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Saint Leo students push to protect their aid



Ever since Florida lawmakers started cutting budgets, the Florida Resident Access Grant for students who attend eligible private schools in the state has had a target on it.

Student leaders from Saint Leo University today urged their Pasco County legislative delegation -- which includes several key committee chairmen -- to shield the $2,800 grant from cuts.

At the very least, Class of 2010 president Nick Bliesner suggested, "make (cuts to) FRAG equal ... don't cut it completely."

Lawmakers offered their support.

Fasano_2 "You're not going to be held harmless," Senate president pro tem Mike Fasano said. "But you're not going to see FRAG go away."

Rep. Will Weatherford, in line to become House speaker in 2012, also pledged his backing. "I'm very supportive of it and frankly it helps the state," said Weatherford, a past FRAG recipient. "It's a great program and we'll continue to fight for it."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:12am]


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