Florida higher education aid programs face changes
During this year’s legislative session, lawmakers eliminated grants that help students at some private colleges pay tuition and got rid of an annual textbook stipend for Bright Futures scholarship recipients.
They stopped short of upending the way the $650 million Bright Futures program is funded.
Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, in February, filed a proposal (SB 86) aimed at cutting Bright Futures aid for students in degree fields deemed by higher-education governing boards as unlikely to lead to employment.
The legislation quickly sparked a public outcry led by a group, known as “Save Bright Futures,” made up primarily of prospective college students.
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