Media Releases

PRESS RELEASES 2017

February 28: Florida achieves statewide goal of boosting FAFSA completion by 5%

February 2 Florida CAN and partner institutions present before Florida House subcommittee

PRESS RELEASES 2016

December 2 Helios Education Foundation awards $2 million grant to Florida College Access Network

November 29 Florida Higher Education Coordinating Council adopts postsecondary attainment goal

November 9 New dashboard shows Florida workers’ wages by education/training level

October 5 The 2016-17 Florida FAFSA Challenge has begun!

September 28 Florida’s degree attainment rate rises 1%

May 24 Florida CAN announces College Ready Florida Statewide Initiatives

April 26 2016 Florida FAFSA Challenge Winners Announced

February 17 Florida CAN releases FAFSA data for over 600 Florida schools

January 28 Completing the FAFSA a strong predictor of college attendance in Florida

PRESS RELEASES 2015

November 18 Florida CAN’s Associate Director presents on Student Loan Defaults to the Florida House of Representatives

November 10 Nearly 2,500 Students Benefit from Tuition Equity Law during First Year

October 7 October is Florida College Application Month

October 5 Florida CAN’s Associate Director Receives National Award

PRESS RELEASES 2014

July 30 Recent Gains, Future Challenges: A Closer Look at Degree Attainment in Florida

April 8 Bright Futures to drop 80,000 scholarships: Read new Florida C.A.N.! policy brief

April 3 FLORIDA C.A.N.! WEBINAR: How communities can partner to create local college access networks

March 10 Florida data fuels White House push to get college aid to more high school students

January 16 With a $1.5 million grant, Florida College Access Network to support regional networks that build a college-going culture and lay out clear paths to postsecondary education

PRESS RELEASES 2013

December 18 Florida Students Miss Out on $100 Million in Pell Grants

September 12 Laurie Meggesin Named New Executive Director of the Florida College Access Network

September 11 More than half of Florida students fail to apply for free federal college grants. Find out how your high school compares.

April 23 Florida College Access Network Announces Leadership Transition

April 1 Number of Bright Futures scholarships awarded to Hispanic university students expected to drop by over 60%

March 27  Nearly 73% of Florida high school seniors fail to apply for federal college aid

February 5 35 Locations Available To Help Students Find Money For College

January 29  Statement by BRAULIO COLÓN, Executive Director for Florida College Access Network on Senate Bill 180 and House Bill 17

PRESS RELEASES 2012

October 12 Statement by BRAULIO COLÓN, Executive Director for Florida College Access Network on Florida State Board of Education Strategic Plan

September 26 More Undergraduate Certificates Awarded In FL Than Any Other Degree New report highlights the importance of certificates and encourages communities to learn more about their economic value, where they’re offered in Florida, and differences in quality

August 22 Statement by BRAULIO COLÓN, Executive Director for Florida College Access Network On Florida’s 2012 ACT Report

June 21 Most Florida 12th Graders Didn’t Apply for Federal Financial Aid A new government tracking tool shows the majority of Florida high school seniors failed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid before the school year ended

June 08 High Number of Hispanics Earning Health Care Degrees in FL New report highlights Florida higher education institutions ranked in the top 25 nationally for graduating Latinos in health care fields

May 23 FL Should Do More to Support Adults Returning to College New report highlights what initiatives are currently underway and offers recommendations for improving success for non-traditional students

May 8 Leaders to Convene on Postsecondary Success & Partnerships The Florida College Access & Success Summit is Friday, May 11th in Tampa

May 1 FL House Speaker Designate To Speak On Higher Education State Representative Will Weatherford will serve as keynote speaker at the Florida College Access & Success Summit on May 11th in Tampa

April 24 Panelists to Discuss Education Policy Trends, Setting State Goals Goal 2025 Panelists Click here to read more about the Goal 2025 Session Panelists

April 18 Panelists to Discuss Strategies that Work College Access & Success Strategies Session Panelists Click here to read more about the College Access & Success Strategies Session Panelists

April 11 Florida College Access & Success Summit Summit Focuses On Postsecondary Success & Partnerships

April 9 Florida Scores High in Graduating Hispanics New report highlights Florida higher education institutions ranked in the top 25 nationally for graduating Latinos

March 15 New Tracking Tool Uncovers Lack of Students Applying for Financial Aid Only about 24% of high school seniors in Florida have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

March 13 Florida College Access Network Announces Two New Hires The senior researcher and community engagement specialist will focus on building support for Goal 2025 and developing tools to track our efforts to get there

February 22 College Students To Convene & Recommend Solutions For Higher Education The 4th Annual Florida Student Education Policy Conference is Feb. 23-26 in Tampa

