Welcome to

Capitol News Service

Florida's Best Political Television Coverage


Visit the Lobby Tools Website


Visit Legislative IQ Website


Recent Posts



RSS Capitol News LIVE

RSS Quote of the Day

Bright Futures Changes

April 2nd, 2010 by flanews

College tuition in Florida will likely go up 15 percent next year, and the Bright Futures scholarship program might not pick up the difference. The Senate approved changes to Bright Futures this week to save money and as Whitney Ray tells us, students are not happy.

Abby Fishburn wouldnt be at Florida State University if it wasnt for her Bright Futures Scholarship.

Its why I stayed in Florida to go to school, said Abby.

But now lawmakers want to renege on the promise of a full free ride, voting for a tuition increase that wont be covered by Bright Futures. The change could leave Abby looking money to cover a 15 percent tuition hike.

I probably will have to loans then because Im paying for school myself. So that will make a big difference, said Abby.

Its the same story for Carrington Gadson.

Its my means of income. It pays for my classes. My parents help out, said Carrington.

Not covering the tuition increase isnt the only blow to the Bright Futures program.

The Senate plan also reduces the number of years a student has to use the scholarship, raises the standards to qualify, and only allows Bright Futures to be used for required courses.

State Senator Evelyn Lynn is pushing the changes. She says the scholarship program has gotten too big.

If we dont make these changes to save money then we wont have bright futures at all, said Lynn.

Reducing Bright Futures reach is expected to save the state 150 million dollars; money the Senate wants to use to boost higher education spending.

Posted in Education, State Budget, State News | 5 Comments »

Leave a Comment

Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.

copyright © 2016 by Capitol News Service | Powered by Wordpress | Hosted by LyonsHost.com