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Receiving Scholarship Funding

After a student receives an award notification, to receive scholarship funding, he/she must:
  • Notify the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) of which college, university, or vocational school he/she plans to attend.  A student may use the OSFA, State Scholarships and Grants User ID and PIN to update his/her postsecondary institution.  The student received the User ID and PIN in his/her acknowledgement correspondence after completing the Florida Financial Aid Application.
  • Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen as determined by his/her college, university, or vocational school.
  • Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program of study.
  • Enroll in a minimum of six semester (or equivalent in quarter or clock) hours per term by the end of the school's drop/add period.
  • Earn at least 24 semester credit hours (or the equivalent) if enrolled full time for the entire academic year.
    • A student enrolled full time (12 or more semester hours or the equivalent) for only one term must earn at least 12 semester hours for that term.
    • If a student is enrolled part time for any part of the academic year, the student must earn a prorated number of credit hours.
      • A student enrolled three-quarter time (9-11 semester hours or the equivalent) for a term must earn at least 9 semester hours for that term.
      • A student enrolled half-time (6-8 semester hours or the equivalent) for a term must earn at least 6 semester hours for that term.
  • Reimburse the postsecondary institution for the cost of course(s) dropped or withdrawn after the initial drop/add period.  The student will be ineligible to renew his/her Bright Futures award for any subsequent academic year until repayment or a satisfactory arrangement to reimburse the institution is made.
  • 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.
    Please Note:
  • The maximum number of hours that can be funded each academic year is 45 semester (60 quarter or the equivalent in clock) hours.
  • No remedial course work is funded.
  • Disbursements begin in the fall term of each academic year.
  • An eligible student enrolled in the pilot program at the University of Florida may receive Bright Futures award funding for attendance during no more than two semesters or the equivalent in any fiscal year.
Disbursement of the award money
  • OSFA sends funds to the postsecondary institution for the Bright Futures recipient prior to the beginning of the fall term.
  • OSFA sends funds to the postsecondary institution for the mid-year Bright Futures recipient prior to the beginning of the spring term following the studentís high school graduation.
  • The institution is provided with each eligible student's name and social security number electronically.
  • After the end of the drop/add period, the postsecondary institution either applies funds to the student's account at the institution or provides the student a check.
Award Amounts
The amount of a student's award varies depending on the institution he/she attends and the number of hours enrolled.  A student should contact his/her financial aid officer for information pertaining to the award amount.
Dropping a class or withdrawing from school after the drop/add period
A student should contact his/her postsecondary institution's financial aid office regarding the institutionís policy on withdrawal.  Review the renewal requirements on the Bright Futures website.  If a student drops or withdraws hours that were disbursed in a Bright Futures award after the last day of the drop/add period, he/she will be responsible for reimbursing the postsecondary institution with the revised award amount.  However, a student may make a written appeal to the home postsecondary institution for hours dropped or withdrawn due to verifiable illness or emergency after the last day of the drop/add period.  The postsecondary institution will make a recommendation to the Florida Department of Education (FDOE).  The FDOE may accept or deny the postsecondary institution's recommendation for exception.  Non-refunded hours may affect the student's renewal eligibility.
Funding for courses taken at two different institutions during the same term
The institution at which a student is seeking his/her degree is the home institution and is the school that must fund each student's disbursement.  If the home institution has a consortium/transient student agreement with the school where the student will be taking additional course work, the home institution may fund those additional hours and is the institution to which those grade and hours will be reported.

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