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Need-based aid expansion expected to benefit nearly 235,000 Florida students

Florida universities expected to benefit from need-based aid expansion
Florida universities expected to benefit from need-based aid expansion
Posted at 4:31 PM, Aug 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-04 14:25:14-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - As Florida universities and college students return to campus this month, many will benefit from a major expansion of need-based financial aid.

It's Florida's main program aimed getting the financial need to those who need it most, known as Student Assistance grants, the grants will expand to cover almost 235,000 people this year, nearly doubling from last $1100, which won't have to be repaid.

The legislature also expanded the "Florida Resident Access Grant" program, which will provide $3,300 per year to 3700 students attending private colleges and universities in Florida.

According to Dr. Ed Moore, president of the independent colleges and university of Florida, students should be able to finish school sooner.

More than 4600 university and college students who qualify as academic scholars under Florida's bright futures program will have all of their tuition and fees covered this year.