Missouri Lawmakers could be making changes to the Bright Flight Program. Lawmakers have until May 9th to pass the budget which would expand college scholarships for top students in an effort to keep them employed in Missouri. In order to pass the bill, lawmakers would have to include the money in the budget, and pass a separate bill authorizing the program before May 16th. Bright Flight Scholarships are awarded to students who score in the top 3 percent on their sat or act scores. Currently those in the top three receive $2,500 a year. The legislation would give the student a forgivable loan of up to $5,000, if they attend one of Missouri’s Four-Year Universities. Legislative staff estimates the cost to be close to $22 million once the loan forgiveness program is in place.