Individuals who have completed a home-school program or who have obtained a certificate of high school equivalence by passing the General Educational Development (GED) exam may be considered for the scholarship program. GED students must submit a copy of their GED certificate to:
Missouri Department of Higher Education
What is the qualifying score and how much can I receive?
The qualifying ACT and SAT scores for students who will graduate in the current academic year are re-evaluated and announced each fall. These qualifying scores are based on the scores of students who were high school seniors in the previous academic year. For example, the 2012-2013 qualifying scores are based on the test results of all 2011 Missouri high school seniors. Because the minimum score is set by a percent of test takers, that score is subject to change annually.
If you took the ACT or SAT as a high school junior or sophomore, your score will be accepted as long as it meets the qualifying score(s) announced during your senior year in high school.
To qualify for the Bright Flight Scholarship for the 2012-2013 college academic year, 2012 high school graduates must have achieved one of the following test scores to be ranked in the top 3 percent. Essay portions are not taken into consideration when determining the qualifying score.
2012 high school graduates must have achieved the qualifying score on or before the June 2009 national test date in order to qualify for the Bright Flight Scholarship.
For the 2012-2013 academic year, the $2,000 annual scholarship will be distributed in two payments of $1,000 each semester.
The following tables display the qualifying ACT and SAT scores for 2013 high school graduates (attending college during the 2013-2014 academic year), along with the statutory maximum awards. The actual award amount is dependent on the amount of funds allocated for the program during the 2013 legislative session. Estimated awards for the 2013-2014 college academic year will be available in spring 2013. Final award amounts are typically set in August each year.
Award amounts are not available during summer terms.
How can I apply?
How will I know if I am eligible?
Eligible students will receive approval letters from the MDHE for qualifying scores achieved by the June ACT and SAT test dates.
If you are a 2013 high school graduate
Completion of the FAFSA is not required to receive a Bright Flight scholarship. However, if you elect to complete a FAFSA, information on that application or updates to it can impact your eligibility for Bright Flight even if you have previously been notified of your eligibility. Use the MDHE Student Portal to check your current eligibility status.
If you do not provide all necessary information to the MDHE by the deadline, you will be considered a late applicant and your award will be subject to funding availability, even if you have previously received an approval letter.
How will I receive my award?
Each semester the institution you are attending will certify your eligibility. The certification process occurs electronically in real-time. Institutions typically certify eligibility at the beginning of each semester, although they can do so through the end of the semester.
If your institution certifies you are eligible, the MDHE will disburse your award within 3-5 business days of the certification. Your institution will then deliver it to you.Delivery timeframes can vary from institution to institution.
How long can I renew my scholarship?
The scholarship may be renewed annually for up to 10 semesters or until you have completed a bachelor's degree, whichever occurs first.
How do I transfer my scholarship?
If you choose to transfer to a different participating Missouri institution, either between academic years or semesters, you must contact the MDHE at (800) 473-6757, option 4. Failure to notify the MDHE of the transfer may result in loss of the scholarship.
Can the scholarship be deferred?
If you are unable to attend school for an entire academic year you may qualify for a deferment of your scholarship eligibility for up to 27 continuous months. Acceptable reasons for deferment include:
You should apply for the deferment as soon as you are aware there will be a break in your attendance. If you are unable to attend school for one semester within an academic year, a deferment of your scholarship eligibility is not necessary.
You must submit a written request for deferment to:
Missouri Department of Higher Education
The above information was provided by MDHE. For the most current information please go to the MDHE web site at http://mdhe.mo.gov/ppcindex.shtml.