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Florida Bright Futures Scholarship


Florida Bright Futures Scholarship is a Florida lottery-funded scholarship program that rewards students for their academic achievements during high school by offering funding for the pursuit of postsecondary educational and career goals in Florida.

How to Apply

Applicants for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship must complete the Florida Financial Aid Application prior to their high school graduation. Eligibility and application criteria are available from your high school guidance counselor, or the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program web site. When completing the application you will need to add FGCU’s school code in order for us to receive your information. FGCU’s Bright Futures State School Code is 361.

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program consists of two awards for Undergraduate students. Each award has its own academic eligibility requirements, award amounts and funding length. A student may receive funding for only one award. The highest award earned by the student will be selected.

For the Academic Year 2013-2014 Bright Futures will pay a flat rate per credit:

  •   Florida Academic Scholars Award $103.00 per credit.
  •   Florida Medallion Scholars Award $77.00 per credit.
  •   Florida Gold Seal Vocational Award $77.00 per credit. (According to state legislative changes, initial Gold Seal Vocational (GSV) students who graduated from high school in 2011-2012 can only receive funding for Applied Technology Diplomas, Technical Degree Education Programs or Career Certificate Programs. FGCU does not provide such technical education programs; therefore, the GSV award is no longer offered to initial students).

Dropped Class Repayment Requirement

If a student drops a class after the advertised add/drop date, (see Academic Calendar) you are required by state of Florida to repay FGCU for any credits for which Bright Futures paid. Fees and holds will be immediately placed on the account the moment the class is dropped.

If you do not repay for Bright Futures funded classes dropped or withdrawn by the end of the current academic year, you will not be eligible for renewal or funding for the subsequent academic year.

Renewal Requirements

In order to renew your scholarship for the following academic year, it is necessary that all of the renewal requirements are met at the end of the spring semester. The following chart summarizes the academic renewal criteria for each Florida Bright Futures Scholarship:


Florida Academic Scholars Award

Florida Medallion Scholars Award

Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award

Minimum Cumulative GPA (unrounded & unweighted)




Minimum Hours Required Per Term if funded Full Time (12+ hours)

12 semester
(earned hours)

12 semester
(earned hours)

12 semester
(earned hours)

Minimum Hours Required Per Term, if funded Three-quarter Time (9-11 hours)

9 semester
(earned hours)

9 semester
(earned hours)

9 semester
(earned hours)

Minimum Hours Required Per Term, if funded Half Time
(6-8 hours)

6 semester
(earned hours)

6 semester
(earned hours)

6 semester
(earned hours)

* Florida Academic Scholars will renew as Florida Medallion Scholars with 2.75-2.99 GPA.

One-time Restoration Opportunity

If a student's cumulative GPA was less than a 2.75 and he/she was ineligible for funding, the student may apply for restoration in an academic year after which the 2.75 cumulative GPA requirement was met. (The 2.75 GPA must be met before the fall term for which the student is applying.)

A student who does not meet the minimum credit hour requirement during the academic year (fall through spring) or the summer after spring evaluation will not be eligible to receive the scholarship in the upcoming year but may apply for RESTORATION at the Bright Futures website at the end of the following year.

For more information about restoration, visit the How to be restored page on the state’s website.


An eligible student who did not receive funding during the previous academic year and would now like to apply for scholarship funding is a reinstating student.

Summer grades and hours earned after spring evaluation may be used if necessary to meet the scholarship renewal requirements. However, this option is only applicable to first year in college students receiving Bright Futures. The student must request that a financial aid officer submit a grade and hours update to the Bright Futures office indicating the adjusted cumulative GPA and/or hours.

If a student attended another college or university and has transfer credits, they may request that the transfer credits be used in the cumulative GPA calculation. Please email Barbara Font at

For more information about reinstatement, visit the How to be Reinstated page on the state’s website.

Eligible VISA Types for Bright Futures Eligibility
(VISA must be valid and not expired)

Category A - government official

Category E - treaty trader or investor

Category G - representative of an international organization

Category H-1 - temporary worker performing professional nursing service or in a specialty occupation.

Category H-4 - only if spouse or child of an alien classified H-1.

Category I - foreign information media representative.

Category K - fiancée, fiancé or child of a US citizen.

Category L - intra-company transferee (including spouse or child).

Category N - parent or child of alien accorded special immigrant status.

Category O-1 - workers of "extraordinary" ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics.

Category O-3 - only if spouse or child of O-1 alien.

Category R - religious worker.

Category NATO 1-7 - representatives and employees or NATO and their families.

Category S - alien witness and informants, including their spouse and children.

Category T - victims of trafficking, who cooperate with federal authorities in prosecutions of traffickers, including their spouse and children.

Category U - victims of certain crimes, including their spouse and children.

Category V - spouses and children of lawful permanent residents.

More details about the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program can be found on the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program web site. Please contact the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program or call 1-888-827-2004 for additional questions.