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Scholarship Length (by high school graduation year)

2012-13 high school graduates and thereafter

NOTE:  These requirements are subject to change with each legislative session.

Terms of Eligibility

A Bright Futures FAS or FMS Recipient:

 
  • May receive up to 120 semester hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours) toward completion of a certificate or a first baccalaureate degree, or for up to five years from high school graduation (if the student was initially funded within two years after high school graduation), whichever comes first.  This also applies to students in 3/2 programs who are classified as an undergraduate.  Graduate or undergraduate classification is determined by the postsecondary institution.
 
  • If a course of study is not completed after five academic years, an exception of one year to the renewal timeframe may be granted due to a verifiable illness or other documented emergency reported by the postsecondary institution.

Graduate Study for an FAS or FMS Recipient

 
  • FAS and FMS recipients who graduate with a baccalaureate degree earned in the 2010-11 academic year or thereafter, in seven or fewer semesters, or the equivalent, may receive funding for ONE semester of graduate study, not to exceed 15 credit hours paid at the undergraduate rate. Check with a financial aid officer at the postsecondary institution you attend for graduate funding.

A Bright Futures GSV Recipient:

 
  • Students may be funded for up to the maximum hours of their program of study in Career Education Programs. Technical Degree Education includes: Associate of Science degrees (AS), Associate of Applied Science degrees (AAS), and College Credit Certificates (CCC).  Career Certificates or Diplomas (also referred to as Postsecondary Adult Vocational/PSAV) include Career Certificates and Applied Technology Diplomas (ATD).
    • Students may be funded for up to 72 semester hours (or 2,160 clock hours) except in the Applied Technology Diploma (ATD) where they are limited to 60 semester hours (or 1,800 clock hours).
    • Students may be funded in additional certificates, diplomas, and/or degrees up to the maximum hours of funding allowed.
    • If students finish an ATD and then transfer into another eligible program, they are eligible to be funded up to 72 semester hours (or 2,160 clock hours).
    • Students may receive funding in these career education programs up to their Bright Futures maximum hours of funding.
 
  • If a course of study is not completed after five academic years, an exception of one year to the renewal timeframe may be granted due to a verifiable illness or other documented emergency reported by the postsecondary institution.

2011-12 high school graduates

Terms of Eligibility

A Bright Futures FAS or FMS Recipient:

 
  • May receive up to 120 semester hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours) toward completion of a certificate or a first baccalaureate degree, or for up to five years from high school graduation (if the student was initially funded within three years after high school graduation), whichever comes first.  This also applies to students in 3/2 programs who are classified as an undergraduate.  Graduate or undergraduate classification is determined by the postsecondary institution.
 
  • If a course of study is not completed after five academic years, an exception of one year to the renewal timeframe may be granted due to a verifiable illness or other documented emergency reported by the postsecondary institution.

Graduate Study for an FAS or FMS Recipient

 
  • FAS and FMS recipients who graduate with a baccalaureate degree earned in the 2010-11 academic year or thereafter, in seven or fewer semesters, or the equivalent, may receive funding for ONE semester of graduate study, not to exceed 15 credit hours paid at the undergraduate rate.  Check with a financial aid officer at the postsecondary institution you attend for graduate funding.

A Bright Futures GSV Recipient:

 
  • Students may be funded for up to the maximum hours of their program of study in Career Education Programs. Technical Degree Education includes: Associate of Science degrees (AS), Associate of Applied Science degrees (AAS), and College Credit Certificates (CCC).  Career Certificates or Diplomas (also referred to as Postsecondary Adult Vocational/PSAV) include Career Certificates and Applied Technology Diplomas (ATD).
    • Students may be funded for up to 72 semester hours (or 2,160 clock hours) except in the Applied Technology Diploma (ATD) where they are limited to 60 semester hours (or 1,800 clock hours).
    • Students may be funded in additional certificates, diplomas, and/or degrees up to the maximum hours of funding allowed.
    • If students finish an ATD and then transfer into another eligible program, they are eligible to be funded up to 72 semester hours (or 2,160 clock hours).
    • Students may receive funding in these career education programs up to their Bright Futures maximum hours of funding.
 
  • If a course of study is not completed after five academic years, an exception of one year to the renewal timeframe may be granted due to a verifiable illness or other documented emergency reported by the postsecondary institution.

2010-11 high school graduates

Terms of Eligibility

A Bright Futures FAS or FMS Recipient:

 
  • May receive up to 120 semester hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours) toward completion of a certificate or a first baccalaureate degree, or for up to five years from high school graduation (if the student was initially funded within three years after high school graduation), whichever comes first.  This also applies to students in 3/2 programs who are classified as an undergraduate.  Graduate or undergraduate classification is determined by the postsecondary institution.
 
  • If a course of study is not completed after five academic years, an exception of one year to the renewal timeframe may be granted due to a verifiable illness or other documented emergency reported by the postsecondary institution.
 
  • A student who is in an undergraduate program of study that requires more than 120 semester hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours) may be eligible for an extension.  This does not apply to students enrolled in 3/2 or double major programs.  If applicable after 100 hours of funding, a student may complete and submit the following application, "Extended Hours Application."

Graduate Study for an FAS or FMS Recipient

 
  • FAS and FMS recipients who graduate with a baccalaureate degree earned in the 2010-11 academic year or thereafter, in seven or fewer semesters, or the equivalent, may receive funding for ONE semester of graduate study, not to exceed 15 credit hours paid at the undergraduate rate.  Check with a financial aid officer at the postsecondary institution you attend for graduate funding.

A Bright Futures GSV Recipient:

 
  • May receive the maximum number of credit hours required to complete up to 90 semester hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours) toward completion of a career certificate (or first baccalaureate degree) or up to five years from high school graduation (if the student was initially funded within three years after high school graduation), whichever comes first.
 
