Bright Futures Resource Page

There are nearly 27,000 Florida Bright Futures Scholars at the University of Florida, and 98% of incoming in-state Freshmen receive the award. In addition to our Bright Futures Program Details page, we have also created additional resources to guide students and parents through some of the terms and processes of the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program Glossary of Terms

Academic Year

The fall and spring terms (spring and summer, if the student is enrolled in the spring/summer Innovation Academy program).

Cohort

A group of Bright Futures recipients identified by their year of high school graduation

Hours of Funding

The percentage of a program of study/the number of credit hours of funding available to be used by a Bright Futures recipient

Years of Funding

The number of years funding is available to a Bright Futures recipient

Renewal

The eligibility of a Bright Futures recipient to receive their award in the subsequent academic year, determined by grades and hours requirements

Restoration

Students who lose their Bright Futures scholarship may be eligible for a ONE-TIME ONLY scholarship restoration of their award.

Bright Futures eligible 2008-09 high school graduates and earlier:

  • May use summer term grades/hours for a ONE-TIME ONLY restoration of award eligibility, unless a previous restoration has been used

Bright Futures eligible 2009-10 high school graduates and thereafter::

  • May ONLY restore their award if the award is lost due to insufficient GPA, during the first year of funding

An eligible student who did not receive scholarship funds for the previous academic year (fall through spring) is eligible for “reinstatement.”

Students who qualify for restoration or reinstatement must complete a Reinstatement/Restoration application available on the OSFA website.

Reinstatement

If a Bright Futures recipient did not receive scholarship funds during the academic year, their Bright Futures Program will become inactive. In order to receive the award in a subsequent year, a Reinstatement application must be completed on the OSFA website.

Note: If a student withdraws from and repays a full semester of courses, and does not receive funding in the other term, or withdraws from and repays both semesters, this is considered an unfunded academic year, and the student must apply for Reinstatement prior to the next academic year they wish to be funded.