Bright Futures Scholarship

An additional 44,000 Bright Futures students would have their scholarships expanded under a bill approved Monday by the Senate Education Committee.

The legislation (SB 4), sponsored by Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, would increase scholarship coverage for “medallion scholars” in state universities from the current $77 per credit hour to $159, or roughly 75 percent of the cost of tuition and fees.

Florida's incoming Senate President Joe Negron is laying the groundwork to revamp the state's Bright Futures scholarships program, which is funded by the state lottery.

State university leaders want to add $45 million in needs-based financial aid to help make up for changes to the Bright Futures scholarship program. Those new, higher qualifications will eliminate more than $250 million a year in college aid by 2018.

Most new Palm Beach State College students were going through orientation earlier this month, but Jake Seiler was wrapping up his first three courses.

Despite earning the highest SAT scores of his two siblings -- 1100, on six attempts -- Seiler didn't score high enough this year to earn the Bright Futures Florida Medallion scholarship his older sister got last year.

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A decade long investigation into Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarship Program has been revived. Authorities have requested data on Bright Futures winners, and next week they plan to discuss the investigation with critics of the program.

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