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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- Reimburse the postsecondary institution for the cost of course(s) dropped or withdrawn after the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.
- The submission of a Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA) is now an annual requirement for Bright Futures eligibility. The studentís FAFSA
does not have to indicate need; however, must be complete and processed error-free prior to a studentís first
disbursement of an award. (The Florida State Programs May 15 deadline does not apply to Bright Futures.)
- 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.
|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. The department 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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