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The Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance, has its own standards of progress for state financial assistance.

  • All Bright Futures Scholarship recipients (includes Florida Academic and Florida Medallion scholarships) are eligible for up to 132 credit hours; however, eligible students may only receive up to 45 hours of credit per academic year
  • 2009-2010 high school graduates and thereafter, may receive up to 100% of his/her program of study or 120 semesters hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours) toward completion of a certificate or a first baccalaureate degree, or for up to five years from high school graduation (if the student was initially funded within three years after high school graduation), whichever comes first.
  • Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholarship recipients who graduate from high school in the 2009-2010 academic year and thereafter are eligible to receive funding for up to 100% of their program of study, up to 90 credit hours.
  • State of Florida Aid academic progress policy is subject to change based changes made by the Florida Department of Education.


    A student must earn at least 24 credit hours (or the equivalent) if enrolled full time for the entire academic year. A student enrolled full time (12 or more semester hours or the equivalent) for only one term must earn at least 12 credit hours for that term. If a student is enrolled part time for any part of the academic year, the student must earn a prorated number of credit hours. (See below). Initial eligibility must be at least 6 credits.


    Student Funded (per term)

    Required Earned Hours (per term)


    12 + credits
    (Full Time)



    9-11 credits
    (Three-Quarter Time)



    6-8 credits
    (Half Time)


    A student that fails to meet the minimum institutional grade point average (3.0 for Florida Academic, 2.75 for Florida Medallion and Gold Seal) will no longer be eligible for his/her Bright Futures award. Florida Academic recipients that fail to achieve a 3.0 institutional average, but achieve at least a 2.75 institutional average will renew at the lower Florida Medallion amount. Recipients that fail to meet the progress requirements receive notice including information on the appeal process.

  • Award Reinstatement: an eligible student that did not receive scholarship funds for the last academic year (fall through spring), may request reinstatement of the award. The student must complete a Reinstatement/Restoration application available on the Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) website at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org.
  • Award Restoration: a student that failed to achieve a minimum 2.75 institutional GPA and became ineligible for funding may apply for restoration in an academic year after which the 2.75 institutional GPA requirements were met. (The 2.75 institutional GPA must be met before the fall term for which the student is applying.) The student must complete a Reinstatement/Restoration application available on the Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) website at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org.
  • For 2009-10 and later high school graduates, if a scholarship is not renewed because of an insufficient GPA during their first year of funding, the scholarship may be restored in an academic year after the minimum institutional GPA requirement is met. Students who do not meet the minimum earned hours requirement or who fail to meet the minimum institutional GPA requirement after their first year of funding will NOT be permitted a restoration opportunity.
  • Recipients of the William L. Boyd, IV, Florida Resident Access Grant (BFRAG) and Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG) must complete at least 24 credit hours each academic year with an institutional grade point average of at least 2.0. Classes taken in the previous summer may be included in calculating the completed hours (credit hours earned during summer of 2012 may be combined with the credit hours earned during the 2012-2013 academic year to meet the 24 credit hour requirement).
  • A student must reimburse the state of Florida Department of Education for the cost of course(s) dropped or withdrawn after the initial drop/add period.
  • A student receiving the Florida National Merit Incentive Scholarship must earn all attempted credits and maintain a cumulative institutional GPA of 3.0 to maintain their eligibility. Students who do not earn the required credit hours or maintain a cumulative institutional GPA of 3.0 will be ineligible to continue in the program and the award cannot be restored.


    Students that do not meet the annual minimum 24 credit hours requirement for renewal may not receive funding the following academic year. To be eligible for renewal in a subsequent year, the student must meet the general eligibility requirements for renewal and have maintained/earned an institutional GPA of 2.0.

    Students enrolling for only one semester must complete at least 12 new credit hours while maintaining the required institutional GPA.



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