Building Philanthropy to Build a Better Florida

Earn to Learn program needs state commitment

November 03, 2017

Earn to Learn FL, an initiative of the Women's Foundation of Southwest Florida, helps low-to-moderate income students earn a higher education with little or no student debt. It's a simple formula that combines mandatory student savings with financial aid, required financial literacy training, and success coaching. The result: students become investors in their own future, breaking the cycle of limited family income and improving their earning potential. Earn to Learn FL is modeled after the remarkable results achieved in Arizona with a freshman retention rate of 90% and a college persistence rate of 95%, compared to 79% nationally.  

 Brenda Tate is founder and CEO of Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida, based in Naples.

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