FCAN in the News

2018

Tutor Corps coordinator to address state educators about program’s success
Naples Florida Weekly
(April 26, 2018)

More than 200 Florida schools pledge to celebrate their students during Signing Day events
Forbes
(April 19, 2018)

St. Petersburg College joins LEAP Tampa Bay College Access Network
Florida Business Daily
(April 17, 2018)

Sarasota schools lead state in Pell Grant pursuit for third year
SRQ Magazine
(April 13, 2018)

College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yards for Teachers initiative
LEAP Tampa Bay
(April 3, 2018)

State Profile: Florida — Applying new and old communication tactics
ACAC/ACE Newsletter
(April 3, 2018)

Support local kids through Take Stock in Children: Guestview
Pensacola News Journal
(February 16, 2018)

National College Access Network launches FAFSA Completion Tracker
Diverse Issues in Education
(February 7, 2018)

Escambia County group wants to increase graduation rate
Perdido Key Live
(February 7, 2018)

Message from Chancellor Madeline Pumariega
Florida College System Newsletter
(January 2018)

Achieve success by improving college access: Guestview
Pensacola News Journal
(January 27, 2018)

Achieve Escambia seeks to increase college/vocational grads in Escambia County
WUWF
(January 23, 2018)

Group wants more local residents to achieve a college degree
NorthEscambia.com
(January 19, 2018)

40% of Escambia residents have a college degree. Achieve Escambia wants to do better
Pensacola News Journal
(January 18, 2018)

College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers Tampa Bay Legacy Initiative
Tampa Bay Sports Commission
(January 10, 2018)

NCAN introduces Model State Policy Agenda and Toolkit
National College Access Network
(January 11, 2018)

17 NCAN members receive advocacy grants
National College Access Network
(January 8, 2018)

2017

Breaking down the PROSPER Act: Consumer information and FAFSA simplification
National College Access Network
(December 11, 2017)

NCAN members urge further examination of HEA proposals
National College Access Network
(December 7, 2017)

Innovative Scholarships: Community Support for Degree Completion
Helios Education Foundation
(December 1, 2017)

The Higher Education Coordinating Council’s “RISE to 55” campaign
Florida College System
(November 30, 2017)

Why the government wants to make applying for financial aid like shopping at Amazon
MarketWatch
(November 29, 2017)

Simple FAFSA Act “will move the needle” on completion rates
National College Access Network
(November 16, 2017)

Colleges battle FAFSA obstacles
Community College Daily
(November 14, 2017)

How Students Missed Out on $2.3 Billion in Free College Aid
NerdWallet
(October 9, 2017)

A quick explainer: what is the government doing to fix the student debt crisis?
WMFE-FM Orlando
(August 17, 2017)

Seniors’ FAFSA completions jump 10% when counting 19-year-olds
National College Access Network blog
(July 31, 2017)

Boosting Postsecondary Attainment Key to Florida’s Future Prosperity
Helios Education Foundation blog
(July 20, 2017)

New Florida law requires colleges to spell out student debt
Orlando Sentinel
(July 10, 2017)

Our opinion: Could Bright Futures Scholarships do more for poor?
Tallahassee Democrat
(July 2, 2017)

Coral Reef High School winner in the Florida CAN challenge
Kendall Gazette
(June 16, 2017)

District chases down triple crown
The Port St. Joe Star
(June 15, 2017)

Sarasota County wins state FAFSA completion award
Sarasota Chamber Buzz
(June 12, 2017)

Few students enroll in $10,000 college degree programs
Sun Sentinel
(May 26, 2017)

Gulf District Schools meet the challenge
The Port St. Joe Star
(April 27, 2017)

Sarasota County schools earn FAFSA Awards
SRQ Magazine
(April 24, 2017)

OCPS is awarded Most Improved in the statewide FAFSA Challenge
Orange County Public Schools
(April 21, 2017)

Local seniors take advantage of college funding
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
(April 21, 2017)

FAFSA completion rates up in Collier, but low-income students struggle
Naples Daily News
(March 29, 2017)

FAFSA Night helps those in need of college assistance
The Gainesville Sun
(March 28, 2017)

