Group proposes to make Bright Futures scholarships need-based

Group wants sliding scale for scholarship

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Just what will tomorrow bring for the "Bright Futures" scholarships?

A group called the Florida College Access Network, formerly known as ENLACE, has proposed a changing the award to reflect a sliding scale, based on income.

According to our news partners at the Sun Sentinel , a group called Florida College Access Network (formerly ENLANCE) has proposed a sliding scale award, based on income.

Currently, the average award for Bright Futures is $2500.

The Senate would like to see that number trimmed down to $1,500 per student.

Rather than dishing out the same amount, FCAN is proposing to give students only $500 if their family makes more than $150,00 annually.

Students whose families earn less than $20,000 would get $1,000 - $2,500.

Florida College Access Network officials say their proposal could see the cost of the program drop from $307 million this year, to less than $200 million.

Similar proposals are being talked about for the Florida Residence Assistance Grant, which is awarded to students attending private colleges in Florida.

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