Florida Senate - 2014              PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE
       Bill No. SB 1710
       Proposed Committee Substitute by the Committee on Appropriations
       (Appropriations Subcommittee on Education)
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to postsecondary education; repealing
    3         s. 1004.32, F.S., relating to New College of Florida;
    4         amending s. 1009.55, F.S.; increasing the annual
    5         maximum number of scholarships that may be awarded;
    6         increasing the annual maximum award amount per
    7         student; creating s. 1009.893, F.S.; creating the
    8         Florida National Merit Scholar Incentive Program;
    9         defining terms; providing the purpose of the incentive
   10         program; requiring the Department of Education to
   11         administer the incentive program, advertise the
   12         availability of the incentive program, and notify
   13         students, teachers, parents, and school administrators
   14         about the incentive program’s criteria and application
   15         procedures; providing eligibility requirements for the
   16         incentive program; requiring certain students who are
   17         National Merit Scholars or National Achievement
   18         Scholars to receive certain incentive awards;
   19         providing eligibility requirements to renew an award;
   20         authorizing a student to receive an incentive award
   21         for certain maximum percentage amounts of the number
   22         of credit hours required to complete an associate
   23         degree, a baccalaureate degree, or a career
   24         certificate; requiring the department to issue awards
   25         from the incentive program and to transmit payment for
   26         each award; authorizing the department to withhold
   27         payment under certain circumstances; requiring
   28         institutions to certify to the department the
   29         eligibility status of each student to receive a
   30         disbursement of an award during a specified time;
   31         requiring the institution to certify to the department
   32         the disbursement amounts to each student and remit to
   33         the department undisbursed funds; providing for
   34         proration of funds; prohibiting use of funds for
   35         remedial coursework or developmental education;
   36         authorizing a student to use funds during the summer
   37         term under certain circumstances; authorizing
   38         incentive program funds appropriated by the
   39         Legislature to be deposited in the State Student
   40         Financial Assistance Trust Fund; providing for use of
   41         any remaining balance of appropriated funds in the
   42         trust fund; requiring the department to allocate funds
   43         to appropriate institutions and collect and maintain
   44         certain data regarding the incentive program;
   45         requiring the State Board of Education to adopt rules;
   46         providing an effective date.
   48  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   50         Section 1. Section 1004.32, Florida Statutes, is repealed.
   51         Section 2. Subsection (1) and paragraph (a) of subsection
   52  (2) of section 1009.55, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
   53         1009.55 Rosewood Family Scholarship Program.—
   54         (1) There is created a Rosewood Family Scholarship Program
   55  for the direct descendants of the Rosewood families, not to
   56  exceed 50 25 scholarships per year.
   57         (2) The Rosewood Family Scholarship Program shall be
   58  administered by the Department of Education. The State Board of
   59  Education shall adopt rules for administering this program which
   60  shall at a minimum provide for the following:
   61         (a) The annual award to a student shall be up to $6,100
   62  $4,000 but should not exceed an amount in excess of tuition and
   63  registration fees.
   64         Section 3. Section 1009.893, Florida Statutes, is created
   65  to read:
   66         1009.893 Florida National Merit Scholar Incentive Program.—
   67         (1) As used in this section, the term:
   68         (a) “Department” means the Department of Education.
   69         (b) “Incentive program” means the Florida National Merit
   70  Scholar Incentive Program.
   71         (2) The Florida National Merit Scholar Incentive Program is
   72  created to reward any Florida high school graduate who receives
   73  recognition as a National Merit Scholar or National Achievement
   74  Scholar and who initially enrolls in the 2014-2015 academic
   75  year, or later, in a degree program, certificate program, or
   76  applied technology program at an eligible Florida public or
   77  independent postsecondary educational institution.
   78         (3) The department shall administer the incentive program
   79  according to rules and procedures established by the State Board
   80  of Education. The department shall advertise the availability of
   81  the incentive program and notify students, teachers, parents,
   82  certified school counselors, and principals or other relevant
   83  school administrators of the criteria and application
   84  procedures.
