Bright Futures Program – F.A.Q.
How does Bright Futures disburse when I also have Florida Prepaid?
Florida Prepaid is handled through the Student Accounts Office, and is applied directly to the student’s account. When the Bright Futures is disbursed, it will be applied to any institutional charges on the student account, and any left-over credit will be refunded to the student.
Why doesn’t Bright Futures cover all of my fees?
Since the 2009-2010 aid year, the Bright Futures Medallion Scholars Award is calculated based on a flat per credit hour rate and the number of credit hours you are enrolled in. For the 2017-2018 aid year, the Bright Futures Academic Scholars will pay 100% of tuition and applicable fees as well as an additional $300 for the fall and spring terms.
What is the difference between renewal, restoration, and reinstatement?
Renewal refers to a student who received an award during one or more terms of the immediately preceding academic year.
Reinstatement refers to an eligible student who did not receive funding during the previous academic year.
Restoration refers to a student who:
For Bright Futures students who graduated from high school in 2008-2009 and earlier
- did not meet the GPA renewal requirement during a prior renewal evaluation period, but met the GPA requirement in a subsequent renewal evaluation period; or
- did not meet the minimum credit hours requirement during a prior renewal evaluation period, but met the minimum credit hours requirement in a subsequent renewal evaluation period as well as the minimum GPA requirement (available to students not meeting the hours requirement in the 2009-10 academic year and after); or
- was initially eligible for a Florida Academic Scholarship (FAS), dropped to Florida Medallion Scholarship (FMS) eligibility for one year or more, met the FAS requirement in a subsequent renewal evaluation period, and is once again eligible for FAS funding. No application is required.
For Bright Futures students who graduated from high school in 2009-2010 or later
If a scholarship is not renewed because of an insufficient GPA during their first year of funding, the scholarship may be restored in an academic year after the minimum cumulative GPA requirement is met. Students who do not meet the minimum earned hours requirement or who fail to meet the minimum GPA requirement after their first year of funding will NOT be permitted a restoration opportunity.
If you have further questions of require additional information, who should you contact?
Call the Student Financial Assistance office at (407) 823-2827 and ask to speak with a counselor.
UCF receives regular updates to this list so students who are added to the list can expect an award to be made within about a week from OSFA’s final determination.