Press Releases


March 7: FCAN Accepting Student Submissions for “Dreaming of My Future” Selfie Exhibition

February 27: Not All Students Have Access to College-Level Courses. A New Report Makes Case for Changing That.

February 22: Florida College Access Network applauds Miami-Dade’s bold educational attainment goal

February 7: Florida moves closer to educational attainment goal in latest Stronger Nation report

January 31: Registration is now open for the 2024 Talent Strong Florida Summit!

January 3: The Florida FAFSA Challenge starts today after a much-awaited FAFSA release


December 13: Statement by BRAULIO COLÓN, Executive Director for Florida College Access Network, on the proposed HB 49 – Employment and Curfew of Minors

August 28: Florida Career & Technical Education Can Be Misunderstood. Here’s the Explainer.

April 14: 2023 Florida Legislative Session Update: Teacher incentive programs, enhanced articulation, career planning for students, and CTE expansion on the agenda

March 27: Announcing FCAN’s 2023 College Ready Florida Innovator Award winners

March 27: Good Work! Announcing FCAN’s 2023 Workforce Education Innovator Award winners

March 7: 2023 Florida Legislative Session Preview: CTE expansion, articulation pathways, financial aid, and additional legislature impacting Florida’s students

February 16: Registration is now open for the 2023 Talent Strong Florida Summit!

January 9: FCAN announces Braulio Colón as executive director


October 5: The 2022-23 Florida FAFSA Challenge is underway!

April 18: FCAN announces 2022 Florida FAFSA Challenge winners

April 14: 2022 Florida Legislative Session Recap: Creating a Talent Strong Florida with workforce education measures, affordability, and nursing program expansion

March 31: FCAN announces winner of 2022 College Ready Florida Innovator Award

March 31: Good Work! FCAN announces winner of 2022 Workforce Education Innovator Award

February 15: 2022 Florida Legislative Session Update: Workforce Education, Educational Pathways for Veterans, and Textbook Affordability on the Agenda

February 3: Registration is now open for the 2022 Talent Strong Florida Summit

January 11: 2022 Florida Legislative Session Preview: Apprenticeships, Workforce Education, Guidance and Career Planning, Fee Waivers, and Additional Legislation That Would Impact Florida’s Students


October 1: The 2021-22 Florida FAFSA Challenge starts today!

June 1: 2021 Legislative Session Recap: Strengthening Florida’s workforce through agency coordination, dual enrollment, and financial aid

May 6: New campaign aims to help Florida students get “Cash for College” and improve their outcomes beyond high school

April 22: Good Work! FCAN announces 2021 Workforce Education Innovator Award winner

April 8: FCAN announces 2021 Florida FAFSA Challenge winners!

April 5: 2021 Florida Legislative Session Update: Financial aid, dual enrollment, and budget cuts on the agenda

March 30: Sebring High School Named School of Excellence by ACT’s American College Application Campaign

March 1: 2021 Florida Legislative Session Preview: Workforce development, dual enrollment, state financial aid, and other proposals that would impact Florida’s students


October 5: Survey: Hispanic and Black Floridians Most Likely to See a Bachelor’s Degree as Necessary for Future Workforce Success

October 1: The Florida FAFSA Challenge starts today!

September 3: New statewide push to make Florida “Talent Strong” promotes education after high school amid record unemployment

July 29: FCAN Announces Charleita Richardson as New Executive Director

July 24: FCAN and ACAC recognize Port St. Lucie High School with School of Excellence Award

June 16: Survey finds 42% of Floridians have changed college plans due to COVID-19

June 2: Together, We Can End Systemic Racism 

May 20: Good Work! FCAN Announces 2020 Workforce Education Innovator Award Winners

May 20: FCAN Announces 2020 College Ready Florida Innovator Award Winners

May 18: FCAN Announces 2020 Florida FAFSA Challenge Winners!

