News regarding Florida Bright Futures Scholarships
Since 1997, Florida high school students with a high GPA and a limited budget could rest assured that they would probably qualify for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship to help pay their way through college. Unfortunately, this is changing, and students can no longer assume that this will be an option. As part of their cost cutting measures, the Florida state government has changed the requirements, making it much harder to qualify, thus notably reducing the number of scholarships that will be granted.
The biggest changes to watch for are test score requirements. While the minimum GPA of 3.0 remains in place, minimum ACT scores will increase from 21 to 22 this year, and up to 26 in 2014. Likewise, students are expected to score at least 1020 on their SAT this year, up from 980. Next year, the minimum SAT score goes up to 1170.
Be sure to check the website for any other changes that might affect your chances at winning a scholarship. Remember that you can submit your Florida Bright Futures application on December 1st, put it in your calendar and do not procrastinate! The early bird gets the worm…