Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

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Am I guaranteed admission to college because I have a Prepaid scholarship?

No. Having a scholarship does not guarantee admission to any Florida college or university.

What if the school the Beneficiary wants to attend does not match the type of Florida Prepaid Plan assigned?

Another great feature of a Florida Prepaid Plan is that the value of the plan purchased may be applied toward the costs at any Eligible Educational Institution. At state institutions in Florida, we will convert college hours to university hours and vice versa to ensure that you get maximum value for your plan. As an example, benefits available under a 2-Year Florida College Plan or a 4-Year Florida College Plan can be paid to a State University. Similarly, benefits available for a 4-Year Florida University Plan or a 1-Year Florida University Plan can be paid to a Florida College. Please keep in mind, in the first example above, Florida College Plan benefits paid to a State University will deplete the plan at a faster rate because the cost per credit hour at a State University is generally higher than the cost of a credit hour at a Florida College. The student will be responsible for any difference not covered by their plan.

Can a Florida Prepaid Plan be used to pay for the cost of vocational or graduate school?

Yes. We will transfer the value of the plan purchased to pay costs at any Eligible Educational Institution – including vocational schools and graduate programs. Students planning to attend an eligible private or out-of-state institution must have a Transfer Authorization request completed by the Donor Organization before benefits will be paid. The Transfer Authorization includes additional details about how these schools are paid.

May I elect to go to an out-of-state or private college?

What happens if I receive an additional scholarship?

If a scholarship recipient earns an additional scholarship, such as a Bright Futures scholarship, the student can still use the full value of the Foundation Scholarship. The Foundation recommends utilizing the Foundation Scholarship first and the additional scholarships second. The Prepaid College Scholarship can only pay specific tuition and registrations fees while most other scholarships may be used for other college expenses such as books, transportation or housing.

What are my options if I have a private/personal Florida Prepaid College contract?

The account owner of the private contract may request a scholarship refund, transfer the plan to another family member or allow the beneficiary to use the private contract after he/she has depleted the scholarship.

Will tax documents be received when a Florida Prepaid Plan is used?

Yes. A Form 1099-Q will be provided in January of each year to students who have used their Florida Prepaid Plan during the previous calendar year. In addition, a Form 1099-Q will be provided to an Account Owner who has received a scholarship refund or reimbursement during the year. For specific tax information, please consult an investment adviser or certified public accountant.

How does a Florida Prepaid scholarship work if I enlist in the military?

Any time spent by the qualified beneficiary in the military service extends the time for receiving contract benefits under all contract plans. Please contact your donor organization for additional information.

Still Have Questions?

If you have an additional questions, please email
prepaid.foundation@myfloridaprepaid.com.