May 11: Florida College Access Network announces new strategic plan

Aprl 14: 2020 Florida Legislative Session Recap: Postsecondary Finance, Student Financial Aid, and Dual Enrollment Bonus Funding

March 25: FAFSA Challenge deadline extended through end of April

February 19: 2020 Florida Legislative Session Update: Workforce Education and Career Readiness

January 27: FCAN releases 2019-20 Florida FAFSA Challenge Dashboard

January 24: Tampa Bay and Southwest Florida become first Florida communities to be recognized as Talent Hubs

January 13: 2020 Florida Legislative Session Preview: College and career pathways, higher education finance, and other proposals impacting students


October 14: Nearly half of working-age Floridians now have a credential beyond high school

October 1:  The Florida FAFSA Challenge starts today!

September 5: FCAN Launches Plan It Florida Initiative

June 24: Florida Adopts “SAIL to 60” Postsecondary Attainment Goal

May 28: 2019 Florida Legislative Recap: Florida’s attainment goal and strengthened career pathways

April 18: Good Work! FCAN Announces Workforce Education Innovator Award Winners

April 15: 2019 Florida Legislative Update: Policies Tied to Workforce Education Continue to Gain Traction

April 12: FCAN Announces College Ready Florida Innovator Award Winners

April 10: FCAN Announces 2019 Florida FAFSA Challenge Winners

March 4: Top Postsecondary Education Budget and Policy Priorities for 2019 Florida Legislative Session

January 31: FCAN releases 2018-19 Florida FAFSA Challenge dashboard

January 23: Join the conversation at the 2019 Florida College Access Network Summit

January 14: Skipping remediation: FCAN highlights strategies to support students who opt out of developmental education


October 1: The 2018-19 Florida FAFSA Challenge starts today!

September 14: Rate of Floridians with credentials beyond high school rises to 48.3%

September 4: FCAN Releases New Dashboard with FAFSA Completion Rankings by State

June 5: 2018 Florida College Access Network Summit draws record audience

April 27: FCAN Announces Honorees of its Unsung Heroes of Resilience Awards

April 25: New FCAN Brief Highlights Florida’s Efforts to Get Transfer Students to the Finish Line

April 18: FCAN releases 2018 Florida Legislative Recap

April 12: FCAN Announces 2018 Florida FAFSA Challenge Winners!

March 26: Take Stock in Children to partner with Florida College Access Network for 2018 FCAN Summit

March 1: 2018 Florida Policy Update: Florida Constitution Revision Commission Education Proposals

February 6: 2018 Florida Legislative Update: A Month In, Legislators Debate Major Changes to State Colleges and Universities

January 18: FCAN releases Florida FAFSA Challenge dashboard and statewide leaderboard

January 16: Announcing Florida College Access Network’s new website

January 8: 2018 Florida Legislative Preview: Top Issues Impacting Higher Ed


November 20: FCAN and local college access networks share examples of community collaboration during Florida House panel on postsecondary attainment

November 15: FCAN and partners to discuss community collaboration, postsecondary attainment before Florida House subcommittee

September 29: The 2017-18 Florida FAFSA Challenge starts next week!

September 27: FCAN releases Degree Attainment Profiles for all 67 Florida counties

September 20: Announcing Florida College Access Network’s new logo!

July 13: Florida ranks third in nationwide FAFSA completion

April 20: Florida CAN announces 2017 FAFSA Challenge winners!

February 28: Florida achieves statewide goal of boosting FAFSA completion by 5%

February 2 Florida CAN and partner institutions present before Florida House subcommittee


December 2 Helios Education Foundation awards $2 million grant to Florida College Access Network

November 29 Florida Higher Education Coordinating Council adopts postsecondary attainment goal
November 9 New dashboard shows Florida workers’ wages by education/training level

October 5 The 2016-17 Florida FAFSA Challenge has begun!

