State Financial Aid for Undergraduates
The state lottery funds the merit-based Bright Futures Scholarship Program. Recent high school graduates may qualify for one of four awards.
For the Academic, Medallion, and Gold Seal Vocational awards, students must earn a standard Florida high school diploma, complete the required high school courses with a minimum qualifying GPA, enroll for at least six semester credits, and complete the community service requirement.
Applicants for the Academic and Medallion scholarships may use two additional high school units drawn from core academic areas and world languages, as well as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced International Certificate of Education courses to raise their GPAs to meet the initial eligibility requirements.
The Florida Legislature created the Gold Seal CAPE (GSC) Vocational Scholars award in 2016. The grant provides funding for students who earn a minimum of five postsecondary credits through industry certifications. Gold Seal Vocational and CAPE scholars must use their award to enroll in a certificate or career education program. GSC recipients may receive additional aid to pursue a baccalaureate degree if they complete an Associate in Applied Science program.
The Benacquisto Scholarship Program provides aid to National Merit Finalists who attend one of six public postsecondary institutions. The last-dollar scholarship covers the cost of attendance after deducting the student’s Bright Futures and National Achievement scholarships. Aid is renewable if students meet minimum credit completion requirements and maintain a 3.0 GPA.
The Florida Student Assistance Grant Program provides aid to resident students attending nonpublic postsecondary institutions.