Florida Senate - 2021 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 1672 Ì440644%Î440644 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Education (Diaz) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Subsection (18) is added to section 1009.26, 6 Florida Statutes, to read: 7 1009.26 Fee waivers.— 8 (18) The State University Free Seat Program is created to 9 encourage veterans, active duty members of the United States 10 Armed Forces, active drilling members of the Florida National 11 Guard, and nontraditional students to enroll in an online 12 baccalaureate degree program at a state university. 13 (a) A state university shall waive the tuition and fees, 14 including lab fees, for one online course for a student who is a 15 resident for tuition purposes under s. 1009.21 and enrolled in 16 an online baccalaureate degree program, provided the student 17 meets one of the following eligibility requirements: 18 1. Is a veteran as defined in s. 1.01(14); 19 2. Is an active duty member of the United States Armed 20 Forces; 21 3. Is an active drilling member of the Florida National 22 Guard; or 23 4. Has not been enrolled in a postsecondary institution for 24 more than five years. 25 (b) For all other courses in the program, a state 26 university may not charge a student specified in paragraph (a) 27 more than 75 percent of the tuition rate as specified in s. 28 1009.24(4) and 75 percent of the tuition differential pursuant 29 to s. 1009.24(16), if the student remains enrolled in at least 30 one online course during each academic year. 31 (c) A student who qualifies for the tuition discount under 32 paragraph (b) is eligible to receive the discount for up to 110 33 percent of the number of required credit hours of the degree 34 program for which the student is enrolled. 35 (d) Each state university shall report to the Board of 36 Governors the number and value of all fee waivers granted 37 annually under this subsection. 38 (e) The Board of Governors shall adopt regulations to 39 administer this subsection. 40 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021. 41 42 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 43 And the title is amended as follows: 44 Delete everything before the enacting clause 45 and insert: 46 A bill to be entitled 47 An act relating to the State University Free Seat 48 Program; amending s. 1009.26, F.S.; creating the State 49 University Free Seat Program; providing a purpose; 50 providing an exemption from tuition and fees, 51 including lab fees, for one online course at a state 52 university for certain resident students; prohibiting 53 a state university from charging such students more 54 than a specified percentage of the tuition rate and 55 the tuition differential under certain circumstances; 56 providing a limitation on the application of such 57 tuition discount; requiring each state university to 58 report certain information regarding waivers under the 59 program to the Board of Governors annually; requiring 60 the board to adopt regulations; providing an effective 61 date.