Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program for Florida residents is a lottery-funded, merit-based scholarship that rewards eligible high school students for their academic accomplishments by providing funding to pursue post-secondary educational at institutions in the State of Florida. These awards are determined based on academic achievement in high school (GPA), SAT and ACT scores, and completion of community service hours.
Am I eligible to receive BF?
In order to qualify for a Bright Futures Scholarship you must:
- Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Earn a standard Florida high school diploma or its equivalent
- Be accepted by and enroll in an eligible Florida public or independent post-secondary education institution within 3 years of high school graduation
- Be enrolled for at least 6 semester credit hours and maintain a prescribed level of academic progress
Current Academic Requirements and Awards Amounts Class of 2017-18
To learn more about the amount of the scholarship awards, legislative updates, and requirements to maintain the scholarship in college, visit the State of Florida Office of Student Financial Aid
How and When Do I Apply?
In order to be eligible students must apply during their last year in high school (after October 1 and prior to graduation) or forfeit all future eligibility for a Bright Futures Scholarship. All Pine View Seniors will complete the application for Bright Futures at Pine View beginning October of your senior year.
How much will I get?
Awards have changed and will likely change very soon based on proposed legislation. For the 2017-18 academic year recipients of the top Academic Scholars award received the equivalent of full tuition at a public university or college, plus $300/semester (appx $7500/year). Recipients of the second tier Medallion Scholars award receive a flat $77 per credit for up to 15 credits per semester ($2310/year).
Do Out-of-State Colleges Accept Bright Futures?
No. While private institutions within the state of Florida honor Bright Futures, out of state colleges and universities do not. Nevertheless many out-of-state institutions may offer or “match” Bright Future sums as part of a merit package in order to lure highly qualified Florida applicants to attend.