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Dimmer Futures

December 5th, 2007 by flanews

Nearly 32,000 Florida college students are getting hit with a budget double whammy.  The state is cutting funding to some Bright Futures’ scholars, giving them $225 a semester instead of the $300 they are getting now.  Tuition is also going up 5 percent at the state’s 11 public institutions in January.

“I came up here thinking that college, with my extra Bright Futures money, I’d be able to kind of walk around a little bit easier without having to get a job,” said Lucas Kerr, an FSU student from Tampa.  “But without it, I’m going to have to start looking for a job.”

The scholarship reduction is saving the state about $2.39 million.

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