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Project Gives Developmentally Disabled a Chance to Go to College

Quan Jones of Project 10 Stingray works at the marina behind USFSP

A college education is generally considered a student’s best shot at getting a good job these days, and it’s often assumed most high schoolers are prepared to attend college. But there’s one group that has been quietly excluded from that process — students with intellectual disabilities. A program at the University of South Florida St. [...]

Why Paperwork Is Worth Millions To Florida College Students

This chart shows how seven high school holding FAFSA marathons compare to the Miami-Dade completion rate. Click the photo to enlarge.

It’s a midweek school night at Miami Beach Senior High School. Students, their parents and siblings — roughly 80 people in all — are waiting in the school’s library to get on a computer and answer a lot of questions. Miami Beach Senior High college adviser Maria Sahwell and experienced counselors will walk families through [...]

Lawmaker Says Financial Aid Could Depend On Classes, Not Just Test Scores

A key Senate lawmaker may put less emphasis on test scores to determine which students qualify for state financial aid for college — possibly including Bright Futures. Instead, scholarships  and grants would depend more on taking tougher classes in high school. Senator John Legg, R-Trinity, said he and other lawmakers have heard complaints and concerns [...]

New Bright Futures Rules Changing College Plans For Florida Students

Bright Futures once paid $429 million in scholarships a year. Lawmakers have raised required SAT and ACT scores, and estimates are the programs will pay just $180 million by 2018.

Most new Palm Beach College Students were going through orientation earlier this month, but Jake Seiler was wrapping up his first three courses. Despite earning the highest SAT scores of his two siblings — 1100, on six attempts — Seiler didn’t score high enough this year to earn the Bright Futures Florida Medallion scholarship his [...]

How Some South Florida Teenagers Got College Degrees Before High School Diplomas

Sixty students from the Hialeah area will graduate from high school this month like thousands of others in Florida, but these students have done something especially remarkable. They’ll receive their high school diplomas almost a month after graduating from Miami Dade College. The students took advantage of the dual-enrollment programs offered at Mater Academy and Mater Lakes Academy. These [...]

Marco Rubio Wants To Change College

When Sen. Marco Rubio was growing up, his parents gave him an edict: “From a very early age they used to tell us, ‘tu tienes que estudiar,’ which means, ‘you have to study.’ So growing up I don’t ever recall not considering going to college,” Rubio told an audience at Miami-Dade College on Monday. Rubio talked at length about [...]

Today: A Twitter Conversation About Getting Ready For College

The Education Fund in Miami is hosting an online chat today about the best ways for first generation and low-income students to earn a college degree. Lisa Ciacci, the Education Fund’s Smart Path to College program manager, will be on Twitter ready to answer questions. Advisers from similar programs in San Francisco and Philadelphia will [...]

CEO Sees Educational Progress In Florida; Says It’s Too Slow

Lumina Foundation president and CEO Jamie Merisotis. He says the number of Floridians earning higher education degrees is not keeping pace with job openings.

The percentage of Floridians earning college degrees is not increasing fast enough to keep pace with the job market, according to the head of a foundation working to boost higher education graduates. That’s what Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation, told the Economic Club of Florida last week. “It’s an urgent need,” Merisotis [...]

How Students Knew to Expect Tuition Hikes … and Protest

So far, all but three Florida colleges are raising tuition this fall. Students from around the state suspected this would happen. That’s why they “occupied the Capitol” during the Legislative Session earlier this year to protest the tuition hikes they saw coming miles away. Broward College, Palm Beach State College and Valencia College – the second largest community [...]

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