What’s the Common App?
If you’re applying to a Florida college, chances are that you’ll do so through the Common Application — 31 of Florida’s schools use it.
The Common App is a universal admissions portal designed to make your life WAAAY simpler. You only have to fill out most information once, including your courses and grades, personal and financial info, and test scores.
Plus, you can upload your transcripts and recommendation letters, keep track of deadlines, and search for and manage scholarships. The best part? You write just one personal statement and use it for every application!
From there, individual colleges might ask for shorter, more specific essays, but 80% of the work is done, so at that point it’s NBD. After that, it’s just a few clicks or taps (there’s finally a mobile app) and you’re done.
|To Qualify||HS GPA||SAT/
|% Tuition Paid|
|Florida Academic Scholars (FAS)||• Florida residency
• 2 credits in the same foreign language
• Complete the FFAA by August after graduation
• Enroll as full-time student
• Maintain a 3.0 GPA in college
|3.5||1330 / 29||100||100%|
|Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS)||3.0||1210 / 25||75||75%|
Go online to CommonApp.org to start your college search.
Bright Futures 2020-2021
The Florida Bright Futures scholarship program provides tuition assistance for high-achieving Florida high school graduates who want to attend an in-state college or university.
There are two scholarships awarded by the program: Florida Academic Scholars and Florida Medallion Scholars. Bright Futures also offers Gold Seal scholarships to benefit students enrolled in certificate programs in vocational areas or applied sciences. These awards have similar eligibility requirements to the FAS/FMS but waive the language credits, reduce service hours to 30, and use individual subtest scores from the SAT, ACT, or PERT. They cover 75% of tuition in a certificate or training program; if this results in an associate’s degree, Gold Seal awards will also fund up to 60 credit hours toward a related bachelor’s degree.
The Bright Futures program has disbursed nearly $7 billion in aid to more than 880,000 Florida students since it began in 1997.