The office of Federal Student Aid provides grants, loans, and work-study funds for college or career school. They offer more than $150 billion each year to help millions of students pay for higher education. 12th graders can start applying for FASA in October. To apply for FAFSA, go here.
College is expensive, but there is good news – a lot of free money is available! Here you’ll find out how to access scholarships that could help you pay for tuition, books and other education-related expenses. For information on Schoalrships, contact your school's BRACE Advisor. You can also do a search for scholarships in Naviance Student!
You definitely won’t get scholarship money if you don’t try, so you have nothing to lose by applying.
Be sure you’ve completed the FAFSA, as many scholarship applications require it.
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program’s purpose is to reward students for their academic achievements during high school by providing funding to attend postsecondary education in Florida. Students who complete a standard diploma may be considered for a Bright Futures Scholarship. See below for ways to qualify for a Bright Futures Scholarship. For other ways to qualify for Bright Futures and for more information, visit http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ssfad/bf.
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Bright Futures Scholarship Requirements
Florida Academic Scholar (FAS) and Florida Medallion Scholar (FMS) Awards
Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV) Award
Florida Gold Seal CAPE Scholar
Requirements include the following:
16 credits of college preparatory academic courses:
- 4 English
- 4 Mathematics at or above Algebra 1
- 3 Natural Science
- 3 Social Science
- 2 World Language (sequential, in the same language)
To be a Florida Academic Scholar: 3.5 recalculated* weighted GPA in the above courses, 100 community service hours, and a best composite score of 1290 on the SAT (based on combined Critical Reading and Math sections only) or 29 on the ACT (excluding the writing section).
To be a Florida Medallion Scholar: 3.0 recalculated* weighted GPA in the above courses, 75 community service hours, and a minimum score of 1170 on the SAT (based on combined Critical Reading and Math sections only) or 26 on the ACT (excluding the writing section).
Students may use up to 2 additional credits from courses in the academic areas listed above to raise their Bright Futures GPA if necessary.
*For information on the Bright Futures recalculated GPA, visit www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ ssfad/bf/
Requirements include the following:
16 core credits required for high school graduation:
- 4 English
- 4 Mathematics (including Algebra 1 and Geometry)
- 3 Natural Science (including Biology)
- 3 Social Science (U.S. History, World History, .5 credit U.S. Gov’t, and .5 credit Econ)
- 1 Fine OR identified Practical Art; OR .5 credit in each
- 1 Physical Education (to include integration of health)
3.0 recalculated* weighted GPA in the core credits above required for graduation, 30 community service hours, a minimum of 3 career and technical education credits in 1 vocational program with an unweighted 3.5 GPA in those courses. Students must also earn the minimum score on each section of the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT), SAT, or ACT (test sections cannot be combined):
- PERT: Reading 106/Writing 103/Math 114
- SAT: Reading 24 Writing 25/Math 24
- ACT: English 17/Reading 19/Math 19
*For information on the Bright Futures recalculated GPA, visit www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ssfad/ bf/
Florida high school students who wish to qualify for the Florida Gold Seal CAPE Scholars award must meet the following initial eligibility requirements:
• Meet the General Requirements for Bright Futures; • Earn a minimum of 5 postsecondary credit hours through CAPE industry certifications which articulate for college credit
• Complete 30 service hours
The Florida Gold Seal CAPE Scholars award can only be used to fund a career education or certificate program.
Upon completion of an associate in science degree program that articulates to a bachelor of science degree, a GSC Scholar may also receive an award for a maximum of 60 credit hours toward a bachelor of science degree program. Upon completion of an associate in applied science program, a GSC Scholar may also receive an award for a maximum of 60 credit hours toward a bachelor of applied science degree program.
What's in a financial aid award letter?
After a college accepts you, you'll receive a letter outlining how much the school will cost and what kind of financial aid package you'll receive for one year. All financial aid award letters don’t look the same, but they contain the same general information.
- Federal student loans
- Cost of attendance (COA), an estimate of what you can expect to pay for tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and personal expenses for one year.
- Expected Family Contribution (EFC), an index number that colleges use to determine financial aid eligibility.
- The remaining amount, or funding gap, that you’ll have to make up through other sources.