The future funding of and requirements to receive BF is an interesting topic. For years I’ve thought they were far too generous with the scholarship, as it was way too easy to get some form of BF. It’s supposed to be something to strive for, not just an entitlement. Couple that with very inexpensive overall COA and no state taxes and it’s hard to conceive there not being disruption due to pandemic related fiscal issues.
I have two kids; one received full BF and one was the next tier down (neither using them based on their college selection). The top tier kid deserved the scholarship. Very challenging HS and top performer. The second tier kid, and we love her dearly, is very smart but an average student. She got good grades but anyone could have from her HS (performing arts focused). It would have been easy to go the extra mile and get better grades, but she didn’t. B to B+ with mediocre SATs. Great kid, very talented, will do well in life…but don’t see why she was deserving of a BF scholarship. Personally I think that devalues the merit. It’s not like FL state schools are charging 20k tuition.
They’re making it easier to stay in state, but aren’t those kids likely to stay in state anyway? If they don’t get the top tier BF, how competitive would they be for out of state schools anyway. Don’t get me wrong, I’d take the money all day long. But at some point, and perhaps that’s now due to the pandemic, it will affect the overall ability of the state to provide top students top awards. Fewer is probably better with an increased benchmark to qualify. Likely headed that way.