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Out-of-State (OOS) Applicants
Eligibility criteria for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship includes a standard Florida high school
diploma, unless the student earns a high school diploma from a non-Florida school while living with a
parent or guardian who is on A) military or B) public service assignment away from
Florida (Section 1009.531 (1) (b), Florida Statutes).
Florida Residents Graduating from a High School Outside Florida
||Military assignment is defined as active duty in all branches of the Armed Services.
||Public service assignment is defined as the occupational assignment of a Florida resident
employed by the United States Government or State of Florida, who as a condition of initial public service employment, is relocated
from Florida to work outside the state of Florida. (This does not include companies who contract with
the U.S. or Florida governments.) A student whose parent or guardian is on public service assignment
may reside with either natural parent or another adult designated by either natural parent or guardian.
||The following types of employment qualify as a public service assignment:
Employment by the U.S. government, such as (not a comprehensive list):
- U.S. Department of State
- U.S. Department of Defense
- U.S. Embassy
- U.S. Department of Justice
- U.S. Department of Immigration
- Government officials assigned outside the state of Florida (such as Congressmen)
||Employment by the government of the State of Florida, such as (not a comprehensive list):
- U.S. Department of State
- Florida Department of Transportation
- Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development
||The following types of employment do NOT qualify as a public service assignment:
- Companies who contract with the U.S. government. These include persons who work for a
company who has contracted with the U.S. or State of Florida government.
- Red Cross
- Peace Corps
Program Requirements for Bright Futures out-of-state (OOS) applicants (no substitutions):
- Meet the general requirements for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.
- Have one parent who is a Florida resident and is A) serving active duty in the military or B) on
public service assignment away from Florida (see above) during the student's last year of high school.
- Submit a completed Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) online during the
last year in high school (after December 1st of the last year and prior to graduation) 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 Futures Scholarship.
- NEW – An eligible student who graduates mid-year may receive an initial award in the spring
term following the student’s graduation. The FFAA must be submitted by August 31 of the student’s
graduation year (prior to the spring term enrolled).
- 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.
- Submit official high school transcript(s) showing all high school
coursework attempted. A student's
transcript (including courses in progress for the final semester) and other documentation may be submitted
to the FDOE after the first semester of the last year has been completed. FDOE may evaluate the student's
eligibility and provide official notification of award status prior to graduation. If the student's award
status can be improved by including additional information from the final term of the last year, the student's
transcript may be resubmitted following graduation.
Students may view the academic requirements for the Florida Academic Scholars and Florida
Medallion Scholars awards on the respective pages. The 16 required credits for an FAS or FMS
award must be approved by FDOE as college preparatory. Parental transcripts of home-educated
OOS students are not accepted as official transcripts (see "Home-Educated OOS Students" below).
- Submit SAT, ACT, or PERT test scores. Test scores of tests taken through the end of June (no later than January 31 for mid-year graduates)
of the student's last year in high school 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 Florida's public state universities, 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 test scores in the original
sealed envelope to the address below. Official PERT test scores, which are only
used for the GSV award evaluation and are only given at Florida Colleges, must be
sent directly to FDOE in a sealed envelope.
- Submit documentation for OOS assignment
- Proof of active duty military
- Copy of Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) - REQUIRED from any month of the
student’s last year in high school, AND
- Copy of Military Orders to current location (if requested by the Office of Student
Financial Assistance [OSFA])
- Proof of public service assignment
- Copy of Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) from any month of the student’s last year in
high school to confirm public service assignment with U.S. Government – REQUIRED if the
parent is employed with the U.S. Government, OR
- Copy of State of Florida Employee Earnings Statement from any month of the student’s last year
in high school to confirm public service assignment with state of Florida - REQUIRED if the parent
is employed with the State of Florida, AND
- Copy of letter of appointment from the state of Florida to the current location,
(DD1614, DD1617, or a company human resource statement on company letterhead).
- Submit Declaration of Florida Residency
(click here to download form). Include a copy of
one of the four documents below to indicate Florida
residency (must be parental document):
Note: The student's postsecondary institution will determine
Florida residency for funding purposes. It is possible for a student to meet initial
eligibility criteria to earn a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, but if the institution
determines the student is not a Florida resident, the student will not receive Bright Futures funding.
- State of Legal Residence Certificate (Form DD-2058 for military personnel, available from
base personnel offices);
- Enlistment/Reenlistment Document (Form DD4/1 for military personnel, available from
base personnel offices);
- Florida driver's license or Florida voter's registration (current and at least one year old);
- Proof of Florida property ownership with a homestead exemption.
- Submit Proof of Dependency, provided through a copy of a recent (less than 1 year old)
parental tax return (cover sheet listing dependents only).
- Submit Documentation of community service hours. To qualify for an award, a student must
complete community service hours during high school, by high school graduation. The agency or
agencies where the community service hours were earned must provide documentation on agency letterhead of the number
of hours and dates of service completed.
Each award requires the following completed and approved community service hours:
- FAS – 100 hours
- FMS – 75 hours
- GSV – 30 hours
Please mail the above 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: Out of State Applicant
Home-Educated OOS Students
Out-of-state students whose parents are serving in the military or are on public service assignment
outside the state of Florida and who are home educated must provide the above documentation, except
transcripts, in addition to the following:
- Documentation to show compliance with the home education requirements of the state (or local
authority if outside the United States) in which they were home educated, for grades 11 and 12.
- Test scores must meet the same minimum requirements of Florida home education students qualifying
for a FAS or FMS award.
NOTE: When applying as a home-educated student, the test score requirement for each scholarship is as follows:
FAS award - A best combined score of
1290 SAT (excluding the writing section) or best composite score of 29 ACT (excluding the writing section)
FMS award -
- A best combined score of 1220 SAT (excluding the writing section) or best composite score of 27 ACT (excluding the
- A best combined score of 1170 SAT
(excluding the writing section) or best composite score of 26 ACT (excluding the
writing section) with a weighted 3.0 GPA in the
required 16 college preparatory credits. The 16
credits must be approved by FDOE as college preparatory and documented through official public/private
high school or college dual enrollment transcripts. Parental transcripts of home-educated students
are not accepted.
GED OOS Students
Out-of-state students whose parents are serving in the military or are on public service assignment outside the
State of Florida and who earn an out-of-state GED must meet the scholarship curriculum and grade point average
requirements before taking the GED exam. This coursework is to be documented through
official public/private high school or college dual enrollment transcripts. Parental transcripts for
students are not accepted.
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. Funding will begin the fall term of the next academic year. Please keep in mind that the student's initial
scholarship eligibility cannot be improved upon after high school graduation.