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High School Counselors

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The Comprehensive Course Table (CCT) provides detailed information on how all public school secondary courses and the most commonly used dual enrollment courses apply toward academic course requirements.  (Note: The use of listed dual enrollment courses requires an articulation agreement in the district.)

Transcript Processing Instructions

Students in their last year of high school complete the required Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) to apply for Florida Bright Futures Scholarships and provide the Department of Education authorization to evaluate their transcripts.  Please note that:

  • District and high school personnel will continue to utilize the Bright Futures practice evaluation system as a counseling tool.
  • District and high school personnel are responsible for moving transcripts from the practice to the production evaluation system for early (7th semester) and final (8th semester) evaluations as soon as semester grades are final.
  • Bright Futures applicants must complete an FFAA by high school graduation.
  • The Bright Futures production evaluation system will not accept transcripts for any student who has not completed the FFAA.

Schools and districts may determine which of their students have completed the FFAA and request an official Bright Futures eligibility evaluation using a combination of any of the following methods:

  • the State Student Financial Aid Database (SSFAD) High School Certification Report
  • the Bright Futures Evaluation System - Florida Financial Aid Applicants List
  • FASTER (Florida Automated System for Transferring Educational Records) Public only

Florida Financial Aid Applicants List
The "Florida Financial Aid Applicants List by SSN or by Last Name" is available to you under the Student Lists/Search tab on your secure website.  This list displays students that have indicated your school as their high school of graduation on their FFAA.  The information displayed on this list is the information provided by the student on the FFAA to the State Student Financial Aid Database.  This list may be used to compare and reconcile FFAA information with Bright Futures transcript information on your Bright Futures List of Students, similar to how you have been using the SSFAD High School Certification Report's "ALL SSFAD Applicants" page.

Bright Futures Practice Evaluation System
The Bright Futures practice evaluation system's "List of Students by Student ID or by Name" includes a column titled "FFAA Status."  The Bright Futures website provides counselors easy access to this list of students in the "Online Transcript Entry and Evaluation System."  Each student's record will indicate one of the following codes:

B The student has an FFAA on file and has requested an official Bright Futures eligibility evaluation.  A transcript must be sent to the Bright Futures production evaluation system when appropriate for early and final evaluations.
A The student has an FFAA on file; however, the SSFAD did not estimate the student potentially eligible for Bright Futures.  It is possible for this student to be eligible for Bright Futures even though the SSFAD did not list Bright Futures.  You are encouraged to send a transcript to the Bright Futures production evaluation system if you choose, after a practice review.
52 The student is either ineligible to participate (the student answered 'yes' to the felony question) or has requested that her/his transcripts not be evaluated for Bright Futures.  A transcript will be rejected if submitted to the Bright Futures production evaluation system.
N The student does not have an FFAA on file or has an FFAA on file with information in one of the matching fields differing from the district or school and therefore is not interfacing with the High School Transcript Database.  Use your FFAA List of Applicants to reconcile the information on your student transcripts with their applications.  A transcript with "N" status will be rejected if submitted to the Bright Futures production evaluation system.

The Bright Futures practice evaluation system includes only FFAA indicators for students you have submitted to the practice evaluation system.  It is not intended to be a complete list of all FFAA applicants.

Private high schools using the "Online Transcript Entry and Evaluation System" data entry screen to enter a new student will provide the student's SSN (or unique local student ID if SSN is not available), first name, last name, date of birth, gender, and ethnicity.  The Bright Futures system will search the SSFAD system for the student's FFAA.  If an FFAA is found, the student's demographic information will pre-fill on the screen.  If an FFAA is not found for the student, you may enter the student's demographic and transcript information.  When the student completes an FFAA, the FFAA demographic information will automatically update the Bright Futures system demographic information.

FASTER Request Record from SSFAD
When a public school student completes an FFAA and requests an official Bright Futures eligibility evaluation, the SSFAD system will notify the student's high school (as identified by the student) by sending the school a request record via FASTER.  The school will respond to the request by submitting the student's transcript to the Bright Futures production evaluation system according to the school's academic calendar.  Please note that student transcripts can be submitted to the Bright Futures practice evaluation system whether or not the student has completed the FFAA.

All Bright Futures student transcripts (both practice and production) are sent to the Bright Futures address ('district' 95).

You can identify SSFAD notices by referring to the Sending Institution and Message Type Code fields on the FASTER Header Record (in Appendix H of the FASTER User Manual, available on the web at URL http://www.fldoe.org/faster). The SSFAD system notification request records will have the following codes:

FASTER Header Record Field Code Entity
Sending Institution 'district' 95 From SSFAD
Message Type Code R95 Send transcript to Bright Futures 'district' 95

Transcripts submitted to production for students who responded "yes" to the felony question or requested that their transcripts not be evaluated for Bright Futures (coded 52 in the Bright Futures practice evaluation system) will be rejected, with a Message Type code of B11.

Transcripts submitted to production for students who have not completed the FFAA (coded N in the Bright Futures practice evaluation system) will be rejected, with a Message Type code of B10.  This will let you know that the Bright Futures System could not find a completed FFAA record for that student.

The primary criterion used to match a student's transcript with the FFAA is the social security number.  If the social security number is not on your transcript submission, and if the student's other demographic information does not permit the system to match the demographic information on the FFAA (using a complex algorithm involving first name, last name, date of birth, and gender), the student's transcript will be rejected, with a Message Type code of B10.

Should you have questions regarding the FFAA or identification of your Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program applicants, please call our Bright Futures Counselor line toll free at 1-888-827-2004. Information management personnel may request technical assistance at FSTR@fldoe.org.

SSFAD High School Certification Report
The SSFAD High School Certification Report is a listing of students attending your school who have submitted an FFAA and for whom additional information is required to complete their application for all state programs (including Bright Futures) so they may receive an official eligibility evaluation.  You may view or print this report from the SSFAD website or download a data file containing the same information (for use in your local automated systems).

Thank you for continuing to assist your students through the Bright Futures evaluation process.  Your role is an essential part of the award determination and is greatly appreciated.

Certifying Student Community Service hours
Public high schools will provide recognition of community service on the student's Florida Automated System for Transferring Educational Records (FASTER) transcript. This recognition can appear in one of two places:
  • the Number of Community Service Hours field (field number 72 on the FASTER T1 record); or
  • the Course Number field (field number 13 on the FASTER T4 record) may include the designated Community Service Course 0500370.  The social science course number 2104330 will not give credit for community service hours for the FAS award.

Private high schools must check the field titled Community Service Hours Completed on transcripts submitted through the Online Transcript Entry System.

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