State pumps millions into Bright Futures scholarship program
TALLAHASSEE (WWSB) - So many students are taking advantage of Florida's Bright Futures scholarships that the state is now pumping more money into the program.
On Thursday, a legislative panel approved adding $25.3 million to the program.
Last year's Legislature allocated $520 million for the program to provide 95,789 scholarships.
But during a conference in November, state analysts said 99,483 students earned the scholarships, which was around 3,694 more than anticipated.
As a result, the State Department of Education requested the extra money for the program.
The Legislature has significantly increased funding for higher-education financial aid programs in recent years, expanding Bright Futures awards to cover full tuition and fees, as well as to pay for some textbooks.
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