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2013-14 Academic Year - Bright Futures Scholarship

Florida Academic Scholar • Florida Medallion Scholar • Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholar 

Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) 

Contact Number: 1-888-827-2004                                                                               

 For easy access to program information, application and award status it is important that students are responsible with regularly checking their account on the Bright Futures Website.

FIU Bright Futures State School Code: 131 


Florida Legislative Updates:

  • Students are no longer required to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) in order to be eligible for a Bright Futures Scholarship.
  • According to prior legislative changes set forth by the State of Florida, initial GSV students, those who graduate from high school in 2011-2012 can only receive funding for Applied Technology Diplomas, Technical Degree Education Programs or Career Certificate Programs. Florida International University does not provide such technical education programs; therefore, the Gold Seal Vocational (GVS) award can no longer be offered to initial students. Please visit the State website for more information regarding these changes.


2013-2014 New Per Credit Award Amounts:

  • FL Academic: $103.00 (FLAT RATE)
  • FL Medallion/Vocational Gold Seal: $77.00 (FLAT RATE)


Community Service for 2011-2012 High School Graduates and thereafter:

  • Increase in community service requirement (and hours increase for Florida Academic Scholars) for all three Bright Futures award levels. Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholars (FAS), Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS), and Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV) during the 2011-12 academic year, and thereafter, must complete:
    • FAS – 100 hours
    • FMS – 75 hours
    • GSV – 30 hours
    • The Florida Department of Education is required to approve home education community service hours for Bright Futures initial eligibility.

Eligible VISA Types for Bright Futures Eligibility

(Be sure Visa is 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 services 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 workers
  • Category NATO 1-7 – representatives and employees or NATO and their families.
  • Visa category S – Alien witnesses and informants, including their spouse and children.
  • Visa category T – Victims of trafficking, who cooperate with federal authorities in prosecutions of traffickers, including their spouse and children.
  • Visa category U – Victims of Certain Crimes, including their spouse and children.
  • Visa category V – Spouses and children of lawful permanent residents                                                                                          

Additional Bright Futures Scholarship Information

The initial Bright Future Scholarship award on your Financial Aid Notice (FAN) is an "estimate based on 15 credits of enrollment” and will be adjusted to your actual enrollment after ADD/DROP period each semester.



Please review the following chart below as a guide to assist in determining your scholarship award based on your actual enrollment by the number of credits.

Bright Futures Important Notice

**The chart above contains the new BF calculated Award amounts for the 2014-2015 Academic Year**

Cancelling/Partially Accepting BF award:

  • If a student wishes to cancel or partially accept their Bright Futures, they may express their request to their award by submitting the Bright Futures Request Form. Student should check which option applies to them (cancel or partially accept award). Award amounts can only be adjusted before grades are posted. Once grades are posted for that semester, the Bright Futures award for the semester can no longer be adjusted.

Graduate Funding:

  • Bright Futures Scholarship recipients who graduate with a baccalaureate degree, in the 2010-11 academic year or after, in seven or fewer semesters (or the equivalent in credit hours) and wish to pursue graduate study may apply the unused portion of their FAS or FMS awards toward one semester of graduate study, not to exceed 15 semester hours paid at the undergraduate rate.


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. Please visit the How to be Renewed page for more details.


      I.        Minimum Earned Hours Required PER TERM for Renewal:


Funded Hours
 (per term)

Required to Earn
(per term)


Full Time
(12+ credits)

12 credits

Full Time students FUNDED for 12+ hours must earn at least 12 credits for that term.

Three Quarter Time
(9-11 credits)

9 credits

Three-Quarter Time students FUNDED for 9-11 hours must earn at least 9 credits for that term.

Half Time
(6-8 credits)

6 credits

Half Time students FUNDED for 6-8 hours must earn at least 6 credits for that term.


    II.        Minimum Cumulative GPA required (at the end of Spring semester) for Renewal:

  • FL Academic Scholar: 3.00 Cumulative GPA
  • FL Medallion/Vocational Gold Seal: 2.75 Cumulative GPA


   III.        Dropped Class Repayment Requirement:

  • 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 the subsequent academic year.

*You will receive a notification via your online Financial Aid Recipient History regarding your eligibility or ineligibility status for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.


