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EASE Grant Funding Awareness

    How to Appeal Cuts to the EASE Grant

    What is the EASE Grant?

    The EASE grant helps Florida students earn bachelor’s degrees at private institutions. It currently provides students with an annual $2,841 grant.

    Why is the EASE grant at risk?

    The Florida House of Representatives is proposing a bill that would make Saint Leo University, and 16 other private colleges and universities in Florida, ineligible to receive and distribute Effective Access to Student Education (EASE) grants to students. The EASE grant helps Florida students earn bachelor’s degrees at private institutions. If passed, House Bill 5601 would result in $36.4 million cut to EASE, affecting nearly 13,000 students throughout Florida.

    At our university, it would mean that nearly 2,000 Saint Leo students, who currently qualify for EASE grants, would miss out on receiving $2,841 toward the cost of their annual education at the university.

    For more than 130 years, Saint Leo University has served students from all walks of life, regardless of their financial means. Cuts to EASE would close doors to students who would benefit from the close-knit learning experience offered at private colleges and universities like Saint Leo.

    What can you do?

    Use the script below to email your legislators and/or the legislator who represents Saint Leo University.

    I am writing on behalf of Saint Leo University, its current students, and its future students and asking you to save the Effective Access to Student Education (EASE) grant for Florida students.

    As you are aware, the Florida House of Representatives is proposing a bill that would make Saint Leo University ineligible to receive and distribute EASE grants to students.

    This would mean that nearly 2,000 Saint Leo students, who currently qualify for EASE grants, would miss out on receiving $2,841 toward the cost of their annual education at the university.

    For more than 130 years, Saint Leo University has served students from all walks of life, regardless of their financial means. Cuts to EASE would close doors to students who would benefit from the close-knit learning experience offered at private colleges and universities like Saint Leo.

    These cuts not only affect current students, but all Saint Leo employees. EASE makes our university accessible to so many including minority and first-generation students. If our students do not receive the EASE grant, many will not be able to complete their degrees. Prospective students who may be considering attending Saint Leo, will change their minds.

    Saint Leo needs these students, and these students need a Saint Leo education—Florida needs these students to be well-rounded citizens, ready to work, and contribute to the greatness of this state.

    I’m asking you to please support the EASE grant for Saint Leo University and for all of Florida’s students.

    Sincerely,

    [YOUR NAME]

     

    Find the phone number for your representative here and use the script below:

    Hello, my name is ________________________ and I’m calling on behalf of Saint Leo University in Pasco County, Florida to express opposition to the proposed Florida House Bill 5601 that will go before the Senate.

    In this bill, the Florida House of Representatives is proposing that Saint Leo University, along with 16 other private colleges and universities in Florida, become ineligible to receive and distribute EASE grants to students. EASE – Effective Access to Student Education – is a student voucher that provides tuition assistance to Florida students attending independent colleges and universities. Throughout Florida, EASE grants affect nearly 13,000 students who want to go to college.

    If HB5601 and the House budget cut of $36.4 million passes, Saint Leo University students will no longer have access to the EASE grant.

    For Saint Leo, that means that nearly 2,000 of our students will miss out on receiving $2,841 each year and will not be able to attend college because their families won’t be able to afford it.

    Protect and fund the EASE voucher. Vote no to HB5601 and keep the doors open for thousands of students who have worked so hard to attend a private college or university in the state of Florida.

    Thank you.

    While we recommend calling or writing your representatives, we encourage you to spread the word on social so that others can take action too.

    Facebook or LinkedIn:

    Saint Leo University needs your help! At this time, the Florida House of Representatives is proposing a bill that would make Saint Leo ineligible to receive and distribute Effective Access to Student Education (EASE) grants to students. This would mean nearly 2,000 qualifying Saint Leo students would miss out on receiving a $2,841 grant. Here's how to take action: [Link to this website]

    Twitter:

    Saint Leo needs your help! The Florida House of Representatives is proposing a bill that would make @SaintLeoUniv ineligible to receive and distribute student EASE grants. This means nearly 2,000 qualifying Saint Leo students would not receive a $2,841 grant. Take action now: https://www.saintleo.edu/saintleosaveease

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    Share our Instagram post into your Instagram Story!

    Thank you for doing your part to help support student access to the EASE grant. Your voice makes a difference!