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Additional student payment for hours exceeding baccalaureate degree program completion requirements at state universities.
Additional student payment for hours exceeding baccalaureate degree program completion requirements at state universities.—
It is the intent of the Legislature to encourage each undergraduate student who enrolls in a state university to complete the student’s respective baccalaureate degree program in the most efficient way possible while providing for access to additional college coursework. Therefore, the Legislature intends to enact a policy that provides incentives for efficient baccalaureate degree completion.
State universities shall require a student to pay an excess hour surcharge equal to 50 percent of the tuition rate for each credit hour in excess of 120 percent of the number of credit hours required to complete the baccalaureate degree program in which the student is enrolled.
Except as otherwise provided by law and for purposes of this section, the following credit hours shall be included when calculating the number of hours taken by a student:
All credit hours for courses taken at the state university from which the student is seeking a baccalaureate degree, including:
Courses that are dropped after the university’s advertised last day of the drop and add period.
Courses from which a student withdraws, except as provided in subsection (4).
Repeated courses, except repeated courses for which the student has paid the full cost of instruction as provided in s. 1009.285.
All credit hours earned at another institution and accepted for transfer by the state university and applied toward the student’s baccalaureate degree program.
For purposes of this section, credit hours earned under the following circumstances are not calculated as hours required to earn a baccalaureate degree:
College credits earned through an articulated accelerated mechanism identified in s. 1007.27.
Credit hours earned through internship programs.
Credit hours required for certification, recertification, or certificate programs.
Credit hours in courses from which a student must withdraw due to reasons of medical or personal hardship.
Credit hours taken by active-duty military personnel.
Credit hours required to achieve a dual major taken while pursuing a baccalaureate degree.
Remedial and English as a Second Language credit hours.
Credit hours earned in military science courses that are part of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program.
Each state university and 1community college shall implement a process for notifying students regarding the provisions of this section. Notice must be provided by a state university or a 1community college upon a student’s initial enrollment in the institution. Such notice must be provided a second time by a state university when a student has earned the credit hours required to complete the baccalaureate degree program in which the student is enrolled. The notice must include a recommendation that each student who intends to earn credit hours at the institution in excess of the credit hours required for the baccalaureate degree program in which the student is enrolled meet with his or her academic advisor.
For purposes of this section, the term “state university” includes the institutions identified in s. 1000.21(6) and the term “1community college” includes the institutions identified in s. 1000.21(3).
The provisions of this section become effective for students who enter a 1community college or a state university for the first time in the 2009-2010 academic year and thereafter.
s. 11, ch. 2009-60.
Section 21, ch. 2010-70, directs the Division of Statutory Revision to prepare a reviser’s bill to substitute the term “Florida College System institution” for the terms “Florida college,” “community college,” and “junior college” where those terms appear in the Florida K-20 Education Code.