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florida bright futures

Program Description

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 awards:

      Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) award
      including Academic Top Scholars (ATS) award
      Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) award
      Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV) award
  • 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 private high school.

  • 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, enroll in a degree or certificate program, and be funded at an eligible Florida public or independent postsecondary institution within 2 years from the student’s year of high school graduation. (Please refer to the ‘Deferment of the Scholarship’ section at the end of this chapter concerning students who enlist in the military after graduation.)

  • Be enrolled for at least 6 non-remedial semester credit hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours) per term.