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Education System

Private Colleges and Universities

What is the purpose of the program?

The purpose is to enhance Florida student access to programs at private colleges and universities or fund specific programs offered by private colleges and universities.

What types of private postsecondary institutions are included?

There are a variety of private postsecondary institutions in Florida that award different types of education credentials, including bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and workforce certificates and diplomas. Most private colleges and universities are part of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF)or licensed by the Commission for Independent Education (CIE). Section 1005.06, Florida Statutes, specifies those institutions that are not under the jurisdiction of the commission.
The Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida includes 30 private, non-profit, Florida-based educational institutions accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Other private institutions in Florida are licensed by the Commission for Independent Education. These include more than 1,000 independent postsecondary educational institutions that may be accredited by a variety of entities.

Which private colleges and universities receive funding for specific academic programs?

The following private college and university programs received state funding for specific academic programs in Fiscal Year 2020-21.

What state tuition assistance is available to students attending private colleges and universities?

There are two state tuition assistance programs available only to students attending private colleges and universities in Florida. The Effective Access to Student Education Grant Program (EASE), formerly known as the Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG), is awarded to students attending a regionally accredited secular nonprofit postsecondary institution while the Access to Better Learning and Education Grant (ABLE) is awarded primarily to students enrolled at a regionally accredited for-profit postsecondary institution. Students attending independent postsecondary institutions might also be eligible to receive of other types of financial aid.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Fund Salary Rate/ Position General Revenue Trust Funds
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
GRANTS AND AIDS - MEDICAL TRAINING AND SIMULATION LABORATORY
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
ABLE GRANTS (ACCESS TO BETTER LEARNING AND EDUCATION)
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
GRANTS AND AIDS - HISTORICALLY BLACK PRIVATE COLLEGES
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
GRANTS AND AIDS - ACADEMIC PROGRAM CONTRACTS
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
GRANTS AND AIDS - PRIVATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
EFFECTIVE ACCESS TO STUDENT EDUCATION GRANT
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
GRANTS AND AIDS - NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY - HEALTH PROGRAMS
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
GRANTS AND AIDS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND NONSTATE ENTITIES - FIXED CAPITAL OUTLAY
FACILITY REPAIRS MAINTENANCE AND CONSTRUCTION
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
TOTAL
164,157,397
0

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
Auditor General reports are available on its website.
Websites of Interest
Commission for Independent Education (CIE)
Florida Board of Governors
Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF)
Performance Information


Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Chapter 1005 (Commission for Independent Education), ss. 1011.521 (Private Colleges and Universities), 1009.89, and 1009.891 (Financial Aid Programs), Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Office of Student Financial Assistance, State Scholarships and Grants, 1-800-366-3475, email:  OSFAStudentLoans@fldoe.org
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Sam Ferguson, Executive Director, Commission for Independent Education (CIE), 850-245-3200
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Bob Boyd, President, Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF), 850-681-3188
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