Tips for FFAA Questions
Questions no. 1
Be sure to put in the right SS number. An error here will make it impossible to receive the scholarship. It must match the SS number that is recorded in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools computer system.
Questions no. 2
Be sure to put the month first in your birth date.
Questions no. 16
Everyone can answer yes to this question.
Questions no. 17
Put the answer that fits your situation but please be aware that the institution you attend next year will decide this issue.
Some students may not have a social security number and may be under the impression that they will not qualify for a Bright Futures Scholarship. That is not true.
If you do not have a social security number, then you will just leave it blank on the application. Bright Futures will assign a substitute identification number instead. The fact that someone does not have a social security number is not an automatic disqualifier.
Counselors were advised to inform students who are not U.S. citizens, to answer "Eligible Non-Citizen" to that question. Ultimately, the university in Florida that you attend next year will decide whether you meet the criteria for eligibility on that question. However, the Bright Futures personnel made a very good point. Since a student has three years from the date of their high school graduation to start using the Bright Futures Scholarship, it is prudent to answer in the way described above at this point. A lot can happen in three years. A student's status in this country could change. Or…maybe the Dream Act becomes law and all of the rules regarding college and residency in this country dramatically change.
Questions no. 21
Be sure to find the name of your home school
Questions no. 22
06/09/2010 (be sure to put 2010)
Questions no. 23
The correct answer for this one is "freshman with previous college."
It is suggested that you put in an "in-state school." You will able to change this answer at a later point after you are sure which school you will be attending next September. For now, use the drop down menu to select the most likely in-state school that you think you may attend.
Questions no. 25
Answer is Miami Dade College
Questions no. 26
Questions no. 27
Estimate what your MDC GPA is likely to be at the end of the fall semester of your senior year.
Questions no. 31
Everyone who is eligible should answer this question.
Question no. 33
The Rosewood incident is for students of African American heritage that were affected by that tragedy.
Questions no. 34
There is additional money available for students who can answer "no" to this question. If the parent received a bachelor's degree in another country that cannot be used in the United States, then the student may legitimately answer "no" to this question. We know that some parents may have been doctors or lawyers in their country of origin before arriving in the United States. If that degree cannot be used here, then it would be unfair to keep their sons or daughters from being eligible for the money that can be obtained at a state university in Florida by answering "no" to this question.
Questions no. 35
I suggest you answer "yes" to this question. You can always turn it down later if you do not want that type of assistance.
Questions no. 36
Same as 35
Questions no. 37
I strongly suggest that you answer "yes" to this question. You cannot receive a Bright Futures Scholarship if you do not authorize the Florida DOE to look at your SAT and ACT test scores.
Questions no. 38
Anyone who answers "yes" to this question will be disqualified from receiving money because you cannot be a "felon" and get a Bright Futures Scholarship.