The Bright Futures Scholarship is one of the State-funded scholarships offered to Florida high school graduates as an incentive for their high school academic achievement. To qualify for the Bright Futures Scholarship, students must enroll in an eligible Florida public or private post-secondary educational institution.
Bright futures scholarship requirements
Students who wish to apply for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship must meet the following eligibility requirements:
#1. Student must be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, as determined by the student’s postsecondary institution.
#2. Complete the FFAA no later than August 31 after high school graduation.
#3. Earn a standard Florida high school diploma, or its equivalent, from a Florida public high
school or a registered Florida Department of Education (FDOE) private high school; or
complete a home education program.
#4. Not have been found guilty of, or pled nolo contendere to, a felony charge, unless the student has been granted clemency by the Governor and Cabinet sitting as the Executive Office of Clemency.
#5. Be accepted by, and enroll in a degree or certificate program at, an eligible Florida public or
independent postsecondary institution.
#6. Be enrolled for at least six non-remedial semester credit hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours) per term.
#7. If not funded in the academic year immediately following high school graduation, apply within five years of high school graduation to have your award reinstated.
Specific Requirements for the Florida Academic Awards/Bright Futures Scholarships
Florida high school students who wish to qualify for the Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) award
or the Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) award must meet the following initial eligibility
#1. Graduate high school from a Florida public high school with a standard Florida high school diploma (high school graduation requirements), graduate from a registered Florida Department of Education private high school, earn a GED, complete a home education
program, or graduate from a non-Florida high school (OOS);
#2. Complete the required high school coursework;
#3. Achieve the required minimum high school grade point average (GPA);
#4. Achieve the required minimum score on either the ACT or SAT college entrance exam; and
#5. Complete the required number of service hours.
What does bright futures cover
Recipients should be advised that, prior to disbursement, the amount which appears on the student’s account is an amount based on an estimated 13 credits of enrollment. Students will be paid based on actual enrollment after the drop/add deadline. If you have not accepted additional financial aid to pay this residual amount, it is your responsibility to pay the balance by the semester’s last day to pay deadline to avoid a late payment fee of $100.00.
Students are no longer required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before offering or disbursing the Bright Futures Scholarship. Offer amounts are listed below:
- Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) – Scholarship will pay 100% of tuition and applicable fees during Fall/Spring semesters if enrolled in at least 6 credit hours.
- Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) – Scholarship will pay 75% of tuition and applicable fees.
FBF Graduate Study
Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) and Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) earning a baccalaureate degree in the 2010-11 academic year and thereafter in 7 semesters or fewer (or the equivalent in credit hours) may receive funding for 1 term of graduate study, not to exceed 15 semester hours, paid at the undergraduate rate.
FBF renewal requirements USF
- You are required to enroll full time and be paid your scholarship in consecutive fall/spring terms in order to renew your award each year.
- You must earn 30 USF credit hours during each academic year (fall/spring/summer) and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA for USF coursework.
- Spring Admits – Students beginning in the spring term must be attend and enroll full-time in the spring and earn at least 15 USF credits during the remainder of the academic year (spring/summer). Spring admits must also maintain a 3.0 USF GPA. In subsequent academic years (fall/spring/summer) students will be required to complete 30 USF credits while maintaining a 3.0 USF GPA.
- Enrollment at another school will not count for renewal purposes. Exceptions may be made for USF sponsored study abroad, internships and co-operative education programs via an
- Undergraduate Scholarship Petition if needed to meet renewal requirements.
- Grade Forgiveness/Repeating Courses may help your GPA but will reduce your earned hours required for renewal.
- Advanced Placement credits, dual enrollment or transfer credits from other colleges/universities will not count toward your annual earned hour renewal requirement.
- At the end of an academic year (fall/spring/summer), students who fail to meet the scholarship renewal requirements will forfeit his/her scholarship(s).