Ask Bright Futures to Extend Deadline for SAT and ACT Scores for 2020 Graduates

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Both College Board and ACT have suspended or postponed crucial SAT and ACT test dates in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, graduating Florida high school students who were planning on taking these tests during March, April, and May 2020 are now unable to. These postponements and cancellations can impede 2020 high school graduates from achieving a score on the ACT or SAT that will qualify them for Bright Futures scholarships.

We, the undersigned, request that, for students graduating in 2020, the Florida Dept. of Education, and the Office of Student Financial Assistance, extend the deadline for qualifying scores.

Typically students will take these exams at least twice, and sometimes three or four times in order to achieve a qualifying score. If the current deadlines do not change, then thousands of students who might have had a chance of achieving a qualifying score would be negatively impacted. These students may not receive Bright Futures, and might not be able to pay for college. For some, this could mean not going to college at all.

In light of these negative impacts on graduating students all over Florida, we respectfully request that the Office of Student Financial Assistance please conduct a review of this policy and find a solution to this issue. Thank you.