$4,000 in aid available for 30 first-time college students
“Earn to Learn FL” students graduate on time, career ready and student debt free. That’s our goal and we need your help. We currently have Earn to Learn FL financial aid available to assist 30 firsttime- in-college students.
A student who has never attended a postsecondary college or university or who has attended and earned less than 12 semester credit hours of academic credit after high school graduation is considered a first-time student.
If you or someone you know is graduating from high school in 2019 and accepted to Florida Gulf Coast University, then $4,000 in financial aid may be available. You may be eligible if:
❚ You are a current high school senior accepted at Florida Gulf Coast University.
❚ Your FAFSA Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) is 12000 or less.
❚ You will commit to save a portion of income* to match Earn to Learn FL financial aid. Students under 18 years old may have their parents save for their benefit until they turn 18.
The high school seniors who participate in this group and remain eligible will have the opportunity to renew their Earn to Learn FL financial aid up to four years to complete their degree at Florida Gulf Coast University. That means each student will save and invest up to $2,000 of their own money to be matched by up to $16,000 in Earn to Learn FL financial aid over their four years attending Florida Gulf Coast University.
In addition, Earn to Learn FL students complete our online, self-paced financial literacy training to learn ways to budget and manage their money through college and into their career. The students will live on campus and begin Summer Semester 2019. Why is this important? Less than 1 in 5 women over age 25 in Southwest Florida have earned a bachelor’s degree and the rate is barely better for men.
With the Earn to Learn FL formula, we can help hard working, but income challenged, families achieve educational goals to prepare them for the work force and have a pathway to economic security and stability.
Here’s what a current student at Florida Gulf Coast University has to say, “Earn to Learn FL has helped me overcome my challenges by giving me hope: hope that I will not graduate drowning in debt, and hope that college is a realistic goal for me, despite the financial circumstances I came from.”
We are confident that an investment in these students’ academic success will have long-lasting effects on their careers and the rest of their lives.
The experience of Earn to Learn FL students to date shows trends that are very encouraging. Since 2017, The Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation, fiscal sponsor of Earn to Learn FL, has transferred over $175,000 to various colleges and universities where our students attend to help fund their balance due, keep them in school, and help them avoid excessive student loan debt. These students have an average GPA of 3.4 despite working to support their education and often helping support their families.
The link for students (or parents if student is under age 18) to register and get started is: www.fundwomenfl.org/preregistration.
Brenda Tate is CEO of the Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation, Inc., based in Bonita Springs.