Bright Futures debate focus: Are scholarships going to the right students?
Florida's Bright Futures program began as a way to keep the smartest students from attending college out of state — driven by fears they might never return.
To prevent this "brain drain," high-achieving students were given thousands of dollars a year toward tuition costs. More than half a million students have benefited so far, and Bright Futures is enormously popular with politicians and parents alike.
The money is awarded regardless of family income.
Now, Bright Futures' future direction is a little cloudy as state lawmakers look at ways to ratchet back the benefits amid flattening lottery revenues and the loss of stimulus dollars used to shore up the fund last year.
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