Present Talk on Bright Futures

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida's Bright Futures scholarships
would no longer pay for many dropped classes under bills moving
through the Legislature.

State education officials say that could save an estimated $30
million or more every year.

A House appropriations panel Tuesday unanimously approved a bill
(HB 719) to make that change.

Most colleges and universities have a grace period to drop a
course without paying. Bright Futures students who drop a course
after that would have to reimburse the state with some exceptions.

The scholarships pay up to 100 percent of tuition based on
students' grades and entrance test scores.

The bill next goes to the House floor. A similar bill (SB 1364)
has cleared two of three Senate committees.


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