Application Deadline:

May 15, 2024


To apply, if you are new to Bright Futures, you can create an account and get started on your application at any time after the application opens in January. You will not be able to submit it until you have provided all the information and documents, and that must be before the May 15 deadline.

You will need the following information and documents to complete your application:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Identify your school of choice.
  • FAFSA/CASFA Submission Summary (previously called Student Aid Report, or SAR) from your verified FAFSA/CASFA with Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) provided as a single PDF.
  • Completed community service log(s) provided as a single PDF.
  • Your high school counselor’s email address for verifying your residency. If you are a home-schooled student, a GED recipient, or a veteran, you will not need a counselor’s email address, but you will need to provide proof of residency.

You can start the application before you have all the above documents, but you will not be able to complete and submit it until all information and documents have been provided.

Returning Students

If you are a returning Bright Futures student recipient, you will be assigned a renewal form in your student account and will not have to complete the full application again. You must still meet the community service and FAFSA requirement each year and maintain the required cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher each semester.

Application Deadline Reminder

The deadline to complete the application or renewal process is May 15 at 5:00pm each year. If you miss the May 15 deadline for any reason, you will not be eligible to apply for Bright Futures funds again until the next school year.

The application will be available in January. Please check back.