Florida Bright Futures Scholars
State-funded scholarships are awarded to Florida high school graduates based on high school academic achievement. Students must enroll in an eligible Florida public or private post-secondary educational institution. For additional information, contact your high school counselor or call the Florida Department of Education at 1-888-827-2004 (toll free).
IMPORTANT NOTE: ONLY the Florida Academic Scholars version is available during the Summer semester.
Florida Medallion and Florida Academic Scholarship Recipients
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. Recipients of these programs should contact the Controller's Office during the first week of classes to verify the residual amount of their fees not covered by their scholarship. 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 awarding or disbursing the Bright Futures Scholarship. Award amounts are listed below:
- Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) – Scholarship will pay out $201.29 per credit hour and includes a $300.00 book stipend during Fall/Spring semesters if enrolled in at least 6 credit hours.
- Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) – Scholarship will pay out $77.00 per credit hour
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.
Bright Futures Scholars Renewal Requirements
|Florida Academic Scholars Award||Florida Medallion Scholars Award|
|Minimum cumulative GPA (unrounded/unweighted)||3.0*||2.75*|
|Minimum Hours Required per Term: Full-Time (12+ hours)||12 credit hours (earned hours)||12 credit hours (earned hours)|
|Minimum Hours Required per Term: Three-Quarter-Time (9-11 hours)||9 credit hours (earned hours)||9 credit hours (earned hours)|
|Minimum Hours Required per Term: Half-Time (6-8 hours)||6 credit hours (earned hours)||6 credit hours (earned hours)|
*Florida Academic Scholars with a 2.75 to 2.99 GPA will renew as a Florida Medallion Scholars.
A student must reimburse the post-secondary institution for the cost of course(s) dropped or withdrawn after the initial drop/add period. The student will be ineligible to renew his/her Bright Futures award for any subsequent academic year until repayment or a satisfactory arrangement to reimburse the institution is made. Non-refunded hours will affect the student’s renewal eligibility. In addition, Florida Academic Scholar recipients must pay back the $300 book stipend if completely withdrawn from the semester.
Renewal criteria must be met each academic year. Failure to meet the renewal criteria will result in the loss of your Florida Bright Futures Scholarship. If a student fails to meet renewal criteria when grades and hours are reported to the State at the end of the Spring term, a student may be able to attend summer semester in order to attempt a restoration of their scholarship for the next academic year. Click here for more information on renewal criteria and eligibility.
If you are receiving both BRIGHT FUTURES and Florida Prepaid Tuition:
Students receiving the Bright Futures scholarship and the Florida Prepaid contribution should deduct these amounts from the total charges (see Fee Payment). Bright Futures will be applied to your student account first and the Florida Prepaid will be posted approximately three weeks after the drop/add period. Students will receive a refund for the amount that exceeds your tuition.
Keep in mind that the Bright Futures amount listed on your student account summary is an ESTIMATED figure. The Florida PrePaid Contribution Schedule will give you the EXACT amounts that Florida Prepaid will disburse based on the number of credits the student is enrolled for the semester (after the drop/add deadline).