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Gov. Scott reviews Bright Futures expansion bill

Posted at 10:37 AM, Jun 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-14 10:37:09-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Governor Rick Scott said he's reviewing SB 374, Tuesday, which could expand the Florida Bright Futures scholarship. 

The proposal would allow the scholarship to pay 100 percent of tuition costs to state universities and colleges for students who qualify.

Right now, the scholarship only pays a portion of that, $103.00 per credit hour. "I'm still reviewing 374," said Gov. Scott. "As you know, it's been very important to me that if you relied on bright futures, it applies all year long, we attract the best students, and don't end up with a bunch of debt."

Students at FSW supported the proposal, saying the money would be helpful to take pressure off their families. The proposal would also throw in another $300.00 for books and supplies.

"Bookwise, I can't afford most books. Honestly, I have to go through it without any books," said a student.