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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Volunteers at a LEAP 4 College center

LEAP 4 College Centers Provide College and Career Resources to Tampa Bay Students

Opening today at Largo High School and later this spring at Armwood High School in Seffner, LEAP 4 College Centers will offer personalized college and career planning assistance to students. Trained volunteers will help students identify career interests and navigate the options for education and training after high school. Students can get help with tasks…

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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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FAFSA Completion Scholarships Available to Pinellas, Hillsborough Students

Three Tampa Bay area colleges – the University of Tampa, Hillsborough Community College and St. Petersburg College – are offering multiple “FAFSA completion scholarships” for Hillsborough and Pinellas high school students who have submitted their 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The scholarships will be awarded through drawings held in April. To be…

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LEAP in the News: Beyond Just Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment allows students to complete college credit courses while still in high school – speeding up the time it takes to finish a degree and ultimately cutting down on the cost of going to college. Increasingly, however, colleges are realizing that students’ attitudes and expectations about college can be shaped prior to high school.…

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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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