Florida resident? You're in luck. Florida Tech works with the state to provide eligible students with Florida Bright Futures Scholarships and Florida State grants. You may also apply your Florida Prepaid College Plan savings to your Florida Tech education.
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship program is only available to Florida residents who have graduated from a Florida high school and are citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Florida residency and eligibility for Florida State aid programs are based on state law and administrative rules. Generally, students whose families have been living in Florida twelve (12) months prior to the start of the school year are considered residents. A full and complete description of rules and regulations regarding Bright Futures and other state aid can be found through the state's Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Eligible students receive approximately $6,930 (30 credits x $211/credit hour, plus $600) per year. Eligible applicants must have a 3.5 high school GPA, a 1290 SAT or 29 ACT composite and 100 hours of community service.
Eligible students receive approximately $4,800 (30 credits x $160/credit hour) per year. Eligible applicants must have a 3.0 high school GPA and a 1170 SAT or 26 ACT composite and 75 hours of community service.
Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement
Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA to renew their Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) award and a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA to renew their Florida Medallion Scholars Award (FMS). FAS awardees who earn less than a 3.0 cumulative, but higer than 2.75 cumulative GPA will be renewed at the FMS award level, so long as they meet the credit hour requirement (see below).
Credit Hour Requirement
|Term 1 Hours Funded||Term 2 Hours Funded||Annual Earned hours Requirement|
|Full-Time (12 or more)||
|Three-Quarter Time (9-11)||Full-time||9+12=21|
Note that Bright Futures funds will not pay for withdrawn courses, repeated courses or remeidal courses. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeals approvals through the university will not apply to this award and a separate appeal must be made, if the student is eligible to do so. Appeal eligibility requirements are limited and outlined by the state. For more details on Bright Futures requirements, reinstatements and other rules, please visit their website.
All full-time undergraduate students who meet the Florida residency requirements are eligible to receive this financial assistance from the state. The award amount varies from year to year and is based on available state funds; however, the amount awarded for 2018-2019 is $3,500. The state legislature will determine the amount for each academic year.
Grants approximately $1,000 per year and are based on demonstrated financial need, as determined by the FAFSA application.
To be eligible for renewal, students must have a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA and must have completed at least 24 credit hours in the past academic year (or 12 credit hours in each term during the aid year in which the eligible student received aid). If a student does not meet the eligibility requirements at the start of the new academic year, the student must sit out a full year before being considered for renewal. Students who sit out a year must meet the minimum GPA requirements to be reinstated.
Note that Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeals through the university will not apply to these awards and a separate appeal must be made, if the student is eligible to do so. Appeal eligibility requirements are limited and outlined by the state. For more information on requirements, reinstatements and other rules, please visit Florida Department of Education's Website.
Florida Tech is an eligible institution for the Florida Prepaid College Plan (FPCP) program. Accumulated funds may be applied toward expenses at Florida Tech. Visit the FPCP office for further details. Visit MyFloridaPrepaid.com for complete details.
If you're home state is not Florida, you may still be eligible for state grant assistance. Visit this link to find out more information about state grant opportunities from your home state.