Those high school seniors in Florida who were working hard to qualify for a Bright Futures scholarship saw their plans change suddenly with the COVID-19 pandemic taking over much of our lives since early March.

But, the state has now extended the time that seniors can qualify for a Bright Futures scholarship which can help them pay for their college tuition.

On Wednesday the head of the state Department of Education signed an emergency order giving high school seniors who were unable to take the SAT and ACT tests or fulfill volunteer hours because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bright Futures scholarship deadline has been moved to July 31 so that seniors can potentially increase their SAT and ACT scores in order to meet the scholarship minimum requirements.

The deadline extension will also make it possible for additional volunteer hour submission so that seniors can meet that criteria for Bright Futures scholarships.