Reinstatement Opportunity:

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. For more details on reinstatement, or to apply for reinstatement with the State, please visit the How to be Reinstated page.


One-Time Restoration Opportunity:

A student is a restoration student if he/she did not meet the GPA renewal requirement and/or did not meet the minimum credit hours requirement to renew their Bright Futures. Restoration requirements vary depending on the year that the student graduated from high school. For more detailed information regarding the Restoration Requirements depending on the year that the student graduated, or to apply for the One-Time Restoration opportunity, you may visit the How to be Restored - One-Time Opportunity page.


Additional Bright Futures Scholarship Information:

  • Bright Futures funding is NOT available for Summer semesters.
  • Students must enroll at least a minimum of half-time in order for scholarship to disburse.
  • The initial Bright Future Scholarship award on your Financial Aid Notice (FAN) is an "Estimate based on 15 credits of enrollment” and will be adjusted to your actual enrollment after ADD/DROP period each semester.   
  • A maximum of 45 credits may be funded in one academic year. Bright Futures covers Fall and Spring Semesters only.
  • Special fees for online courses or any other additional fees are not covered by the Bright Futures Scholarship.
  • Students who receive a “Change of Grade” for Fall or Spring must notify the Financial Aid office in writing by completing the Bright Futures Request Form.
  • Graduate Courses may only be covered by the Bright Futures scholarship (at the undergraduate tuition rate) if they are needed to complete a bachelor’s degree. In this case, the student must submit a memo from the department of their school or college to the Office of Financial Aid indicating that the graduate class that they registered for that semester is the last class that is required to earn their Bachelor's degree.

Important Bright Futures Checklist:

√ Have you accepted your award on

  • All students must accept their awards on the Accept/Decline link on by the payment deadline.

√ If you have accepted your award, have you paid your difference by the payment deadline?

  • Remember that the amount awarded on is based on 15 credits of enrollment. If you enrolled in more or less, the award will be adjusted after the ADD/DROP period. Please refer to the chart above to see the approximate award amount based on your enrollment.

√ If you were not awarded and you are newly admitted to FIU, did you update the school code with the State?

  • If you are enrolling for the first time at FIU (either at the beginning of the academic year or transferring in the middle of the year) you will need to contact the Bright Futures State Office either by telephone or through their website to update the school code to FIU (FIU PSI Code: 131).

√ Did you request in writing that your summer grades and/or hours be reported to Bright Futures? Did you have a change of grade?

  • It is a student's responsibility to notify the financial aid office in writing upon a change of grade or if they made up their grades and/or hours and would like these changes to be reported to Bright Futures. To better assist students with these situations, please submit the Bright Futures Request Form to our office upon completion.

√ Do you need to submit a Bright Futures Scholarship Appeal?

  • A scholarship appeal should only be submitted when a student did not meet the renewal criteria based on extenuating circumstances beyond their control. Please refer to the Bright Futures Appeal Form, available on our website, for more information. 

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Students who are first-generation college students whose parents or legal guardians have not earned a baccalaureate degrees. This is a need-based State/Institutional scholarship available to undergraduate students, who attend Florida Public state universities, must be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. Not have a previous bachelor’s degree. You must complete the FAFSA application and self-report as a First Generation student on the FAFSA. Award varies annually.


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Academic Merit Assistance

The University's commitment to academic excellence is highlighted through programs which honor students who are recognized as National Merit Finalists, National Achievement Finalists and National Hispanic Scholars. Additional awards for outstanding high school seniors include the Presidential Scholars, Academic Excellence Scholars, Freshman Academic Achievement, International Freshman Awards, Valedictorian and Salutatorian Scholarships. For detailed information regarding these programs contact the Office of Admission at 305-348-2363 or visit Admissions Scholarships.

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Graduate students pursuing a master or doctoral degree may qualify for assistantships, fellowships and other awards offered through individual academic units. To apply, contact the Dean's Office of your college or academic department. To inquire regarding additional graduate information contact the Division of Graduate Studies Office.

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External Scholarship Search Engines

Important: Remember that all scholarship information should be available to you free of charge.

The above list is provided to you as a reference tool. It is not an endorsement by Florida International University of any of the organizations listed.


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