Florida Senate - 2014                                    SB 1710
       By the Committee on Education
       581-03212-14                                          20141710__
    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. 1004.65, F.S.; revising a Florida College
    5         System institution’s primary responsibilities and
    6         secondary role as they relate to providing upper-level
    7         instruction and awarding baccalaureate degrees;
    8         amending s. 1009.55, F.S.; increasing the annual
    9         maximum number of scholarships that may be awarded;
   10         increasing the annual maximum award amount per
   11         student; creating s. 1009.893, F.S.; creating the
   12         Florida National Merit Scholar Incentive Program;
   13         defining terms; providing the purpose of the incentive
   14         program; requiring the Department of Education to
   15         administer the incentive program, advertise the
   16         availability of the incentive program, and notify
   17         students, teachers, parents, and school administrators
   18         about the incentive program’s criteria and application
   19         procedures; providing eligibility requirements for the
   20         incentive program; requiring certain students who are
   21         National Merit Scholars or National Achievement
   22         Scholars to receive certain incentive awards;
   23         providing eligibility requirements to renew an award;
   24         authorizing a student to receive an incentive award
   25         for certain maximum percentage amounts of the number
   26         of credit hours required to complete an associate
   27         degree, a baccalaureate degree, or a career
   28         certificate; requiring the department to issue awards
   29         from the incentive program and to transmit payment for
   30         each award; authorizing the department to withhold
   31         payment under certain circumstances; requiring
   32         institutions to certify to the department the
   33         eligibility status of each student to receive a
   34         disbursement of an award during a specified time;
   35         requiring the institution to certify to the department
   36         the disbursement amounts to each student and remit to
   37         the department undisbursed funds; providing for
   38         proration of funds; prohibiting use of funds for
   39         remedial coursework or developmental education;
   40         authorizing a student to use funds during the summer
   41         term under certain circumstances; authorizing
   42         incentive program funds appropriated by the
   43         Legislature to be deposited in the State Student
   44         Financial Assistance Trust Fund; providing for use of
   45         any remaining balance of appropriated funds in the
   46         trust fund; requiring the department to allocate funds
   47         to appropriate institutions and collect and maintain
   48         certain data regarding the incentive program;
   49         requiring the State Board of Education to adopt rules;
   50         providing an effective date.
   52  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   54         Section 1. Section 1004.32, Florida Statutes, is repealed.
   55         Section 2. Paragraph (f) of subsection (5), subsection (6),
   56  and paragraph (d) of subsection (8) of section 1004.65, Florida
   57  Statutes, are amended to read:
   58         1004.65 Florida College System institutions; governance,
   59  mission, and responsibilities.—
   60         (5) The primary mission and responsibility of Florida
   61  College System institutions is responding to community needs for
   62  postsecondary academic education and career degree education.
   63  This mission and responsibility includes being responsible for:
   64         (f) Providing upper level instruction and awarding
   65  baccalaureate degrees as specifically authorized by law.
   66         (6) A separate and secondary role for Florida College
   67  System institutions includes the providing of upper level
   68  instruction, the awarding of baccalaureate degrees specifically
   69  authorized by law, and the offering of programs in:
   70         (a) Community services that are not directly related to
   71  academic or occupational advancement.
   72         (b) Adult education services, including adult basic
   73  education, adult general education, adult secondary education,
   74  and General Educational Development test instruction.
   75         (c) Recreational and leisure services.
   76         (8) Florida College System institutions are authorized to:
   77         (d) Provide access to and award baccalaureate degrees for
   78  the completion of baccalaureate degree programs that are
   79  approved by the State Board of Education on or before March 31,
   80  2014 in accordance with law.
   82  Authority to offer one or more baccalaureate degree programs
   83  does not alter the governance relationship of the Florida
   84  College System institution with its district board of trustees
   85  or the State Board of Education.
   86         Section 3. Subsection (1) and paragraph (a) of subsection
   87  (2) of section 1009.55, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
   88         1009.55 Rosewood Family Scholarship Program.—
   89         (1) There is created a Rosewood Family Scholarship Program
   90  for the direct descendants of the Rosewood families, not to
   91  exceed 50 25 scholarships per year.
   92         (2) The Rosewood Family Scholarship Program shall be
   93  administered by the Department of Education. The State Board of
   94  Education shall adopt rules for administering this program which
   95  shall at a minimum provide for the following:
   96         (a) The annual award to a student shall be up to $6,100
   97  $4,000 but should not exceed an amount in excess of tuition and
   98  registration fees.
   99         Section 4. Section 1009.893, Florida Statutes, is created
  100  to read:
  101         1009.893 Florida National Merit Scholar Incentive Program.—
  102         (1) As used in this section, the term:
  103         (a) “Department” means the Department of Education.
