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 and up to five years after the student's high school graduation. Extended hours of funding are available to students in a single program of study requiring more than 120 credit hours. Students have two years from high school graduation to begin receiving initial funding; exceptions are made for active military students.
The number of awards offered varies annually based on the number of qualified students. In the 2014-2015 academic year, there were 11,005 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. The Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) category also includes the Academic Top Scholars (ATS) award. The ATS award is given to the top Florida Academic Scholar in each district. The rankings of the Academic Top Scholar are calculated using a formula based on the student's Bright Futures grade point average and ACT/SAT test scores. To qualify for the FAS, students must complete a required high school curriculum. Detailed information on the curriculum requirements is available on the OSFA website by clicking on the "Chapter 1: Initial Eligibility Requirements" link. 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.