Florida Senate - 2014 PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE Bill No. SB 1710 Ì112992;Î112992 576-04115-14 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. 47 48 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 49 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
25scholarships 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 $4,000but 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.