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Talented Twenty


1. What are the requirements to qualify for the Talented Twenty program?
    In order to qualify for the Talented Twenty Program, the student must:
  • Be enrolled in a Florida public high school and graduate with a standard diploma
  • Be ranked in the top 20% of the class after the posting of seventh semester grades
  • Submit test scores from the Scholastic Reasoning Test of the College Board or from the ACT of the American College Testing program prior to enrollment to a university in the State University System
  • Complete all eighteen core course requirements for state university admission. (BOG Regulation 6.002(6)(c), FAC)



2. What are the benefits of being eligible for the Talented Twenty program?
    Students are identified as a top 20% high school graduate.
Students have a space reserved at one of the 12 state universities.
Please note that, while eligible students are guaranteed admission at one of the state universities, it may not be to their first choice of schools.
Students are given priority for the awarding of funds from the Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG), if they are eligible for this needs based grant.


3. What courses count toward the eighteen core course requirements for state university admission?
   

Students must complete at least 18 units of high school work in the core areas listed below. A listing of courses that were approved as meeting “college prep” requirements for SUS admission is available in the Florida Counseling for Future Education Handbook under State University Admissions Policies at www.flvc.org. Select Counselors and Educators, then select Select Advising Manuals.

Core Course Number of Required Units
English 4
Mathematics 3
(4 for an SUS applicant fall 2011)
Natural Science 3
Social Science 3
Foreign Language 2
Electives 3
(2 for SUS applicants who entered high school July 1, 2007 or after)
Total 18



4. After a student has been denied acceptance at one or more universities, what should the student do?
    The student should contact his/her high school counselor. After three notifications of denial, other universities will provide complimentary reviews of the transcripts of the Talented Twenty applicants at the request of the high school counselor. Once any university accepts the student, the guarantee for admissions has been considered met, even if the student does not wish to attend that particular university. See BOG Regulation 6.002(6)(c), FAC (PDF).


5. Does a student have to complete an application to be considered for the Talented Twenty program?
    No. Students who meet the requirements to qualify for the Talented Twenty program are potentially eligible pending high school graduation and are mailed a notification letter in the spring of their scheduled graduation year.


6. Is the Talented Twenty program also a scholarship award program?
    No. However, students who qualify for the Talented Twenty program are given priority for awarding of funds from the Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG), a need-based grant. Talented Twenty students must meet FSAG eligibility requirements in order to be eligible for priority funding.


7. What is financial aid?
    Financial Aid is money provided by various agencies to help students with the costs of attending college. It includes gift aid such as grants and scholarships, and self-help opportunities such as loans and student employment.


8. How can a student obtain financial assistance?
   
  • Contact a high school counselor to inquire about federal, state, and other student assistance programs.
  • Request a financial aid packet from the school(s) that the student wishes to attend.
  • Complete the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) to be considered for State of Florida student financial aid programs including the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. This is available from a high school counselor or online at http://www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org
  • Contact the college/school the student wants to attend and request a financial aid application packet. The packet will provide the student with information about the financial aid programs the school offers and the forms the student will need to complete.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application is available from a high school counselor or online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  • When a student applies, the student will be considered for the many State of Florida financial aid programs, including the Florida Student Assistance Grants.
  • Apply early, in January or February of the senior year. The earlier students apply, the better chance they will have of being considered for all available programs!



9. How can a student obtain an evaluation of their progress toward meeting the eighteen core course requirements for State University System admission?
    A student may obtain an online evaluation by visiting www.FLVC.org and selecting High School Planning from the left side of the home page. In addition a student may obtain a progress evaluation toward meeting Bright Futures Scholarship eligibility and high school graduation requirements.


10. Where can I find the official requirements for the Talented Twenty program?
    The Department of Education Florida Division of Colleges and Universities BOG Regulation 6.002(6)(c), FAC (PDF) provides the requirements for the Talented Twenty program.