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Bright Futures Contributes to Improved College Preparation, Affordability, and Enrollment, Report No. 03-17, February 2003
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Since the Bright Futures program was created in 1997, Florida’s high school graduates have improved their academic preparation and more of them are going on to college in Florida. The largest gains have occurred among minority students. Bright Futures scholarships contribute to this improvement by offering students financial incentives for good academic performance and preparation. The Legislature has several options that could help control the growth of the program or encourage further improved preparation, including changing eligibility requirements, changing the award structure, and changing renewal requirements.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Student Financial Assistance
State University System
Board of Governors

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 06-57 Progress Report: Legislature Increases FRAG Awards; Residency Determination Rules Improved, published in August 2006.
  • Report No. 04-54 Information Brief: The State Has Several Options Available When Considering the Funding of Higher Education, published in August 2004.
  • Report No. 04-44 Information Brief: Stronger Financial Incentives Could Encourage Students to Graduate With Fewer Excess Hours, published in June 2004.
  • Report No. 04-23 Program Review: Most Bright Futures Scholars Perform Well and Remain Enrolled in College, published in March 2004.
  • Report No. 04-12 Information Brief: Florida Universities’ Tuition and Fees Slightly Below Peers, But All Costs Consume a Higher Percentage of Family Median Income, published in February 2004.
  • Report No. 03-70 Justification Review: Private Colleges and Universities Program—Department of Education, published in December 2003.
  • Report No. 03-47 Information Brief: Compilation of College Affordability Data for Students Who Applied for Federal Aid, published in August 2003.
  • Report No. 03-33 Information Brief: College Attendance Costs Vary and Result From Higher Tuition, Room, and Board, published in June 2003.
  • Report No. 03-31 Information Brief: Voluntary Bright Futures Scholarship Testing Program Would Reduce Costs, published in April 2003.
  • Report No. 03-16 Justification Review: Office of Student Financial Assistance Generally Performs Well, But Performance Measurement and Default Prevention Should Be Improved, published in February 2003.

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