Lottery rakes in cash but fewer students, particularly poor ones, make cut for scholarships
Miami Herald
(March 17, 2017)

Florida Lottery is not the education jackpot you may think
TCPalm
(March 8, 2017)

Can’t pay for college? FIU pledges to pick up the tab
Miami Herald
(March 2, 2017)

Grant to help students get training beyond high school
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
(March 1, 2017)

2016

Column: Florida’s economic future depends on a new education goal
Tampa Bay Times
(December 6, 2016)

Florida FAFSA Completion Challenge: Data-Driven Results and Creative Completion Strategies
National College Access Network
(November 8, 2016)

USF Launched Enhanced Guaranteed Admission Program with Regional Florida Colleges
St. Petersburg College News
(October 31, 2016)

Minorities, poor hit hardest by stricter Bright Futures requirements
Sun Sentinel
(October 21, 2016)

Collier students leaving behind millions of available financial aid
Naples Daily News
(October 18, 2016)

It’s That Time for SWFL High Schoolers…Financial Aid Apps for College
Naples Herald
(October 10, 2016)

Financial aid doesn’t come, if you don’t file an application
The News-Press
(October 3, 2016)

College financial aid changes: Here’s what you need to know
Miami Herald
(September 29, 2016)

Florida’s share of college-educated adults rises, slowly and steadily
Tampa Bay Times
(September 28, 2016)

What Our Students Learned at “Beating the Odds”
National College Access Network Blog
(August 23, 2016)

Why student debt in Florida is lower than most states
Miami Herald
(August 10, 2016)

Immigrant students face barriers to attend college
Naples Daily News
(August 8, 2016)

Students will get help to file aid forms, graduate sooner with associate degrees
Tampa Bay Times
(July 15, 2016)

Data and Dialogue Drive FAFSA Completion in Florida
National College Access Network Blog
(July 13, 2016)

How Three Cities Plan to Boost FAFSA Completion
National College Access Network Blog
(July 6, 2016)

UnidosNow at the FCAN Summit
UnidosNow
(May 20, 2016)

LEAP: New Program Launched in Hillsborough County to Focus on Increasing Postsecondary Degree Attainment
Helios Education Foundation
(May 16, 2016)

Students show FCAN participants they are more than just a number
Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities
(May 15, 2016)

Florida college degrees evaluated for payoff
Bradenton Herald
(May 5, 2016)

5 things you didn’t know about earning a degree in Florida
Miami Herald
(May 4, 2016)

State takes steps to rein in college tuition, textbook costs
Sun Sentinel
(March 21, 2016)

Financial Aid Application First Step to Success
SRQ Magazine
(March 5, 2016)

‘Start Early:’ Collier Schools Hosts Town Hall on Paying for College
Naples Herald
(March 3, 2016)

How a security upgrade makes it harder to apply for financial aid this year
Los Angeles Times
(March 2, 2016)

Why Are Undocumented Students Leaving In-State Tuition and Financial Aid Unclaimed?
GoodCall
(February 24, 2016)

Workshop aims to solve college’s biggest math problem: how to pay for it
Naples Daily News
(February 22, 2016)

‘Marathon’ on federal forms help Miami-Dade students secure college money
Miami Herald
(February 4, 2016)

Florida CAN Finds FAFSA Completion a Strong Indicator of College Attendance
National College Access Network Blog
(February 2, 2016)

Steve Queior: Local initiative strives to broaden college access
Herald-Tribune
(February 1, 2016)

How Students Missed Out on 2.7 Billion in Free FAFSA College Aid
NerdWallet
(January 27, 2016)

Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation provides $160,000 grant
Champions For Learning
(January 26, 2016)

College Financial Aid
WEDU Quest
(January 14, 2016)

Tampa Bay makes gains in education levels, but where are the benefits?
Tampa Bay Times
(January 3, 2016)

2015

Orange schools will be able to see whether students completed FAFSA
Orlando Sentinel
(December 27, 2015)

Department of Education releases resource to support undocumented students
GoodCall
(December 4, 2015)

Public technical schools offer bargain career training
Miami Herald
(December 3, 2015)

Stay in State: Bill helps undocumented students go to college
Northwest Florida Daily News
(November 30, 2015)

