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 education 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.
Students must apply during their senior year in high school (after October 1). To apply for the Bright Futures Scholarship, students must complete the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA).
After submitting the FFAA, the student is responsible for tracking application and award status online and keeping the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) informed of any demographic or institutional changes.
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.
- Florida Bright Futures opens October 1 each year.
- High School Seniors must apply to be eligible. The deadline to apply is August 31 of the year they graduate high school.
- Students who don’t apply on or before August 31 will not be eligible! Even if you think you won’t need to use the funds (ex. Attending college out of state), you should still apply. Why? Life happens. By applying, you maintain your eligibility should you need to use those funds at a later time.