State Scholarships

The State of Florida provides scholarships through several programs, the most well known being the Bright Futures scholarship program. Florida offers information on all State Programs and this is available online through the Florida Department of Education/Office of Student Financial Assistance website

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 offer.

Bright Futures

To apply for a Bright Futures Scholarship, submit a completed Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) 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 (for a comprehensive list view the Bright Futures Student Handbook)

Award Amount
Bright Futures Scholarship Rates At FSU

Bright Futures Academic Scholarship

$213.55/credit hour

College-Related Expenses Stipend of $300 per term (Fall/Spring only)

Bright Futures Medallion Scholarship $160.16/credit hour
  • Coursework taken at other state schools is paid based on the rate for that school
  • Rates and eligibility rules are set by the Florida legislature and are subject to revision
Eligibility Requirements
  • Bright Futures Academic Scholarship
    • 3.50 GPA (upon graduation of high school)
    • ACT score: 29 or above OR SAT score: 1330 or above
    • Community Service Hours: 100 or above
    • Renewal: maintain 3.0 cumulative GPA while enrolled at FSU
  • Bright Futures Medallion Scholarship
    • 3.00 GPA (upon graduation of high school)
    • ACT score: 25 or above OR SAT score: 1210 or above
    • Community Service Hours: 75 or above
    • Renewal: maintain 2.75 cumulative GPA while enrolled at FSU

Benacquisto Scholarship

Only students who have received the National Merit Scholarship are eligible to receive a Benacquisto Scholarship award (for more information on the National Merit Scholarship see here). You do not need to apply for the Benacquisto Scholarship, eligible students will automatically be considered and informed if they receive the scholarship. More detailed information about the Benacquisto scholarship can be found here

Award Amount
  • Benacquisto award amount = Cost of Attendance - Bright Futures (if receiving) - National Merit Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements
  • Have received a National Merit Scholarship award
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Earned a standard high school diploma
  • Enroll full time at FSU for the Fall term following high school graduation
  • Maintain a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA while enrolled at FSU


Last updated 06/22/2020
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