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2 Bright Futures Scholarship Program Updated each July 1 2

3 Bright Futures Scholarship Program 3

4 Bright Futures Scholarship Program Awards Students may receive funding for ONE of the three awards: Florida Academic Scholars Award (FAS) Florida Medallion Scholars Award (FMS) Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award (GSV) 4

5 New for Graduates Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is no longer required as a condition of receiving a BF award Recommended for need-based financial aid and federal student loans Test Score Increases FAS from 1280 SAT/28 ACT to 1290 SAT/29 ACT FMS from 1020 SAT/22 ACT to 1170 SAT/26 ACT and Home- Educated students test scores from 1070 SAT/23 ACT to 1220 SAT/27 ACT IF students cannot document, with official transcripts, the 16 credits of college preparatory academic courses

6 Florida Academic Scholars Award GPA 3.5 weighted GPA (not rounded) in required 16 credits of college preparatory academic courses Required Credits 4 English (3 with substantial writing) 4 Math (Algebra I level and above) 3 Natural Science (2 with substantial lab) 3 Social Science 2 World Language (sequential, in the same language one being a completer course) 6

7 Florida Academic Scholars Award Community Service 100 hours approved by district or FDOE-registered private high school Test Scores 1290 SAT Reasoning Test or 29 ACT ACT scores rounded up for scores with.5 and higher Writing sections not used in composite SAT Subject Tests not used Deadlines (tests taken by): January 31 for early (7th semester) eligibility June 30 for final (8th semester) eligibility 7

8 Florida Academic Scholars Award Other ways to qualify must include 100 community service hours: National Merit or Achievement Scholars and Finalists National Hispanic Scholars IB Diploma (based on exams taken prior to high school graduation) IB Curriculum with 1290 SAT or 29 ACT AICE Diploma (based on exams taken prior to and during high school graduation exam administration series ending mid-june) AICE Curriculum with 1290 SAT or 29 ACT 8

9 Florida Academic Scholars Award Other ways to qualify must include 100 community service hours: Home Education, registered with district in grades 11 & 12 and have a best composite score of 1290 SAT or 29 ACT 9

10 Florida Academic Scholars Award Other ways to qualify must include 100 community service hours: GED with best composite score of 1290 SAT or 29 ACT and a 3.5 weighted GPA in the 16 required credits 3-year standard college preparatory program with best composite score of 1290 SAT or 29 ACT and a 3.5 weighted GPA in the 16 required credits 10

11 Florida Medallion Scholars Award GPA 3.0 weighted GPA (not rounded) in required 16 credits of college preparatory academic courses Required Credits 4 English (3 with substantial writing) 4 Math (Algebra I level and above) 3 Natural Science (2 with substantial lab) 3 Social Science 2 World Language (sequential, in the same language one being a completer course) 11

12 Florida Medallion Scholars Award Community Service 75 hours approved by district or FDOE-registered private high school Test Scores 1170 SAT Reasoning Test or 26 ACT ACT scores rounded up for scores with.5 and higher SAT Subject Tests not used Writing sections not used in composite Deadlines (tests taken by): January 31 for early (7th semester) eligibility June 30 for final (8th semester) eligibility 12

13 Florida Medallion Scholars Award Other ways to qualify must include 75 community service hours: National Merit or Achievement Scholars and Finalists National Hispanic Scholars IB Curriculum with 1170 SAT or 26 ACT AICE Diploma (based on exams taken prior to and during high school graduation exam administration series ending mid-june) AICE Curriculum with 1170 SAT or 26 ACT 13

14 Florida Medallion Scholars Award Other ways to qualify must include 75 community service hours: Home Education, registered with district in grades 11 & 12 and 1220 SAT or 27 ACT OR best combined score of 1170 SAT or 26 ACT with 3.0 weighted GPA in the 16 required credits of college preparatory academic courses documented through Florida public schools, FDOE-registered private schools, Florida Virtual School [FLVS], or Dual enrollment coursework documented by transcripts from a Florida state (community) college or university 14

15 Florida Medallion Scholars Award Other ways to qualify must include 75 community service hours: GED with best composite score of 1170 SAT or 26 ACT and a 3.0 weighted GPA in the 16 required credits 3-year standard college preparatory program with best composite score of 1170 SAT or 26 ACT and a 3.0 weighted GPA in the 16 required credits 15

16 Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award GPAs 3.0 weighted GPA in the 16 core credits required for high school graduation with a four-year diploma 3.5 unweighted GPA in a minimum of 3 Career and Technical Education credits in one vocational program 16

