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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 Florida Bright Futures website for the most current information about the program.

 

Degree-seeking students, including FTIC, current and transfer students are required to select UNF as their preferred institution on the Florida's Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) website. This enables UNF to access your file and add the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship to your financial aid. Transient students will receive funding from their home institution. 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.

 

To receive Bright Futures you must be a Florida resident and be either a U.S citizen or eligible non-citizen. To avoid delays to your Bright Futures awarding, please complete a Florida residency declaration. For further information regarding Florida residency please visit One Stop Student Service's residency webpage.

Awards for Academic Year 2019-2020

Award Amounts for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 (as determined by the Florida State Legislature):

Award Per Credit Hour
Florida Academic Scholars $207.73 (Plus a $300 book stipend for fall and spring semester)
Academic Top Scholars $44.00 (In addition to the Florida Academic Scholarship)
Florida Medallion Scholars $155.79

Awards for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

At UNF, Bright Futures is initially awarded to students with a "placeholder" estimate. The initial estimate is based on 15 credit hours at the current year's credit hour rate. Before the payment deadline for the term, Bright Futures award amounts will adjust based on the actual number of hours enrolled and the current year's credit hour rate (see table above).

Awards for Summer 2020

Bright Futures scholars may receive funding for summer if they are enrolled in a total of at least 6 degree-applicable credit hours and have remaining hours of Bright Futures eligibility. Summer Bright Futures awards will initially post upon enrollment in 6 degree-applicable credit hours. Once student registers and/or after the end of the add/drop week, the award amount will update based on the actual enrollment hours. There is no book stipend or Academic Top Scholar award for summer.

 

To be considered for summer funding, select UNF as your preferred institution for the appropriate summer term on the Florida's Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) website. Continuing students should select Term 6 of the 2019-2020 year, while recent high school graduates should select Term 0 of the 2020-2021 year.

 

Renewal for 2020-2021 is based on grades and hours earned during fall and spring terms only. Bright Futures Scholars who do not renew for 2020-2021 may still receive 2019-2020 summer funding if the student meets the above summer enrollment criteria. 

 

Grades earned during summer may only be used if a student qualifies for a one time restoration opportunity. To request grades earned during summer to be reported to OSFA for restoration, you must submit the Scholarship Action Request Form located in your myWings account. Please visit the Florida Bright Futures website for detailed explanations of restoration eligibility.

 

For more information, please review Summer Bright Futures Frequently Asked Questions.

Renewal Eligibility

Renewal eligibility automatically occurs at the end of the spring term for students who have received funding during the current year. UNF reports the overall cumulative GPA and earned hours for the year to Florida's Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA).

 

Renewal for awards funded in 2011-2012 to present:
GPA Renewal Criteria Academic Scholars Medallion Scholars
Minimum cumulative GPA (unrounded) 3.0* 2.75

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

 

Renewal students must earn the GPA indicated above on all college courses attempted, including high school dual enrollment courses. A student may submit a Scholarship Action Request Form to request the exclusion of high school dual enrollment courses from their GPA calculation, if needed, to meet the GPA renewal criteria.

 

Earned Hours Renewal Criteria
Earned Hours Renewal Criteria Academic Scholars Medallion Scholars
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

Renewal students must earn the required hours indicated above based on Bright Futures funded hours. The Bright Futures Credit Hour Interactive Tool is an Excel spreadsheet you can use to view required hours based on your specific enrollment scenario.

Failure to Meet Renewal Requirements

Renewal criteria must be met each academic year based on grade and hours submitted for the fall and spring terms only. Failure to meet renewal criteria will result in loss of scholarship. A student who did not meet renewal criteria due to extenuating circumstances beyond his or her control may submit an Enrollment Services Appeal along with supporting documentation.

Restoration

A one time restoration opportunity is available under these limited circumstances:

  • Students who did not meet the minimum renewal GPA requirement in their first year of funding, but DID meet the earned hours renewal requirement may be permitted a one-time restoration opportunity. Summer term may be used by students to assist in meeting the GPA requirement for this one time restoration opportunity.
  • A scholar who was initially eligible for the Florida Academic Scholar award, but then dropped to Florida Medallion Scholar award due to not meeting the 3.0 renewal GPA requirement has a one-time opportunity to restore to a Florida Academic Scholar.

Students who do not meet the minimum earned hours requirement, in any year, will NOT be permitted a restoration opportunity. Summer term can NOT be used to meet the minimum earned hours requirement.

 

Eligibility for restoration differs from student to student based on high school graduation year. For a more detailed explanation of restoration policies or to complete the Reinstatement/Restoration Application, please visit the Florida Bright Futures website.

Reinstatement

An eligible student who did not receive funding during the prior year and would now like to apply for scholarship funding is a reinstating student. A student is eligible to apply for reinstatement up to five years from high school graduation. For a more detailed explanation of reinstatement policies or to complete the Reinstatement/Restoration Application, please visit the Florida Bright Futures website.

Course Withdrawals

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.