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Trump Targets Pell Grant Money For NASA's Budget Boost

May 14, 2019
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The Trump administration wants to shift money for Pell Grants for college education to fund new spending, including a $1.6 billion bump for NASA to return American astronauts to the moon by 2024. 

Lawmakers hope allowing state colleges impacted by Hurricane Michael to waive out of state tuition for 3 years will spur economic growth. 

Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed a pair of veterans-focused bills. He held the signing ceremony Tuesday at Jacksonville’s National Guard armory.

The measures are meant to make it easier for vets and active duty service members to get an education and a job.

Some college students in the nation's third-largest state may get a big break on their tuition this year under a sweeping proposal passed Thursday by the Florida Senate.

A report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York says on average, recent college grads are leaving school with more than $30,000 in debt. And Florida lawmakers worry many of those students haven’t given much thought to how they’ll pay that money back.

Senate Wants ‘Block’ Tuition For Universities

Feb 3, 2017
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The Florida Senate will move forward next week with a proposal that would require all 12 state universities to adopt a "block" tuition policy by the fall of 2018.

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A new study says Florida students who use federal Pell grants to pay for college are graduating at about the same rate as their peers.

The Hechinger Report  gathered data on students across the country getting these grants and how many of them graduated within six years. 

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Ashley Jean is graduating from Miami’s iPrep Academy this week. And then she’s planning to travel the world.

Jean will start a global studies program through Long Island University that will eventually take her to places like Costa Rica, Australia, Bali and Spain.

That’s a lot of plane tickets.

“I don’t want money to be a reason why I can’t change my life,” Jean says, “so I have to work hard to do what I can to get this program.”

Valerie Inniss took out $11,500 in student loans this year to pay for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

None of it was for tuition.

The 21-year-old is on a four-year, full-tuition scholarship, won on the strength of her high school test scores. And she qualifies for the maximum federal Pell Grant — $5,730 — for low-income students.

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Three months ago W. Kent Fuchs became president of the University of Florida, leaving New York’s Cornell University.

Fuchs says Florida universities are adding new faculty, but opposition to higher tuition means more pressure to find private donations.

The University of Florida is also expanding a new online program, with a goal of eventually enrolling 24,000 students.

Fuchs sat down with WLRN’s StateImpact Florida reporter John O’Connor to talk about the issues in higher education.

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Students who are the first in their family to attend college often have a more difficult time finishing their degree.

Research shows those students know less about how to get into and pay for college. And first generation college students are less likely to take tough high school courses needed to be prepared for college.

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Polls show Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist are polarizing. Voters are as likely to dislike the candidates as they are to approve of them.

So both candidates are talking about schools, colleges and scholarships -- to motivate their supporters.

“Education is an issue that is helping to appeal to the base," says Sean Foreman, a Barry University political science professor and chairman of the education committee for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

Florida students living in the country illegally will be allowed to qualify for in-state college tuition rates under a bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott signed the bill privately on Monday. But he plans to tout the signing at a campaign event scheduled later today in Fort Myers.

The new law offers in-state college tuition rates to undocumented students who had attended a Florida school for at least three years before graduation.

The current in-state rate is one-quarter of what out-of-state students and those in the country illegally pay.

Gov. Scott Bashes Charlie Crist on Tuition

Mar 26, 2014
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Sitting in a circle with five current high school students and their parents, Gov. Rick Scott talked about the cost of college and the importance of keeping tuition low.

Scott stopped by Jefferson High School in Tampa on Wednesday to talk with students about college tuition and took the opportunity to bash his opponent, Charlie Crist.

"We've got to reduce the tuition increases that Charlie Crist created back when he was governor, we have to un-do that wrong," he said.