With Florida suffering through tough economic times, one of the casualties may be the State’s Bright Futures Scholarships. Some of the proposals being considered by the Legislature:
Letting more state universities levy a tuition increase that is not covered by Bright Futures. Lawmakers began this move in 2007 for five state universities, with a proposal this year to expand it to all 11.
Cracking down on scholarship students who drop classes funded by Bright Futures. Lawmakers are moving a measure that would force university and community college students to pay back their costs if they drop courses late in the semester. It could save the state $30 million a year.
Creating higher qualification standards for the program. Students now need only a 3.0 grade point average and a 970 SAT score to qualify for a Bright Futures scholarship that pays 75 percent of their tuition costs.
Awarding Bright Futures based on the income levels of students and their families. Currently, income is not a factor.
Setting a cap on the scholarship amount. The scholarships now pay 75 percent or more of tuition and fees, excluding the “differential” tuition allowed for five universities. [HeraldTribune.com]
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