Florida Bright Futures Scholars

Bright Futures Scholarship Program (website, FAQs)
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). 

Bright Futures Scholarship is NOT available during the Summer terms.

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.


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Changes to Bright Futures Scholarships, effective July 1, 2013
The Florida Legislative Session passed bills that affect state-funded financial aid programs.  Below is a summary of the main changes that will impact students receiving Bright Futures Scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year:

1.  Florida Academic Scholars Bright Futures Award will now be awarded at $103 per credit hour.

2.  Florida Medallion Scholars Bright Futures Award will now be awarded at $77 per credit hour.

All classes dropped after the drop/add deadline MUST be REPAID in order to be eligible for renewal.

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.  

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. 

IMPORTANT:   Keep in mind that the Bright Futures amount listed on your student account summary is an ESTIMATED figure. Please see the chart below for the EXACT amounts for Florida Prepaid based on the number of credits that you are enrolled for the semester (after the drop/add deadline) :

  Florida PrePaid Contribution Schedule

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