Federal aid for Florida college students on the way

Florida State University
Florida State University (Capitol News Service)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The proverbial check is in the mail for thousands of students and could arrive as early as Wednesday.

The money comes from Florida State University’s nearly $30 million share of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, but it is only for students who have already demonstrated a financial need.

FSU’s first wave of funding totals $6.2 million.

Checks ranging from $400 to $600 will be sent to more than 12,500 students who have already demonstrated a financial need.

Graduate students could see $1,000 checks.

“The Department of Education gave us the criteria kind of to base it on -- Pell Grant money, people who desperately need financial aid, people who had already filed an application with the federal government for some type of grant in aid,” said FSU President John Thrasher.

Statewide, more than $125 million will go directly to students, but each university has latitude on how to distribute the money.

Across town from FSU, Florida A&M University is sending the bulk of its $6.5 million out now.