To apply to receive a Bright Futures Scholarship, you must submit the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) by the end of August after your high school graduation. That said, it is best to apply by the end of your fall semester senior year. If you apply in the fall and use standardized test scores from tests taken before January 31st, you will receive your award notification by March.
You’ll also want to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between October 1st and June 30th. For more information, check out our article, Everything You Should Know About FAFSA.
The general requirements to receive a Bright Futures Scholarship include:
- Must be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
- Must earn a standard Florida high school diploma or its equivalent.
- Must be accepted by and enrolled in a Florida public or private school.
- Be enrolled for at least six credit hours per semester.
Financial need is not considered when awarding Bright Futures scholarships. It is entirely based on academic merit and achievement. This is why it’s important to try your best and form good study habits during your freshman year. (Check out our article, High School Freshman Advice: 20 Tips for 9th Graders, for some helpful tips)!