FutureMakers and WorkForce Now to merge
FutureMakers Coalition
(November 17, 2015)

Florida CAN: Helping Undocumented Students Attend College
National College Access Network Blog
(November 16, 2015)

Florida needs to address its deficit in providing opportunity
Orlando Sentinel
(October 15, 2015)

FutureMakers receives $300,000 from Schulze Family Foundation
FutureMakers Coalition
(September 28, 2015)

Florida College Decision Day
Florida Trend’s NEXT
(2015/2016)

Universities Pushing Students to Complete the FAFSA
shreveporttimes.com
(August  25, 2015)

Hilary Clinton tweets that Florida got an F for college affordability under Jeb Bush
Politifact.com
(August 14, 2015)

Extraordinary Individuals to Represent NCAN at the First Lady’s Beat the Odds Summit
National College Access Network Blog
(July 21, 2015)

Florida Dems say tuition went up 48.2 percent in Jeb Bush era
Politifact Florida
(June 30, 2015)

ACEC presents to statewide and local networks, joining Florida College Access Network
Gainesville Chamber e-Journal
(June 27, 2015)

States moving college scholarship money away from the poor, to the wealthy and middle class
The Hechinger Report
(June 22, 2015)

Winter Haven High to Offer Cambridge Program
The Ledger
(May 14, 2015)

Road to Bright Futures scholarships gets rougher
Orlando Sentinel
(April 30, 2015)

Educating the 21st Century Workplace
Quality Cities
(March/April 2015)

Tampa/Hillsborough Co. among new 20 areas included in Lumina Foundation’s Community Partnership for Attainment Initiative
Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
(March 25, 2015)

Universities pushing students to complete FAFSA
Monroe News Star
(March 25, 2015)

Florida has more black, Hispanic university students after ending affirmative action, Jeb Bush says
Politifact Florida
(March 11, 2015)

US tax season to encourage students to apply for federal funding
Epoch Times
(February 24, 2015)

What’s the Future for Bright Futures? State Cuts, Changes Have Shrunk the Popular Long-Time Florida Scholarship Program
The Ledger
(February 14, 2015)

Push is on to get Florida college students more federal aid
The Tampa Tribune
(February 14, 2015)

Why Paperwork Is Worth Millions To Florida College Students
StateImpact Florida
(February 2, 2015)

Why Paperwork is Worth Millions To Florida College Students
WRLN
(February 1, 2015)

Editorial: Broken futures
The Gainesville Sun
(February 1, 2015)

Editorial: Unclaimed Aid
Gainesville Sun
(January 27, 2015)

A chance for free money
Herald-Tribune
(January 21, 2015)

College-bound students forgo millions in aid by avoiding FAFSA
Tampa Bay Times
(January 17, 2015)

Editorial: Obama’s college plan
The Gainesville Sun
(January 14, 2015)

Thousands of Mass students who could qualify for federal financial aid didn’t file applications
Boston Business Journal
(January 13, 2015)

Students leave over $2.9 billion in free college money on the table
Nerd Wallet
(January 12, 2015)

2014

Colleges encourage ex-students to come back
The News-Press
(December 15, 2014)

Feds end probe into Bright Futures Scholarship Program
WFSU
(December 13, 2014)

SJR State joins effort to boost Northeast Florida’s college completion rate
St. Augustine Record
(December 12, 2014)

Chamber, schools look to bump area’s college grad rates
The Florida Times-Union
(December 1, 2014)

MoveED Grows, Adds Mapping Tool
Inside Indiana Business
(October 23, 2014)

School-by-school FAFSA Completion
Naples Florida Weekly
(October 23, 2014)

Guys need to step it up
News-Press
(October 18, 2014)

RPOF goes after Annette Taddeo’s comments on Bright Futures
Creative Loafing Tampa Bay
(October 14, 2014)

UCF students protest higher tuition for ‘excess’ classes
Orlando Sentinel
(October 9, 2014)

Bright Futures cuts prompt call for more tuition aid
Orlando Sentinel
(September 23, 2014)

Pinellas school district on a mission to make college education affordable
St. Petersburg Tribune
(September 20, 2014)

