Bright Futures Gold Seal Eligibility Change
Students whose initial eligibility for Florida Bright Futures Gold Seal Scholarship begins with the 2012-2013 academic year or thereafter will not be eligible to receive funding for the above scholarship for anything other than Career Education Programs (not applicable for Bachelor's degree). Please refer to the Bright Futures website or call 1/888/827/2004 for more information.
The State of Florida provides scholarships through several programs, the most well known being the Bright Futures scholarship program. Full information on all State Programs is available online through the Florida Department of Education/Office of Student Financial Assistance website. For information on the new Florida Farmworker Student Scholarship please review this information.
If you are an out of state student check with your state's department of education to see if you are eligible for any state grant that they might administer.
To apply for a Bright Futures Scholarship, submit a completed Florida Financial Aid Application during your last year in high school (after December 1 and prior to graduation). It is your responsibility to know and meet the requirements of the Bright Future Scholarship Program before high school graduation. You may apply online at Florida Student Financial Aid.
Bright Futures Scholarship Rates
|Bright Futures Academic Scholarship||
plus Book/Expenses award of $300 per term (Fall/Spring only)
|Bright Futures Medallion Scholarship||$160.16/credit|
Bright Futures Drop/Repayment Requirement
A student must reimburse the postsecondary institution for the cost of course(s) dropped or withdrawn after the initial drop/add period. Non-payment will affect the student's renewal eligibility
For eligibility and renewal information, please review the Florida Bright Futures Student Handbook, as established by the Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance. (OSFA).
OSFA’s website also has a Credit Hour Renewal Requirement Interactive Tool that allows students to calculate the number of credits they must earn each term to maintain eligibility. Please see the link to the tool on the OSFA website here
The Florida Farmworker Student Scholarship (FFSS) Program is a need-based merit scholarship that provides financial assistance to a maximum of 50 eligible students who are farmworkers (or children of farmworkers), as defined in section 420.503, Florida Statutes. Students who attend a public postsecondary institution will receive an award equal to the amount required to pay tuition and specified fees.
Initial Eligibility Requirements:
- Be a Florida resident
- Earn a minimum weighted cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 for all high school courses creditable toward a diploma
- Complete a minimum of 30 service hours
- As documented on the student’s transcript, the student must:
- Have a minimum 90% attendance rate
- Have no disciplinary action brought against him or her
- Be a farmworker or child of a farmworker.
Requirements to Receive Funding:
- Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. A student’s residency and citizenship status are determined by the postsecondary institution. Questions regarding such status should be directed to the financial aid office or admissions office of the institution the student plans to attend.
- Enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per term, or the equivalent, at an eligible participating public postsecondary institution in a program of study leading to an undergraduate degree or a career certificate.
Applying for an Award
- Submit a completed, error-free Florida Financial Aid Application by April 1, 2019 (available October 1, 2018). Applicants will be ranked by their application submission date, if necessary.
- Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online in time to be processed error-free by the U.S. Department of Education on or before May 15, 2019.
If you believe you may meet the initial eligibility requirements, please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) by phone at 888-827-2004 or email at OSFA@fldoe.org.
The deadline to contact The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) for award consideration is October 26, 2018.
For additional information please see the Florida Farmworker Student Scholarship Program fact sheet on OSFA at https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/PDF/factsheets/FFSS.pdf