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Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program rewards students for their academic achievements during high school by providing funding to attend postsecondary education in Florida. To be eligible, a student must have earned "a standard Florida high school diploma unless the student completes a home education program according to s. 1002.41." [Section 1009.531 (1) (b), Florida Statutes ] All home-educated students must be registered with the district where they reside for grades 11 and 12. Here are a few things homeschoolers should know for the 2012-2013 academic year and thereafter:

  1. Home-educated students must meet the General Requirements for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.
  2. Students must submit a completed Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) online during their last year in a home education program (after December 1st of the last year and prior to graduation) or forfeit all future eligibility for a Bright Futures Scholarship. Students who graduate from high school mid-year must submit a Florida Financial Aid Application no later than August 31 prior to the student’s graduation.
  3. Home educated students must meet minimum test scores to qualify for FAS and FMS awards. There are two ways to qualify for the FMS award. Tests taken through June 30 (or no later than January 31 for mid-year graduates) of the student's last year in a home education curriculum will be admissible for a Bright Futures evaluation. The minimum required scores are as follows:
ScholarshipGraduation YearSAT*ACT*
Florida Academic Scholars (FAS)
No transcripts required
2013-14, 2014-2015, 2015-2016
Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS)
No transcripts required
 2013-14, 2014-2015, 2015-2016
Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS)
Official transcripts required
2013-14, 2014-2015, 2015-2016
*Excluding the writing section
  • Bright Futures does not accept parent-generated transcripts. If your child's SAT/ACT score is such that it requires an official transcript to be eligible for an FMS award, your child's transcript must be provided by FLVS, a Florida state or community college (dual-enrollment), a Florida public high school, or an FDOE registered private high school. Your child must achieve a minimum weighted 3.0 GPA in 16 college preparatory core academic credits:

    • 4 English (3 with substantial writing)
    • 4 Mathematics (Algebra I level and above)
    • 3 Natural Science (2 with substantial lab)
    • 3 Social Science
    • 2 World Language (sequential, in the same language)

See Home-Educated Applicants Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program and Academic Requirements for Initial Eligibility for more information.

  • Home-educated students community service hours must be approved by the Florida Department of Education or the school district for initial eligibility. Community service must be completed during high school and by high school graduation. Each award requires the following completed and approved community service hours:
    • Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) - 100 hours
    • Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) - 75 hours
  • Home-educated students are not able to receive the Gold Seal Vocational award.

The Bright Futures Scholarship program changes with each legislative session.  For more information, important updates, and to find out what rules apply to a specific graduation year, please visit the Florida Student Financial Aid website.
Students graduating from high school in 2012-13 are eligible to accept an initial Bright Futures award for two years following high school graduation and to accept a renewal award for five years following high school graduation. This means, even if students do not think they will use the scholarship or are planning to move out of the state, they should apply anyway
HSLDA published a helpful article titled Colleges Now Required to Determine “Validity” of High School Diplomas on November 2, 2010 which gives advice to homeschool students applying for Federal Student Aid.

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