Many students and parents would like to know ahead of time where they stand regarding their eligibility for the Bright Futures Scholarship. To do this all the student needs to do is go to the Eligibility Website and select the county where they currently attend high school, type their last name and enter their social security number followed by an X. After submitting their information the student can select to see where they stand regarding all three BF scholarships: Academic, Medallion, and Gold Seal.
As for applying for the scholarship the application start date has changed this year.It opens October 1st, 2016. However, DO NOT apply for this scholarship BEFORE October 1st, 2016. Lastly, a student does not have to file the FAFSA to be eligible for this scholarship. Although, it is always recommended for a student to do so.
What if a student still has yet to meet the requirements by the time the application opens? Please note that a student has until the end of the school year to become eligible so it is recommended to apply regardless. Don't let it wait until the end of the school year! It is the shortest, easiest scholarship you can apply for. It will only take 10-15 minutes. What do you have to lose?
Apply here on October 1st.
Serena Ostrowsky, M.Ed.