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Initial Eligibility Requirements For 2012 High School Graduates

These are subject to change with each legislative session.


  • A student graduating from high school during the 2011-12 academic year and applying for state aid for the 2012-13 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 by visiting www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org and selecting "State Grants, Scholarships and Applications," then "Apply Here."
  • 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.


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Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) Award
Institutional fees are not included in the award. 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 2012-13 academic year will be available in summer 2012 after the legislative session.

For current year award amounts visit: www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org/SSFAD/bf/awardamt.htm

Grade Point Average (GPA)
Weighting for more challenging, higher level courses is prescribed by law as .50 per course per year
3.0 weighted GPA using the credits and test score listed below.

(Note: GPAs are not rounded.)
Required Credits
See the Comprehensive Course Table to identify courses that count toward each award level.
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, or IB, or AICE fine arts courses to raise the GPA

    Note:  For 2011 and 2012 graduates only, the sequence of Algebra Ia and Ib and the sequence of Applied Math I and II may count as two credits for high school graduation, State University System (SUS) admissions and FAS/FMS eligibility.  For 2013 and later graduates, these courses will revert to the traditional one credit per sequence for SUS Admissions and FMS eligibility.

Community Service No requirement
Test Scores
  • Best combined score of 980 SAT Reasoning Test  (based on the combined Critical Reading and Math sections only) or best composite score of 21 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

  • National Merit or Achievement Scholars and Finalists and National Hispanic Scholars who have not completed 75 hours of community service
  • Students who have completed the IB Curriculum with best composite score of 980 SAT or 21 ACT
  • AICE Diploma Recipients who have not completed 75 hours of community service
  • Students who have completed the AICE Curriculum with best composite score of 980 SAT or 21 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 combined score of 1070 SAT or 23 ACT
    • OR

    • Have a best combined score of 980 SAT or 21 ACT with a weighted 3.0 GPA in the above 16 required credits (documented through Florida public, FDOE-registered private, FLVS or dual enrollment transcripts)
  • GED with best composite score of 980 SAT or 21 ACT and a 3.0 weighted GPA in the above 16 required credits
  • 3-year standard college preparatory program with best composite score of 980 SAT or 21 ACT and a 3.0 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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