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Bright Futures Scholarship

What Is It?

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program rewards students fro their academic achievements during high school by providing funding for them to pursue postsecondary educational and career goals in Florida.

Bright Futures Official Site

How Do I Get It?

Office of Student Financial Assistance (OFSA) in the State of Florida determines your eligibility to receive Bright Futures based upon:

  • Your Bright Futures Application
  • Your High School transcript information
  • Your SAT/ACT test scores OSFA begins sending Official Bright Futures Award Notices after your 7th semester of High School, provided they have received the information above.

USF Office of Financial Aid (OFA) estimates Bright Futures eligibility for new students beginning March 1st each year based upon information received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as follows:

  • Residency
  • Overall High School GPA
  • SAT/ACT Scores

If the State of Florida does not confirm a student with an estimated award, USF will send an email notice to enrolled students before each term begins.

  • As always, keep your email address up to date in OASIS
  • New students with eligibility issues should contact the State of Florida 1-888-827-2004 or visit their website at Florida Scholarships and Grants Programs.

Can I Receive Both Florida Pre-Paid and Bright Futures?

Yes, And This Is How It Works…

The University Controller’s Office (UCO) administers your Florida Pre-Paid (FPP) account in the Cash Accounting Office, SVC 1038.

  • After you register, UCO downloads your information from FPP program;
  • Your tuition will be reduced according to your type of plan.

Then, Florida Bright Futures (FBF) funds are received from the State of Florida at the end of the first week of classes each semester. FBF will send funds in the amount of the scholarship you will be receiving to cover tuition.

If you still owe tuition ans fees after FPP has been used, your FBF disbursement will be applied to pay the remaining tuition charges before being applied to any additional charges owed to USF and posted to your student account.

  • Payment of charges on your student account occurs in the following order:
    1. Tuition charges, then
    2. On-Campus Housing, then
    3. Bookstore charges, then
    4. Meal Plan (if posted to your student account)
  • If no other charges are posted to your student account and there is a credit balance you will be issued a refund via e-Deposit, if you have subscribed via OASIS, or as a check that is mailed to the address you have listed in OASIS.

How Do I Keep It?

For the most current Bright Futures repayment and renewal information, go to the Florida Student Scholarship & Grant Programs Bright Futures Renewal Requirements page.

If you withdrew from a class during the fall or spring terms, you are responsible for repaying any Bright Futures funds you may have received for that class.

To assist you in calculating the number of hours and GPA required to renew your scholarship, enter your Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 enrollment information on our Bright Futures Renewal Predictor. Include all hours that you received Bright Futures funding, but do not include credit hours that you withdrew from and repaid to the Bright Futures program.

Your cumulative GPA earned hours at the end of spring will be sent to the State of Florida if you were paid Bright Futures at USF in the prior fall and/or spring within 30 days after the end of the spring term.

  • The information USF sends is a “snapshot” of your academic history at the time.
    • You are responsible for submitting the Bright Futures/Florida Scholarship Grade and Hour Evaluation form if your GPA or earned hours are updated after the transmission due to grade changes or receipt of academic transcripts.
    • The form will not be available until after grades and hours are transmitted to the State of Florida.
  • The State of Florida will determine your renewal eligibility and send you a notice of renewal or non-renewal.
  • USF Office of Financial Aid will send non-renewal students an email notice regarding the State of Florida definition of extenuating circumstances which a student may use for an appeal.

What Happens If I Lose It?

Students who lose a scholarship because of low GPA can apply to have the scholarship restored.

The State of Florida provides for Reinstatement/Restoration of Bright Futures eligibility.

USF will be notified by the State of Florida if your Reinstatement/Restoration is granted.