New Bright Futures Rules Changing College Plans For Florida Students
StateImpact Florida
(September 15, 2014)

College and Career Readiness Summit Highlights Criticality of Education Pathways for Youth in Poverty
Sys-Con Media
(September 11, 2014)

Ad Watch: Scott, Crist both cut education
tbo.com
(August 4, 2014)

Dept. of Education investigating Florida scholarship program over concerns of racist requirements 
campusreform.org
(August 1, 2014)

Group plans federal challenge to new Florida scholarship program
news.wfsu.org
(July 15, 2014)

Money is available for college; take it
news-press.com
(July 13, 2014)

Palm Beach group pushing for educated workforce
sun-sentinel.com
(July 13, 2014)

News Clips: Local College Access Networks Build Momentum Throughout Florida
flbog.edu
(July 3, 2014)

Cuts to Bright Futures Scholarships Questioned
southdadenewsleader.com
(June 19, 2014)

Editorial: Florida gains by fostering higher ed
ocala.com
(May 17, 2014)

Bright Futures’ broken promise
sun-sentinel.com
(May 12, 2014)

Editorial: University diversity
gainesville.com
(May 1, 2014)

Bay News 9 anchor Al Ruechel interviews Florida C.A.N.! researcher and policy analyst Troy Miller about cuts to Bright Futures scholarships
baynews9.com
(April 30, 2014)

Florida Scholarship Program: Bright Futures’ Options (Part 2)
theledger.com
(April 30, 2014)

Editorial: College Scholarships: Bright Futures Dims (Part 1)
theledger.com
(April 29, 2014)

Editorial: Bright Futures dimming as path for many of Florida’s most promising students
palmbeachpost.com
(April 26, 2014)

For a really bright future, plan
news-journalonline.com
(April 25, 2014)

Bright Futures’ options: Legislature should consider different ways to help more students
heraldtribune.com
(April 24, 2014)

Higher Bright Futures Standards Worry Local School Officials [VIDEO]
wjhg.com
(April 23, 2014)

Bright Futures going dimmer: Consider revising the college scholarship program’s goals
heraldtribune.com
(April 23, 2014)

Bright Futures scholarships continue decline
news-journalonline.com
(April 20, 2014)

Bright Futures funding dwindling
politics.heraldtribune.com
(April 19, 2014)

Funding for Bright Futures continues to decline
ocala.com
(April 19, 2014)

Funding for Bright Futures continues to decline
gainesville.com
(April 19, 2014)

Group says Bright Futures expected to drop 80,000 scholarships
wtxl.com
(April 16, 2014)

Improved FAFSA Completion Rates: One Step Closer
collegeaccess.org
(April 9, 2014)

Half As Many Students Will Meet Tougher Bright Futures Scholarship Requirements
stateimpact.npr.org/florida
(April 9, 2014)

Not-So-Bright Future For Popular Scholarship Program
miami.cbslocal.com
(April 8, 2014)

The FAFSA is not just for poor students
laopinion.com
(April 3, 2014)

When it comes to FAFSA, these Florida schools have taken the lead
flblog.edu
(March 27, 2014)

Obama, touting a college education, urges seniors: fill out financial aid form
csmonitor.com
(March 7, 2014)

President Obama touts Miami-Dade schools, urges Congress to pass education appropriations
miamiherald.com
(March 7, 2014)

In Florida, Obama pushes federal college grants
washingtontimes.com
(March 7, 2014)

More Florida students going into debt: Amount grads owe also is increasing
www.sun-sentinel.com
(January 30, 2014)

Website helps college students weigh majors’ salary potential 
www.orlandosentinel.com
(January 25, 2014)

Helios Education Foundation Awards $1.5 Million to Florida College Access Network
www.philanthropynewsdigest.org
(January 23, 2014)

$100 Million in Pell Grants Left Behind: FAFSA Completion in Florida
http://strategylabs.luminafoundation.org
(January 22, 2014)

How Are Your Local High Schools Doing with FAFSA Completion?
http://www.cfef.net/
(January 22, 2014)

Helios awards $1.5 million grant
www.bizjournals.com
(January 17, 2014)

2013

More Florida college students receive Pell grants 
orlandosentinel.com
(December 28, 2013)

