Legislative Changes Impact Renewal and New Bright Futures Scholarships

SCF Message: Know How Changes Affect You

(Bradenton, Fla., June 30, 2011) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota is doubling-up efforts to let Bright Futures Scholarship Program recipients know how they will be affected by recent changes made by the Florida Legislature.

As of July 1, both current recipients that are eligible to renew their Bright Futures scholarships and new, first-time applicants will see changes to the popular scholarship program.

The most significant change is the requirement for first-time applicants and renewals to complete and submit an error-free Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA must be completed online at and confirmed as error-free in order for a student to receive their initial award or maintain their award status. Scholarship-eligible students who have not filed the FAFSA are advised to take action quickly to avoid a delay in receiving the award.

The Legislature made other changes, including adjusting the award amount per credit hour and increasing the community service requirement for first-time applicants. More information about these and other changes to the Bright Futures Scholarship Program are available via links on the SCF financial aid Web pages at

In addition to notifications the Florida Department of Education is sending to students, as an added outreach SCF is contacting SCF students who are Bright Futures Scholarship recipients, utilizing e-mail sent through the college’s student portal and phone calls utilizing the college’s mass notification system.

The Florida Legislature created the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program in 1997 to reward students for their academic achievements during high school by providing funding to attend postsecondary education in Florida. The Program is comprised of the Florida Academic Scholars award, including Academic Top Scholars; the Florida Medallion Scholars award; and the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars award.

Enrollment is underway for Fall 2011 classes at SCF. First-time students must make appointments for orientation prior to Web registration, which is available to all students who have completed the admission process. New student applications, including readmission applications, will be accepted through Monday, Aug. 15.

The Fall term begins Monday, Monday, Aug. 22, and ends Friday, Dec. 9. Admission information is available on SCF’s website at View class schedules at Returning students may register online at SCFconnect.


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