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Voluntary Bright Futures Scholarship Testing Program Would Reduce Costs, Report No. 03-31, April 2003
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  • The Bright Futures Scholarship testing program currently requires all scholarship recipients to make at least five acceleration attempts.  The program can produce savings, but only if students pass the tests and use the credits earned to graduate more quickly from college.  However, students graduating from Florida public universities in 2001-02 used only 51% of the CLEP credits they had earned.  If Bright Futures recipients use a similar percentage, the program’s costs will outweigh its financial benefits.
  • Voluntary CLEP testing would reduce state costs while still encouraging students to use the CLEP testing program to accelerate their graduation.  In addition, the Legislature should require students who take more than 115% of the credits required for their degree to pay for the full cost of tuition.  This will save the state $30 million by reducing the number of extra courses taken and/or increasing tuition revenues from excess credits.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

State University System
Student Financial Assistance
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. 03-70 Justification Review: Private Colleges and Universities Program—Department of Education, published in December 2003.
  • Report No. 03-17 Program Review: Bright Futures Contributes to Improved College Preparation, Affordability, and Enrollment, published in February 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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