Student Services

Florida Bright Futures

In 1997, the Florida Legislature created the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program to reward students for their academic achievements during high school by providing funding to attend postsecondary education in Florida. Read the latest news about legislative updates to Bright Futures.

First-time Applicants

If you are interested in applying for the Bright Futures scholarship, you must meet the application requirements for first-time applicants, including general and academic requirements. Students must apply for Florida Bright Futures during their senior year in high school. Please see your high school guidance counselor for more information. The application is available at the Florida Student Scholarship & Grant Programs.

Renewal Students

There are requirements for maintaining your scholarship funds after the first year of eligibility. Current requirements that may affect your status are available at the Renewal Students Bright Futures page.

Reporting Summer Grades and GPA

For 2009-10 high school graduates and thereafter

Summer GPA may be reported during the summer after spring evaluation to meet the scholarship annual restoration requirements during the first year of funding only.  For a spring/summer cohort student, fall GPA may be earned after summer evaluation to meet the annual restoration requirements during the first year of funding only.  A student must ask a financial aid office at the home postsecondary institution to submit a summer/fall grade update to the Bright Futures office indicating the adjusted cumulative GPA so he/she may be reevaluated.  A Reinstatement/Restoration Application is not required during the summer/fall following a spring/summer renewal evaluation.

For 2008-09 high school graduates and earlier

Summer grade and hours may be earned during the summer after spring evaluation to meet the scholarship annual restoration requirements.  A student must ask a financial aid office at the home postsecondary institution to submit a summer grade and hours update to the Bright Futures office indicating the adjusted cumulative GPA so he/she may be reevaluated.  A Reinstatement/Restoration Application is not required during the summer following a spring renewal evaluation.  

Summer Grades/GPA Reporting Form click here)

Bright Futures Amounts

Bright Futures recipients receive a fixed cost per credit hour as set by the Florida Legislature. The amount may adjust annually. Bright Futures students attending SCF receive the semester hour amount as shown below

Florida Academic Scholars
2 year – $63 per credit hour enrolled
Florida Public Colleges Baccalaureate Programs  – $71 per credit hour enrolled

Florida Medallion Scholars
Florida Public Colleges Associate Degree Programs   – $63 per credit hour enrolled
Florida Public Colleges Baccalaureate Programs  – $53 per credit hour enrolled

Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars
2 year – $48 per credit hour enrolled (Must be enrolled in a AAS or AS program only)

Bright Futures Renewal Requirements

  Florida Academic Scholars Award Florida Medallion Scholars Award Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award
Minimum Cumulative GPA (unrounded & unweighted)
3.0*

2.75

2.75
Minimum Hours Required Per
Term if funded Full Time (12+ hours)
12 semester**
(earned hours)
12 semester**
(earned hours)
12 semester**
(earned hours)
Minimum Hours Required Per
Term, if funded Three-quarter Time (9-11 hours)
9 semester**
(earned hours)
9 semester**
(earned hours)
9 semester**
(earned hours)
Minimum Hours Required Per
Term, if funded Half Time (6-8 hours)
6 semester**
(earned hours)
6 semester**
(earned hours)
6 semester**
(earned hours)
*Florida Academic Scholars with 2.75-2.99 will renew as Florida Medallion Scholars.
**Or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours.

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