   85         (4) In order to be eligible for an award under the
   86  incentive program, a student must:
   87         (a) Be a state resident as defined in s. 1009.40 and rules
   88  of the State Board of Education.
   89         (b)Earn a standard Florida high school diploma or its
   90  equivalent pursuant to s. 1003.428, s. 1003.4281, s. 1003.4282,
   91  or s. 1003.435 unless:
   92         1.The student completes a home education program according
   93  to s. 1002.41; or
   94         2.The student earns a high school diploma from a non
   95  Florida school while living with a parent or guardian who is on
   96  military or public service assignment away from this state.
   97         (c)Be accepted by and enroll in a Florida public or
   98  independent postsecondary educational institution that meets the
   99  eligibility requirements specified in s. 1009.533.
  100         (d)Be enrolled for at least 6 semester credit hours or the
  101  equivalent in quarter hours or clock hours.
  102         (5)(a) An eligible student who is a National Merit Scholar
  103  or National Achievement Scholar and who attends a public
  104  postsecondary educational institution must receive an incentive
  105  award equal to the institutional cost of attendance minus the
  106  sum of the student’s Florida Bright Futures Scholarship and
  107  National Merit Scholarship or National Achievement Scholarship.
  108         (b) An eligible student who is a National Merit Scholar or
  109  National Achievement Scholar and who attends an independent
  110  postsecondary educational institution must receive an incentive
  111  award equal to the highest cost of attendance at a Florida
  112  public university, as reported by the Board of Governors of the
  113  State University System, minus the sum of the student’s Florida
  114  Bright Futures Scholarship and National Merit Scholarship or
  115  National Achievement Scholarship.
  116         (6)(a) To be eligible for a renewal award, a student must
  117  meet the renewal requirements for the Florida Bright Futures
  118  Scholarship Program set forth in s. 1009.532(1)(a) and for the
  119  Florida Academic Scholars award set forth in s. 1009.534(3).
  120         (b) A student may receive the incentive award for a maximum
  121  of 100 percent of the number of credit hours required to
  122  complete an associate degree program or a baccalaureate degree
  123  program or receive an award for a maximum of 100 percent of the
  124  credit hours or clock hours required to complete up to 90 credit
  125  hours of a program that terminates in a career certificate.
  126         (7) The department shall annually issue awards from the
  127  incentive program. Before the registration period each semester,
  128  the department shall transmit payment for each award to the
  129  president or director of the postsecondary educational
  130  institution, or his or her representative, except that the
  131  department may withhold payment if the receiving institution
  132  fails to report or to make refunds to the department as required
  133  in this section.
  134         (a) Each institution shall certify to the department the
  135  eligibility status of each student to receive a disbursement
  136  within 30 days before the end of its regular registration
  137  period, inclusive of a drop and add period. An institution is
  138  not required to reevaluate the student eligibility after the end
  139  of the drop and add period.
  140         (b) An institution that receives funds from the incentive
  141  program must certify to the department the amount of funds
  142  disbursed to each student and remit to the department any
  143  undisbursed advances within 60 days after the end of regular
  144  registration.
  145         (c) If funds appropriated are not adequate to provide the
  146  maximum allowable award to each eligible student, awards must be
  147  prorated using the same percentage reduction.
  148         (8) Funds from any award within the incentive program may
  149  not be used to pay for remedial coursework or developmental
  150  education.
  151         (9) A student may use an award for a summer term if funds
  152  are available and appropriated by the Legislature.
  153         (10) Funds appropriated by the Legislature for the
  154  incentive program awards may be deposited into the State Student
  155  Financial Assistance Trust Fund. Notwithstanding s. 216.301 and
  156  pursuant to s. 216.351, any balance in the trust fund at the end
  157  of any fiscal year which has been allocated to the incentive
  158  program must remain in the incentive program and shall be
  159  available for carrying out the purposes of this section. The
  160  department shall allocate funds to the appropriate institutions
  161  and collect and maintain data regarding the incentive program
  162  within the student financial assistance database as specified in
  163  s. 1009.94.
  164         (11) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules
  165  necessary to administer this section.
  166         Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.