While tuition at Florida’s public colleges and universities is the second-lowest in the country, college costs — which include things like transportation and textbooks — are still a great burden, especially for low-income families. The pandemic exacerbated financial issues for many students, but it also presented an opportunity to provide more flexible dollars to students to support college costs.
Florida institutions of higher education gave at least half of federal aid assistance directly to students in the form of emergency grants and assistance. Emergency aid (EA) is a critical college retention tool for supporting students who face economic shortfalls that might disrupt their college education.
FCAN’s latest brief highlights the important role need- and emergency-based aid play in student success.