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.
Beginning in Fall 2011, all Florida Bright Futures Scholarship recipients must complete a year appropriate FAFSA application in order for their scholarship proceeds to disburse. If you have not yet filed your 2012-2013 FAFSA, or if you filed, but your application was received by UNF in a rejected status, please visit the FAFSA website as soon as possible. UNF's Title IV School Code is 009841.
Award Amounts for Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 (as determined by the Florida State Legislature):
At UNF, Bright Futures is initially awarded to students with a "placeholder" amount. 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).
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 Bright Futures Action Request Form.
Renewal for Awards Funded in 2011-2012
*Florida Academic Scholars with a 2.75-2.99 will renew as Florida Medallion Scholars.
A student must reimburse UNF for the cost of course(s) dropped or withdrawn after the initial drop/add period. Failure to pay back a debt owed due to withdrawn hours will render a student ineligible to receive funding in subsequent years.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. If a student fails to meet renewal criteria when grades and hours are reported to the State at the end of the Spring term, a student may be able to attend summer semester in order to attempt a restoration of their scholarship for the next academic year. However, 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 should contact One Stop Student Services prior to registering for summer courses.
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