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Florida C.A.N.! Newsletter, February 2017
FAFSA completion rates in Florida up 3.4 percent
Florida CAN presents to Florida House subcommittee
Achieve Palm Beach County announces official launch
Florida high school graduation rate climbs for 10th straight year
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Report highlights attainment among men of color
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FPN and CFEF to host virtual forum on 2017 Legislative Session
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The Florida FAFSA Challenge is in full swing, and we have great news to share!
Completion rates for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in Florida are up 3.4 percent compared to last year, according to the latest data on Florida CAN’s new and improved FAFSA Finish Line dashboard.
With a month and a half to go, there is still time to reach the Florida FAFSA Challenge goal of improving FAFSA completion rates by 5% compared to April 2016.
To see which schools and districts are currently leading this year’s Florida FAFSA Challenge, including the schools with the highest and most improved rates, click here to see the Florida FAFSA Challenge leaderboard.
The leaderboard reflects FAFSAs completed as of February 3. So far this school year, almost 200 schools and 16 districts have already exceeded the 5%. Last year, a total of 50 schools and districts made this goal.
To learn more about the Florida FAFSA Challenge — along with how your school can participate and possibly earn a trophy — visit our Florida Initiatives page, which offers access to our FAFSA toolkit, resources, and much more.
Representatives from the Florida College Access Network (Florida CAN), assisted by LCAN partners across the state, joined forces for a presentation before the Florida House of Representatives’ Post-Secondary Education Subcommittee last month.
The goal of the presentation was to highlight the importance of boosting post-secondary attainment within the state and the important role of local college access networks in increasing college access and success.
“A high school diploma by itself is no longer a ticket to the middle class as it was for previous generations,” said Laurie Meggesin, Florida CAN’s executive director. “Increasing postsecondary attainment is absolutely essential for our continued economic growth here in Florida. It is also our best opportunity to build a path to prosperity for all of our students and families.”
Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is suing the nation's largest servicer of both federal and private student loans for systematically and illegally failing borrowers at every stage of repayment. For years, Navient, formerly part of Sallie Mae, created obstacles to repayment by providing bad information, processing payments incorrectly, and failing to act when borrowers complained. Through shortcuts and deception, the company also illegally cheated many struggling borrowers out of their rights to lower payments, which caused them to pay much more than they had to for their loans. The Bureau seeks to recover significant relief for borrowers harmed by these illegal servicing failures.
Click here to learn more about the complaint:www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/newsroom/cfpb-sues-nations-largest-student-loan-company-navient-failing-borrowers-every-stage-repayment/
In today’s action, the Bureau alleges that Navient has failed to provide the most basic functions of adequate student loan servicing at every stage of repayment for both private and federal loans. Specifically, among the allegations in today’s lawsuit, the Bureau charges that Navient’s practices harmed the credit of disabled borrowers and have prevented some of the most financially vulnerable borrowers from securing some or all of the benefits of plans that were intended to ease the burden of unaffordable student debt.
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The third webinar in our series on Connecting Education and Jobs in Florida features Dr. Jan Ignash, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for the State University System of Florida Board of Governors and Dr. Michael Georgiopoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Central Florida for a discussion on the Targeted Educational Attainment (TEAm) Grant, an initiative funded by the Florida Legislature in 2013 to boost degrees in high-demand fields requiring bachelor’s degrees.
The TEAm Grant initiative began with a thorough analysis of available college and workforce data to determine which high-demand jobs were projected to have unfilled openings. With $15 million from the legislature, four college and university partnerships were funded as part of a competitive application process to boost degree production in computer science and information technology, accounting and financial services and middle school teachers. During the webinar, we will highlight the process for implementing the grant, including outcomes, successes and lessons learned from the project.
This is the third in our on-going Connecting Education and Jobs in Florida webinar series to help education and community stakeholders learn about future workforce trends, the supply and demand of different postsecondary credentials and resources that can help students connect to high-skilled, high-paying jobs.
Didn’t catch the first two webinars? Not to worry! Find the webinar slides and recordings in our webinar archive for on-demand viewing. These webinars feature presentations from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Florida Chamber Foundation.
Webinar: How partnerships can boost degrees in high-demand fields
Date and Time: Tuesday, December 6th from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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This webinar is made possible thanks to generous support of the Helios Education Foundation.
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Ensuring Florida Students Make Smart Financial Decisions
The most recent Florida Chamber Insider newsletter highlighted Florida Chamber member Florida International University (FIU) for their SunTrust FIU Wellness Clinic which will serve as a solutions center focused on providing financial education and resources to engage the community.
"Ensuring Florida students have the proper resources and tools to make smart financial decisions
is an important step in creating a successful workforce in our state."
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FloridaShines Virtual College Night: November 16, 2016
FloridaShines is proud to host its first live Virtual College Night Wednesday, November 16 beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET, with follow up seminars Thursday, November 17 from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. ET.
School counselors, students and parents are invited to participate in the two-day event which offers six one-hour sessions covering a range of issues, from college admissions to financial aid to career planning. Representatives from the Florida College System, State University System, Florida Department of Education’s Division of Career and Adult Education and others will participate.
Wednesday, November 16
5:00 - 6:00 pm: Techniques, Tips and Tools for School Counselors
Get the latest information from the State University System, Florida College System and the state's Career and Technical Education programs. Learn about counseling tools and resources available from the Florida Department of Education.
6:30 - 7:30 pm: College 101 for High School Students
Give your students insight on the admissions process; explain how to earn college credit while still in high school, and what resources are available to help them succeed in college.
8:00 - 9:00 pm: College Survival Guide for Parents
Help parents and students understand how to pay for college without breaking the bank and how to help successfully transition to college.
Thursday, November 17
3:00 - 3:30 pm: MyCareerShines: Plan Your Future Today
Get an overview of MyCareerShines, Florida's comprehensive education and career planning system
4:00 - 5:00 pm: FAFSA: Your Gateway to Financial Aid
Learn the secret to filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required for most financial aid.
5:30 - 6:00 pm: Back-to-School Basics for Adults
Find out how easy it is to go back to school with Complete Florida, which offers more than 100 online degree programs and coaches to provide you with personalized support from admission to graduation.
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