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Most Bright Futures Scholars Perform Well and Remain Enrolled in College, Report No. 04-23, March 2004
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  • Bright Futures scholarship recipients perform well in college.  Students who receive Bright Futures scholarships require less remediation and outperform non-recipients when comparing GPA, three-year persistence rates, and degree completion.  Consistent performance of Bright Futures recipients over time is evidence that the program’s positive effect on college preparation has benefited the expanding pool of recipients.  Most Bright Futures recipients also meet academic requirements to renew their scholarships.
  • Program costs could be controlled by raising scholarship requirements to reduce the number of eligible students, or by capping the dollar value of scholarship awards.  However, raising program requirements would disproportionately affect minority and at-risk students and may take scholarships from students who perform well in college. Moreover, while limiting the scholarship awards will save money, it also may reduce students’ incentives to prepare for college and attend in-state institutions.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Florida Prepaid College Board
Student Financial Assistance
State University System
Florida College System
Board of Governors

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • 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. 04-12 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. 03-17 Program Review: Bright Futures Contributes to Improved College Preparation, Affordability, and Enrollment, published in February 2003.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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