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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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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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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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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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Maximum Pell Grant amount increases for 2019-2020

The maximum award for Federal Pell Grants has increased to $6,195 for the upcoming academic year, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The new maximum award amount represents a slight increase from 2018-2019’s maximum of $6,095. Federal Pell Grants are a type of college financial aid awarded to students who have great financial need. Unlike…

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