The House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee supported an 18.8% cut to EASE Grants, reducing awards from $3,500 to $2,841 per student, a $659 reduction.
This impacts 130,000+ students in private, independent, nonprofit colleges like Hodges. As a taxpayer, you subsidize double the grant amount for state colleges and four times for state universities.
Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida members like Hodges award 25% of the state’s bachelor’s degrees. They award 40% of graduate degrees, at no cost to the state. About 40,000 professionals graduate annually, for under 3% of the state’s higher education budget.