Florida Senate - 2018 SB 844 By Senator Bean 4-01155-18 2018844__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to excess credit hour surcharges; 3 amending s. 1009.286, F.S.; providing an exception to 4 the excess credit hour surcharge requirement for 5 certain students; providing a separate excess hour 6 surcharge threshold for students enrolled in certain 7 degree programs designated as areas of strategic 8 emphasis by the Board of Governors; providing an 9 effective date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Subsection (2) of section 1009.286, Florida 14 Statutes, is amended to read: 15 1009.286 Additional student payment for hours exceeding 16 baccalaureate degree program completion requirements at state 17 universities.— 18 (2) State universities shall require a student to pay an 19 excess hour surcharge for each credit hour in excess of the 20 number of credit hours required to complete the baccalaureate 21 degree program in which the student is enrolled. The excess hour 22 surcharge does not apply to a first-time-in-college student who 23 completes the requirements of his or her respective 24 baccalaureate degree program within 4 years. The excess hour 25 surcharge shall become effective for students who enter a state 26 university for the first time and maintain continuous enrollment 27 as follows: 28 (a) For the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 academic years, an 29 excess hour surcharge equal to 50 percent of the tuition rate 30 for each credit hour in excess of 120 percent. 31 (b) For the 2011-2012 academic year, an excess hour 32 surcharge equal to 100 percent of the tuition rate for each 33 credit hour in excess of 115 percent. 34 (c) For the 2012-2013 academic year and thereafter, an 35 excess hour surcharge equal to 100 percent of the tuition rate 36 for each credit hour in excess of 110 percent. However, for 37 students enrolled in a degree program designated by the Board of 38 Governors as an area of strategic emphasis in a science, 39 technology, engineering, mathematics, or health discipline there 40 is an excess hour surcharge equal to 100 percent of the tuition 41 rate for each credit hour in excess of 120 percent. 42 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.