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You're Eligible. What's Next?

Last week, we covered the Bright Futures basics, including eligibility requirements, necessary documentation and submission deadlines. Now it’s time to talk about what happens next. We’re staying consistent with the FAQ format to answer your questions about what to expect once you’ve completed the application process.

 When do students find out if they qualified for a Bright Futures Scholarship?

Students who apply after October 1 will be notified of their eligibility in July. The Florida Department of Education also notifies the institution listed on each student’s Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA). If a student decides to attend a different school than the one listed on the FFAA, the student simply needs to notify the department by logging in HERE or calling 1-888-827-2004.  
Can Bright Futures Scholarships be used at a private school?

Yes, students are rewarded for their hard work in high school whether they attend an eligible public or private school after high school graduation. Students attending a nonpublic institution will receive a comparable amount as noted in the Private Award Chart.

How much of tuition and fees will be covered?

That is a great question! There are four different Florida Bright Futures Scholarship award levels. Florida Academic Scholars will receive an award to cover 100% of tuition and applicable fees and $300 for both fall and spring semesters for additional educational expenses.

Other award recipients will receive a fixed cost per credit hour based on award level, institution type, and credit type as outlined below.


2017-18 Bright Futures Scholarship

Per Hour Award Amounts

  Credit Hour Award Clock Hour Award
  Semester Quarter
Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS)
4 Year $77 $51  
2 Year $63 $42 $2.10

Florida Public Colleges - Baccalaureate Programs


Career/ Technical Centers

$39 $26 $1.30
Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV) & Gold Seal CAPE Scholars (GSC)*
Career Certificate Program (PSAV) $39 $26 $1.30
Applied Technology Diploma Program (ATD) $39 $26 $1.30

Technical Degree Education Program


$48 $32 $1.60


Thinking ahead, what happens to Bright Futures funding if a student transfers to a different school?

Things happen, and we understand. Due to any number of circumstances, students may decide to transfer from one college or university to another, and Bright Futures funding can be transferred to eligible institutions as well. There are, however, a few important dates to keep in mind. Students wishing to transfer Bright Futures funding must notify the department by August 15 for Term 1 (fall), December 15 for Term 2 (spring), and February 15 for Term 3 by logging in HERE or calling 1-888-827-2004. 

Next week, we will conclude the three-part Ready, Set, Go! Series by sharing information about Bright Futures renewal, restoration and reinstatement. We hope you’re as excited as we are!