Florida 2018 Seniors: Apply for the Bright Futures Scholarship


Even if you’re not planning to attend a Florida college

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship application is now available online. The Bright Futures Scholarship program rewards Florida high school graduates for academic achievement.

All Florida seniors who meet the requirements should complete the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) no later than August 31 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.

Who Should Apply?

Even if you are NOT planning to attend a Florida college, apply for the Bright Futures Scholarship as soon as possible. The deadline to apply is August 31. Remember, no one can predict the future. If you transfer to a Florida college for any reason, this money will be available to you.

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.

Minimum Requirements

Type 16 HS Course Credits HS Weighted GPA ACT/SAT scores Service Hours
FAS 4 – English

4 – Math

3 – Natural Science

3 – Social Science

2 – World Language

3.5 29/1290 100 hours
FMS 3.0 26/1170 75 hours

The world language requirement can be met by demonstrating proficiencies based on scores on Credit-By-Exam Equivalencies or other university approved means.

All eligibility requirements must be met by high school graduation, but scores of ACT, SAT and PERT tests taken through June 30 are accepted.

Other Ways to Qualify

Other ways to qualify for the Bright Futures Scholarship include completing a minimum of 10 credits identified by the International Baccalaureate (IB) program or a minimum of 12 Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) credits identified by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), being a National Merit/National Achievement Finalist or Scholar, or National Hispanic Scholar.  Make sure to check with the Florida Student Financial Aid website for complete details.

To Apply for the 2018-2019 Florida Bright Futures Scholarship

Submit an application at: https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/ua/sawstua_uaform.asp

After Submitting the Application

Be sure to watch for official e-mail acknowledgement communication.  This provides instructions for obtaining a USER ID and PIN to access the submitted application, update information on the application, check the status of the application, and view notifications online.

Eligibility for the Scholarship is determined by the date of graduation from high school.   This is NOT a need-based scholarship.

Complete information on the Bright Futures Program


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