Florida Bright Futures Scholars
Bright Futures Scholarship Program
State-funded scholarships are offered 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: Both the Florida Academic Scholars and Medallion Scholars version are now 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. 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.
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 Offer||Florida Medallion Scholars Offer|
|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 offer 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.
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 for more information on renewal criteria and eligibility.
A student may request a State Funds Appeal due to verifiable illness or circumstance beyond student’s control if annual renewal requirements were not met. In the case of illness or emergency beyond the student's control, the student MUST provide pertinent documentation regarding the illness or emergency. An institutional academic progress appeal is to be filed within 30 days of the date of the ineligibility notice sent to the student or by September 1st, whichever is later. Ineligibility notices are posted to the student's Financial Aid Recipient History web screen during the summer following spring evaluation.
How Do Bright Futures and Florida Prepaid Work Together?
Bright Futures (and any other accepted financial aid) will be applied to your FAU balance around 2-3 weeks into the semester.
Florida Prepaid will be applied around 3-4 weeks into the semester to the remaining balance.
- If there is an overage of payment (with the combination of Bright Futures/Financial Aid and Prepaid) you will receive any excess funding in the form of a refund.
- If there is still an FAU balance after both Bright Futures and all pending financial aid has paid out, you are responsible for covering the remaining balance by the published deadline.
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).