TALLAHASSEE — More than half of the nearly $1 billion that Florida will spend this year on financial aid for students attending state colleges and universities is merit-based.The state budget includes $537 million for merit-based aid programs, according a report reviewed Thursday by the House Higher Education & Career Readiness Subcommittee. The primary merit aid program is Bright Futures, which is awarded to high school graduates based on grades, standardized test […]

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