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Missouri raises the ACT score needed to receive a top college scholarship

Missouri high school students will have to score higher on the ACT to get the state's Bright Flight scholarship in coming years.

The state higher education department said Wednesday that the score required to receive a maximum $3,000 annual scholarship will rise from a 31 to a 32 for students graduating from high school in 2023.

That means the change would kick in for this year's junior class. Under state law, the top scholarship amount is reserved for students scoring in the top 3% of Missouri's test takers.

The Bright Flight is the state's main merit-based scholarship.