PRESS RELEASES 2011

December 8 Central Florida College Access Network Awarded $10,000 Planning Grant Grant designed to facilitate the process for developing community-based college access programs

November 3 Little Haiti College Access Network Awarded $10,000 Planning Grant Grant designed to facilitate the process for developing community-based college access programs

November 2 Billboard Contest Extended To Nov. 15th For Middle & High School Students Students in Hillsborough County are invited to submit artwork showing how they’re preparing for college

October 17 Billboard Contest Launches Today For Middle & High School Students Students in Hillsborough County are invited to submit artwork showing how they’re preparing for college

August 8 WUSF Public Media to Pilot NPR’s StateImpact Project in Florida Project to focus on the impact of state government on education

August 8 WUSF Public Media and Florida CAN to Announce Statewide Education Project Media invited to participate in Q&A session with project leaders via conference call

June 17 Central Florida College Access Network Formed To Boost College Success Mission is to develop college access programming & policies to boost college-going & completion rates

June 13 Organizations Come Together In Little Haiti To Form Local College Access Network Mission is to expand college access programming to Haitian-Americans living in Miami-Dade County

May 26 Planning Grants To Expand College Access Services Awarded Grants decided to facilitate the initial process to develop community-based college access programs

April 13 Scholarships Totaling $20,500 Awarded To College Goal Sunday Participants All Students Completing the FAFSA On-Site Were Eligible To Receive A $250 Scholarship

April 5 Proposed Changes To Bright Futures Reverses Trend In Improving College-Readiness, Completion Rates, Report Says FL CAN recommends that any cuts to the scholarship be done on a graduated scale taking reported family income into consideration

March 17 Tampa Organizations Come Together To Form Local College Access Network Mission is to expand college access programming to first generation, limited-income students in Hillsborough County

March 9 Student Leaders Call For Better Teacher Evaluations, Financial Aid Reform, And A More Efficient Higher Education System Students represent delegations back home on Florida education reform

March 8 Student Leaders To Unveil Education Policy Recommendations For 2011 Students represent delegations back home on Florida education reform

March 3 Student Leaders To Share Their Ideas On Education With Legislators The student’s visit to Tallahassee is part of their commitment to represent other students back home

February 15 Statement On Seminole County’s Recommendation To Set Lower Expectations For Students Based On Socioeconomic Status

February 8 College Students To Convene & Recommend Solutions For K-12, Higher Education The 3rd Annual Florida Student Education Policy Conference is Feb. 24-27 in Orlando

January 26 Statement On Florida 2009 NAEP Science Results

January 26 Adults Returning To College Vital To Florida’s Competitiveness, Report Says Twenty-two percent of Florida’s adult population have completed some college credit without earning a degree

January 10 46 Locations Available To Help Students Find Money For College Students will receive FREE expert advice and help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

PRESS RELEASES 2010

December 20 In Preparing Seniors For College, Dual Enrollment Equally Effective As AP While AP has received more attention and funding, a new report says Dual Enrollment deserves a closer look

November 15 Campaign to help increase college-going rates among Haitian-Americans Florida College Access Network and FIU Partnership designed to build a college-going culture

October 18 College Access Network To Host Town Hall On Hispanic Student Success

September 28 FL Community College Students Show Improvement In Key Math Courses With enrollments up and state funding down, report warns that improvements may be short-lived

June 25 Application Now Available For Organizations Interested In Helping Florida Students Find Money For College Select Organizations will provide Florida students with FREE expert advice and help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid on February 20, 2011

June 10 Empowering Communities To Work Alongside Our Schools, Is Florida Next? Report Calls On Florida To Institutionalize A College Access Network Designed To Engage Future Talent Pool

April 29 Why Algebra II? It Helps Students Reason &Think Critically, Report Says Requiring Algebra II suggest the high school curriculum is beginning to adapt to new demands in the economy

March 10 Student Leaders Call For Higher Standards In High School & Financial Aid Reform Students represent delegations back home on Florida education reform

March 9 Student Leaders To Unveil Education Policy Recommendations For 2010-11 Students represent delegations back home on Florida education reform

March 4 Student Leaders To Share Their Views On Education With Legislators Students represent delegations back home on Florida education reform

March 2 Lumina Foundation for Education Awards $533,000 Grant To ENLACE Florida Grant will support a statewide college-readiness campaign and development of college-access and policy network

February 25 Florida K-12 Chancellor Dr. Frances Haithcock Special Guest Speaker At Florida Student Education Policy Conference College students representing ten universities in Florida will convene in Tampa this weekend to develop recommendations to improve Florida’s education system