Florida colleges become more selective
sun-sentinel.com
(December 14, 2013)

Too Many Arriving at College Unprepared
sunshinestatenews.com
(December 11, 2013)

More Florida college graduates are drowning in debt 
orlandosentinel.com
(December 7, 2013)

Column: Too many arriving at college unprepared
tampabay.com
(December 6, 2013)

Graduate Tampa Bay: Parents-Led Initiative Helps Students Prepare For College
83degreesmedia.com
(December 3, 2013)

Common Core standards will move students forward
orlandosentinel.com
(November 15, 2013)

How Florida College Majors Are About To Get Meta
stateimpact.npr.org
(October 31, 2013)

New Interactive Tool Helps High Schools Track Financial Aid Applications
83degreesmedia.com
(September 17, 2013)

College fairs and financial aid nights setup to help parents, students
tampabay.com
(September 13, 2013)

The Other Things Florida Schools Should Do To Prepare Grads For College
stateimpact.npr.org
(June 19, 2013)

On Tap in the Capitol, June 14
http://politics.heraldtribune.com/
(June 14, 2013)

Changes to Bright Futures scholarships will affect college funding for minorities
wuft.org
(April 9, 2013)

Bright Futures changes could ‘devastate’ minority students
gainesville.com
(April 7, 2013)

Helping students build their future
bonitasprings.floridaweekly.com
(April 4, 2013)

Bright Futures standards to change
alligator.org
(April 3, 2013)

Bright Futures changes could impact thousands of Hispanic and black students
tampabay.com
(April 2, 2013)

More Than Half of Black and Hispanic Students Will No Longer Qualify For Bright Futures Scholarships
stateimpact.npr.org/
(April 1, 2013)

Teacher raises, student safety, Bright Futures and more at stake in session
orlandosentinel.com
(March 3, 2013)

New College Scorecard helps parents, students compare value
orlandosentinel.com
(February 16, 2013)

Three Questions About College For Lumina Foundation CEO Jamie Merisotis
stateimpact.npr.org
(February 6, 2013)

CEO Sees Educational Progress In Florida; Says It’s Too Slow
stateimpact.npr.org
(February 5, 2013)

2012

Florida colleges a bargain, says Kiplinger
miamiherald.com
(December 31, 2012)

Lawmaker proposes dramatic changes to Bright Futures scholarships
orlandosentinel.com
(December 12, 2012)

Florida high-school graduation rate remains among nation’s worst
orlandosentinel.com
(December 3, 2012)

Colleges track down students who earned degree but didn’t know it
orlandosentinel.com
(October 29, 2012)

Graduate Tampa Bay: The College Advantage
83degreesmedia.com
(October 2, 2012)

The Bright Futures quandary persists
gainesville.com
(September 30, 2012)

Community collaboration key for students’ success
nbc-2.com
(September 27, 2012)

People in Florida Getting More Certificates than Bachelor’s Degrees
wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu
(September 26, 2012)

Last Year’s High School Grads Not Expected to Do Well in College This Year
stateimpact.npr.org
(August 23, 2012)

Bright Futures Scholarships Cover Less Tuition For Florida College Students
stateimpact.npr.org
(August 20, 2012)

Florida College Access Network interview on “Mi Gente Tampa Bay”
Tampa Bay Community Network
(July 20, 2012)

Young Florida College Graduate Numbers Down in Florida
wusf.usf.edu
(July 12, 2012)

Most Florida High School Graduates Have Not Applied For College Financial Aid This Fall
stateimpact.npr.org
(June 22, 2012)

Doubling of college loan cost a political hot potato
staugustine.com
(June 18, 2012)

Report Says Florida Can Boost Economy By Getting Adults Back In School
stateimpact.npr.org
(May 28, 2012)

Weatherford: Online Universities Key to Increasing Florida’s College Graduates
wusf.usf.edu
(May 12, 2012)

Next House Speaker Believes Increasing Florida’s College Graduates Will Require Online Universities
stateimpact.npr.org
(May 11, 2012)

Shifting Sands of Education
news.usf.edu
(May 11, 2012)

Student Group Asks Gov. Rick Scott To Veto Tuition Bill
stateimpact.npr.org
(March 29, 2012)

