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Notification of Eligibility will be via our website using your User ID and PIN

Activate your User ID and PIN - Know it, Use it, Be Responsible for your state financial aid!

Early Evaluations (7th Semester)
All students whose transcripts are submitted electronically to the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) for an official early evaluation (based on academic progress in the middle of the last year of high school and test scores for tests taken by January 31) will receive an eligibility or ineligibility determination online from the FDOE.  Determinations based on early (7th semester) evaluation may begin posting in March.  You cannot lose an award based on early evaluation, unless you fail to earn a standard Florida high school diploma from a Florida public or FDOE-registered private high school.

Final Evaluations (8th Semester)
All students whose final transcripts are submitted (following the studentís last term in high school) will receive an eligibility or ineligibility determination online.  Determinations based on final (8th semester) evaluations may begin posting online in July.

Mid-Year Graduates
Eligible students who graduate (or earn a GED diploma) mid-year may receive an initial award in the spring term following the studentís graduation.  The FFAA must be submitted by August 31 of the studentís graduation year (prior to the spring term enrolled).  Determinations based on mid-year evaluation will be posted to studentsí online history screens following application and evaluation of high school transcripts and test scores.

The Process
The award (or ineligibility) determination will be posted to a student's online Financial Aid Recipient History (FARH) screen and is viewable by the student.  Included on our website will be:
  • information about the award;
  • instructions regarding how to notify the FDOE of the college the student plans to attend and how to correct any information Bright Futures has on file; and
  • instructions explaining how the student can access his/her Bright Futures record on the Internet.

    A User ID and PIN assigned at the time the student submits his/her FFAA will enable a student to:
    • view his/her award status (eligibility determination);
    • view and/or update his/her demographic information;
    • view and/or update his/her postsecondary institution choice;
    • view the amount disbursed each semester;
    • view the spring renewal GPA;
    • monitor his/her hours remaining for the year and for the scholarship; and
    • view all correspondence sent from the FDOE, Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA).

Florida Virtual Campus
The Florida Virtual Campus website at www.flvc.org allows public high school students to review their academic progress toward meeting initial eligibility requirements for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program and course requirements for admission into the State University System. Public high school students in grades 9-12 may access their records by creating their own login ID and password.

College Notification
Notification of a student's award will be made available to eligible postsecondary institutions via a secured internet directory of eligible students when a student's award status is official.  If the student can see an eligible FAS, FMS, or GSV determination posted to his record, so can the eligible postsecondary institutions.
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