September 28 Florida’s degree attainment rate rises 1%

May 24 Florida CAN announces College Ready Florida Statewide Initiatives

April 26 2016 Florida FAFSA Challenge Winners Announced

February 17 Florida CAN releases FAFSA data for over 600 Florida schools

January 28 Completing the FAFSA a strong predictor of college attendance in Florida


November 18 Florida CAN’s Associate Director presents on Student Loan Defaults to the Florida House of Representatives

November 10 Nearly 2,500 Students Benefit from Tuition Equity Law during First Year

October 7 October is Florida College Application Month

October 5 Florida CAN’s Associate Director Receives National Award


July 30 Recent Gains, Future Challenges: A Closer Look at Degree Attainment in Florida

April 8 Bright Futures to drop 80,000 scholarships: Read new Florida C.A.N.! policy brief

April 3 FLORIDA C.A.N.! WEBINAR: How communities can partner to create local college access networks

March 10 Florida data fuels White House push to get college aid to more high school students

January 16 With a $1.5 million grant, Florida College Access Network to support regional networks that build a college-going culture and lay out clear paths to postsecondary education


December 18 Florida Students Miss Out on $100 Million in Pell Grants

September 12 Laurie Meggesin Named New Executive Director of the Florida College Access Network

September 11 More than half of Florida students fail to apply for free federal college grants. Find out how your high school compares.

April 23 Florida College Access Network Announces Leadership Transition

April 1 Number of Bright Futures scholarships awarded to Hispanic university students expected to drop by over 60%

March 27  Nearly 73% of Florida high school seniors fail to apply for federal college aid

February 5 35 Locations Available To Help Students Find Money For College

January 29  Statement by BRAULIO COLÓN, Executive Director for Florida College Access Network on Senate Bill 180 and House Bill 17


October 12Statement by BRAULIO COLÓN, Executive Director for Florida College Access Network on Florida State Board of Education Strategic Plan

September 26 More Undergraduate Certificates Awarded In FL Than Any Other Degree

August 22 Statement by BRAULIO COLÓN, Executive Director for Florida College Access Network On 

June 21 Most Florida 12th Graders Didn’t Apply for Federal Financial Aid

June 08 High Number of Hispanics Earning Health Care Degrees in FL

May 23 FL Should Do More to Support Adults Returning to College

May 8 Leaders to Convene on Postsecondary Success & Partnerships

May 1 FL House Speaker Designate To Speak On Higher Education

April 24 Panelists to Discuss Education Policy Trends, Setting State Goals

April 18 Panelists to Discuss Strategies that Work

April 11 Florida College Access & Success Summit

April 9 Florida Scores High in Graduating Hispanics

March 15 New Tracking Tool Uncovers Lack of Students Applying for Financial Aid

March 13 Florida College Access Network Announces Two New Hires

February 22 College Students To Convene & Recommend Solutions For Higher Education


December 8 Central Florida College Access Network Awarded $10,000 Planning Grant

November 3 Little Haiti College Access Network Awarded $10,000 Planning Grant 

November 2 Billboard Contest Extended To Nov. 15th For Middle & High School Students

October 17 Billboard Contest Launches Today For Middle & High School Students 

August 8 WUSF Public Media to Pilot NPR’s StateImpact Project in Florida 

August 8 WUSF Public Media and Florida CAN to Announce Statewide Education Project

June 17 Central Florida College Access Network Formed To Boost College Success 

June 13 Organizations Come Together In Little Haiti To Form Local College Access Network

May 26 Planning Grants To Expand College Access Services Awarded 

April 13 Scholarships Totaling $20,500 Awarded To College Goal Sunday Participants 

April 5 Proposed Changes To Bright Futures Reverses Trend In Improving College-Readiness, Completion Rates, Report Says 

March 17 Tampa Organizations Come Together To Form Local College Access Network 

March 9 Student Leaders Call For Better Teacher Evaluations, Financial Aid Reform, And A More Efficient Higher Education System 

