Special opportunity for Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco public school counselors and teachers: Extra Yard for Teachers, thanks to a generous grant from the Helios Education Foundation, is thrilled to announce three programs and grant opportunities for public school teachers and school counselors in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties! The goal of these grants is to strengthen a college-going culture in Tampa Bay—especially for low-income students and their families—so that more Tampa Bay students enroll in college or career school and complete a degree or vocational credential. This opportunity is presented in partnership with Florida College Access Network, the Tampa Bay Sports Commission and the College Football Playoff Foundation. For more information, click here.


Florida College Access Network partners with Florida schools and communities to coordinate three statewide initiatives to help low-income high school students continue their educations after high school:

Apply Yourself Florida (Florida College Application Week), part of the American College Application Campaign, aspires to position every graduating senior to complete at least one postsecondary application. High schools help students complete applications with the support of trained volunteers, and school-wide activities promote a college-going culture for younger students. Register here to be part of Apply Yourself Florida 2016. For highlights from the inaugural Florida College Application Week, click here.

For more information, including access to the Apply Yourself Florida Toolkit, click here.

Florida FAFSA Challenge strives to boost the number of Florida seniors completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which helps students qualify for financial aid like Pell Grants to pay for their college expenses. Florida high school seniors annually leave behind over $100 million in Pell grants alone! To see how your school or district is doing in regards to FAFSA completion, click here. The next Florida FAFSA Challenge begins when the 2017-18 FAFSA application opens on October 1, 2016. Register here to be part of the 2016-17 Florida FAFSA Challenge. For highlights from the inaugural Florida FAFSA Challenge, click here.

For more information, including access to the Florida FAFSA Challenge Toolkit, click here.

Florida College Decision Day recognizes and celebrates high school seniors for their postsecondary plans and encourages all students to prepare early for college. Held around May 1, it coincides with the date when seniors typically must inform colleges of their plans to enroll. Register here to be part of the 2017 Florida College Decision Day. For highlights from the 2016 Florida College Decision Day, click here.

For more information, including access to the Florida College Decision Day Toolkit, click here.

For a press release on College Ready Florida, click here.


College For Every Student is a nonprofit organization committed to raising the academic aspirations and performance of underserved youth so that they can prepare for, gain access to, and succeed in college.  CFES currently works with 20,000 students in 24 states.  For information on where they work in Florida, click here.

College Goal Sunday Florida is an event coordinated by the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Student Financial Assistance designed to help limited-income college-bound students pay for college by providing FREE expert advice and assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online.  For more information, click here.

College Summit was founded 18 years ago in the basement of a low-income housing development by a teen center director, J.B. Schramm. He saw how college transformed the lives of young people in the neighborhood, and how peer influence pushed some students off the college path, while it spurred other students to thrive. From that modest experience, College Summit has grown to serve 50,000 students annually in 170 high schools in 12 states by partnering with high school principals, teachers and the most influential students in lower-income communities to raise their college-going and success rates. Click here to learn more about their work in Florida.

The Florida Campus Compact (FL|CC) offers the College Access & Success AmeriCorps Program with Volunteer Florida. The program is open to college students who will serve as mentors to at-risk youth with the goal of helping them gain skills and knowledge needed for their eventual college admission and success. AmeriCorps members will provide mentoring, one-on-one or in small groups, to students in grades 6 through 12 before, during, and after school hours hosted by school districts and community agencies. FL|CC is made up of more than 50 Florida college and university presidents committed to helping students develop the values and skills of active citizenship through participation in public and community service.

Single Stop USA is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income families and individuals build economic security by offering a “one-stop” program that combines benefits screening and application assistance with tax preparation, legal assistance and financial counseling.  By pairing financial resources in the form of tax credits and benefits like food stamps and Medicaid with financial and legal counseling, Single Stop aims to provide students with the tools they need to achieve a higher education, good jobs, and economic mobility.  For more information on their work in Florida, click here.

Take Stock in Children is a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income students to escape the cycle of poverty through education. It offers students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life. Its services start in middle school, continue through high school and include their transition into college. The goal is to reduce the number of high school drop-outs and to increase the number of students who finish college and enter the workforce successfully. Take Stock in Children has served over 16,000 children throughout 67 counties in Florida.