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Progress Report: Legislature Increases FRAG Awards; Residency Determination Rules Improved, Report No. 06-57, August 2006
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  • The 2006 Legislature increased funding for the Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG) to $3,000, which reduces tuition differences between private and public colleges and universities and makes it more affordable for state residents to attend private institutions.  The State Board of Education and the Board of Governors also have revised state rules to clarify student residency requirements for these grants.
  • In 2004, the Legislature adopted performance standards for three of the four programs it funds within the Private Colleges and Universities Program.  Although the Department of Education’s inspector general conducted a review of selected K-20 measures, the department has not yet specifically validated data for the Private Colleges and Universities performance measures. The inspector general plans to evaluate this data in the next two to three years.
  • In spring 2006, the Department of Education assigned responsibility for reviewing academic contracts with the private colleges and universities to the Office of Articulation.  This office is establishing procedures for reviewing existing contracts and determining whether they should be renewed, expanded, or terminated. 

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 03-70 Justification Review: Private Colleges and Universities Program—Department of Education, published in December 2003.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

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

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • 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. 03-47 Information Brief: Compilation of College Affordability Data for Students Who Applied for Federal Aid, published in August 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. 03-31 Information Brief: Voluntary Bright Futures Scholarship Testing Program Would Reduce Costs, published in April 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.
  • Report No. 01-28 Justification Review: State University System—Florida Department of Education, published in May 2001.

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