Florida 2020 Seniors: Apply for the Bright Futures Scholarship

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship is an amazing education funding option for Florida state residents. Florida high school graduates who meet certain high academic achievement standards can receive up to 100% of tuition if they attend a Florida college or university.
The application to apply for Florida Bright Futures is now available online.

Even if you are NOT planning to attend a Florida college, apply for the Bright Futures Scholarship as soon as possible. Remember, no one can predict the future. If you transfer to a Florida college for any reason, this money will be available to you.

This is NOT a need-based scholarship.
How to apply for the Bright Futures Scholarship
All Florida seniors who meet the requirements should complete the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) in order to qualify for this non-need based scholarship. If you do not register you will not be considered for any of these awards.

To access the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) a student must first create a student account. After logging into your account, you may proceed to complete the FFAA. (See below for further information on creating the FFAA).

Make sure you send your SAT or ACT scores to a Florida public university.  They will save the results and send them in for Bright Futures.

Submit your community service hours to your guidance counselor before graduation. Each guidance counselor sets their own deadline to receive them. Please check with your student’s counselor.

How to create a FFAA Student Account

Click on “First-Time Applicants”

Fill out the profile page and hit submit. The profile page is very straightforward.  Make sure you have your social security number.

On the next page, you will get a USER ID.  Write this down.  You will need it.

Fill out the FFAA.  Questions asked are on demographics and academic background.  After you hit submit you will be sent to a “Results page.” Print this out.  It is a receipt of your application submission and contains your Login Credentials.

The Result page contains the program names for which you are eligible.  Click on “Bright Futures Scholarship Program.”
After submitting the application 
Be sure to watch for official e-mail acknowledgement communication.  This provides instructions for accessing the submitted application, receiving update information, and checking the status of the application.
For general and specific scholarship requirements 
Details on the Bright Futures Scholarships
Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) can receive an award to cover up to 100% of tuition and applicable fees and $300 for both fall and spring semesters for additional educational expenses. Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) will receive an award to cover up to 75% of tuition and applicable fees.

Eligible students have up to two years after they graduate from high school to begin using the scholarship. A Florida Academic Scholar (FAS) or Florida Medallion Scholar (FMS) may receive funding for up to five years from high school graduation. The Bright Futures Scholarship aid is available for almost all undergraduate schools in the state of Florida.

More information can be found here:
Applicants must complete the FFAA during his/her last year in high school. They must apply prior to graduation to be considered.

The college advisors at International College Counselors are available to help you. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

For help with any part of the Bright Futures application or more information on International College Counselors or to contact an expert college advisor, please visit http://www.internationalcollegecounselors.com.