Finding One
Finding Two
Finding Three
Finding Four
Florida and the Nation at Large
Supporting Tables
About the Author
Public Agenda
The National Center for Public Policy

home   about us   news   reports   crosstalk   search   links  

Page 5 of 11

Finding Four : Paying for College Is Difficult but Doable

College is perceived as expensive, and 63% of Florida residents strongly or somewhat disagree that families are doing a good job of saving for college. Floridians are divided on the question of whether there are many qualified people who are currently unable to go to college. Forty-eight percent feel that there are many people who are qualified to go to college but do not have an opportunity to do so, while 44% say that the vast majority of those who are qualified have an opportunity to do so.

But the majority of Floridians are convinced that where there is a will, there is a way. Ninety percent either strongly (68%) or somewhat (22%) agree that people who really want to go to college can find a way to pay for it even if they have to go to school and work at the same time.

Floridians also support a broad range of financial aid proposals, with 78% thinking that the government should offer more tax breaks for students, 78% favoring more funds for work-study, and 61% favoring more money for loans. Direct grants to students were somewhat less popular; only 49% favored more money for grants.


National Center logo
© 2000 The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education

HOME | about us | center news | reports & papers | national crosstalk | search | links | contact

site managed by NETView Communications