Lawmakers have not been kind to college students in Florida. In just the past 5 years, Florida's lawmakers cut funding for higher education by 45 percent!
This is not how you keep college affordable and accessible, especially for low-income students. Need-based aid like the Florida Student Assistance Grant must be increased to keep up with high college costs.
Sign the petition to tell Florida's lawmakers to ensure that college is within reach for low-income students: invest in the Florida Student Assistance Grant Program!
Dear Florida Lawmaker,
The racial divide among Floridians earning a college degree is dramatic. Unfortunately, the state’s 45 percent cut in higher education funding since the Great Recession and increasing tuition prices could further exacerbate this problem.
To keep Florida’s economy healthy and vibrant, we must make it easier for young Floridians of any background to get the higher education they need to improve their chances of finding work and earning decent wages.
Florida can improve the diversity of its graduates by investing in financial aid programs that help students and families most in need, like the Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG) Program. Currently, the average FSAG award is roughly $1,100 – not enough to help students cover the cost of tuition.
I urge you to bolster funding for the Student Assistance Grant Program by 67 percent – the amount tuition has increased at the state’s four-year public universities since the Great Recession, so that need-based aid keeps up with rising costs.