Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program, funded by the Florida Lottery, rewards students for their academic achievements during high school by providing funding for them to pursue postsecondary educational and career goals in Florida.
- Bright Futures recipients will receive a fixed cost per credit hour as determined by the Florida Department of Education.
- Submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is no longer required for Bright Futures eligibility. However, submission of the FAFSA may help you find other available financial aid. Visit the website for online processing.
- Students must enroll for a minimum of six non-remedial credit hours per term and be declared into an eligible program of study by the end of the drop/add period.
Students will be required to repay the cost of any course withdrawn after the drop/add period.
- Repayment to PHSC for the cost of withdrawn courses is required to renew the Bright Futures scholarship for a subsequent academic year.
Students may request a Bright Futures appeal with supporting documentation for emergencies beyond their control.
- If the appeal is granted, students will be required to meet the renewal criteria, which may require class attendance during the following summer term.
- It is the students' responsibility to review Florida Bright Futures scholarship requirements each year. Students with questions regarding their Bright Futures award should contact the PHSC Financial Aid office or the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) directly at 1-888-827-2004.
- Students who receive funding during an academic year (fall through spring) are automatically evaluated for renewal of their Bright Futures scholarship at the end of the spring term.
Bright Futures recipients are required to meet minimum credit hour requirements to renew their award each year.
- Full-time enrollment per term (at least 12 credit hours) students must earn 12 credit hours per term
- Three-quarter time enrollment per term (9-11 credit hours) students must earn nine credit hours per term
- Half-time enrollment per term (6-8 credit hours) students must earn six credit hours per term
- Recipients must also maintain the annual cumulative GPA requirement for their appropriate Bright Futures award.
Beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year, 2009-2010 high school graduates and thereafter who do not meet the minimum earned hours requirement in any academic year renewal period or who fail to meet the minimum GPA requirement after their first year of funding will not be permitted a restoration opportunity and therefore will no longer be eligible for their Bright Futures awards.
- An improved GPA may be earned during the summer after spring evaluation to meet the scholarship annual renewal requirements during the first year of funding only. A student must contact their campus financial aid office to request a summer grade update to be sent to the Bright Futures office so he/she may be reevaluated. A Reinstatement/Restoration Application is not required but this would be considered the student's one-time restoration opportunity.
- 2008-2009 and earlier high school graduates who do not meet the minimum renewal GPA and/or credit hours after spring evaluation may use summer grades and hours earned to meet the scholarship annual renewal requirements if the student has a one-time restoration opportunity available. A student must contact their campus financial aid office to request a summer grade and hours update to be sent to the Bright Futures office so he/she may be reevaluated.
- A student eligible for restoration may only restore his/her scholarship once.
- To apply for restoration, a student must complete a Reinstatement/Restoration Application available on the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) website at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org by selecting State Grants, Scholarships and Applications, Apply Here, and then Reinstatement/Restoration Application for students.
- Beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year, 2009-2010 high school graduates and thereafter who do not meet the minimum earned hours requirement in any academic year renewal period or who fail to meet the minimum GPA requirement after their first year of funding will not be permitted a restoration opportunity and therefore will no longer be eligible for their Bright Futures awards.
- A student may request a postsecondary institutional appeal due to verifiable illness or emergency beyond the student's control.
- The deadline for submitting Bright Futures appeals is August 15 each academic year.
Declination of a Bright Futures Award
If for any reason a student chooses to decline to use their Bright Futures scholarship the student must contact the Financial Aid office prior to end of the drop/add period for the term the student wishes to decline. There is a form that the student is required to complete and submit.
- Become familiar with each individual Bright Futures scholarship eligibility requirement. Additional Bright Futures information is provided on the Florida Department of Education website.
- After receiving the scholarship, do not withdraw, audit, or accept an incomplete grade for any class without first checking with the financial aid office.
- Students who expect an award, but cannot view the award under the financial aid summary on their WISE account, should contact the Financial Aid office.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The Financial Aid office is here to help.