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Needy Florida students passing up Pell grants

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A new study shows qualified Florida
students are passing up millions of dollars in federal Pell grants
because they haven't bothered to apply for them.

The report will be presented Thursday to a committee of the
Board of Governors, which oversees Florida's 11 state universities.

In 2005, an estimated 22,000 needy students left $24 million in
Pell grant money untapped, according to the board's staff analysis.
Students from families with incomes below $40,000 a year are
eligible.

Board officials say they are looking for ways to help students
apply. They also want to encourage high school counselors to spread
the word about the federal grants.

The board is meeting at Florida A&M University.


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