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Academic bar being raised for Florida Bright Futures scholarships

3:17 PM, Oct 30, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The rules are changing to qualify for Florida Bright Futures scholarships and the end result is fewer high school seniors will eligible for financial help.

The Florida Lottery provides the cash for the scholarships, but two years ago the legislatures to contain cost raised the bar to qualify which will result in fewer scholarships.

"If I did not have Bright Futures I probably would not be able to got to college," said University of North Florida student Evan Mcinnis.

This year students must score a 26 on the ACT compared to a 22 needed this year for scholarships. The SAT score has also been raised in order to qualify.

"For many students that was a plan A," said UNF Director of Financial Aid Anissa Agne.

"Now kind of need to come up with a plan B or C and figure out how to supplement and make up for that lose of scholarship," said Agne.

A University of South Florida study concluded the changes will hurt minority students the most. The study believes 75% fewer African-American students and 50% fewer Hispanic students will be able to meet the new criteria. The impact among white students is estimated at 41%.

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