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How and When to Apply

Students must apply during their last year in high school (after December 1 and prior to graduation) or forfeit all future eligibility for a Bright Futures Scholarship.

  • A student who is eligible for a Bright Futures award but initially attends an out-of-state postsecondary institution, then returns to Florida to complete his/her education, may apply for reinstatement funding within the specified timeframe (two years or three years) from the studentís year of high school graduation.
  • An initially eligible student who enlists in the United States Armed Forces immediately after high school graduation will begin the two year or three year (depending on the studentís year of high school graduation) eligibility period for his/her initial award upon the date of separation from active duty.
  • In order to receive funding for a Florida Bright Futures award, a student must be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.  The postsecondary institution the student attends is responsible for making residency and citizenship determinations.

Eligible students may only receive Bright Futures award funding at eligible Florida postsecondary institutions.

To Be Considered for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship a Student Must:

    1. Apply for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship by completing the Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA)* during his/her last year in high school prior to graduation.  A student may apply online beginning December 1st of his/her last year in high school.  This application gives the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) permission to evaluate his/her high school transcripts for eligibility for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship.
              * The demographic information a student provides on the FFAA will be used to retrieve and evaluate his/her high school transcript.  If the demographic information provided on the FFAA does not match the demographic information on the student's high school transcript, he/she will not receive an official Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program evaluation.  A student may use his/her report card or contact his/her high school to assist in verifying this information. Additional documentation is required for Home Education, GED, and out-of-state applicants.  This application is easy to complete and applicants receive an immediate response.

    2. An eligible student who graduates mid-year may receive an initial award in the spring term following the studentís graduation.  The FFAA must be submitted by August 31 of the studentís graduation year (prior to the spring term enrolled).

    3. Earn a Florida standard high school diploma or its equivalent.

    4. Not have been found guilty of, or pled nolo contendere to, a felony charge.

    5. Meet Academic Requirements for the award.

    6. 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.

Activate your User ID and PIN - Know it, Use it, Be Responsible for your state financial aid!

FFAA applicants will receive a User ID and PIN for the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) website. A student will access the OSFA website to monitor the status of his/her Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application. It is the student's responsibility to check the status of his/her application and award. It is also the student's responsibility to inform us of any changes.  Call toll-free at 1-888-827-2004 with questions.
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