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Bright Futures Awards

NEW!! Effective for 2013-2014, the state legislature passed a law that does not require students to complete The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to a BF award disbursement.

In order to receive the Bright Futures Scholarship award, your postsecondary institution selection on the Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) must be stated as “University of Central Florida”. If you have selected another institution on the FFAA and you are planning to attend UCF, you must update your institution name selection to reflect “UCF”.

To update your postsecondary institution name, you may visit the Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistant (OSFA) website at www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org or call 1-888-827-2004.

How long does an eligible student have to use the Bright Futures award?

Terms of eligibility depends on when the student graduated from high school. Please visit the OSFA’s Web site for details about terms of eligibility at: www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/bf/renewchart.htm.


How many credit hours must an eligible student take to receive Bright Futures funding?

  • Eligible students must enroll in at least 6 non-remedial undergraduate credit hours each term to receive Bright Futures funding.
  • Exceptions are granted for:
    • Eligible students who have less than 6 credit hours of remaining eligibility (this is done automatically at UCF)
    • Eligible students who need less than 6 credit hours to graduate. These students must submit a letter (on official letterhead) from their academic advisors which states:
      • Student's name & PID
      • Bright Futures Department
      • Name of course(s) needed for graduation
      • Name of the undergraduate degree to be received

  • Graduate level hours may be approved by the student’s academic advisor if the graduate level hours will count toward the undergraduate degree completion requirements.  These students must submit a letter (on official letterhead) from their academic advisors which states:
    • Student's name & PID
    • Name of the graduate course(s)
    • Name of the undergraduate degree these courses will count toward
    • Bright Futures Department

How is a Bright Futures award calculated?

Florida Bright Future awards are not considered definite until the state has notified UCF of students’ official eligibility. The initial amount is based on enrollment in 14 credit hours and will be adjusted to reflect your actual hours of enrollment each semester once the Drop/Swap and Add period has ended.

2013-2014 Award Amounts (4 Year University Rates)*

Academic Top Scholars Award = $44.00 per credit hour

Florida Academic Scholars Award = $103.00 per credit hour

Florida Medallion Scholars Award = $77.00 per credit hour

Florida Gold Seal Scholars Award **= $77.00 per credit hour

*Effective beginning 2009-2010 year, Bright Futures awards are based on a per credit hours amount established by the General Appropriations Act each year. Award calculations no longer include material and supply fees or college related expense allowance (formerly included in Florida Academic Scholars)

**Effective beginning 2012-2013, students who graduate high school in 2011-2012 and later, who are eligible for Gold Seal cannot receive funding when they are enrolled in an Associate of Arts or Baccalaureate degree program.

Transient Student Hours
UCF will include approved transient enrollment hours in Bright Futures awards according to the per credit hour award amount for the type of institution attended. Students must complete the transient enrollment process to include transient hours. For more information, visit our Transient Enrollment page.

Rates for transient enrollment at Florida Public Colleges (formerly named Community Colleges) for 2013-2014

Florida Academic Scholars Award = $71.00 per credit hour
Florida Medallion Scholars Award = $53.00 per credit hour
Florida Gold Seal Scholars Award = $53.00 per credit hour

Effective beginning 2009-2010, institutions are required to recalculate Bright Futures awards when a student withdraws or drops one or more classes after the Drop/Swap and Add period ends.

  • Students whose awards are already disbursed will owe the funds back to UCF for classes that are withdrawn or dropped.
  • Students remain fee liable for withdrawn hours even though his/her Bright Futures does not cover the hours.
  • Failure to pay back the university will result in being on hold from registration, receiving grades, and endanger future eligibility for Bright Futures.
  • A student with a verifiable illness or some other emergency beyond the student's control may appeal the repayment requirement by completing the Scholarship Appeal Form and submitting it with supporting documentation. Repayment for withdrawn courses appeals may be submitted after courses are withdrawn, but must be submitted no later than April 30th prior to the end of the renewal evaluation period in the spring term. Unless a repayment appeal is granted, the student is responsible for repayment of the award for all courses that were withdrawn or dropped.


 Bright Futures Topics
  Bright Futures Program Requirements
  Bright Futures F.A.Q
  Bright Futures Awards
  Bright Futures Renewal Eligibility
  Florida Bright Reinstatement/Restoration