2009 High School Graduates and earlier
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2012 High School Graduates
Academic Requirements for Initial Eligibility
AICE - Advanced International Certificate of Education
Comprehensive Course Table
Course Code Directory: Course Descriptions
Eligibility and Award Criteria, Chart of
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
FFAA - Florida Financial Aid Application
Financial Aid Recipient History
Florida Legislative Session and History
Florida Academic Scholars
Florida Academic Top Scholars
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GED - General Educational Development Diploma
General Requirements for Awards
Gold Seal Vocational Scholars
High School Guidance Counselors
How and When to Apply
IB - International Baccalaureate
Login for Student Records & Information
Notification of Eligibility
Receiving Scholarship Funding
Reports, Bright Futures
Transfer of Award Between Schools
Vocational Course Descriptions
Weighting For Bright Futures GPA
World Language Requirement
How and When to Apply
Students must apply during their last year in high school (after December 1 and prior to graduation)
or forfeit all future eligibility for a Bright Futures Scholarship.
- NEW - A student who is eligible for a Bright Futures
award but initially attends an out-of-state postsecondary
institution, then returns to Florida to complete his/her education, may apply for reinstatement funding
within the specified timeframe (two years or three years) from the studentís year of high school graduation.
- NEW - An initially eligible student who enlists in the United States Armed Forces immediately after high school
graduation will begin the two year or three year (depending on the studentís year of high school graduation)
eligibility period for his/her initial award upon the date of separation from active duty.
- In order to receive funding for a Florida Bright Futures award, a student must be a Florida resident
and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. The postsecondary institution the student attends is responsible
for making residency and citizenship determinations.
Eligible students may only receive Bright Futures award funding at eligible Florida postsecondary institutions.
To Be Considered for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship a Student Must:
- Apply for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship by completing the Initial Student Florida Financial Aid
Application (FFAA)* during his/her last year in high school prior to graduation. A student may apply online
beginning December 1st of his/her last year in high school. This application gives the Florida Department
of Education (FDOE) permission to evaluate his/her high school transcripts for eligibility for a Florida
Bright Futures Scholarship.
* The demographic information a student provides on the FFAA will be used to retrieve and
evaluate his/her high school transcript. If the demographic information provided on the
FFAA does not match the demographic information on the student's high school
transcript, he/she will not receive an official Florida Bright Futures Scholarship
Program evaluation. A student may use his/her report card or contact his/her high school
to assist in verifying this information. Additional documentation is required for
Home Education, GED, and out-of-state applicants. This application is easy to complete
and applicants receive an immediate response.
- NEW - An eligible student who graduates 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).
- Earn a Florida standard high school diploma or its equivalent.
- Not have been found guilty of, or pled nolo contendere to, a felony charge.
- Meet Academic Requirements for the award.
- Must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is an
annual requirement for
Bright Futures eligibility. 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.)
Activate your User ID and PIN - Know it, Use it, Be Responsible for your state financial aid!
FFAA applicants will receive a User ID and PIN for the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) website. A student
will access the OSFA website to monitor the status of his/her Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application. It is
the student's responsibility to check the status of his/her application and award. It is also
the student's responsibility to inform us of any changes. Call toll-free at 1-888-827-2004 with questions.