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Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program

In 1997, the Florida Legislature created the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. This Florida Lottery-Funded scholarship rewards students for their academic achievements during high school by providing funding for them to pursue postsecondary educational and career goals in Florida. While there are three levels of scholarships (Florida Academic, Florida Medallion, and Florida Gold Seal Vocational), CDS students are only eligible for the two top tier scholarships, the Florida Academic and Florida Medallion. To learn more about the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program, visit http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/bf/bfmain.htm.

Click here to download the current Bright Futures brochure.

The criteria for the Florida Academic Scholarship (FAS) and Florida Medallion Scholarship (FMS) are outlined below. Students must apply by submitting an Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) during their senior year in high school. The Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application is completed online beginning December 1.  The application must be completed prior to high school graduation or the student will forever forfeit a Bright Futures Scholarship.

Students are now required to submit a complete, error-free FAFSA for Bright Futures, Florida Resident Access Grant, and Access to Better Learning and Education Grant inital and renewal eligibility any time to prior to disbursement. No FAFSA = No $!

The CDS College Guidance Department will enter all seniors' transcripts into the Department of Education Bright Futures database. However, it is the students' responsibility to fill out the FFAA in order to complete the application process. 

It is highly recommended that you fill out the FFAA even if you are applying to out-of-state colleges only. If received, the award is saved in case you come back to Florida at some point during your undergraduate education.  However, students cannot apply for the Bright Futures Scholarship after high school graduation. 

Please Note:

The Bright Futures GPA calculation may be different than your CDS GPA; as the Bright Futures program uses its own formula, some variation will occur. If you have questions about your Bright Futures GPA calculation, please speak with Mrs. Bickoff.

The Initial Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) required for Bright Futures evaluation is NOT the same as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The FAFSA is required for all families interested in need-based financial aid at schools all over the country, including schools within Florida.  Bright Futures/FFAA is merit-based and completely separate from need-based financial aid consideration. Although Bright Futures is a merit based award, FAFSA is reqiured.

The William L. Boyd, IV, Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG) Program is another Florida program that provides tuition assistance to Florida undergraduate students attending eligible private, non-profit Florida colleges or universities.  Each participating institution determines application procedures, deadlines, and student eligibility.  Applications may be obtained at the financial aid offices of eligible Florida colleges and universities.


Florida Bright Futures
Qualification Requirements and Award Levels

FLORIDA ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP

Qualification Requirements

  • 3.5 weighted GPA using the core academic classes**
  • 100 hours of community service
  • A minimum score of 1270 SAT or 28 ACT (written sections will not be used)
  • Not have been found guilty of, or plead nolo contendere to, a felony charge
  • Student must be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • ** The GPA requirement will be waived for all CDS students who meet all IB Diploma Programme and CAS requirements along with all other FAS qualification requirements.

Award Level

Public Institution:

Private Institution:

FLORIDA MEDALLION SCHOLARSHIP

Qualification Requirements

  • 3.0 weighted GPA using the core academic courses
  • 75 hours of community service
  • A minimum score of 980 SAT or 21 ACT (written sections will not be used)
  • Not have been found guilty of, or plead nolo contendere to, a felony charge.
  • Student must be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen

Award Level

Public Institution:

Private Institution:


TEST SCORE REQUIREMENTS FOR BRIGHT FUTURES
  ACADEMIC MEDALLION 
YEAR SAT ACT SAT ACT
2012 1270 28 980 21
2013 1280 28 1020 22
2014 1290 29 1170 26

 



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