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Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program

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August 31, 2020

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  • Scholarship Description
  • The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program establishes lottery-funded scholarships to reward Florida high school graduates for high academic achievement. Applicant must be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, as determined by the student's post-secondary institution and must complete the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) no later than August 31st after high school graduation. Applicant must earn a standard Florida high school diploma or its equivalent from a Florida public high school or a registered Florida Department of Education private high school and not have been found guilty of, or plead nolo contendere to, a felony charge, unless the student has been granted clemency by the Governor and Cabinet sitting as the Executive Office of Clemency. Must be accepted by and enroll in a degree or certificate program at an eligible Florida public or independent post-secondary institution and enrolled in at least 6 non-remedial semester credit hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours) per term. Specific requirements for individual scholarships can be found on provider's website. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
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  • osfa@fldoe.org
  • 888-827-2004

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Jena B  on 3/27/2020 8:12:17 AM

The state of Florida raised the SAT admission requirements to obtain Bright Futures scholarships. In light of Covid19 and the inability of students to take the SAT at scheduled times and/or attend SAT prep classes, will the state be moving forward with the rather excessive jump in required scores for the 2021 graduating class? Thank you, Jena

Alecia S  on 3/5/2020 1:01:20 PM

I am a disabled college freshman and I had 4 scholarships for fall 2019 and spring 2020, but I don't have any for summer 2020

Anna C  on 8/18/2019 10:53:19 PM

Jen T - dual enrolled and collegiate students are eligible for Bright Futures up until a bachelor degree if I’m not mistaken. If in doubt, check with a HS or college advisor

Mirdy C  on 7/17/2019 1:13:13 PM

Can you still get this scholarship if you have gotten the Take Stock in Children Scholarship?

Jen T  on 6/24/2019 12:34:15 PM

We have heard that students who complete their AA through dual enrollment while in high school are not eligible for the bright futures scholarship. Is this the case? If so, is there a limit to the number of college credit hours a student can complete through dual enrollment, AP or AICE classes and still be eligible for Bright Futures?

Jen T  on 6/21/2019 2:22:53 PM

We have heard that students who complete their AA through dual enrollment while in high school are not eligible for the bright futures scholarship. Is this the case? If so, is there a limit to the number of college credit hours a student can complete through dual enrollment, AP or AICE classes and still be eligible for Bright Futures?

Jen T  on 6/20/2019 1:37:43 PM

We have heard that students who complete their AA through dual enrollment while in high school are not eligible for the bright futures scholarship. Is this the case? If so, is there a limit to the number of college credit hours a student can complete through dual enrollment, AP or AICE classes and still be eligible for Bright Futures?

Lisa Peterson  on 6/6/2019 6:39:45 PM

We are in the process of applying for Bright Futures for our daughter. She attended high school for 2 years, then because of anxiety over school shootings, she needed to leave and decided to dual enroll and take an online course to finish - technically registered as a home schooler with the school district. She is an honor student with high GPA and has her 100+ hours of community service. She has been offered the scholarship by letter, both from FAAA and her college where she'll attend in the fall. But, the BF folks are telling us she has to sit for the GED! She graduated at the FPEA convention last month with her 24 required credits, has a 1300 SAT and is an Honor Student and yet they are making her sit for the GED??? Does anyone else have this issue? I feel like due to her anxiety they are discriminating against her when she has done everything required, and beyond. It's been very frustrating, as I've talked to Home Education Office in our School District (Hillsborough), the state counselors office for high schoolers, the GED office (who thinks sitting for it is ridiculous), as well as the Bright Futures lead lady. Everyone (except the BF lady) things it's ludicrous. Can anyone offer their own experiences? If we wait till she's 18 in July, that leaves very little time if there is a problem, and she could lose out on this scholarship she truly needs. I'm very discouraged.

Daniell J  on 5/19/2019 6:49:27 PM

HI. I did apply but I am not sure about the award. Every bit helps. Thank you.

A.A.  on 5/8/2019 8:09:56 PM

You may also be a home-schooler to qualify. You do not have to be enrolled in a public or private school in Florida. A graduate of a home education program in Florida is just as eligible for Bright Future Scholarships.

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