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SPC joins community leaders to examine transportation barriers for students

Approximately 69 percent of St. Petersburg College’s (SPC) diverse student population of more than 47,000 students, ranging from 16 to 95 years old, have low to moderate income. Low- income students often face barriers to success, including transportation. The Kresge Foundation awarded SPC a $50,000 planning grant for Advancing Student Transportation Solutions to understand student …

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Florida edging toward 50% higher education attainment

Updated U.S. Census data shows that Florida’s higher education attainment rate continues outpace the national average. Florida is now ranked at #22 in the U.S. for completion of college degrees and workforce-related credentials, according to the Florida College Access Network. The latest data shows Florida’s higher education attainment rate increased to 49.6%, while nationally, the …

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Report Offers Insight on Adults with “Some College, No Degree”

New research from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC) provides fresh insights into the population of adults in the U.S. who started college, but never completed a degree. The researchers found that 36 million adults across the U.S. fall into the “some college, no degree” category. Locally, approximately 250,000 Hillsborough and Pinellas county residents …

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New scholarship program helps students go the ‘last mile’

For students who are only a few credits shy of earning a college degree, a new program in Florida could provide the motivation they need to finish what they started. The Last Mile Completion Program offers scholarship dollars for students who are within 12 credits of completing a degree. Last week, Governor DeSantis announced that …

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Volunteers needed for Tampa Bay area financial aid nights

Each year, more than half of the students who would qualify for free federal aid for their education do not complete the required application to receive the funding. Recent research shows that in Florida more than 40,000 students who would have been eligible to receive an average of almost $4,000 in Pell Grants didn’t receive …

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New report highlights college access networks in Florida

The Helios Education Foundation has released a new brief detailing the work local college access networks – including LEAP Tampa Bay – are doing in Florida. In the new report, Collective Impact That Advances Postsecondary Degree Attainment in Florida, Helios’ researchers “describe the efforts of cross-sector coalitions called ‘local college access networks’ (LCANs) to increase …

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Going to college next year? Now is the time to prepare

The school supplies have been purchased, a mountain of paperwork has been completed, and your family is getting settled into a new school year routine. Amid the back to school hustle and bustle, it’s easy to forget about planning for the future. Now is the time to look ahead, however, especially for high school seniors. …

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New program puts students on the “PATHe” to higher education

A partnership between St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg is helping Pinellas County residents learn more about their educational options after high school. The new initiative, called the Pinellas Access to Higher Education Program (PATHe), was formed in 2018 with support from the Florida Legislature to expand educational access and assist …

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SPC’s free college credit program helps students earn degrees faster

Cost is one of the biggest barriers facing students who want to attend college. While research has shown that college is a good investment in the long term, earning a degree has become increasingly unaffordable for many lower-income students. Financial aid available through the federal government or state and local institutions is an important resource …

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