February 24 House PreK-12 Policy Committee Chairman John Legg Special Guest Speaker At Student Conference College students representing ten universities in Florida will convene in Tampa this weekend to develop recommendations to improve Florida’s education system

February 24 Report: FL Will Fall 391,000 College Degrees Short Of New Economic Demands Florida needs 5.7% annual growth in degree production to make up for expected shortfall

February 11 College Students To Convene & Debate The State Of Public Education In Florida The 2nd Annual Florida Student Education Policy Conference will be held at the University of South Florida

January 25 FREE Help Finding Money For College Available Statewide This Sunday Students will receive FREE expert advice and help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

January 5 Organizations Partner Up To Help Limited-Income Students Find Money For College Students will receive FREE expert advice and help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

PRESS RELEASES 2009

December 17 AP Program Is Not Florida’s College-Readiness Solution, Report Says Group urges education policy makers to increase high school standards and grad requirements

October 20 Group Plans To Launch College-Readiness Movement In Miami KnowHow2Go Florida is a grassroots and media campaign targeting students in grades 8-10

October 13 Too Many Students Not Passing Math In College, Report Says At some universities, as many as 66% of students are not passing key math courses

October 12 Limited-Income Students and Families To Get Help Securing Money For College Limited-Income Students and Families To Get Help Securing Money For College

July 30 Education Policy & Advocacy Group Plans To Launch College-Readiness Movement KnowHow2Go Florida is a grassroots and media campaign targeting students in grades 8-10

July 28 Group Calls For Deeper Focus On Student Success In Higher Education New report highlights “opportunity gaps” and a framework of essential elements to improve student success

May 6 Decreased Revenues Force Early Literacy Program To Suspend Enrollment

April 28 Report Says Students Can Help Develop Meaningful Education Policy Annual Florida Student Education Policy Conference is designed to help students get involved in reform

March 30 Students To Promote Education Reform, Share Personal Experiences at Capitol Students will hand-deliver a collection of essays from first generation students in Florida

March 4 Student Leaders To Share Their Views On Education With Legislators Students represent delegations back home on education reform

February 25 College Students To Debate the State of Public Education in Florida Sixty-four students from across the state will recommend ways in which education can be improved

February 23 College Affordability A Rising Concern For Florida College-Ready Students Sixty-two percent of the students in Florida public schools come from limited income families

January 27 Limited-Income Students and Families to Get Help Securing Money For College Students will receive FREE expert advice and help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

January 15 National Expert Concludes Bright Futures Program Failed To Meet Intended Goals

PRESS RELEASES 2008

November 12 The Education Writers Association Invites Education Journalists to Participate in a Webinar on Covering Teachers’ Contract Negotiations (PDF)

October 20 New Report: FL Taxpayer’s Return on Investment from Public Education (PDF) New Report will also address the Socio-Economic Impact of the PreK-20 Education System

October 16 Parents of 1 year-old Invited to See Dolly Parton Live in Concert (PDF) Their daughter was registered in the Imagination Library Program and now receives a book each month

October 9 Report on Florida’s Return on Investment from Public Education to be Presented in Miami (PDF) Report will also address the Socio-Economic Impact of the PreK-20 Education System

September 30 Quality at Risk in Florida’s Higher Education System (PDF) Report calls for targeted investments in high priority areas including faculty and student support

September 2 Report Weighs in on Florida’s New Accountability Pilot Program (PDF) Group calls Florida’s plan ambitious and promising

June 17 Report Calls for College Prep Curriculum in Florida High Schools (PDF)

May 20 Education Reform Takes Positive Steps Forward Despite Terrible Budget (PDF) Report Highlights and Applauds Three Key Decisions

April 10 Low Income Students Overcome Barriers On Path To Degree (PDF) Report: Academic Aspirations of Many Florida Students caught in an “Achievement Trap”

March 20 College Students to Share “Their Story” in Statewide Essay Contest (PDF) Top winner will be announced April 15th in Tallahassee and will receive $1,000 cash

March 5 Florida’s High School Graduates Unlikely to be Prepared to Engage in Florida’s Global Trade (PDF) Report Calls for Focus on Latin America and Caribbean

February 5 Higher Education on the Brink (PDF) 60,000 Students May Be Denied Access To Florida SUS System by 2012

January 16 Florida Achievement Masks Disparities at Local Level (PDF) Districts, Schools Show Mixed Results on Minority Access Into AP Courses/Exams

PRESS RELEASES 2007

December 16 Tuition, Access, and Affordability in Florida (PDF) Bright Futures Scholarships Cover Less Than 23% of Total Cost for College