Bright Futures

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.

FAQs

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

 Scholarship SAT (CR+M) or ACT State weighted GPA Service hours, grades 9 - 12 Award Amount, four-year institution
FL Academic (FAS) 1290 or 29 3.5 100 Full tuition plus some fees
FL Medallion (FMS) 1170 or 26 3.0 75 75% of tuition (and fees)

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 1st and prior to graduation) or forfeit all future eligibility for a Bright Futures Scholarship.   All Pine View Seniors are asked to complete the application for Bright Futures at Pine View beginning October of their senior year.

How much will I get?

Awards recently changed and may change in the future.  For the 2019-20 academic year recipients of the top Academic Scholars award will receive the equivalent of full tuition at a public university or college, plus $300/semester (appx $7000/year).  Recipients of the second tier Medallion Scholars award will receive 75% of the maximum award (appx $4700/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.

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