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UnidosNow at the FCAN Summit

With the theme “Better Together”, the 2016 Florida College Access Network Summit was held at Lake Buenavista. Its goal: to keep empowering communities to work constructively together with our schools and build partnerships with universities, colleges, schools, community organizations, businesses, parents, and students.

Pumariega gave the closing remarks at the summit emphasizing that colleges, business, community leaders and community-based organizations need to work together so that college attainment and college graduation is a reality for all.

UnidosNow Executive Director, Luz Corcuera, participated in the Summit to learn about best practices to bring back to our community. Corcuera was touched by the stories she heard from first generation college students, reminding her to UnidosNow’s scholars.

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First generation college students sharing their experiences at the FCAN Summit.

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UnidosNow Executive Director, Luz Corcuera (left), with Madeline Pumariega (right), Chancellor of Florida Colleges.

Future Leaders at Palmetto High Graduate!

The FLA School Program in Palmetto High closing ceremony with the participation of family and friends was held on May 6th, 2016. The very involved Parent’s Advisory Board prepared a fundraising event before the ceremony to support college tours for next year. Congratulations to all our wondrous Future Leaders Scholars: we are very proud of all of you!

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HUGE SUCCESS for UnidosNow: Sarasota High now ranked #1 for most improved for FAFSA completion

From Catalina Kaiyoorawongs

We wanted to share the news released by the Florida College Access Network. UnidosNow has a huge success to celebrate! As a result of our  workshop with all seniors, reaching out directly to students at Sarasota High, and taking data to identify who we need to reach out to, Sarasota High is  now ranked # 1 for most improved high school is in the State for FAFSA completion as of the beginning of February. This is even before we join forces as a community to host the School sponsored workshop! Let’s see if we can keep this up! I wanted to personally reach out to our major supporters and let them know! Thanks to all our volunteer efforts, we are truly making strides to help low income students obtain the money they need for college. Please refer to the second info graphic.

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From: Florida College Access Network <[email protected]floridacollegeaccess.org>
Date: Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 10:41 AM
Subject: Florida CAN releases FAFSA data for over 600 Florida schools
To: Catalina <[email protected]>

Press Contact:
Ashley J. Martinez, (813) 974-8606
[email protected]floridacollegeaccess.org

Florida CAN releases FAFSA data for over 600 schools

New, interactive dashboard allows users to track school, district and state-level FAFSA completion data through spring 2016

Tampa, FL — Florida College Access Network (Florida CAN) has released theFlorida FAFSA Finish Line dashboard with new data for 2016, showing the number of 12th graders throughout the state who have completed the form.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines eligibility for $150 billion in federal financial aid programs each year, yet tens of thousands of eligible Florida students neglect to fill out the form.  Previous estimates from Florida CAN show Florida students leave behind over $100 million in federal Pell Grants each year, not including state aid programs like the Florida Student Assistance Grant, which also requires a completed FAFSA.

The Florida FAFSA Finish Line data dashboard allows schools, districts and community partners to view FAFSA completion rates in near-real time with data updates taking place weekly through March and bi-weekly through June.

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“Money should never be the reason why students choose not to go to college,” said Troy Miller, Associate Director for Research and Policy for Florida CAN. “This data dashboard can help schools, districts and community partners make sure their students complete the FAFSA and have a plan for life after high school.”

To spark an increase in FAFSA completions among high school seniors, last December Florida CAN announced the Florida FAFSA Challenge to encourage all schools and districts to raise FAFSA completion rates by 5% in 2016.  Schools and districts that sign up for the challenge receive support, resources and recognition, with trophies going to top performers in the state.

Each week, schools and districts with the highest FAFSA completion rates (“MVP”), the most improved FAFSA completion rates (“Most Improved”), and the closest to the 5% goal in the fewest amount of days (“Fastest Lap”) will be featured in the FAFSA Challenge Leaderboard, updated each week through March 31, 2016.  A downloadable version of the most recent Leaderboard with data through February 5, 2016 can be found here.


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Schools and districts interested in participating in the Florida FAFSA Challenge can learn more and register here.

For more information on FAFSA completion data, research and resources, see these previous releases by Florida CAN:

A downloadable version (.PDF) of this press release can be found here.

The Florida FAFSA Challenge is possible thanks to the support of the Helios Education Foundation and Swift Family Foundation.

About Florida College Access Network
The mission of the Florida College Access Network is to create and strengthen a statewide network that catalyzes and supports communities to improve college & career preparation, access, and completion for all students. Our Big Goal is to increase the percentage of Florida residents who hold a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential to 60% by the year 2025. For more information, visitwww.floridacollegeaccess.org.
                                                                                          
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Tuition Equity for DREAMers

DREAMers - June 10, 2014

 

The Florida Immigrant Coaliton and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released a few months ago a basic fact sheet to guide DREAMers in their understanding of House Bill (HB) 851 on Tuition Equity for DREAMers. This bill allows all Florida high school graduates regardless of status to pay in-state tuition rates at all Florida Public Universities and Colleges.

 

Last June, five DREAMers had the opportunity to meet with Governor Scott and Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera. They expressed their gratitude to the Governor for signing the bill and also took the opportunity to remind him there is so much more at stake and there is much more our immigrant communities in Florida need. They had a conversation on driver’s licenses and its importance not only for the immigrant youth in this state, but also for their parents and our communities overall.

 

Please find below the fact sheets on HB 851 to help you understand the process:

Please, do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.