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Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Information

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program establishes three lottery-funded scholarships to reward Florida high school graduates for high academic achievement.

Students must APPLY for the Bright Futures scholarships by submitting the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) no later than August 31 after high school graduation. If a student does not apply for the scholarship by the deadline, a student cannot receive the scholarship!

All eligibility requirements must be met by high school graduation, but scores of ACT/SAT/P.E.R.T. tests taken through June 30 are accepted for evaluation purposes. After submitting the FFAA, the student is responsible for tracking application and award status online and keeping the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) informed of any demographic or institutional changes.

The Bright Futures Scholarship will renew automatically each year (up to the scholarship limit) if the student maintains the required GPA and earns the required credit hours. See Chapter 3: ‘Renewing Your Award’ for more details.

Eligibility Requirements

Students and families should refer to the Bright Futures Student Handbook to learn more about initial eligibility requirements. General eligibility requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, as determined by the student's postsecondary institution.
  • Complete the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) no later than August 31 after high school graduation.
  • Earn a standard Florida high school diploma or its equivalent from a Florida public high school or a registered Florida Department of Education (FDOE) private high school; or complete a home education program.
  • Not have been found guilty of, or pled nolo contendere to, a felony charge, unless the student has been granted clemency by the Governor and Cabinet sitting as the Executive Office of Clemency.
  • Be accepted by and enroll in a degree or certificate program at an eligible Florida public or independent postsecondary institution.
  • Be enrolled for at least 6 non-remedial semester credit hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours) per term.
  • If not funded in the academic year immediately following high school graduation, apply within two years of high school graduation to have your award reinstated.

Check Your Eligibility

Simply go to www.floridashines.org

  • Mouse over the section titled: Go to College. 
  • Click on the "Pay for College link". 
  • Scroll down to the Bright Futures section and click on the “Check your Eligibility for a Bright Future Scholarship Now link”. 
  • Provide the requested information on the next screen:  Florida Student Identifier Number (usually your Social Security Number followed by an X), select your district, and enter your last name.
  • Click Submit.

Scholarship Guidelines and Awards

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Application and Award Process

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