Florida Bright Futures Program
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship program has undergone many changes in the last several years. We recommend that you visit the Bright Futures website for the most current information about the program.
For Academic Year 2017-2018
Students are no longer required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before Florida Bright Futures Scholarship funds can disburse. This requirement was repealed by 2013 legislation.
Award Amounts for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 (as determined by the Florida State Legislature):
||Per Credit Hour
|Florida Academic Scholars
|Academic Top Scholars
||$44.00 (In addition to the Florida Academic Scholarship)
|Florida Medallion Scholars
Gold Seal Vocational Scholars
|UNF does not currently have any Gold Seal eligible programs; therefore students who were initially eligible for the Gold Seal Vocational Scholarship upon high school graduation in 2011-2012 or thereafter will not be able to receive Bright Futures funding at the University of North Florida.
At UNF, Bright Futures is initially awarded to students with a "placeholder" estimate. This placeholder is based on an average of 15 credit hours at the prior year's rate per credit hour. Once registration has begun for the upcoming academic term, students will notice that their Bright Futures awards have adjusted. This adjustment is based on their actual number of hours enrolled and the current year's award rate (as established by the Florida State Legislature).
Award for Summer 2018
Only Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholars, eligible for the 2017-2018 academic year, may receive summer 2018 funding. Florida Academic Scholars may receive funding for all summer sessions as long as they are attending at least 6 degree-applicable credit hours and have remaining hours of eligibility. Transient students will receive funding at their home institution. Transfer students who are degree-seeking at UNF during the summer term are required to select UNF as their preferred institution on OSFA's website for that term. Eligible Florida Academic Scholars will receive $207.88 per credit hour. There is no book stipend or Academic Top Scholar award for summer. Florida Academic Scholars who do not renew for 2018-2019 may still receive summer funding if the student meets summer enrollment criteria and has remaining hours of eligibility. Renewal for 2018-2019 is based on grades and hours earned during fall and spring terms only. Grades earned during summer may be used only to meet the one-time restoration requirement if a student has an opportunity to restore. For more information regarding Summer Bright Futures awards, please click here.
To receive summer Bright Futures Florida Academic scholarship funding, you must complete the Summer Financial Aid Request, located in your myWings account. Initial Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholar awards will be estimated based on 6 hours of enrollment. The actual amount will update after the end of the add/drop week and will be based on actual enrollment.
To request grades earned during summer to be reported to OSFA in order to meet the restoration requirement, you must submit the Scholarship Action Request Form located in your myWings account. Please visit the Florida Bright Futures website for detailed explanations of the restoration policies.
Florida's Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) requires that you select UNF as your preferred institution on OSFA's website. Failure to do so will keep UNF from accessing your file, which will result in our inability to add the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship to your financial aid awards. If you have questions about your state aid eligibility, or about selecting UNF as your preferred institution, please call OSFA at 1-888-827-2004.
Renewal eligibility is an automatic process that occurs at the end of the spring term for those students who received funding during the current year. UNF reports the overall cumulative GPA and hours completed for the year to the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) of the Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee. Renewal students must earn the GPA and the required hours indicated below on all college coursework attempted, including high school dual coursework. The student may request the exclusion of dual enrollment courses completed while attending high school from the GPA, if needed to meet requirements by submitting a Scholarship Action Request Form.
Renewal for awards funded in 2011-2012 to present:
|Minimum cumulative GPA (unrounded)
|If funded full time (12+ hours)
||12 earned hours
||12 earned hours
|If funded 3/4 time (9-11 hours)
||9 earned hours
||9 earned hours
|If funded 1/2 time (6-8 hours)
||6 earned hours
||6 earned hours
*Florida Academic Scholars with a 2.75-2.99 will renew as Florida Medallion Scholars.
A student must repay the state any scholarship funds received for a course dropped or withdrawn after the initial add/drop period. A debt will be placed on the student account, which must be paid to UNF. UNF will then reimburse the state. Failure to pay back a debt owed due to withdrawn hours will render a student ineligible to receive funding in subsequent years.
Failure to meet renewal requirements
Renewal criteria must be met each academic year. Failure to meet renewal criteria will result in loss of scholarship. Summer term can only be utilized by student's in their first year of funding to assist in meeting GPA renewal criteria. Summer term can NOT be used to meet the minimum earned hours renewal requirement. Eligibility for restoration differs from student to student based on high school graduation year. Please visit the Florida Bright Futures website for detailed explanations of their restoration policies. A student who did not meet renewal criteria due to circumstances beyond his or her control may submit an Enrollment Services Appeal along with supporting documentation.