Winning ad shows the way to college
tbo.com
(January 30, 2012)

2011

Editorial: Bright Futures
gainesville.com
(December 13, 2011)

Is Bright Futures going away?
gainesville.com
(December 10, 2011)

Four Ways Florida Can Improve College Success
stateimpact.npr.org
(November 12, 2011)

Lawsuit aims to give in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants’ children
usforacle.com
(November 12, 2011)

UF students say they C.A.N. solve education problems
wuft.org
(November 1, 2011)

WUSF Public Media to lead policy impact project 
Bizjournals.com
(August 8, 2011)

Slackers, beware: Bright Futures rules changing 
Heraldtribune.com
(July 15, 2011)

Proposals would reduce merit-based student financial aid 
SunSentinel.com
(April 18, 2011)

Rising college costs endanger Florida’s low-cost status 
Tampabay.com
(April 16, 2011)

Aim Bright Futures scholarships toward brightest, neediest 
OrlandoSentinel.com
(April 14, 2011)

Florida’s Bright Futures: Adjust Scholarship for Income 
TheLedger.com
(April 14, 2011)

Commissioner: Be careful changing Advanced Placement credits 
Tampabay.com
(April 11, 2011)

Need-based Bright Futures proposed 
SunSentinel.com
(April 6, 2011)

Proposal would base Bright Futures funding on family incomes 
Gainesville.com
(April 5, 2011)

Another year, another 15 percent tuition hike for Florida universities 
Tampabay.com
(March 30, 2011)

2010

AP is okay, but Florida should expand dual enrollment 
St. Petersburg Times Blog, Gradebook Blog
(December 20, 2010)

Statement By Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding the Florida Policy Options Town Hall 
Capital Soup
(October 26, 2010)

Florida A&M University (FAMU) student Vincent Evans was featured in Lessons magazine
FAMU Rattler Wire
(July 15, 2010)

Proposed changes to Bright Futures program make it harder to get and keep scholarships
The Sun Sentinel
(April 7, 2010)

Student group meets with key state lawmakers
The Gainesville Sun
(March 11, 2010)

Florida College Students Push For Education Reform 
WCTV
(March 10, 2010)

Report: colleges must produce more college degrees
Florida Trend
(February 25, 2010)

Report: Florida colleges must produce more college degrees
The Sun Sentinel
(February 24, 2010)

Too few Floridians are earning college degrees, new study shows
The Orlando Sentinel
(February 24, 2010)

2009

Math students’ pass rate tops other Florida universities
The Independent Florida Alligator
(October 13, 2009)

WUSF : Teaching Hispanic Education
WUSF
(September 23, 2009)

Group Calls For Deeper Focus On Student Success In Higher Education.
WCTV
(July 28, 2009)

More UF students seek aid dollars
Financial aid requests have increased 13 percent over a year ago, UF says.

The Gainesville Sun
(June 4, 2009)

Help Finding College Money 
WUSF News
(February 20, 2009)

President Ammons Chairs Board of Governors Task Force on Student Financial Aid 
FAMU News
(February 2009)

Bad news all around for college students
The Gainesville Sun
(January 30, 2009)

Florida undergraduates pass up $24 million in aid
The Independant Florida Alligatior
(January 30, 2009)

Students eligible for Pell Grants aren’t applying
The Gainesville Sun
(January 29, 2009)

Report: Bright Futures failing
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
(January 15, 2009)

2008

For College-Bound, New Barriers to Entry
Their Budgets Squeezed, State Schools Cap Enrollment, Weigh Tuition Increases; Fears for Lower-Income Students

The Wall Street Journal
(December 03, 2008)

US: Declining quality at Florida universities
University World News
(October 05, 2008)

First Coast colleges face musical chairs
They worry how to make room for expected student influx

The Florida Times-Union
(February 16, 2008)

State cuts to higher education could squeeze future workforce
Educators, business leaders worry proposal could derail growth of Florida’s high-tech economy

South Florida Business Journal
(February 15, 2008)

Colleges could turn away 60,000, report says
Doors to higher education are being closed to all, says a group that focuses on minorities.

St.Petersburg Times
(February 5, 2008)

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