A council created to help identify unmet needs and resolve disputes over new degree programs in Florida's higher education system is looking at possible changes to the Bright Futures program.
The Higher Education Coordinating Council on Thursday discussed creating incentives for students to finish their degree quicker, which is less costly to the system. Students can currently get Bright Futures for 12 credit hours while 15 hours is considered a full load.
The council did not address the possibility of creating a 12th public university in the state to alleviate some of the enrollment pressures on the state's existing 11 public universities, deciding instead to leave those talks to the Board of Governors.
More than 70,000 additional students have squeezed into Florida's public universities over the past decade.