Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance
Scholarship award amounts are set in the General Appropriations Act each year. Recipients will receive a fixed cost per credit hour based on award level, institution type, and credit type. Students who are designated as the Academic Top Scholar in their district will receive a bonus per credit hours award. Detailed information on award amounts is available on the OSFA website by clicking on the "Chapter 2: Information to Know Now That You Are Eligible" link. Funding is available for 100 percent of the student's program of study, to include up to 72 credit hours in A.S., A.A.S., C.C.C., or P.S.A.V. programs or 60 credit hours in A.T.D. programs. Funding is available for up to five years after the student's high school graduation.
The number of awards offered varies annually based on the number of qualified students. In the 2014-2015 academic year, there were 882 initial awards disbursed.
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program establishes three lottery-funded scholarships to reward Florida high school graduates for high academic achievement. The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program is comprised of the following three tiers of awards: Florida Academic Scholars (FAS); Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS); and Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV). A student may receive funding for only one award (FAS, FMS, GSV). The highest award earned by the student will be selected. To qualify for the GSV, students must take three or more full credits in a single career and technical education program. Eligible students also cannot 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. Please note: There are additional eligibility requirements for home-schooled, GED, and military (i.e., out-of-state) students. Such students should consult the information in the "Chapter 1: Initial Eligibility Requirements" link on the OSFA website to ensure they have met all requirements.
Applications are available from the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) website. Students must apply online by completing the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA). Students are ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.
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