graduate

Above: Fuse scholarship recipient Lia Messina speaks at a Jan. 2019 event announcing the Fuse Scholarship Fund had reached $3 million. Promising early results for Fuse scholarship recipients show impact of financial aid on student success As a seamless transfer program between the University of South Florida and eight Florida state colleges, including Hillsborough Community…

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SPC joins community leaders to examine transportation barriers for students

Approximately 69 percent of St. Petersburg College’s (SPC) diverse student population of more than 47,000 students, ranging from 16 to 95 years old, have low to moderate income. Low- income students often face barriers to success, including transportation. The Kresge Foundation awarded SPC a $50,000 planning grant for Advancing Student Transportation Solutions to understand student…

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Florida edging toward 50% higher education attainment

Updated U.S. Census data shows that Florida’s higher education attainment rate continues outpace the national average. Florida is now ranked at #22 in the U.S. for completion of college degrees and workforce-related credentials, according to the Florida College Access Network. The latest data shows Florida’s higher education attainment rate increased to 49.6%, while nationally, the…

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Report Offers Insight on Adults with “Some College, No Degree”

New research from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC) provides fresh insights into the population of adults in the U.S. who started college, but never completed a degree. The researchers found that 36 million adults across the U.S. fall into the “some college, no degree” category. Locally, approximately 250,000 Hillsborough and Pinellas county residents…

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New scholarship program helps students go the ‘last mile’

For students who are only a few credits shy of earning a college degree, a new program in Florida could provide the motivation they need to finish what they started. The Last Mile Completion Program offers scholarship dollars for students who are within 12 credits of completing a degree. Last week, Governor DeSantis announced that…

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2019-20 Florida FAFSA Challenge kicks off

Public high schools around the Tampa Bay area are invited to participate once again in a competition to increase completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  It’s all part of a statewide effort called the Florida FAFSA Challenge, which aims to boost the number of Florida students completing the federal financial aid application by 5…

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Local education champion named Volunteer of the Year

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Tampa Bay Chapter will recognize Anne Eason, Ph.D., a Tampa psychologist, advocate for education and volunteer with LEAP Tampa Bay College Access Network, as the Gayle Sierens Volunteer of the Year at its annual National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) breakfast on Nov. 15 in Tampa. Over the past seven years,…

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