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State University System Directors of Admissions Tour 2012 Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. 2012-13 High School Graduates and Bright Futures (BF) Scholarships. There are Three Different Award Categories

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State University System

Directors of Admissions Tour 2012

Florida Department of EducationOffice of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program

2012 13 high school graduates and bright futures bf scholarships
2012-13 High School Graduatesand Bright Futures (BF) Scholarships

There are Three Different Award Categories

  • Florida Academic Scholars Award
    • Academic Top Scholars Award
  • Florida Medallion Scholars Award
  • Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award
2012 florida legislative change new mid year hs graduates
2012 Florida Legislative ChangeNEW! Mid-Year HS Graduates
  • Students who graduate mid-academic year from HS during 2012-13 and thereafter,
    • May be evaluated for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship and be provided an initial disbursement in the same academic year (spring term)
    • Must apply on the 2012-13 Florida Financial Aid Application by August 31, 2012, to receive funding in spring 2013
      • Statutory Requirement = NO EXCEPTIONS
florida bright futures awards for 2012 13
Florida Bright Futures Awards for 2012-13
  • 2012-13 Bright Futures award
    • Myth - NOT a percentage of tuition and fees (since 2009-10)
    • Rather a dollar amount per credit hour enrolled

This Year’s Amount Per Hour Enrolled at 4 year institutions:

    • FAS = $100
    • FMS = $ 75
    • GSV = $ 75 (returning students ONLY)
  • Chart with all legislative approved award amounts for 2012-13 available at:
    • www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org/SSFAD/bf/awardamt.htm
counselor activities for the hs graduating class of 2012 13
Counselor Activities for the HS Graduating Class of 2012-13
  • Counsel each student in specific requirements per Scholars Award
    • Required BF courses and GPA
    • Test Scores
    • Community Service
  • Send HS transcripts to DOE in early fall to the BF FASTER address after courses in progress are on the transcript
  • Remind students to file the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) (Opens December 1, 2012)
  • Sign up for BF training modules to become proficient in the evaluation process
  • Review and follow the BF Timeline for corresponding tasks
bf evaluations
BF Evaluations
  • After 7th semester (mid-year / fall term) Production/Officialevaluations are based on
    • Transcript coursework completed by end of 7th semester
    • Coursework in progress for spring semester
    • Test scores for tests taken through Jan 31, and
    • Community Service Hours completed by end of fall term
  • After 8th semester (graduation) Production/Official evaluations are based on
    • Transcript coursework completed by end of 8thsemester/graduation
    • Test scores for all tests taken through June 30, and
    • Community Service Hours completed by graduation
    • High school graduation date required on transcript
students can track progress
Students Can Track Progress
  • High school students can Ask guidance counselor for copy of their Bright Futures Student Evaluation Report and Key
  • Once students file the FFAA, use their User ID/PIN to access the progress of their application and evaluation
    • At www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org/SSFAD/home/
    • Under “Application Status & Award History”
florida academic requirements
Florida Academic Requirements
  • Same as last year
    • 16 credits (college preparatory)
    • 3.5 weighted GPA (unrounded) in those 16 (or up to 18) courses
    • 100 Community Service Hours
    • Test sub-scores can be used from multiple testing dates (not mixed from different test types)
    • No End of Course assessment credits required
    • World Language Completer accepted for World Language Requirement
    • ACT = 28 Composite (excludes writing section)
  • New!!!!!
    • SAT = 1280 (critical reading and math)
    • Liberal Arts Math
      • is NOT an accepted math course and
      • will not be allowed as a mis-advisement exception
florida top scholars award
Florida Top Scholars Award
  • This award is given to the top Florida Academic Scholars awardees, one from each of the 67 districts, who attends a Florida participating institution in the fall following their High School graduation.
    • The awards are determined in November each year
    • The students receive an additional award; an amount per credit hour enrolled as determined by the legislature each year
    • The renewal criteria are the same as that for the Florida Academic Award
florida medallion requirements
Florida MedallionRequirements
  • Same as last year
    • 16 credits (college preparatory)
    • 3.0 weighted GPA (unrounded) in those 16 (or up to 18) courses
    • 75 Community Service Hours
    • Test sub-scores can be used from multiple testing dates (not mixed from different test types)
    • No End of Course assessment credits required
    • World Language Completer accepted for World Language Requirement
  • New!!!!!
    • SAT = 1020 (critical reading and math)
    • ACT = 22 Composite (excludes writing section)
    • Liberal Arts Math
      • is NOT an accepted math course and
      • will not be allowed as a mis-advisement exception
florida gold seal vocational requirements
Florida Gold Seal Vocational Requirements
  • Same as last year:
    • 16 credits (core required for HS graduation)
      • 3.0 weighted GPA (unrounded) in those 16 core courses
    • 3 career/technical credits in one vocational program
      • 3.5 unweighted GPA (unrounded) in those 3 credits
    • 30 Community Service Hours
    • Test Scores
      • SAT = 440 Critical Reading and 440 Math
      • ACT = 17 English, 18 Reading, 19 Math
    • Test sub-scores can be used from multiple testing dates (not mixed from different test types)
florida gold seal vocational requirements1
Florida Gold Seal Vocational Requirements
  • New !!!!!
    • Additional Test Type
      • Postsecondary Educational Readiness Test (PERT)

