Bright Futures Scholarship Application Steps


The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship application is now available online for 2019 seniors. The Bright Futures Scholarship is a merit-based program that rewards Florida high school graduates for academic achievement. It is not based on financial need.

All Florida seniors who meet the requirements should complete the application. Even if you are NOT planning to attend a Florida college, apply for the Bright Futures Scholarship. If you do not register you will not be considered for any of the awards. Below are the steps for filling out the application.

What students will need to fill out the Application:

  • Social security number
  • Full high school graduation date

Filling out the Application:

  1. Go to the Office of Student Financial Assistance Scholarships & Grants website.
  2. Under the section “First-Time Applicants,” click on the “Create a Student Account” link.
  3. On this page, you will be asked to fill out demographic information such as your social security number, date of birth, graduation date, and contact information.
  4. Click Submit once you are done.
  5. After you fill out the initial information to create an account, you will then be automatically directed to the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA).
  6. All applicants will have to fill out the Demographic Information and Academic Background sections on the FFAA.
    Demographic Information: Complete the Other Information Section. For students who were born or who have at least one natural parent that was born in a country/territory within the Caribbean, Central or South America: You will have to provide additional information in the José Martí section (labeled “JM” in the top menu) by April 1st. This additional information includes the country your parent was born in and if you grant the Florida Department of Education permission to give your information to the José Martí Foundation.
    Academic Background: This section will require you to fill out information about your high school, the name of the college you plan on attending (this can be either in-state or out-of-state), and you can also enter the names of up to four in-state institutions you are considering attending.
  7. Double check all the information to make sure it is accurate, and then submit the application by the August 31st deadline.
  8. Don’t forget to look for official e-mail confirmation. This provides information regarding your User ID and Password to access, update, and check the status of your application/award.

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