Tell the Florida Legislature to help keep college affordable and Save EASE!

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The Effective Access to Student Education Program, also known as EASE (formerly known as the Florida Resident Access Grant, or FRAG) provides assistance to Florida undergraduate students attending a private college or university in Florida.

EASE serves around 43,000 students at 29 different private colleges and universities across the State of Florida. The requirements for EASE are fairly simple to allow it to benefit as many Florida residents as possible, which it has for many years.

In FY 2018-2019, EASE awarded $3,500 to every eligible student. In FY 2019-2020, EASE was cut by approximately $700, only awarding students approximately $2,800 per year.

Unfortunately, EASE is at risk once again. Currently, there is the possibility that the program will be cut by more than $1,600 per student, only awarding approximately $1,200 to each student. There is also a possibility that legislation will be introduced that will add strict requirements to EASE, severely reducing the number of students eligible to receive it.

If either of these measures are implemented, students could end up paying between $1,600 and $2,800 more per year to attend their school. For many students at private colleges across Florida, this could jeopardize their ability to stay at their school and continue to receive an education.

We want to send a clear message to the State Legislature to tell them that many of us rely on these funds to stay in school, and that cuts to the program or the addition of extra requirements would be detrimental to our ability to receive an education at the institutions we attend.

Please, join us and other schools across Florida in telling the State Legislature to save EASE and protect education!

- The Stetson University Student Government Association