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Author(s):Calcagno, J., and Alfonso, M
Title:State merit aid programs: Responses by Florida community colleges
Organization:Community College Research Center
Short Description:A recent study conducted by the Community College Research Center (CCRC) sought to better understand how two-year public colleges react to new state merit-based financial aid programs by evaluating the institutional behavior of each of Florida's 28 community colleges before and after the Florida Legislature created the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship (FBFS) program in 1997.
Annotation:A recent study conducted by the Community College Research Center (CCRC) sought to better understand how two-year public colleges react to new state merit-based financial aid programs by evaluating the institutional behavior of each of Florida's 28 community colleges before and after the Florida Legislature created the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship (FBFS) program in 1997. CCRC Brief No. 35 describes the FBFS program, the dataset and model for analysis used in the research, as well as the study's findings and conclusions.
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Affordability, Tuition and College Costs
College Access
Community Colleges
Financial Aid
Low-Income Students
Merit-based Aid
Need-based Aid
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A summary of career beginnings impact evaluation: Findings from a program for disadvantaged high school students
2003 Status report on the federal education loan programs
Student aid and tax benefits: Better research and guidance will facilitate comparison of effectiveness and student use
Increasing the college preparedness of at-risk students
Working their way through college: Student employment and its impact on the college experience
Access and persistence: Fall 2005
Education pays update 2005
Course corrections: Experts offer solutions to the college cost crisis
Federal student loan debt:1993-2004
Raising the graduation rates of low-income college students
A matter of degrees: Improving graduation rates in four-year colleges and universities
Crisis at the core: Preparing all students for college and work
On course for success: A close look at high school courses that prepare students for college
Increasing the preparedness of at-risk students
A shared agenda: A leadership challenge to improve college access and success
Indicators of opportunity in higher education
Education as crime prevention: Reinstating Pell Grant eligibility for the incarcerated
Higher education reform: Incorporating the needs of foster youth
Foster care independence act of 1999 and John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program
TRIO Programs
Financial aid and scholarships for undocumented students
Policies in sync: Appropriations, tuition, and financial aid in higher education
Financing higher education
Pathways to a four-year degree: The higher education story of one generation
When saving means losing: Weighing the benefits of college-savings plans
Student debt levels continue to rise: Stafford indebtedness: 1999 update
Designing a state student grant program: A framework for policy makers
A guide to establishing community-based college access centers
The progress of education reform: Closing the achievement gap
Emergency financial aid for community college students: Implementation and early lessons from the Dreamkeepers and Angel Fund programs.
The (un)changing face of the Ivy League
Thinking outside the box: Policy strategies for readiness, access, and success
Early childhood investment yields big payoff
Who's left behind? Immigrant children in high and low LEP schools
Using EXPLORE® and PLAN® Data to Evaluate GEAR UP Programs
Condition of education 2007
State of college opportunity in Ohio 2005
Fact book bulletin: Latest data confirms a college affordability gap for students from middle- and lower-income families
Federal student financial aid: A national profile of programs in Title IV of the higher education act
In need of improvement: NCLB & high schools
How much debt is too much? Definting benchmarks for manageable student debt
Mounting pressures facing the U.S. workforce and the increasing need for adult education and literacy
Adult learners in higher education: Barriers to success and strategies to improve results
Funding education beyond high school: The guide to federal student aid 2007-2008
Fund Your Future: Counselors' Guide
Lumina Foundation for Education: Adult learners
FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation graduate scholarship program
Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans Website and Secondary School Toolkit - Spanish Version
The College and Financial Aid Guide for Undocumented AB540 Immigrant Students
Baltimore city's high school reform initiative: Schools, students, and outcomes
Reaching all children? Understanding early care and education participation among immigrant families
National and state data
Education watch Alabama: Key education facts and figures 2004
From cradle to career: Connecting American education from birth through adulthood; California state report
Knocking at the college door: California state report
Raising the Bar: Policy Recommendations for high school reform
Postsecondary education tuition and required fees in Indiana: 2007-09
A plan to improve the quality of teaching in American schools
Fighting poverty through incentives and work mandates for young men
Opportunity in America: The role of education
Wrestling rising costs with innovation
SREB states lead the nation in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Programs
The narrowing gap in New York City teacher qualifications and its implications for student achievement in high-poverty schools
Evaluation of new century high schools: Profile of an initiative to create and sustain small, successful high schools
Annotated bibliography: Adult learning in focus: National and state data report
Adult learning in focus: National and state-by-state data
Indiana college access funding organizations
Best practices in recruiting and retaining minority graduate students
Best practices in student support services: A study of five exemplary sites
Best practices: Resource for TRIO directors
Best practices: TRIO student support programs & Upward Bound
Early intervention programs: Opening the doors to higher education
Breaking through: Factsheet
The credit crunch and student loans: Don't react before getting the facts
Education Finance Council (EFC)'s financial literacy homepage
Still looking to the future: Voluntary K-12 student integration: A manual for parents, educators, and advocates
Their fair share: How Texas-sized gaps in teacher quality shortchange low-income and minority students
From high school to the future: Potholes on the road to college
Actuarial Scholarships for Minority Students
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Ron Brown Scholar Program
Modeling Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs): Campus practices that work for Latino students
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Scholarship Program
Woodrow Wilson Fellowships
Engaged for success: Service-learning as a tool for high school dropout prevention
Opportunity matters: A journal of research informing educational opportunity, practice and programs
Learning better together: The impact of learning communities on the persistence of low-income students
Back to College (Back2College)
Connecting schools, families, and communities: Stories and results from the Annie E. Casey Foundation's education investments
What are they and how do I use them? Strategies and tools to increase and improve filing of the federal Hope and Lifetime Learning education tax credits by low-income filers
The status of Latinos/as in engineering: Confronting the "new" American dilemma
What does a college degree cost? Comparing approaches to measuring "cost per degree"
Campus commons? What faculty, financial officers, and other think about controlling college costs
Targeting of student aid programs according to financial need
ETS Policy Notes: Adult education in America
The Pangloss Index: How states game the No Child Left Behind Act
Back to basics: Improving college readiness of community college students
What We Must Do To Create a System That Prepares Students for College Success
Toward more inclusive college savings plans: Sample state legislation