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Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program


The Florida Legislature is authorized each year to change eligibility and funding requirements.  Eligibility criteria for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship specify that a student must have earned "a standard Florida high school diploma or its equivalent."  [Section 1009.531(1) (b), Florida Statutes ]  The GED will serve as an equivalent to the standard diploma.  In addition, students must meet all other general requirements for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

The documentation listed below is required for the initial eligibility evaluation of students who earn a Florida high school equivalency diploma (commonly known as the Florida GED diploma) and wish to be evaluated for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship.  To be determined eligible for the scholarship, GED students must meet the scholarship curriculum and grade point average requirements before taking the GED exam.  The minimum SAT or ACT test score must be achieved by June 30th of the academic year in which the GED is earned.  Eligibility for a scholarship will be determined in the academic year in which the GED is earned.  Please visit http://www.fldoe.org/workforce/ged/gedover.asp for more information on taking the GED in Florida.

Required Documentation (no substitutions)

    1.   Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA)

  • Submit a completed FFAA online during the studentís last year in high school (after December 1st of the last year and prior to taking the Florida GED exam). The application gives the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) permission to evaluate the student's high school transcript(s) for eligibility for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship.


  • NEW - An eligible student who graduates (or earns 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).


  • After you submit your FFAA, you will be responsible for tracking your application and award status online and keeping OSFA informed of any demographic or institutional changes via a User ID and PIN:


  • Know it, Use it, Be Responsible for your state financial aid!


  • NEW - Submission of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is NO LONGER required; however, students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA to learn of potential eligibility for additional state and federal aid.

    2.   SAT, ACT, or PERT

  • Test scores of tests taken through the end of June (no later than January 31 for mid-year graduates) of the academic year in which the student takes the GED exam will be admissible for a Bright Futures evaluation.  The SAT and ACT scores can be used to qualify for all three awards:  Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) award, Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) award, and the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV) award.  Submit scores to FDOE in one of the following ways (preferably the first):

    • Request the test scores be sent to one of Floridaís public state universities, Florida state colleges (public community colleges), or public high schools when the student registers for the SAT or ACT. These scores will be sent to the FDOE repository.
    • Submit test scores on the high school transcript.
    • Mail the official copy (no photocopies) of the SAT/ACT/PERT test scores in the original sealed envelope. PERT tests are only administered at Florida Colleges.  These scores are only used for GSV award evaluation and may be sent directly to FDOE in a sealed envelope.

    3.   TRANSCRIPTS

  • Submit (in any combination) a full official transcript to the FDOE by the studentís Florida public high school, FDOE-registered private high school, Florida Virtual School and/or dual enrollment coursework from a Florida state college (public community college) or university.  The required coursework must be completed and the minimum grade point average earned before the Florida GED exam is taken.

    4.   FLORIDA GED

  • To qualify for an award, Florida GED diploma will be verified by the Florida Department of Education.  Please complete the GED verification process for the Division of Career and Adult Education available at http://ged.fldoe.org/pdf/GEDverification.pdf.

    5.   COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS DOCUMENTATION

  • To qualify for an award, a student must complete community service hours during high school, by high school graduation. Community service hours may not be hours that benefitted the student financially or materially or be service to family members. Each award requires the following completed and approved community service hours:
    • FAS Ė 100 hours
    • FMS Ė 75 hours
    • GSV Ė 30 hours

  • The agency or agencies where the community service hours were earned must provide documentation of the number of hours and dates of service completed.

  • Florida GED diploma will be verified by the Florida Department of Education. Please complete the GED verification process for the Division of Career and Adult Education available at http://ged.fldoe.org/pdf/GEDverification.pdf.

If the student did not apply online, mail or fax the hardcopy FFAA and/or other documentation to:

  Florida Department of Education
Office of Student Financial Assistance
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1314
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Attn:  GED
Fax:  850-487-1809
 

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