According to Florida Department of Education, students are required to submit a complete, error-free FAFSA for Bright Futures, Florida Resident Access Grant, and ABLE Grants. No FAFSA = No Money.
Also, starting this year, there are increased community service requirements and hours for all three Bright Futures award levels.
Recipients must complete:
Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) – 100 hours
Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) – 75 hours
Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV)– 30 hours
Also, a pilot program has been created at the University of Florida to provide for a Bright Futures cohort of initial students whose program funding will be limited to spring and summer on-campus classes beginning with the 2012-13 academic year.
The new rules also increase the FMS award test scores for high school students graduating in 2014.
--1020 increased to 1170 for SAT
--22 increased to 26 for ACT
--requirements are 1220 SAT and 27 ACT for home-schooled students
Test Score RequirementsFlorida Academic ScholarsSAT/ACTClass of 2012 1270/28 Class of 2013 1280/28 Class of 2014 and thereafter 1290/29 Florida Medallion ScholarsSAT/ACTClass of 2012 980/21Class of 2013 1020/22Class of 2014 and thereafter 1170/26* SAT based on Critical Reading and Math sections only.
** ACT based on English, Reading, Math, and Science sections only.
Although Bright Futures FAS and FMS funding is limited to 120 hours (and 90 credit hours for GSV), extended hours of funding are available to recipients in a single program of study requiring more than 120 hours.
Student must receive initial Bright Futures funding within three years of their high school graduation and funding is good up to five years from graduation. One-year extensions may be granted due to a verifiable illness or other documented emergency.
Bright Futures only offers one restoration opportunity, granted for insufficient GPA in the first year of funding.
Florida Academic Scholars (FAS)
4 Year: $101 per semester hour; 2 Year: $62
Florida Public College BA program: $70
Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS)
4 Year: $76 per semester hour; 2 Year: $47
Florida Public College BA program: $52
Florida Public College AA program: $62