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How to be Renewed

A student is renewed if he/she received an award during one or more terms of the immediately preceding academic year, and earns the grade and hours required for renewal.  Renewal of a student's award for subsequent academic years is determined by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) based on institutional cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) and completed hours submitted by the postsecondary institution.  Students are required to meet the minimum credit hour requirement for the academic year based on the terms funded.  For example, a student enrolled full-time for two terms in a semester hour institution must earn a minimum of 24 semester hours and the required GPA to be eligible for renewal.

2008-09 and earlier high school graduates:  Students who fail to meet the annual minimum renewal GPA and/or earned hours requirement have a one-time opportunity to restore their Bright Futures awards.  Summer grade and hours earned after spring evaluation may be used if necessary to meet the scholarship renewal requirements.  A student must ask a financial aid officer at the home postsecondary institution (that reported his/her spring renewal grade and hours) to submit a summer grade and hours update to the Bright Futures office indicating the adjusted cumulative GPA and hours.  A Reinstatement/Restoration Application is not required.

2009-10 and later high school graduates:  Students who do not meet the annual minimum renewal GPA requirement in their first year of funding will be permitted a one-time restoration in a subsequent summer or academic year renewal period (end of spring term).  Students who do not meet the minimum earned hours requirement or who fail to meet the minimum GPA requirement after their first year of funding will NOT be permitted a restoration opportunity.

Qualifications for Renewal:

  • A student who receives funding during the current academic year (fall through spring) is automatically evaluated for renewal at the end of the spring term.  A spring/summer cohort student who receives funding during the current academic year (spring and summer) is automatically evaluated for renewal at the end of the summer term.  Renewal cumulative GPA and earned hours requirements are outlined in the table below.
  • Students who graduate from high school mid-year may now be evaluated for an award and receive their initial disbursements in the same academic year (spring term).  Although the FDOE will require grade and hours at the end of their first spring term as is required for all students, the FDOE will automatically determine these initial mid-year students eligible for the next full year of funding.  These studentsí first evaluations based on grade and hours for renewal will occur at the end of their second academic year of disbursements.
  • The postsecondary institution where a student is enrolled as degree- or certificate-seeking is the home postsecondary institution.  That postsecondary institution determines the courses to be included in each student's renewal postsecondary institutional cumulative GPA.
  • A student may request that a financial aid officer at the home postsecondary institution use his/her high school dual enrollment courses to his/her advantage when calculating the renewal postsecondary institutional cumulative GPA.

  Florida Academic Scholars Award Florida Medallion Scholars Award Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award
Minimum Cumulative GPA (unrounded & unweighted)
3.0*

2.75

2.75
Minimum Hours Required Per Term if funded Full Time (12+ hours) 12 semester**
(earned hours)
12 semester**
(earned hours)
12 semester**
(earned hours)
Minimum Hours Required Per Term, if funded Three-quarter Time (9-11 hours) 9 semester**
(earned hours)
9 semester**
(earned hours)
9 semester**
(earned hours)
Minimum Hours Required Per Term, if funded Half Time
(6-8 hours)
6 semester**
(earned hours)
6 semester**
(earned hours)
6 semester**
(earned hours)
*Florida Academic Scholars with 2.75-2.99 will renew as Florida Medallion Scholars.
**Or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours.

  • Dropped or Withdrawn Courses - a student must 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.
  • A student who earns the Florida Medallion Scholars award or Gold Seal Vocational Scholars award in high school may not renew to the Florida Academic Scholars award because initial eligibility for the award was based on high school academic accomplishments.
  • A Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholar (GSV) may not renew as a Florida Medallion Scholar because the 2009 Florida Legislature amended Section 1009.53(4), Florida Statutes, by removing the provision which allows GSV recipients to renew as Florida Medallion Scholars.
  • Academic Top Scholars (ATS) renewal eligibility is based on the Florida Academic Scholars annual renewal requirement.  Renewal of the Florida Academic Scholars award will also earn renewal of the ATS award.
  • 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.

Use of the scholarship for a partial academic year
A student may choose to enroll and receive Bright Futures funding for only one term during the academic year.  Renewal criteria includes completion of a minimum of 12 semester hours (or the equivalent) per term funded for a full-time student or a prorated number of credit hours for a part-time student and the minimum institutional cumulative GPA requirement.

Scholarship Restrictions

  • A maximum of 45 semester hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours) may be funded in one academic year (fall through spring).
  • All hours are paid at the undergraduate rate.  Graduate or undergraduate classification is determined by the postsecondary institution.
  • No remedial course work is funded.
  • A student who has fewer than six total hours remaining on the scholarship or needs fewer than six hours to complete up to the first associate or baccalaureate degree, may enroll and receive funding for less than six hours.

Dropping or withdrawing from a course(s) after a term's drop/add period
A student should contact his/her postsecondary institution's financial aid office regarding its policy on withdrawal and how that policy may affect the scholarship.  If a student drops or withdraws hours that were disbursed in a Bright Futures award, he/she will be responsible for reimbursing the postsecondary institution for the cost of course(s) dropped or withdrawn. After repayment, those hours are returned to the studentís hours remaining for funding purposes.  It is in the studentís best interest to repay the cost of the dropped/withdrawn hours prior to the end of the academic term in which the drop/withdrawal took place.  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.

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 may 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 postsecondary institutions during the same term
If a student plans to take coursework at a postsecondary institution other than the studentís home postsecondary institution (where the student is enrolled as degree- or certificate-seeking), he/she must notify the financial aid office at his/her home institution.  The home postsecondary institution is the one from which Bright Futures funds are disbursed and grade and hours reported for that term.  Students are urged to review their postsecondary institutionís policies as to payment for such hours.

Not meeting the Bright Futures renewal requirements due to a verifiable illness or other circumstance beyond a student's control

A student may request a Postsecondary Institutional Appeal

  • The student may request that the financial aid office at the home postsecondary institution he/she attended conduct a review of the courses included in the cumulative GPA.
  • In the case of illness or emergency beyond the student's control, the student may provide pertinent documentation regarding the illness or emergency to the appropriate home postsecondary institution.
  • The home postsecondary institution will review the studentís request and send recommendation of approval/denial. Appeal request guidelines may be obtained through the financial aid office of a studentís home postsecondary institution.
  • An institutional academic progress appeal is to be filed within 30 days of the date of the ineligibility notice sent to the student or by the date established by the institution's financial aid office, whichever is later.  Ineligibility notices are posted to the student's Financial Aid Recipient History web screen during the summer following spring evaluation.

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