Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

January 27, 2006

Senate Education panel hears proposal to increase Bright Flight scholarships

When University of Missouri-Columbia student Sean Crotty was weighing where to go to college, he faced a difficult dilemma. Even though he qualified for Missouri’s $2,000 Bright Flight scholarship, the University of Indiana was offering him $8,000 to go to school. In the end, he opted to stay in his home state and attend the University of Missouri, but the major difference in aid offered by the two states illustrates why the Bright Flight scholarship needs to be increased. Crotty, who is involved with the Associated Students of the University of Missouri, was among those testifying in support of SB662 on Tuesday, Jan. 24, before the Senate Education Committee.

SB662, introduced by Sen. Jason Crowell (R-Cape Girardeau), would double the scholarship from $2,000 to $4,000 to increase the appeal of the scholarship, which was designed to encourage the state’s best and brightest students to stay in Missouri for higher education.

Nearly 8,400 Missouri students received the scholarship last year, with a cost of about $16 million to the state. A similar proposal to double the scholarship, HB1428, has been introduced in the House by Rep. Ed Robb (R-Columbia).

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