- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Florida’s state university system is postponing any talk about the state’s popular Bright Futures scholarship program until after the election.

The Board of Governors was expected on Wednesday to discuss a request from universities to boost financial aid to students who come from lower income families. But board members said discussing the issue now was “premature.”

Universities say $45 million is needed from the Legislature because of the reduction in the number of students qualifying for Bright Futures. Legislators changed the eligibility standards for the lottery scholarship program in 2010 and 2011.

The changes have reduced the number of students who qualify with an analysis showing big drops coming from black and Hispanic students.

Democrat Charlie Crist has criticized incumbent Gov. Rick Scott for the changes. A spokeswoman for the state university system said the governor’s office did not ask for the delay.

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