Bright Futures Awards


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.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/home/ApplyHere.asp or call 1-888-827-2004.

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

Students may receive funding for up to five years from high school graduation for a maximum of 120 semester hours toward the completion of the first baccalaureate degree. Extended hours of funding are available to FLAS and FLMS students enrolled in a single program of study requiring more than 120 hours by completing the form Application for Extended Hours of Eligibility and mailing to the address available on the form.

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 & UCFID/PID
    • Name of course(s) needed for graduation
    • Name of the undergraduate degree to be received

Note: Letter should be sent to the attention of the Bright Futures Department

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 & UCFID/PID
  • Name of the graduate course(s)
  • Name of the undergraduate degree these courses will count toward

Note: Letter should be sent to the attention of the Bright Futures Department

 

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.

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.

2018-2019 Award Amounts (4 Year University Rates)*

Academic Top Scholars (ATS) Award = $44.00 per credit hour

Florida Academic Scholars (FLAS) Award = 100 % of tuition and applicable fees ($212.28 per credit hour) + $300.00 per semester for college related expenses (fall and spring term)

Florida Medallion Scholars (FLMS) Award = 75 % of tuition and applicable fees ($212.28 X 75% = $159.21 per credit hour)

Applicable fees include activity and service fee, health fee, athletic fee, financial aid fee, capital improvement fee, transportation access fee, technology fee and tuition differential fee. Bright Futures does not cover other fees such as Distance Learning Fee, Repeat Course Fee, Excess Hours Fee, Equipment Fee, ID Service & Access Fee, Material and Supply Fee. For a full list, see Other Fees chart.

Note: A maximum of 45 credit hours may be funded in one academic year.

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  for 2018-2019

Florida Academic Scholars (FLAS) Award = $100% of Tuition & Fees at Host Institution
Florida Medallion Scholars (FLMS) Award = 75% of Tuition & Fees at Host Institution

Withdrawals

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.