Bright Futures Renewal Eligibility

Renewal eligibility is an automatic process that occurs at the end of the spring term for those students who received funding during the previous year. The institution(s) where the student received funding reports the overall cumulative GPA or UCF GPA, whichever is higher, and hours completed for the year to the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) of the Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee.

Renewal students must earn the GPA and the required hours indicated below on all college coursework attempted, including high school dual enrollment and out-of-state coursework. The student may request the exclusion of dual enrollment courses completed while attending high school from the GPA, if needed to meet requirements.

Credit Hours Earned Criteria for All Bright Futures Programs

Full-time students are required to earn at least 24 credit hours (prorated for half-time or three-quarter students), in order to renew their award at the end of the spring term.

The chart below outlines the credit hour requirement.

Funded Hours (per term) Required Earned Hours (per term)
12 (Full-Time) 12+ Hours
9 (Three-Quarter Time) 9 – 11 Hours
6 (Half-Time) 6 – 8 Hours

In order for the credit hours to be counted as “Earned Hours”, the Bright Futures Scholarship requires the student to earn successful grades for all credit hours funded by the program. Successful grades are: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C- and D+, D, D-.

NOTE: Grades of I, NC and F do not result in earned credit hours. Credit hours in which these grades are received will not count toward meeting the required number of hours for renewal of Bright Futures.

NC Grades

For 2018-2019, UCF will require the repayment of NC (No Credit) grades. Repaying for course(s) with an NC grade will reduce your “earned hours” renewal requirement. An award adjustment for the NC grade will occur after grades are posted. This will result in you owing an outstanding balance to the university.

Fall 2018 Spring 2019
Grades Posted 12/14/2018 5/6/2019
Date of Award Adjusted 12/17/2018 5/6/2019
Deadline to complete Request to Reinstate Award Form 1/16/2019 5/17/2019

Use our Bright Futures Hours Calculator if you need help calculating the required hours needed to meet the Bright Futures renewal requirement.

If you determine the NC grade will not negatively impact your ability to renew your Bright Futures award for the following academic year or if you are graduating this academic year (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, or Summer 2019) you may complete the Request to Reinstate Bright Futures Award for NC Grade Form.

Dropped or Withdrawn Courses

Students will be required to repay the cost of any course dropped or withdrawn unless an exception is recommended by the financial aid office at their home postsecondary institution.

An exception will be based on a verifiable illness or emergency beyond the student’s control. However, if tuition is canceled in a case such as medical or military withdrawals, repayment will be made from the tuition credit regardless of exception.

Repayment for the cost of dropped or withdrawn courses is required to renew a Bright Futures award for a subsequent academic year.

  • UCF Repayment Deadline – See Academic Calendar for the specific term. A $100.00 late payment fee will be applied if payment is not received by the due date.
  • OSFA Repayment Deadline – Students must pay UCF before the end of the spring term in order to be reported automatically. Payments after the end of the spring term will require the completion of the Bright Futures Renewal Re-Evaluation form.

GPA Requirements

Florida Academic Scholars Award »» 3.0
Florida Medallion Scholars Award »» 2.75

Scholarship Appeals Procedures

If you do not meet the renewal GPA and/or required hours due to a verifiable illness or other emergency, you may file a SCHOLARSHIP APPEAL FORM with our office. The medical or emergency circumstances that affected the semester/s in question must be documented. You should provide as much documentation as possible regarding the illness or emergency to our office. Official ineligibility notices are e-mailed by  the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA), Florida Department of Education, to students following spring evaluation of their renewal eligibility.

NOTE: A student may file the scholarship appeal any time after they have received notification from our office indicating they did not meet the renewal requirements.

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.

The scholarship committee meets the second week of each month to review appeals. Appeals must be received by the end of the month to be reviewed at the next month’s meeting (ex. Appeals received by June 30 will be reviewed at the July meeting). You will be notified (by e-mail) of the decision of the committee.

Other Special Grades and Hours Situations

If you are not meeting the Bright Futures renewal requirements at the end of the spring term, and your record with OSFA needs to be updated to reflect the correct grades and hours, please complete the Bright Futures Renewal Re-Evaluation Form.

Below are the reasons that will require a new evaluation:

Grade Change – Students who have a grade change, from the most recent fall and/or spring term, and their grades and hours were impacted by the change.

Transient/Dual Enrollment – Students who were enrolled in transient hours, submitted their transcripts to the Registrar’s Office and OSFA is not reflecting these hours.

Withdrawn from a Transient Course – Students who withdrew from a transient course must notify UCF in order for the award to be reduced.

Study Abroad – Students who were in the study abroad program and the grades were not reported to OSFA. Grades must be posted before submitting the form.

Exclusion of High School Dual Enrollment course(s) – Students who will like to exclude their high school dual enrollment course(s) from the calculation of the overall cumulative GPA.

Summer Hours – Students who were enrolled in summer courses at another institution and were eligible for Restoration.

If Bright Futures renewal requirements were not met during the first year of funding, Summer GPA may be earned during the summer after spring evaluation to meet the scholarship requirements. This will be the One-Time Restoration opportunity.

**If summer courses were taken at UCF they will be reported automatically to OSFA.

Repayment of the Bright Futures award – Students who repaid their Bright Futures award and OSFA has not been updated yet.