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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 InstructionsStudents 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:
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 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.
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:
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 criteria 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 Guidance Counselor line toll free at 1-888-827-2004. Information management personnel may request technical assistance at FSTR@fldoe.org.
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:
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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