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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House members have endorsed legislation that could offer additional financial assistance to persuade more top students to stay in the state after graduation day.

The legislation would add a forgivable loan to Missouri's Bright Flight scholarship program. Each year a student works in Missouri after school would count toward one year of loan forgiveness. Leaving before the loan is repaid would require repaying the loan with interest.

Bright Flight scholarships are awarded based on ACT or SAT scores.

The House gave the measure first-round approval Tuesday. It needs another affirmative vote before moving to the state Senate. Earlier, the chamber included the proposal in the state operating budget that they endorsed.

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Bright Flight is HB1308

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Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov

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