FL FAFSA Challenge

Take the FAFSA Challenge

Public high schools around the Tampa Bay area are participating in a challenge to increase completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – hosting financial aid awareness events, working with students and parents one-on-one, and helping to identify students who need to correct errors on their form that could prevent them from…

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On the climb: Tampa Bay’s postsecondary attainment rate surpasses 51 percent

Tampa Bay’s postsecondary degree attainment rate continues to outpace Florida’s, according to new information released by the Florida College Access Network (FCAN). Including an estimated 8 percent of adults with a relevant workforce certificate, the Tampa Bay region’s overall postsecondary attainment rate – as of the end of the 2017 school year – stands at 51.3 percent.…

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February is Career and Technical Education Month

For many students, attending a four-year college is the natural next step following high school. But countless career opportunities exist outside of the traditional university pathway. Depending on the type of career a person is interested in pursuing, career and technical education (CTE) programs, like those offered through a state college or career/technical institution, may…

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Fuse scholarship fund hits $3 million mark

A major milestone has been reached in helping local students attain a bachelor’s degree. Almost a year ahead of schedule, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and LEAP Tampa Bay’s partners have successfully met a challenge from the Helios Education Foundation to raise $500,000 for the Fuse Scholarship Fund. With the challenge met, Helios is…

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Hillsborough Community College Receives Grant to Advance Racial Justice and Equity

Hillsborough Community College has been awarded a one-time grant from the Lumina Foundation, which will be used to bolster existing racial justice programming at the college. HCC is one of 19 colleges and universities that have demonstrated “significant work to advance equity on campus and in the broader community” and will receive individual grants worth $25,000…

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Key Findings of the Pinellas Indicators Report

LEAP Tampa Bay recently released new data that uncovers what the greatest factors are in regards to postsecondary access and attainment in Pinellas County. Kimberly Lent, senior research associate at Florida College Access Network, and Stacy Baier, president of the Pinellas Education Foundation, spoke with WUSF News about the report, the state of educational achievement…

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National Honors For Hillsborough Schools!

Hillsborough Public Schools get 2 national honors for equity and academics Students, parents, teachers and board members with Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) are celebrating some exciting back-to-back news, which shows students in the district are getting a top-notch education and outperforming their peers across the country. First, in a ceremony in Texas, Hillsborough County…

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