Florida Bright Futures and Scholarship Opportunities

This post was published on 01/08/2020.

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program is a Lottery-funded scholarship program that rewards Florida high school graduates who merit recognition for their high academic achievement. The graduate must enroll in a degree program, certificate program, or applied technology program at an eligible Florida public or private postsecondary education institution. Students must apply for the scholarship by submitting the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) no later than August 31 after high school graduation.  All eligibility requirements must be met by high school graduation; however, scores on ACT®/SAT®/P.E.R.T. tests taken through June 30 of the graduation year are accepted for evaluation purposes. After submitting the FFAA, the student is responsible for tracking his/her application and award status online and keeping the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) informed of any demographic or institutional changes.

Please go to www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org for specifics about the different Bright Futures Scholarship opportunities and requirements.  For information on other scholarship opportunities, please go to www.floridashines.org.  Your student’s career specialist and school counselor can provide you with information on other scholarships that may be available to students from Pasco County Schools. 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®):

To be considered for federal student aid for the 2020–21 award year, your student can complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form between October 1, 2019, and 12:59 a.m. Eastern time (ET) on July 1, 2021. Any FAFSA corrections or updates must be submitted by 12:59 a.m. ET on Sept. 12, 2021.  The state deadline in Florida is May 15, 2020; however, many colleges have earlier deadlines for applying for state and institutional financial aid.  We recommend that you check with each college or career school your student is interested in about its deadlines.  Because of the variation in state and college deadlines, we strongly recommend that students complete the FAFSA form soon to maximize available aid.  For more information visit www.studentaid.gov.

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