FL May Require Scholarship Recipients To Remain In-State After Graduation

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A Florida lawmaker has filed a bill that would force most Bright Futures recipients to stay in Florida after graduation or pay back the scholarship money.

Rep. Jimmie Smith, R-Inverness, wants the bill to serve as an incentive to keep Florida's top graduates in the state.

House Bill 35 says a graduate must stay and work in Florida six months for every semester the scholarship was used.

The Florida Department of Education would be tasked with figuring out how to get the money back from graduates who take jobs out-of-state