17 Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award Required Credits (4-year diploma) 4 English 4 Math (including Algebra I) 3 Natural Science (2 with lab component) 3 Social Science (U.S. History, World History, U.S. Government, and Economics) 1 Fine OR Identified Practical Art OR.5 in each 1 Physical Education (to include the integration of health) 17

18 Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award Community Service 30 hours approved by district or FDOE registered private high school Test Scores SAT Reasoning Test 440 Critical Reading 440 Math ACT National Test 17 English 18 Reading 19 Math Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) 99 Writing 104 Reading 113 Math 18

19 Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award Other ways to qualify must include 30 community service hours and minimum test scores: 3-year Career Preparatory Diploma with 3.0 weighted GPA in 14 core credits required for graduation 4 English (3 with substantial writing) 4 Math (including Algebra I) 3 Natural Science (2 with lab component) 3 Social Science (U.S. History, World History, U.S. Government, and Economics) 3.5 unweighted GPA in a minimum of 3 Career and Technical Education credits in one vocational program 19

20 Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award Other ways to qualify must include 30 community service hours and minimum test scores: 3-year College Preparatory Diploma with 3.0 weighted GPA in 16 core credits required for graduation 4 English (3 with substantial writing) 4 Math (Algebra I level and above) 3 Natural Science (2 with lab component) 3 Social Science (U.S. History, World History, U.S. Government, and Economics) 2 World Language (sequential in the same language) 3.5 unweighted GPA in a minimum of 3 Career and Technical Education credits in one vocational program 20

21 Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award Other ways to qualify must include 30 community service hours and minimum test scores: GED with 3.0 weighted GPA in core credits required for the selected high school graduation option (standard, career, or college), and 3.5 unweighted GPA in a minimum of 3 Career and Technical Education credits in one vocational program 21

22 Academic Top Scholars Award One FAS award recipient per county Ranked on Bright Futures GPA and SAT/ACT score Award established annually by the Florida Legislature in the General Appropriations Act Determined end of fall term following high school graduation and after finalized term one disbursements Students and high schools are notified in November 22

23 General Eligibility Requirements Graduate from a Florida public high school or FDOEregistered private high school (for GED, Out-of-State & Home Education exceptions see Not guilty of, or plead no contest to, a felony charge Florida resident and U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen as determined by the postsecondary institution Seeking undergraduate degree or certificate at an eligible Florida postsecondary institution 23

24 General Eligibility Requirements Enrolled for at least 6 non-remedial semester credit hours Begin using the scholarship funds within two years of high school graduation (exception: military service) 24

25 How to Apply Students must complete the Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) before high school graduation or forfeit BF eligibility (Select State Grants, Scholarships & Applications/Apply Here/Initial State Student Application) FFAA opens December 1 and closes August 31 Submit ONE application update as needed 25

26 Eligibility Evaluations Completed twice a year: Early - After 7th semester (fall term) based on: Required coursework completed and GPA through the first half of the senior year Coursework in progress for 8th semester Community service hours completed by end of 7 th semester Test scores for tests taken through January 31 Final - After 8th semester (graduation) based on: Final transcript submitted required coursework completed and BF GPA Community service hours completed by high school graduation Test scores for all tests taken through June 30 26

27 Eligibility Notifications Early - 7th semester evaluations begin posting March Final - 8th semester evaluations begin posting: June based on scores from tests taken through April August based on scores from tests taken through June Students must graduate to be awarded Students must check their Financial Aid Recipient History online NO hardcopies or s Students monitor award status online 27

28 Mid-Year Graduates students graduating mid-year, intending to receive funding during 2014 spring must: Complete the Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application for funding year (for example, application, which closes August 31, 2014) 7 th semester evaluation after spring term of junior year includes GPA, required coursework completed, courses in progress, community service hours completed by the end of 7 th semester, and test scores for test dates through June 30 8 th semester evaluation after fall graduation and all grades posted includes GPA in all required coursework, community service hours completed by high school graduation, and test scores for test dates through January 31 28

29 Application Status & Award History 29

30 Progress Tracking Public high school students Visit Florida Virtual Campus Private high school students Counselor provides Bright Futures Student Evaluation Report and Key 30

31 Student Report Cards Section (4), Florida Statutes Public high school student report cards must contain a disclosure that the grade point average calculated for purposes of the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program may differ from the grade point average on the report card. 31

32 Award Amounts Public and Private Postsecondary Institutions Students will receive the specified award amounts established annually by the Florida Legislature in the General Appropriations Act. Funding begins the fall following high school graduation. For current year award amounts visit 32

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