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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 the 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 test score must be achieved
by June 30th of the year in which the GED is earned. Eligibility for a scholarship will be determined in the
year in which the GED is earned.
for more information on taking the GED in Florida.
Required Documentation (no substitutions)
- 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) or
call toll-free at 1-888-827-2004 to request a hardcopy application form. 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
- 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!
- The submission of a Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA) is now an annual requirement for Bright Futures eligibility. Note: The studentís FAFSA
does not have to indicate need; however, must be complete and processed error free prior to a studentís first
disbursement of an award. (The Florida State Programs May 15 deadline does not apply to Bright Futures.)
- Full official high school transcript submitted to the FDOE by the studentís Florida public
high school or FDOE-registered private high school. The required coursework must be completed and the minimum grade
point average earned before the Florida GED exam is taken.
- NEW - 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 11 state universities 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.
- Include 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 must be sent directly to FDOE in a sealed envelope.
- Documentation of community service hours.
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 on agency letterhead.
- 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
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