FL FAFSA Challenge

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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FAFSA volunteer

Volunteers needed for Tampa Bay area financial aid nights

Each year, more than half of the students who would qualify for free federal aid for their education do not complete the required application to receive the funding. Recent research shows that in Florida more than 40,000 students who would have been eligible to receive an average of almost $4,000 in Pell Grants didn’t receive…

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New report highlights college access networks in Florida

The Helios Education Foundation has released a new brief detailing the work local college access networks – including LEAP Tampa Bay – are doing in Florida. In the new report, Collective Impact That Advances Postsecondary Degree Attainment in Florida, Helios’ researchers “describe the efforts of cross-sector coalitions called ‘local college access networks’ (LCANs) to increase…

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PATHe

New program puts students on the “PATHe” to higher education

A partnership between St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg is helping Pinellas County residents learn more about their educational options after high school. The new initiative, called the Pinellas Access to Higher Education Program (PATHe), was formed in 2018 with support from the Florida Legislature to expand educational access and assist…

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Student advising

SPC’s free college credit program helps students earn degrees faster

Cost is one of the biggest barriers facing students who want to attend college. While research has shown that college is a good investment in the long term, earning a degree has become increasingly unaffordable for many lower-income students. Financial aid available through the federal government or state and local institutions is an important resource…

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committee

LEAP Tampa Bay represented on Tampa’s Workforce Development Committee

Workforce Development Advisory Committee members held their first meeting today. Image credit: @cityoftampa Tampa Mayor Jane Castor announced her Workforce Development Advisory Team on July 24, the third of her five-part “Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow” transition advisory teams. The Workforce Development Advisory Team is co-chaired by Tim Marks, President and CEO of Metropolitan Ministries and Dr.…

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