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Higher Education in Florida

Higher Ed: Non-Profits, For-Profits and Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Cynthia Barnett | 6/29/2011
Pressure Valve

Private, non-profits ease demand on state schools
but face FRAG cuts.

Rollins College
Rollins College in Winter Park, like other private, non-profits, gets $2,149 for each Florida resident it enrolls. The Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG) has been cut from a high of $3,000 in 2007-08. [Photo: Rollins College]

Florida is home to 30 private, non-profit higher education institutions based here and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools, the primary accrediting agency for the southeastern United States. Some 150,000 students are enrolled in the institutions, which range from research powerhouse University of Miami to liberal arts showcases Flagler, Rollins and Eckerd to fast-growing Nova Southeastern, the Ringling School of Art and Design and the state's private historically black colleges.

Florida Resident Access Grants
> 35,529 students attending private colleges next year will receive a $2,149 tuition grant from the state.
> 5,462 newly eligible recipients at Keiser University will receive a $803 grant as the school transitions to a non-profit.
These colleges award more than half of the professional degrees in the state, as well as 40% of the master's degrees. One in three of their students receives a federal Pell Grant that offers low-income student assistance. Nearly half of their Florida resident enrollees are minorities.

For the past quarter-century, Florida taxpayers have helped fund students in the independent universities' bachelor's degree programs via Florida Resident Access Grants, known as FRAG. The idea is to ease demand on public colleges and universities — ultimately avoiding the necessity to fund another big state school — by helping some students attend in-state private schools. The Florida Legislature maintained the grant this year despite the state's budget woes, although lawmakers reduced it from $2,425 a student per year last year to $2,149 in the coming academic year.

Private, Non-Profit Colleges & Universities - The Top 5, Ranked by Enrollment
Rank Institution Main Campus Location Enrollment
Fall 2010
Nova Southeastern University
Fort Lauderdale 29,000
University of Miami
Coral Gables 15,657
Keiser University
Fort Lauderdale 11,791
Barry University
Miami Shores 8,995
5 Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne 8,985

Florida's Private, Non-Profit Colleges & Universities - 2011

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