Reading 104, Writing 99, Math 113

      • GSV program changed to focus initial scholarship students to the original program intent of pursuing postsecondary vocational study in vocational or career education programs.
    • Students may only use the GSV award to pursue specific degrees, diplomas and/or certificates. No Associate of Arts or baccalaureate degrees will be funded.
gsv degree diploma and certificates
GSV Degree, Diploma and Certificates
  • Associate of Science Degrees (AS)
  • Associate of Applied Science Degrees (AAS)
  • College Credit Certificates (CCC)
  • Applied Technology Diplomas (ATD)
  • Career Certificates
    • Referred to as Postsecondary Adult Vocational [PSAV’s]
methods to qualify for bright futures
Methods to Qualify for Bright Futures
  • Coursework, GPA, test scores & Community Service
    • Standard Florida High School Diploma recipients
    • Out of State military or public service assignments
    • GED recipients
  • IB or AICE diploma
  • IB or AICE curriculum, test scores & Community Service
  • National Merit or Achievement Scholars & Finalists
  • National Hispanic Scholars
  • Home Education
home educated students
Home-Educated Students
  • District Guidance Coordinators certify on-line:
    • 11th grade registration
    • 12th grade registration
    • Community Service Hours
home educated community service hours
Home-Educated Community Service Hours
  • Should be completed during high school and by high school graduation.
  • May not be hours that benefitted the student financially or materially, or be service to family members,
    • defined as: parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and spouses, including all step relations.
  • The agency where the community service hours were earned must provide documentation on agency letterhead of the number of hours and dates of service completed.
  • The hours must be submitted through the student’s district where he or she is registered as a home-educated student for on-line certification.
  • Each award requires the following completed and approved community service hours:
    • FAS – 100 hours
    • FMS – 75 hours
bright futures homepage
Bright Futures Homepage
  • What’s New
    • Chart of Eligibility and Award Criteria
  • Administrators
    • Counselor access
      • Timeline (Log on)
      • Training modules (Log on)
    • Comprehensive Course Table
    • Bright Futures Reports
  • Students
    • Requirements by HS Graduation Date
    • Financial Aid Recipient History to check status
sign up for osfa webinar training via bf web log on
Sign up for OSFA Webinar Training via BF Web Log On
  • Register Online: https://suncom.webex.com
  • WebEx training provided August through May
    • OSFA/BF What’s New & Website Overview
    • OSFA/BF Seventh Semester Evaluation Process
    • OSFA/BF Entering Transcript Data - Private Schools
    • OSFA/BF Ask the Expert
    • OSFA/BF Florida Financial Aid Application
    • OSFA/BF Basics of Matching Information
    • OSFA/BF Final Evaluation Process
contact information
Contact Information
  • www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org
    • Customer Service 1-888-827-2004
      • Option 1 for general questions
      • Option 2 for Counselors