March 8 Student Leaders To Unveil Education Policy Recommendations For 2011 

March 3 Student Leaders To Share Their Ideas On Education With Legislators 

February 15 Statement On Seminole County’s Recommendation To Set Lower Expectations For Students Based On Socioeconomic Status

February 8 College Students To Convene & Recommend Solutions For K-12, Higher Education

January 26 Statement On Florida 2009 NAEP Science Results

January 26 Adults Returning To College Vital To Florida’s Competitiveness, Report Says

January 10 46 Locations Available To Help Students Find Money For College


December 20 In Preparing Seniors For College, Dual Enrollment Equally Effective As AP

November 15 Campaign to help increase college-going rates among Haitian-Americans

October 18 College Access Network To Host Town Hall On Hispanic Student Success

September 28 FL Community College Students Show Improvement In Key Math Courses

June 25 Application Now Available For Organizations Interested In Helping Florida Students Find Money For College

June 10 Empowering Communities To Work Alongside Our Schools, Is Florida Next?

April 29 Why Algebra II? It Helps Students Reason &Think Critically, Report Says

March 10 Student Leaders Call For Higher Standards In High School & Financial Aid Reform

March 9 Student Leaders To Unveil Education Policy Recommendations For 2010-11

March 4 Student Leaders To Share Their Views On Education With Legislators

March 2 Lumina Foundation for Education Awards $533,000 Grant To ENLACE Florida

February 25 Florida K-12 Chancellor Dr. Frances Haithcock Special Guest Speaker At Florida Student Education Policy Conference

February 24 House PreK-12 Policy Committee Chairman John Legg Special Guest Speaker At Student Conference

February 24 Report: FL Will Fall 391,000 College Degrees Short Of New Economic Demands

February 11 College Students To Convene & Debate The State Of Public Education In Florida

January 25 FREE Help Finding Money For College Available Statewide This Sunday

January 5 Organizations Partner Up To Help Limited-Income Students Find Money For College


December 17 AP Program Is Not Florida’s College-Readiness Solution, Report Says

October 20 Group Plans To Launch College-Readiness Movement In Miami

October 13 Too Many Students Not Passing Math In College, Report Says

October 12 Limited-Income Students and Families To Get Help Securing Money For College

July 30 Education Policy & Advocacy Group Plans To Launch College-Readiness Movement

July 28 Group Calls For Deeper Focus On Student Success In Higher Education

May 6 Decreased Revenues Force Early Literacy Program To Suspend Enrollment

April 28 Report Says Students Can Help Develop Meaningful Education Policy

March 30 Students To Promote Education Reform, Share Personal Experiences at Capitol

March 4 Student Leaders To Share Their Views On Education With Legislators

February 25 College Students To Debate the State of Public Education in Florida

February 23 College Affordability A Rising Concern For Florida College-Ready Students

January 27 Limited-Income Students and Families to Get Help Securing Money For College

January 15 National Expert Concludes Bright Futures Program Failed To Meet Intended Goals


November 12 The Education Writers Association Invites Education Journalists to Participate in a Webinar on Covering Teachers’ Contract Negotiations

October 20 New Report: FL Taxpayer’s Return on Investment from Public Education

October 16 Parents of 1 year-old Invited to See Dolly Parton Live in Concert

October 9 Report on Florida’s Return on Investment from Public Education to be Presented in Miami

September 30 Quality at Risk in Florida’s Higher Education System

September 2 Report Weighs in on Florida’s New Accountability Pilot Program

June 17 Report Calls for College Prep Curriculum in Florida High Schools

May 20 Education Reform Takes Positive Steps Forward Despite Terrible Budget

April 10 Low Income Students Overcome Barriers On Path To Degree

March 20 College Students to Share “Their Story” in Statewide Essay Contest

March 5 Florida’s High School Graduates Unlikely to be Prepared to Engage in Florida’s Global Trade

February 5 Higher Education on the Brink

January 16 Florida Achievement Masks Disparities at Local Level


December 16 Tuition, Access, and Affordability in Florida


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