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Bright Futures

Bright Futures is a lottery-funded scholarship program that rewards students for their academic achievement.

Learn more about Bright Futures and stay up to date.

Applying for an Award

For Initial Eligibility the student will:

  • Submit a fully completed error free Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application during the last year in high school (after December 1 and prior to graduation) available online at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org (select State Grants, Scholarships & Applications, then Apply Here). The application gives the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) permission to evaluate the student’s high school transcript and standardized test scores for eligibility for a Bright Futures Scholarship and other state scholarships and grants.
  • Apply during the last year in high school, before graduation, or forfeit all future eligibility for a Bright Futures Scholarship.

Student Award Renewal

  • A student who receives funding during the current academic year (fall through spring) is automatically evaluated for renewal at the end of the spring term. Renewal institutional cumulative grade point average (GPA) and earned hours requirements are outlined in the table below.
  • The postsecondary institution where a student is enrolled as degree- or certificate-seeking is the home postsecondary institution. That postsecondary institution determines the courses to be included in each student’s renewal postsecondary institutional cumulative GPA.
  • A student may request that a financial aid officer at the home postsecondary institution use high school dual enrollment courses, if these courses are to the student's advantage, when calculating the renewal postsecondary institutional cumulative GPA.



Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Miami Dade College.
Miami Dade College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, marital status, age, religion, national origin,
disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or genetic information. Contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs/ADA Coordinator, at 305.237.2577 for information.