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Initial Eligibility Requirements for 2013 High School Graduates

These are subject to change with each legislative session.


  • A student graduating from high school during the 2012-13 academic year and applying for state aid for the 2013-14 academic year must apply for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship after December 1 and prior to high school graduation. To apply a student must submit a completed Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) during the last year in high school.
  • A student may receive funding for only one award (Florida Academic Scholars, Florida Medallion Scholars, or Gold Seal Vocational Scholars).  The highest award earned by the student will be selected.
  • Initial eligibility requirements must be met prior to high school graduation from a Florida public or FDOE-registered private high school.
  • The submission of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an annual requirement for Bright Futures eligibility.  Note: The student’s FAFSA does not have to indicate need; however, must be complete and processed error-free prior to a student’s first disbursement of an award.  (The Florida State Programs May 15 deadline does not apply to Bright Futures.)

Public and Private Institutions All students will receive the specified (cost per credit hour) award amounts established by the Florida Legislature in the General Appropriations Act.  Award amounts for the 2013-14 academic year will be available in summer 2013 after the legislative session.  Institutional fees are not included in the award.

Grade Point Average (GPA)
3.5 weighted GPA using the credits listed below, combined with the test scores and community service hours listed below.  Weighting for more challenging, higher level courses is prescribed by law as .50 per course per year.  (Note: GPAs are not rounded.)
Required Credits
Courses must include 16 credits of college preparatory academic courses.
  •   4 English (3 with substantial writing)
  •   4 Mathematics (Algebra I level and above)
  •   3 Natural Science (2 with substantial lab)
  •   3 Social Science
  •   2 Foreign Language (sequential, in the same language)
    16 Credits

    May use up to two additional credits from courses in the academic areas listed above and/or AP, IB, or AICE fine arts courses to raise the GPA

Foreign Language Requirement Students must demonstrate foreign language proficiency at a level equal to two years of high school foreign language (sequential, in the same language) or American Sign Language coursework (see Comprehensive Course Table).  This requirement can be met in one of the following ways.

  1. Complete coursework as follows:
    • Second course in high school (Spanish II, French II, German II, etc.)
    • Second postsecondary course (Elementary II) as long as the course is for 4.0 credit hours. (The Articulation Coordinating Committee (ACC) and the State Board of Education has approved all four-credit foreign language courses to receive one high school credit.)
    • Third postsecondary course (Intermediate I), regardless of credits.

The Comprehensive Course Table (CCT) indicates which foreign language courses (secondary and postsecondary) may be taken to complete the foreign language sequence for FAS/FMS and SUS admissions eligibility.  For the FAS/FMS award, the grade for the "completer" foreign language course and the best semester grades of the remaining courses in the same foreign language (to equal up to 2.0 high school foreign language credits) will be used in the Bright Futures GPA calculation.  The Bright Futures evaluation program will be reviewing the students’ transcripts for the presence of a foreign language "completer" course to determine if the foreign language requirement has been met.

Students may also meet the requirement in one of the ways listed below.  For each of these methods, the Bright Futures Foreign Language Waiver (0791920) must be entered in a student's transcript (enter "FL" in the subject field, 0 credit, and no grade).  Documentation indicating how the proficiency was met must be kept in the student's cumulative folder.

  1. Earn at least the scores indicated below on a CLEP, AP, SAT-II or Departmental Test.

Test Minimum Score Required for Proficiency
CLEP* For students entering college 2008-09 and later:
French 59; German 60; Spanish 63

For students entering college 2007-08 and earlier:
French 62; German 63; Spanish 66.
AP* 3
SAT-II If a college awards credit based on an SAT - Subject test, documentation of the credits awarded must be given to the high school guidance counselor.
Departmental Test If a college awards credit based on a Departmental Test, documentation of the credits awarded must be given to the high school guidance counselor.
*Scores approved by State Board of Education and posted in the Articulation Coordinating Committee’s Credit-by-Exam Equivalencies document.

  1. If a student's proficiency is in a language for which there is no test available to determine proficiency, a transcript documenting formal education equal to two years of high school coursework in that language, or in English in a non-English-speaking country, may be used.

All students who wish to earn an FAS or FMS award must meet the foreign language requirement.  There are no exceptions for any reason.

Community Service 100 hours, as approved by the district or private school
Test Scores
  • Best combined score of 1280 SAT I/SAT Reasoning Test (based on the combined Critical Reading and Math sections only) or best composite score of 28 ACT (excluding the writing section)
  • The writing sections for both the SAT and ACT will not be used in the composite
  • SAT Subject Tests exams are not used for Bright Futures eligibility
  • ACT scores are rounded up for scores with .5 and higher; SAT scores do not require rounding
  • Sections of the SAT or ACT from different test dates may be used to meet the test criteria
  • For spring eligibility evaluations, test dates through January 31 will be admissible
  • For summer eligibility evaluations, test dates through June 30 will be admissible

Other Ways to Qualify

The other ways to qualify listed below must also meet the community service hours requirement.
  • National Merit or Achievement Scholars and Finalists
  • National Hispanic Scholars
  • IB Diploma Recipients (based on exams taken prior to high school graduation)
  • Students who have completed the IB Curriculum with best composite score of 1280 SAT or 28 ACT
  • AICE Diploma Recipients (based on exams taken prior to high school graduation)
  • Students who have completed the AICE Curriculum with best composite score of 1280 SAT or 28 ACT
  • Students who have attended a home education program according to s. 1002.41, F.S., registered with the district during grades 11 and 12, and have a best composite score of 1280 SAT or 28 ACT
  • GED with best composite score of 1280 SAT or 28 ACT and a 3.5 weighted GPA in the above 16 required credits
  • 3-year standard college preparatory program with best composite score of 1280 SAT or 28 ACT and a 3.5 weighted GPA in the above 16 required credits.

For information regarding Bright Futures requirements, please contact the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program toll-free at 1-888-827-2004.

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