  • If a course of study is not completed after five academic years, an exception of one year to the renewal timeframe may be granted due to a verifiable illness or other documented emergency reported by the postsecondary institution.

2009-10 high school graduates

Terms of Eligibility

A Bright Futures FAS or FMS Recipient:

 
  • May receive up to 120 semester hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours) toward completion of a certificate or a first baccalaureate degree, or for up to seven years from high school graduation, whichever comes first.  The student must have been initially funded within three years after high school graduation.  This also applies to students in 3/2 programs who are classified as an undergraduate. Graduate or undergraduate classification is determined by the postsecondary institution.
 
  • A student who is in an undergraduate program of study that requires more than 120 semester hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours) may be eligible for an extension.  This does not apply to students enrolled in 3/2 or double major programs.  If applicable after 100 hours of funding, a student may complete and submit the following application, "Extended Hours Application."

Graduate Study for an FAS or FMS Recipient

 
  • FAS and FMS recipients who graduate with a baccalaureate degree earned in the 2010-11 academic year or thereafter, in seven or fewer semesters, or the equivalent, may receive funding for ONE semester of graduate study, not to exceed 15 credit hours paid at the undergraduate rate.  Check with a financial aid officer at the postsecondary institution you attend for graduate funding.

A Bright Futures GSV Recipient:

 
  • May receive the maximum number of credit hours required to complete up to 90 semester hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours) toward completion of a career certificate (or first baccalaureate degree) or up to seven years from high school graduation (if the student was initially funded within three years after high school graduation), whichever comes first.

2008-09 high school graduates and earlier

Terms of Eligibility

A Bright Futures FAS or FMS Recipient:

 
  • May receive up to 132 semester hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours) toward completion of a certificate or a first baccalaureate degree, or for up to seven years from high school graduation, whichever comes first.  The student must have been initially funded within three years after high school graduation. This also applies to students in 3/2 programs who are classified as an undergraduate. Graduate or undergraduate classification is determined by the postsecondary institution.
 
  • A student who is in an undergraduate program of study that requires more than 120 semester hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours) may be eligible for an extension.  This does not apply to students enrolled in 3/2 or double major programs.  If applicable after 100 hours of funding, a student may complete and submit the following application, Extended Hours Application.

Graduate Study for an FAS or FMS Recipient

 
  • FAS and FMS recipients who graduate with a baccalaureate degree earned in the 2010-11 academic year or thereafter, in seven or fewer semesters, or the equivalent, may receive funding for ONE semester of graduate study, not to exceed 15 credit hours paid at the undergraduate rate.  Check with a financial aid officer at the postsecondary institution you attend for graduate funding.

A Bright Futures GSV Recipient:

 
  • May receive the maximum number of credit hours required to complete up to 90 semester hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours) toward completion of a career certificate (or first baccalaureate degree) or for up to seven years from high school graduation (if the student was initially funded within three years after high school graduation), whichever comes first.

Students Who Enlist in the Military

Students graduating from high school in the 2012-13 academic year and thereafter

 
  • An initially eligible student who enlists in the United States Armed Forces after high school graduation and wishes to begin using the Bright Futures award must:
    • complete and submit a Reinstatement/Restoration Application online, and
    • submit an official copy of the DD Form 214 via U.S. mail to verify time served in the military, and
    • commence the remainder of his/her two-year reinstatement period upon the date of separation from active duty.
 
  • A student who is receiving a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship and discontinues his/her education to enlist in the United States Armed Forces must commence the remainder of the five-year renewal period upon the date of separation from active duty.  To reinstate the scholarship, the student must:
    • complete and submit a Reinstatement/Restoration Application online, and
    • submit an official copy of the DD Form 214 via U.S. mail to verify time served in the military.

The DD Form 214 should be mailed to:  Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance, Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1314, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400.


Students graduating from high school in the 2010-11 academic year and 2011-12 academic year

 
  • An initially eligible student who enlists in the United States Armed Forces after high school graduation and wishes to begin using the Bright Futures award must:
    • complete and submit a Reinstatement/Restoration Application online, and
    • submit an official copy of the DD Form 214 via U.S. mail to verify time served in the military, and
    • commence the remainder of his/her three-year reinstatement period upon the date of separation from active duty.
 
  • A student who is receiving a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship and discontinues his/her education to enlist in the United States Armed Forces must commence the remainder of the five-year renewal period upon the date of separation from active duty.  To reinstate the scholarship, the student must:
    • complete and submit a Reinstatement/Restoration Application online, and
    • submit an official copy of the DD Form 214 via U.S. mail to verify time served in the military.

The DD Form 214 should be mailed to:  Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance, Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1314, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400.


Students graduating from high school in the 2009-10 academic year and earlier

 
  • An initially eligible student who enlists in the United States Armed Forces after high school graduation and wishes to begin using the Bright Futures award must:
    • request reinstatement by completing and submitting a Reinstatement/Restoration Application online, and
    • submit an official copy of the DD Form 214 via U.S. mail to verify time served in the military, and
    • commence the remainder of his/her three-year reinstatement period upon the date of separation from active duty.
 
  • A student who is receiving a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship and discontinues his/her education to enlist in the United States Armed Forces must commence the remainder of his/her seven-year renewal period upon the date of separation from active duty.  To reinstate the scholarship, he/she must:
    • complete and submit a Reinstatement/Restoration Application online, and
    • submit an official copy of the DD Form 214 via U.S. mail to verify time served in the military.

The DD Form 214 should be mailed to:  Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance, Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1314, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400.

Important:
Following graduation, a student may request to discontinue award communications with the Bright Futures office by contacting Customer Service toll-free at 1-888-827-2004.

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