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Florida State Grant Programs

FLORIDA BRIGHT FUTURES GRANT PROGRAMS

New York Film Academy (NYFA) has been approved to administer the Florida State Grant programs for students attending the South Beach Campus. The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program is created to establish a lottery-funded scholarship program to reward any Florida high school graduate who merits recognition of high academic achievement program at an eligible Florida public or private postsecondary education institution.

To qualify, submit the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) no later than August 31 after high school graduation. If a student does not apply for the scholarship by the deadline, a student cannot receive the scholarship.

All eligibility requirements must be met by high school graduation, but scores of ACT®/SAT®/PERT tests taken through June 30 are accepted for evaluation purposes.

After submitting the FFAA, the student is responsible for tracking application and award status online and keeping the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) informed of any demographic or institutional changes. Students are responsible for ensuring that funding for an academic year is accurate by contacting their institution’s financial aid office.

The Bright Futures Scholarship will renew automatically each year (up to the scholarship limit) if the student maintains the required GPA and earns the required credit hours.

General Eligibility Requirements


  • Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, as determined by the student's postsecondary institution
  • Complete the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) no later than August 31 after high school graduation
  • Earn a standard Florida high school diploma or its equivalent from a Florida public high school or a registered Florida Department of Education (FDOE) private high school; or complete a home education program
  • Not have been found guilty of or pled nolo contendere to a felony charge, unless the student has been granted clemency by the Governor and Cabinet sitting as the Executive Office of Clemency
  • Be accepted by and enrolled in a degree or certificate program at an eligible Florida public or independent postsecondary institution
  • Be enrolled for at least 6 non-remedial semester credit hours (or the equivalent in quarter or clock hours) per term
  • If not funded in the academic year immediately following high school graduation, apply within two years of high school graduation to have your award reinstated.

Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholars (BFFAS)
Bright Futures Florida Medallion Scholars (BFFMS)


Graduate high school from a Florida public high school with a standard Florida high school diploma (high school graduation requirements), graduate from a registered Florida Department of Education private high school, earn a GED, complete a home education program, or graduate from a non-Florida high school (OOS).

  • Complete the required high school coursework
  • Achieve the required minimum high school grade point average (GPA)
  • Achieve the required minimum score on either the ACT® or SAT® college entrance exam
  • Complete the required number of service hours


College Entrance Exams




2018 - 2020 Bright Futures Award Amounts






The Process


The award (or ineligibility) determination will be posted to a student's online Financial Aid Recipient History (FARH) screen and is viewable by the student. The FARH shows the following information:

  • Award status (eligibility determination)
  • Demographic information
  • Postsecondary institution
  • Amount disbursed each semester
  • Spring renewal GPA
  • Hours remaining for the year and for the scholarship
  • Correspondence posted and/or sent from the FDOE




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