State Increases Private Education Grant
Florida residents enrolled in a private university such as Palm Beach Atlantic recently got some good news. The financial aid award from the state has increased to a record high value of $3,500 per academic year or $1,750 per semester for the upcoming 2018-19 academic year. The increase amounts to $200 over last year.
Previously known as the Florida Resident Access Grant or FRAG, the Effective Access to Student Education grant (EASE) assists those who choose to attend a private college or university in the state. The increases were approved by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. Palm Beach Atlantic recently notified eligible new and returning students about the increase.
“Floridians attending Palm Beach Atlantic wish to thank Senate President Joe Negron for his relentless efforts to advance quality higher education in Florida,” President William M. B. Fleming, Jr. said. “He has served as a champion for all our citizens, especially students selecting independent Universities, such as PBA. His passionate and persuasive advocacy has been supported by Governor Scott and members of the Florida Senate and House.”
Fleming, saying that the grant increase amounts to an investment in Florida’s future, went on to thank the legislators for recognizing the educational, economic and cultural impact of PBA and other private colleges and universities in the state.
In order to be eligible for the EASE grant, the student must be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. A student’s residency and citizenship status are determined by the postsecondary institution. In addition, the student must not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant, loan, or scholarship program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made and not have previously received a baccalaureate degree. Enrollment for a minimum of 12 credit hours per term, or the equivalent, at an eligible Florida college or university in a baccalaureate degree program is required. The student also must meet Florida’s general eligibility requirements to receive state aid. Questions regarding eligible status should be directed to the Financial Aid office.
Returning PBA students who are Florida residents will see the increase in their aid packages for the 2018-19 academic year, too, if they have maintained their eligibility by having earned a minimum institutional cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, and earned the equivalent of 12 credit hours for each term an award was received during the academic year. A student is eligible to receive an award for a maximum of nine semesters or 14 quarters. Questions can be directed to the Financial Aid office.