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Florida Bright Futures Scholarship: What You Should Know

The Florida Financial Aid Application is different from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Submitting a Florida Financial Aid Application will only apply to Florida State Scholarship and Grant programs available at your institution. Visit to learn more information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The 2017-18 Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) is now open! Parents and students can go to the Office of Student Financial Assistance website for information about numerous Florida financial aid programs, scholarships and for links to the application.

The Florida Financial Aid Application gives students the opportunity to be evaluated for multiple state scholarships and grants at one time. One scholarship that students will have access to is the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship. The scholarship has been around since 1997, and more than 2.5 million students have attended Florida’s colleges and universities with this award.

Here are some quick facts parents and students should know about the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship:

Initial Eligibility: Before applying for this scholarship, students will have to meet certain requirements:

-Must be a Florida resident and a US citizen or an eligible noncitizen (determined by postsecondary institution).

- Complete the Florida Financial Aid Application no later than August 31 of the student’s senior year.

- Earn a standard high school diploma or its equivalent from a Florida public or private school.

- Not have been found guilty of, or pled nolo contendere to, a felony charge.*

- 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 hours.

You Must Apply: Bright Futures is not automatically awarded to a student just because he or she qualifies. Students must meet all eligibility requirements and fill out the online Florida Financial Aid Application.

Bright Futures is Merit-Based: Students that meet the initial eligibility will also have to meet four requirements to be considered for the scholarship:

- High School Course Credits

- Grade Point Average

- College Entrance Exam Scores

- Community Service Hours

Specific requirements will vary depending on which level of the scholarship the student is applying for.

There is a Deadline: Students can submit the Florida Financial Aid Application now, before having met all requirements. Students then have until their high school graduation date to submit required classes, attain the appropriate GPA and submit service hours. Students will have until June 30 to submit qualifying entrance exams.



For more information regarding Florida Bright Futures and other Financial Aid Applications visit The Office of Student Financial Assistance.


Be on the lookout for our three part series “Ready, Set, Go!” Here, you will find valuable information on the Florida Bright Futures Application Process.

*Unless the student have been granted clemency by the Governor and Cabinet sitting as the Executive Office of Clemency.