Community Partners Collaborate to Connect High School Seniors to College Money

The Giving Coast

dchapman@reachmanatee.com

Millions of dollars in untapped Pell Grant dollars are left on the table each year in Manatee County, according to the Florida College Access Network (FCAN). A community collaborative known as REACH Manatee is working hard to help high school seniors apply for this free funding for college and technical training programs. The coalition is offering free virtual workshops to high school seniors and their families to assist them with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The online support will be provided on Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 8pm starting October 6th through December 1st. “Many families make the erroneous assumption that they will not be eligible for support when, in fact, they would qualify for financial assistance,” explains Shirley Hurley, the Advanced Studies Coordinator for the Manatee County School District. Her team is leading the effort to get more high school graduates on a post-secondary path.

dchapman@reachmanatee.com

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