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Student Responsibilities for State Scholarship and Grant Program Applicants
Print this checklist and keep track of your application process.
This is for your records only.


   Submit Application – Students must submit a completed 2014-15 Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) to the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) to be considered for state scholarships and grants.  Submit one application for consideration for the following programs:

Program Deadline
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  • Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program High School Graduation
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  • Josι Martν Scholarship Challenge Grant April 1, 2014
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  • Rosewood Family Scholarship April 1, 2014
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  • Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans April 1, 2014

       Contact the financial aid office at the institution you plan to attend regarding your potential eligibility for additional state financial assistance programs.
       Keep all information – Print a copy of the application and the Saved Results page and keep a record of all information sent to and from OSFA.

       Activate your User ID and PIN - Know it, Use it, Be Responsible for your state financial aid!

    • Access your User ID and PIN after you apply. Your User ID and PIN will be displayed on your Saved Results page and in an e-mail after submitting a completed application or you may go online to www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org and select:
      • State Grants, Scholarships & Applications
      • Application Status & Award History
      • Get My User ID and PIN

       Receive Official Notifications – Only "Application received" FFAA notifications will be sent via e-mail or hardcopy.

    Thereafter, all notifications (including FFAA award notifications) will be available using your assigned User ID and PIN to login to your Financial Aid Recipient History screen.  Section VII: Correspondence History provides users with the ability to retrieve a PDF copy of the notification which may be printed.


       To access your Financial Aid Recipient History screen:
       

       Review Your Application Status and Certifications – Review certifications and application status frequently to ensure that certifications are complete by program deadlines.  Retrieve your User ID and PIN to access your status page at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org.  Select State Grants, Scholarships & Applications and Application Status & Award History.  Under Initial Student Status select Application/Certification.

       Update Information – Keep your e-mail and postal mail addresses, telephone numbers, as well as the postsecondary institution you plan to attend updated.

       Watch for a Bright Futures Award or Denial Notification – Following official evaluation of your high school transcripts for program eligibility, a Bright Futures award or denial notification will be posted to your Financial Aid Recipient History screen.

    • End-of-Year Graduates: Your high school will automatically submit your transcript electronically to the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) multiple times for evaluation during the year, but you submit only ONE application.
      • Early, 7th semester – after the fall term is completed and semester grades are posted. An early 7th semester transcript evaluation includes grade point average (GPA), required coursework completed in the fall, spring coursework in progress, community service hours completed, and test scores for test dates through January 31.
      • Final, 8th semester – after the spring graduation and all grades are posted. A final, 8th semester transcript evaluation includes GPA in all required coursework, community service hours completed by high school graduation, and test scores for test dates through June 30.


    • You may lose an early 7th semester award only if you do not graduate from a Florida public or FDOE-registered private high school. However, if your GPA improves and/or other requirements are met during your final high school semester, you may then qualify for an award (if you were ineligible for an award in 7th semester evaluation) or a higher award level than the original award based on the evaluation of your final high school transcript.
      Notifications – will be posted online to your Financial Aid Recipient History.
      • Early, 7th semester notifications may begin posting in March
      • Final, 8th semester notifications may begin posting in July

    • Mid-Year Graduates: Your high school will automatically submit your transcript electronically to the FDOE multiple times for evaluation during the year, but you submit only ONE application.
      • 7th semester – after the spring term of your junior year is completed and semester grades are posted. A mid-year 7th semester transcript evaluation includes GPA, required coursework completed, courses in progress, community service hours completed by the end of the 7th semester, and test scores for test dates through June 30.
      • 8th semester – after the fall graduation and all grades are posted. An 8th semester transcript evaluation includes GPA in all required coursework and community service hours completed by high school graduation, and test scores for test dates through January 31.


    • You may lose a 7th semester award as a mid-year graduate only if you do not graduate from a Florida public or FDOE-registered private high school. However, if your GPA improves and/or other requirements are met during your final high school semester, you may then qualify for an award (if you were ineligible for an award in 7th semester evaluation) or a higher award level than the original award based on the evaluation of your final high school transcript.
      Notifications – will be posted online to your Financial Aid Recipient History.
      • 7th semester notifications may begin posting in August
      • 8th semester notifications may begin posting in December

    • Official award notification comes from OSFA, not high schools or postsecondary institutions.

       Watch for award or denial notifications from other state scholarships and grants.  In June, notifications will be posted to your Financial Aid Recipient History screen for:

    • Josι Martν Scholarship Challenge Grant
    • Rosewood Family Scholarship
    • Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans
       Get your money!  Check with your postsecondary institution's financial aid office – All funds are sent directly to eligible Florida postsecondary institutions.  Each postsecondary institution has its own disbursement process.  Check with your institution to find out when and how you will receive your scholarship and grant funds.

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