Florida Bright Futures Scholarships reward students for their academic achievements during high school by providing funding for college.

FAFSA is not required for Bright Futures
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not a requirement to receive Bright Futures; however, SPC Financial Assistance Services recommends every student submit the FAFSA

Important Notice for NEW and TRANSFER students
In order to receive Bright Futures funds at SPC, you must list St. Petersburg College as the institution you plan to attend on your Bright Futures state account. You must use the User ID and password issued by the Florida Department of Education to login.  Retrieve the User ID and password on the website or call 1-888-827-2004.

State Notifications
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship recipients need to check for notifications that pertain to his/her award on the Florida Department of Education's Office of Student Financial Assistance website. Use your state User ID and Password to login. This Password is different from your FAFSA FSA ID.

Bright Futures eligibility

To be initially eligible for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, you must:

  • Meet certain academic requirements 
  • Apply for Bright Futures Scholarship no later than Aug. 31 after high school graduation
  • List SPC as the institution you are attending on your Bright Futures state account 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Have been a Florida resident for at least one year
  • Be a degree-seeking student enrolled in a Bright Futures eligible program 
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 college-level non-remedial credit hours
  • Have not previously received a bachelor's degree
  • Must not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant or loan program

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not a requirement to receive Bright Futures; however, SPC Financial Assistance Services recommends you submit the FAFSA. 

Verification and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) do not affect Bright Futures eligibility. However, if you are selected for verification or are not meeting SAP, you are encouraged to complete these items by submitting the necessary documents.

Note: An initially eligible student who enlists in the military immediately after high school graduation begins the two-year or three-year (depending on the high school graduation year) period upon date of separation from active duty.

SPC PROGRAMS ELIGIBLE FOR BRIGHT FUTURES SCHOLARSHIPS

Florida Academic Scholars/Florida Medallion Scholars

Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars

Florida Gold Seal CAPE Scholars 

  • Associate in Science
  • Financial Aid-Eligible Certificates 
  • Financial Aid Eligible Applied Technology Diploma: Maternal and Child Health
  • Postsecondary Adult Vocational (PSAV): Law EnforcementCorrections Academy, and Firefighting Academy only
  • Baccalaureate - requires completion of an Associate in Science that articulates to a Bachelor of Science OR Bachelor of Applied Science

Bright Futures Amounts

Bright Futures recipients receive a fixed cost per credit hour. The Florida Legislature adjusts the amount annually.

The award amounts for 2019-20 are as follows:

Florida Academic Scholars (Summer Funding available)
Lower Division & Financial Aid Eligible Certificate - 100% of tuition and applicable fees (not all fees) plus $300 per term (fall & spring only) for additional educational expenses
Upper Division - 100% of tuition and applicable fees (not all fees) plus $300 per term (fall & spring only) for additional educational expenses

Florida Medallion Scholars (Summer Funding available)
Financial Aid Eligible Certificate - 75% of tuition and applicable fees (not all fees)
Lower Division - 75% of tuition and applicable fees (not all fees)
Upper Division - 75% of tuition and applicable fees (not all fees)

Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars*
Financial Aid Eligible Applied Technology Diploma - $39 per credit hour enrolled
Financial Aid Eligible Certificate - $39 per credit hour enrolled
Lower Division (Associate in Science ONLY) - $48 per credit hour enrolled

Florida Gold Seal CAPE Scholars**
Financial Aid Eligible Applied Technology Diploma - $39 per credit hour enrolled
Financial Aid Eligible Certificate - $39 per credit hour enrolled
Lower Division (Associate in Science ONLY) - $48 per credit hour enrolled
Upper Division - $48 per credit hour enrolled

NOTES:
Lower Division represents students enrolled in Associate Degree programs of 2 years.
Upper Division represents students enrolled in Baccalaureate Degree programs of 4 years.

*The Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars program will not fund AA or Baccalaureate programs.

**The Florida Gold Seal CAPE Scholars program will not fund an AA degree. Upper division funding requires the completion of an Associate in Science that articulates to a Bachelor of Science OR Bachelor of Applied Science.
 

Bright Futures Renewals

Florida Bright Futures awards have specific completion renewal requirements that are different from the minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements:

Completion Requirements

  • Full-time enrolled (24 credit hours for the year) students must complete 12 credit hours per term. 
  • Three-quarter time enrolled (18 credit hours for the year) students must complete 9 credit hours per term. 
  • Half-time enrolled (12 credit hours for the year) students must complete 6 credit hours per term. 

NEW! Bright Futures Credit Hour Renewal Requirement Interactive Tool. Use this tool to ensure that you are on track to meet your credit hour renewal requirement

GPA Requirements

  • Florida Academic Scholars (FAS): 3.0 NOTE: Florida Academic Scholars with a 2.75-2.99 GPA will renew as Florida Medallion Scholars
  • Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS): 2.75
  • Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV): 2.75

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship renewal is based on the cumulative GPA, not the Program GPA that is used for Academic Standing purposes. 

Repayment of Dropped or Withdrawn Credit Hours

Florida Bright Futures recipients are required to repay the Bright Futures funds that were awarded for any course dropped or withdrawn after the Last day to drop with a refund unless an exception is recommended by Financial Assistance Services. An exception will be based on a verifiable illness or emergency beyond a student's control. An exception at SPC would be an approved Bright Futures Eligibility Appeal.

