Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
This is a state scholarship awarded to Florida high school graduates who demonstrate high academic achievement. Awards are issued by the state of Florida directly to the eligible institution.
Applications and eligibility criteria are available at your high school guidance counselor office or from the Florida Department of Education website at www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org.
In order to receive funding for a Florida Bright Futures Award, a student must:
Bright Futures awards are available for fall and spring semesters only. There will be no funding under any of these programs for summer coursework.
After the end of the drop/add period, funds are either applied to the student's account at the institution or returned to the student via the CF One card. CF receives electronic award information about eligible CF student scholars from the Florida Department of Education and includes the award in their aid package. Actual payment depends upon the program regulations and the amount of tuition and fees assessed for the semester.
Please note: Bright Futures does not cover remedial classes (prep coursework) and these credit hours are not included in the minimum requirement of hours per semester.
Each award level has different academic criteria for eligibility. You may receive only one award:
Academic Top Scholars Award: The high school senior with the highest academic ranking in each county shall receive a pre-determined scholarship amount per credit hour per semester, in addition to the Florida Academic Scholars Award, prorated by semester and hours.
Florida Academic Scholars Award: Pays per credit hour (including vocational credit hours) of community college-level tuition and requires a 3.0 cumulative grade point average to renew.
Florida Medallion Scholarship: Pays per credit hour tuition of community college-level tuition to degree- seeking students and a specific amount per credit hour for vocational coursework. Renewal requires a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.
Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award: Pays per credit hour of vocation program tuition and requires a 2.75 cumulative grade point average to renew. The Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award can no longer be upgraded to the Florida Medallion Scholarship. Florida Gold Seal students initially awarded for the 2012-2013 academic year forward may be funded for up to the maximum hours of their program of study in Career Educational Programs. These include Associate in Science degrees, Associate in Applied Science degrees, and College Credit Certificates, Career Certificates or Diplomas (also referred to as Postsecondary Adult Vocational/PSAV).
Dropped or Withdrawn Hours: Students will be required to repay to the college the cost of any course/hours dropped or withdrawn unless an exception is recommended by the home postsecondary institution.
Repayment calculations are based on the current Bright Futures award amount per credit hour. For information regarding current scholarship requirements and award amounts, go to www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/factsheets/BF.htm.