Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program





Important Frequently Asked Questions may be viewed at: http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/bf/bfmain.htm

Additional Eligibility Information by High School Graduation Year may be viewed at: floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/PDF/BFEligibilityAwardChart.pdf


Awards

  • Bright Futures recipients will receive a fixed cost per credit hour award based on:
    • Award level – Florida Academic Scholar (FAS), Academic Top Scholars (ATS), Florida Medallion Scholar (FMS), or Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholar (GSV);
    • Institution type (4-year, 2-year, or Vocational/Technical);
    • Credit type (semester, quarter, or clock hour); and
    • Course level (associate degree or baccalaureate degree level).
  • Click here to see the award amounts for Bright Futures recipients.

Repayment for Courses funded by Bright Futures that are Dropped/Withdrawn

  • Students will be required to repay the cost of any course dropped or withdrawn unless an exception is recommended by the financial aid office at their home postsecondary institution.
    • An exception will be based on a verifiable illness or emergency beyond the student's control.
    • An appeal must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office for consideration.
  • Repayment for the cost of dropped or withdrawn courses is required to renew a Bright Futures award for a subsequent academic year.

Beginning with the 2009-2010 award year, if a student owes a repayment to Bright Futures for withdrawing from courses after the drop with a refund period, the repayment may be waived if there is a verifiable illness or other documented emergency beyond the student's control. The institution is permitted to impose a deadline to appeal for repayment. The deadline for receipt of a repayment appeal is June 15th after each academic year (i.e. June 15, 2015 for the 2014-2015 academic year). The student may submit a written request for an appeal. to the Financial Aid Office along with all supporting documentation before the deadline for consideration. After that date, ONLY renewal eligibility appeals will be considered.

Renewal Criteria

Bright Futures recipients are required to meet new minimum credit hour requirements to renew their award each year. The Florida Legislature now requires full-time students to earn at least 24 semester hours, or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours, to renew their award (prorated for part-time students) at the end of the spring term.

The chart below briefly outlines the new credit hour requirement for students funded in 2009-10 award year and thereafter.

Institution Term Type Credit Hour Type Student Funded (per term) Required Earned Hours (per term)
Semester Semester Hour 12+ Hours (Full-Time) 12
Semester Semester Hour 9-11 Hours (3/4 Time) 9
Semester

Semester Hour

6-8 Hours (Half-Time) 6
Semester Clock Hour 360+ Hours (Full-Time) 360
Semester Clock Hour

270 - 359 Hours (3/4 Time) 270
Semester Clock Hour 180 - 269 Hours (Half-Time) 180

Students should view detailed Renewal Information at: http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/bf/bfmain.htm

Appeal Process

A student may request a Postsecondary Institutional Appeal if he/she did not meet the scholarship renewal requirements due to a verifiable illness or other circumstance beyond his/her control.

  • The student may request that the financial aid office at the home postsecondary institution he/she attended conduct a review of the courses included in the cumulative GPA.
  • In the case of illness or emergency beyond the student's control, the student may provide pertinent documentation regarding the illness or emergency to the appropriate home postsecondary institution.
  • The home postsecondary institution will review the student's request and send recommendation of approval/denial. Appeal request guidelines may be obtained through the financial aid office of a student's home postsecondary institution.
  • An institutional academic progress appeal is to be filed within 30 days of the date of the ineligibility notice sent to the student or by the date established by the institution's financial aid office, whichever is later. Ineligibility notices are posted to the student's Financial Aid Recipient History web screen during the summer following spring evaluation.

Restoration

The students' ability to restore their Bright Futures eligibility is dependent on when they graduated high school. The student should view the pertinent information at http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/bf/bfmain.htm