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1 Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program 1

2 Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance High School Graduates and Bright Futures (BF) Scholarships There are Three Different Award Categories 1. Florida Academic Scholars Award Academic Top Scholars Award 2. Florida Medallion Scholars Award 3. Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award 2

3 Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance 2012 Florida Legislative Change NEW! 2012 Florida Legislative Change NEW! Mid-Year HS Graduates Students who graduate mid-academic year from HS during and thereafter, May be evaluated for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship and be provided an initial disbursement in the same academic year (spring term) Must apply on the Florida Financial Aid Application by August 31, 2012, to receive funding in spring 2013 Statutory Requirement = NO EXCEPTIONS 3

4 Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance Florida Bright Futures Awards for Bright Futures award Myth - NOT a percentage of tuition and fees (since ) Rather a dollar amount per credit hour enrolled This Years Amount Per Hour Enrolled at 4 year institutions: FAS = $100 FMS = $ 75 GSV = $ 75 (returning students ONLY) Chart with all legislative approved award amounts for available at: 4

5 Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance Florida Academic Requirements Same as last year 16 credits (college preparatory) 3.5 weighted GPA (unrounded) in those 16 (or up to 18) courses 100 Community Service Hours Test sub-scores can be used from multiple testing dates (not mixed from different test types) No End of Course assessment credits required World Language Completer accepted for World Language Requirement ACT = 28 Composite (excludes writing section) New!!!!! SAT = 1280 (critical reading and math) Liberal Arts Math is NOT an accepted math course and will not be allowed as a mis-advisement exception 5

6 Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance Florida Top Scholars Award This award is given to the top Florida Academic Scholars awardees, one from each of the 67 districts, who attends a Florida participating institution in the fall following their High School graduation. The awards are determined in November each year The students receive an additional award; an amount per credit hour enrolled as determined by the legislature each year The renewal criteria are the same as that for the Florida Academic Award 6

7 Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance Florida Medallion Requirements Same as last year 16 credits (college preparatory) 3.0 weighted GPA (unrounded) in those 16 (or up to 18) courses 75 Community Service Hours Test sub-scores can be used from multiple testing dates (not mixed from different test types) No End of Course assessment credits required World Language Completer accepted for World Language Requirement New!!!!! SAT = 1020 (critical reading and math) ACT = 22 Composite (excludes writing section) Liberal Arts Math is NOT an accepted math course and will not be allowed as a mis-advisement exception 7

8 Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance Florida Gold Seal Vocational Requirements Same as last year: 16 credits (core required for HS graduation) 3.0 weighted GPA (unrounded) in those 16 core courses 3 career/technical credits in one vocational program 3.5 unweighted GPA (unrounded) in those 3 credits 30 Community Service Hours Test Scores SAT = 440 Critical Reading and 440 Math ACT = 17 English, 18 Reading, 19 Math Test sub-scores can be used from multiple testing dates (not mixed from different test types) 8

9 Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance New !!!!! Additional Test Type Postsecondary Educational Readiness Test (PERT) Reading 104, Writing 99, Math 113 GSV program changed to focus initial scholarship students to the original program intent of pursuing postsecondary vocational study in vocational or career education programs. Students may only use the GSV award to pursue specific degrees, diplomas and/or certificates. No Associate of Arts or baccalaureate degrees will be funded. 9 Florida Gold Seal Vocational Requirements

10 Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance GSV Degree, Diploma and Certificates Associate of Science Degrees (AS) Associate of Applied Science Degrees (AAS) College Credit Certificates (CCC) Applied Technology Diplomas (ATD) Career Certificates Referred to as Postsecondary Adult Vocational [PSAVs] 10

11 Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance Methods to Qualify for Bright Futures Coursework, GPA, test scores & Community Service Standard Florida High School Diploma recipients Out of State military or public service assignments GED recipients IB or AICE diploma IB or AICE curriculum, test scores & Community Service National Merit or Achievement Scholars & Finalists National Hispanic Scholars Home Education 11

12 Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance Home-Educated Students District Guidance Coordinators certify on-line: 11 th grade registration 12 th grade registration Community Service Hours 12

13 Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance Home-Educated Community Service Hours Should be completed during high school and by high school graduation. May not be hours that benefitted the student financially or materially, or be service to family members, defined as: parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and spouses, including all step relations. The agency where the community service hours were earned must provide documentation on agency letterhead of the number of hours and dates of service completed. The hours must be submitted through the students district where he or she is registered as a home-educated student for on-line certification. Each award requires the following completed and approved community service hours: FAS – 100 hours FMS – 75 hours 13

14 Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance State Grants, Scholarships & Applications 14

15 Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance Bright Futures Homepage Whats New Chart of Eligibility and Award Criteria Administrators Counselor access Timeline (Log on) Training modules (Log on) Comprehensive Course Table Bright Futures Reports Students Requirements by HS Graduation Date Financial Aid Recipient History to check status 15


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