  104         (b) “Incentive program” means the Florida National Merit
  105  Scholar Incentive Program.
  106         (2) The Florida National Merit Scholar Incentive Program is
  107  created to reward any Florida high school graduate who receives
  108  recognition as a National Merit Scholar or National Achievement
  109  Scholar and who initially enrolls in the 2014-2015 academic
  110  year, or later, in a degree program, certificate program, or
  111  applied technology program at an eligible Florida public or
  112  independent postsecondary educational institution.
  113         (3) The department shall administer the incentive program
  114  according to rules and procedures established by the State Board
  115  of Education. The department shall advertise the availability of
  116  the incentive program and notify students, teachers, parents,
  117  certified school counselors, and principals or other relevant
  118  school administrators of the criteria and application
  119  procedures.
  120         (4) In order to be eligible for an award under the
  121  incentive program, a student must:
  122         (a) Be a state resident as defined in s. 1009.40 and rules
  123  of the State Board of Education.
  124         (b)Earn a standard Florida high school diploma or its
  125  equivalent pursuant to s. 1003.428, s. 1003.4281, s. 1003.4282,
  126  or s. 1003.435 unless:
  127         1.The student completes a home education program according
  128  to s. 1002.41; or
  129         2.The student earns a high school diploma from a non
  130  Florida school while living with a parent or guardian who is on
  131  military or public service assignment away from this state.
  132         (c)Be accepted by and enroll in a Florida public or
  133  independent postsecondary educational institution that meets the
  134  eligibility requirements specified in s. 1009.533.
  135         (d)Be enrolled for at least 6 semester credit hours or the
  136  equivalent in quarter hours or clock hours.
  137         (5)(a) An eligible student who is a National Merit Scholar
  138  or National Achievement Scholar and who attends a public
  139  postsecondary educational institution must receive an incentive
  140  award equal to the institutional cost of attendance minus the
  141  sum of the student’s Florida Bright Futures Scholarship and
  142  National Merit Scholarship or National Achievement Scholarship.
  143         (b) An eligible student who is a National Merit Scholar or
  144  National Achievement Scholar and who attends an independent
  145  postsecondary educational institution must receive an incentive
  146  award equal to the highest cost of attendance at a Florida
  147  public university, as reported by the Board of Governors of the
  148  State University System, minus the sum of the student’s Florida
  149  Bright Futures Scholarship and National Merit Scholarship or
  150  National Achievement Scholarship.
  151         (6)(a) To be eligible for a renewal award, a student must
  152  meet the renewal requirements for the Florida Bright Futures
  153  Scholarship Program set forth in s. 1009.532(1)(a) and for the
  154  Florida Academic Scholars award set forth in s. 1009.534(3).
  155         (b) A student may receive the incentive award for a maximum
  156  of 100 percent of the number of credit hours required to
  157  complete an associate degree program or a baccalaureate degree
  158  program or receive an award for a maximum of 100 percent of the
  159  credit hours or clock hours required to complete up to 90 credit
  160  hours of a program that terminates in a career certificate.
  161         (7) The department shall annually issue awards from the
  162  incentive program. Before the registration period each semester,
  163  the department shall transmit payment for each award to the
  164  president or director of the postsecondary educational
  165  institution, or his or her representative, except that the
  166  department may withhold payment if the receiving institution
  167  fails to report or to make refunds to the department as required
  168  in this section.
  169         (a) Each institution shall certify to the department the
  170  eligibility status of each student to receive a disbursement
  171  within 30 days before the end of its regular registration
  172  period, inclusive of a drop and add period. An institution is
  173  not required to reevaluate the student eligibility after the end
  174  of the drop and add period.
  175         (b) An institution that receives funds from the incentive
  176  program must certify to the department the amount of funds
  177  disbursed to each student and remit to the department any
  178  undisbursed advances within 60 days after the end of regular
  179  registration.
  180         (c) If funds appropriated are not adequate to provide the
  181  maximum allowable award to each eligible student, awards must be
  182  prorated using the same percentage reduction.
  183         (8) Funds from any award within the incentive program may
  184  not be used to pay for remedial coursework or developmental
  185  education.
  186         (9) A student may use an award for a summer term if funds
  187  are available and appropriated by the Legislature.
  188         (10) Funds appropriated by the Legislature for the
  189  incentive program awards may be deposited into the State Student
  190  Financial Assistance Trust Fund. Notwithstanding s. 216.301 and
  191  pursuant to s. 216.351, any balance in the trust fund at the end
  192  of any fiscal year which has been allocated to the incentive
  193  program must remain in the incentive program and shall be
  194  available for carrying out the purposes of this section. The
  195  department shall allocate funds to the appropriate institutions
  196  and collect and maintain data regarding the incentive program
  197  within the student financial assistance database as specified in
  198  s. 1009.94.
  199         (11) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules
  200  necessary to administer this section.
  201         Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.