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To find financial aid information online click: http://www.nasfaa.org/publications/2007/annight092707.html

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Scholarships:

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  • Misc. Scholarship Sites:
  • Bright Futures Scholarship Program:
    Website - Bright Futures Scholarships
    Toll Free: 1-800-827-2004

Bright Futures Scholarships
  Florida Academic Scholars Award (FAS) ** Florida Medallion Scholars Award (FMS) ** Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award (GSV)

Award Level
** A student may recieve funding for only one award. The highest award for the student will be selected.

* Amounts will differ at quarter or clock hour institutions.

Public Institution-100% of tuition and fees (including lab fees up to $300 per semester) for college- related expenses (including summer term) prorated by term and hours.

Private Institution- Fixed award amount based on 100% of the average tuition and fees covered at comparable Florida public institution including $300 per semester* provided for college-related expenses prorated by term and hours.

Public Institution-75% of tuition and fees (including lab fees up to $300 per semester*)

Private Institution-Fixed award amount based on 75% of the average tuition and fees covered at a comparable Florida public institution prorated by term and hours.

Public Institution-75% of tuition and fees (including lab fees up to $300 per semester*)

Private Institution-Fixed award amount based on 75% of the average tuition and fees covered at a comparable Florida public institution prorated by term and hour.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Weighted for more challenging higher level courses is prescribed by law as .50 per course per year.

Example

Credit Weighting
1.00         .50
.50         .25

3.5 weighted GPA using the credits listed below, combined with the test scores and community service hours listed below

*Note: GPA's are not rounded*
3.0 weighted GPA using the credits listed below, combined with the test scores listed below

*Note: GPA's are not rounded*
3.0 weighted GPA using the 15.5 credits listed below, and a 3.5 unweighted GPA in a minimum of 3 vocational credits in one vocational program, and test scores listed below

*Note: GPA's are not rounded*
Required Credits

See the Comprehensive Course Table on the Bright Futures web site to identify courses that count toward each award level.
Courses must include 15 credits of college preparatory academic courses

4  English (3 with substantial writing)
3  Mathematics (Algebra 1 and above)
3  Natural Science (2 with substantial lab)
3  Social Science
2  Foreign Language (in the same language)
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15 credits

May use up to 3 additional credits from courses in the academic areas listed above and/or AP or IB fine arts courses to raise the GPA

Courses must include 15 credits of college preparatory academic courses

4  English (3 with substantial writing)
3  Mathematics (Algebra 1 and above)
3  Natural Science (2 with substantial lab)
3  Social Science
2  Foreign Language (in the same language)
__________________
15 credits

May use up to 3 additional credits from courses in the academic areas listed above and/or AP or IB fine arts courses to raise the GP

Credits must be the 15.5 core credits required for high school graduation

4  English
3  Mathematics
3  Natural Science
3  Social Science (Am. Hist., World Hist., Am. Govt., and Economics)
1  Practical Arts OR 1 Performing Arts OR 1/2 credit in each
1/2  Life Management Skills
1/2  Personal Fitness
1/2  Physical Education
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15.5 Credits

Plus a minimum of 3 Vocational Job-Preparatory or Technology Education Program credits in one vocational program

Community Service 75 hours, as approved by the district or private school No requirement No requirement
Test Scores

Subsections of the SAT, ACT, or CPT from different test dates may be used to meet the test criteria.

For spring eligibility evaluations test dates through the end of January will be admissible.

For summer eligibility evaluations, test dates through the end of June will be admissible.

Best composite score of 1270 SAT or 28 ACT

(ACT scores are rounded up for scores with .5 and higher; SAT scores do not require rounding)

Best composite score of 970 SAT or 20 ACT

(ACT scores are rounded up for scores with .5 and higher; SAT scores do not require rounding)

Students must earn the minimum score on each subsection of the CPT or SAT or ACT

Subsections of different test types may not be combined

CPT: Reading - 83
    Sentence Skills - 83
         Algebra - 72

or SAT: Verbal - 440
             Math - 440

or ACT: English - 17
             Reading - 18
             Math - 19

Other Ways to Qualify

Initial eligibility criteria used in "Other Ways to Qualify" must be met by high school graduation.

Contact the Bright Futures office for further details.

The other ways to qualify listed below must also meet the community service hours requirement
  • National Merit or Achievement Scholars and Finalists
  • National Hispanic Scholars
  • IB Diploma Recipients
  • Students who have completed the IB Curriculum with best composite score of 1270 SAT or 28 ACT
  • Students who have attended a home education program according to s. 1002.41, F.S., registered with the district during grades 11 and 12, with best composite score of 1270 SAT or 28 ACT
  • GED with best composite score of 1270 SAT or 28 ACT and a 3.5 weighted GPA in the above 15 required credits
  • Early Admissions with best composite score of 1270 SAT or 28 ACT and a 3.5 weighted GPA in curriculum courses completed
  • 3-year standard college preparatory program with best composite score of 1270 SAT or 28 ACT and 3.5 weighted GPA in the above 15 required credits
  • National Merit or Achievement Scholars and Finalists and National Hispanic Scholars who have not completed 75 hours of community service
  • Students who have completed the IB Curriculum with best composite score of 970 SAT or 20 ACT
  • Students who have attended a home education program according to s. 1002.41, F.S., registered with the district during grades 11 and 12, and have a best composite score of 1070 SAT or 23 ACT
  • GED with best composite score of 970 SAT or 20 ACT and a 3.0 weighted GPA in the above 15 required credits
  • Early Admissions with best composite score of 970 SAT or 20 ACT and a 3.0 weighted GPA in curriculum courses completed
  • 3-year standard college preparatory program with best composite score of 970 SAT or 20 ACT and a 3.0 weighted GPA in the above 15 required credits
The other ways to qualify listed below must also include a 3.5 unweighted GPA in a minimum of 3 vocational credits in one vocational program and minimum test scores listed above
  • GED with 3.0 weighted GPA using the core credits (excluding electives) required for your selected high school graduation option
  • 3-year standard college or career preparatory program with 3.0 weighted GPA using the core credits (excluding electives) required for your selected high school graduation option

New Changes

Early Admission is no longer an exception to the requirement to earn a standard Florida High School diploma; therefore, early admitting students will no longer be eligible to apply for Bright Futures prior to their senior year in high school. Students may apply for an award beginning Dec. 1 of the student's high school graduation year.

**Note: Early admitting students initially funded in the 2007-08 academic year will be disbursed Bright Futures funds for Term 2 after Jan. 1, 2008, contingent upon the availability of funds.

For any term beginning as of January 1, 2008, students will receive an educational allowance of $225, reduced from $300, prorated by hours and terms, as specified in the General Appropriations Act (Senate Bill 2C).  Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program fixed award amounts for private postsecondary institutions, with this allotment reduction, will be calculated and posted to the Web site in December 2007.