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This award is available to Florida high school seniors who plan to attend a college or university in Florida. Students must have a weighted grade point average of 3.5 or higher and have a SAT score of 1290 or higher or an ACT score of 29 or higher (or meet other academic requirements). Students must have also completed at least 100 hours of community service.
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- Awarded by:
- 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 2013-2014 academic year, there were 41,142 initial awards disbursed across the entire Florida Bright Futures program.
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.