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

Grade of W

You are required by the Florida Department of Education's Office of Student Financial Assistance to repay Bright Futures funds awarded for any course dropped or withdrawn after the last day to drop with a refund. The funds must be repaid by the end of the spring term of the same academic year in order for the withdrawal to not affect the student's scholarship renewal eligibility. You are encouraged to repay the funds owed to SPC as soon as possible so you do not incur a registration hold for upcoming terms. 

If you do not repay Bright Futures funds for a dropped or withdrawn course that Bright Futures has funded, you will not be eligible for scholarship renewal in future academic years at SPC or any other institution until the funds are repaid to SPC. You will be placed on a "Defaulted State Scholarship and Loan Recipient" list which will prevent the student from receiving other types of state issued financial assistance. Once you repay the debt owed, your name can be removed from the state default list. At the end of the spring term each year, SPC is required to notify the Florida Department of Education's Office of Student Financial Assistance if you have not repaid your obligation.

If you experienced a medical illness or emergency (beyond your control) that impacted your academic performance in the fall and/or spring term, please contact Financial Assistance Services for additional information regarding a Bright Futures Eligibility Appeal.

Grade of WF

Just like a final grade of "W", you are required by the Florida Department of Education's Office of Student Financial Assistance to repay Bright Futures funds awarded for any course dropped or withdrawn after the last day to drop with a refund. The funds must be repaid by the end of the spring term of the same academic year in order for the withdrawal to not affect the student's scholarship renewal eligibility. You are encouraged to repay the funds owed to SPC as soon as possible so you do not incur a registration hold for upcoming terms. 

If you do not repay Bright Futures funds for a dropped or withdrawn course that Bright Futures has funded, you will not be eligible for scholarship renewal in future academic years at SPC or any other post-secondary institution in the State of Florida until the funds are repaid to SPC. You will be placed on a "Defaulted State Scholarship and Loan Recipient" list which will prevent you from receiving other types of state issued financial assistance. Once you repay the debt owed, your name can be removed from the state default list. At the end of the spring term each year, SPC is required to notify the Florida Department of Education's Office of Student Financial Assistance if you have not repaid your obligation.

A grade of "WF" calculates into your cumulative GPA just as if it were an "F." A student with a grade of "WF" must maintain the state set GPA requirement by the end of the spring term in order to meet his/her scholarship renewal requirements.

NOTE: You can enroll in summer term courses within the same academic year to raise your GPA to the state requirement only if the student is eligible for a one-time restoration opportunity. The one-time restoration opportunity is based on your high school graduation date. If you are eligible for a one-time restoration opportunity and would like to have your summer term grades sent to the Florida Department of Education, you must submit an SPC Bright Futures Grade & Hour Evaluation Request form to Financial Assistance Services or Registration or by fax to 727-791-2460.If you experience a medical illness or emergency (beyond your control) that impacted your academic performance in the fall and/or spring term, please contact Financial Assistance Services for additional information regarding a Bright Futures Eligibility Appeal.

Grade of F

A final grade of "F" can impact your GPA and earned hours requirements for the year. The earned hours requirement looks at the level of enrollment in which you are funded to determine the minimum number of credit hours that you must complete each term. There are three levels of enrollment:

  • Full-time (12+ credit hours) - requires you to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per term
  • Three-quarter time (9-11 credit hours) - requires you to complete a minimum of 9 credit hours per term
  • Half-time (6-8 credit hours) - requires you to complete a minimum of 6 credit hours per term

If the grade of "F" occurs in the fall term:  If you fail a course(s) in the fall term and do not maintain the level of enrollment in which you were funded for the term, you will have the opportunity to make up the credit hours in the spring term of the same academic year. Please contact Financial Assistance Services to get further information regarding the number of credit hours you will need to enroll in for the spring term to make up for the failed fall term credit hour(s).

If the grade of "F" occurs in the spring term:  If you fail a course(s) and do not maintain the level of enrollment in which you were funded for the term, please contact Financial Assistance Services for further assistance.

If you experienced a verifiable medical illness or emergency (beyond your control) that impacted your academic performance in the fall and/or spring term, please contact financial Assistance Services for additional information regarding a Bright Futures Eligibility Appeal.

Grade of I

A final grade of "I" (Incomplete) can impact your earned hours requirement for the year. The earned hours requirement looks at the level of enrollment in which you are funded to determine the minimum number of credit hours that you must complete each term. There are three levels of enrollment: 

  • Full-time (12+ credit hours) - requires you to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per term  
  • Three-quarter time (9-11 credit hours) - requires you to complete a minimum of 9 credit hours per term  
  • Half-time (6-8 credit hours) - requires you to complete a minimum of 6 credit hours per term 

When you receive a grade of "I" in a course that Bright Futures has funded, it is your responsibility to contact Financial Assistance Services once the grade of "I" is removed from your student record and replaced with a letter grade of  A, B, C, D, or F. In order to prevent your grades and hours earned from being inaccurately reported to the Florida Department of Education's Office of Student Financial Assistance, please contact Financial Assistance Services immediately following the grade change. 

Repayment of Dropped or Withdrawn Credit Hours

Florida Bright Futures recipients are required to repay the Bright Futures funds that were awarded for any course dropped or withdrawn after the Last day to drop with a refund unless an exception is recommended by Financial Assistance Services. An exception will be based on a verifiable illness or emergency beyond a student's control. An exception at SPC would be an approved Bright Futures Eligibility Appeal.

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

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