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Compilationof College Affordability Data for Students Who Applied for Federal Aid, Report No. 03-47, August 2003
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  • The affordability of college is dependent on the cost of attendance, families’ financial resources, and the financial aid available from federal, state, and other sources.  This report examines college affordability for students who applied for federal financial aid. Less than half of all students (35%) apply for federal aid.  In addition to federal aid, students are eligible for and receive aid from a variety of other sources, such as Bright Futures and other state and local programs.
  • Available data for federal financial aid applicants in Fiscal Year 2000‑01 indicates that a high percentage of these students had “unmet financial need” as defined by state and federal financial aid programs.  A higher percentage of community college students than university students had “unmet need”; these students faced lower college attendance costs than university students but also had fewer financial resources.  Low-income applicants typically received more financial aid than applicants with higher family incomes. 

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Florida College System
Board of Governors
Student Financial Assistance
State University System

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 06-57 Progress Report: Legislature Increases FRAG Awards; Residency Determination Rules Improved, published in August 2006.
  • Report No. 04-54 Information Brief: The State Has Several Options Available When Considering the Funding of Higher Education, published in August 2004.
  • Report No. 04-44 Information Brief: Stronger Financial Incentives Could Encourage Students to Graduate With Fewer Excess Hours, published in June 2004.
  • Report No. 04-12 Information Brief: Florida Universities’ Tuition and Fees Slightly Below Peers, But All Costs Consume a Higher Percentage of Family Median Income, published in February 2004.
  • Report No. 03-70 Justification Review: Private Colleges and Universities Program—Department of Education, published in December 2003.
  • Report No. 03-33 Information Brief: College Attendance Costs Vary and Result From Higher Tuition, Room, and Board, published in June 2003.
  • Report No. 03-29   Special Review: Non-Residents Qualify Too Easily for Much Lower Resident Tuition Rates, published in April 2003.
  • Report No. 03-17 Program Review: Bright Futures Contributes to Improved College Preparation, Affordability, and Enrollment, published in February 2003.
  • Report No. 03-16 Justification Review: Office of Student Financial Assistance Generally Performs Well, But Performance Measurement and Default Prevention Should Be Improved, published in February 2003.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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