Florida Senate - 2014         (PROPOSED COMMITTEE BILL) SPB 7112
       FOR CONSIDERATION By the Committee on Education
       581-02878A-14                                         20147112__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to postsecondary education; amending
    3         s. 1009.55, F.S.; increasing the annual maximum number
    4         of scholarships that may be awarded; increasing the
    5         annual maximum award amount per student; creating s.
    6         1009.893, F.S.; creating the Florida National Merit
    7         Scholar Incentive Program; defining terms; providing
    8         the purpose of the incentive program; requiring the
    9         Department of Education to administer the incentive
   10         program, advertise the availability of the incentive
   11         program, and notify students, teachers, parents, and
   12         school administrators about the incentive program’s
   13         criteria and application procedures; providing
   14         eligibility requirements for the incentive program;
   15         requiring certain students who are National Merit
   16         Scholars or National Achievement Scholars to receive
   17         certain incentive awards; providing eligibility
   18         requirements to renew an award; authorizing a student
   19         to receive an incentive award for certain maximum
   20         percentage amounts of the number of credit hours
   21         required to complete an associate degree, a
   22         baccalaureate degree, or a career certificate;
   23         requiring the department to issue awards from the
   24         incentive program and to transmit payment for each
   25         award; authorizing the department to withhold payment
   26         under certain circumstances; requiring institutions to
   27         certify to the department the eligibility status of
   28         each student to receive a disbursement of an award
   29         during a specified time; requiring the institution to
   30         certify to the department the disbursement amounts to
   31         each student and remit to the department undisbursed
   32         funds; providing for proration of funds; prohibiting
   33         use of funds for remedial coursework or developmental
   34         education; authorizing a student to use funds during
   35         the summer term under certain circumstances;
   36         authorizing incentive program funds appropriated by
   37         the Legislature to be deposited in the State Student
   38         Financial Assistance Trust Fund; providing for use of
   39         any remaining balance of appropriated funds in the
   40         trust fund; requiring the department to allocate funds
   41         to appropriate institutions and collect and maintain
   42         certain data regarding the incentive program;
   43         requiring the State Board of Education to adopt rules;
   44         providing an effective date.
   46  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   48         Section 1. Subsection (1) and paragraph (a) of subsection
   49  (2) of section 1009.55, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
   50         1009.55 Rosewood Family Scholarship Program.—
   51         (1) There is created a Rosewood Family Scholarship Program
   52  for the direct descendants of the Rosewood families, not to
   53  exceed 50 25 scholarships per year.
   54         (2) The Rosewood Family Scholarship Program shall be
   55  administered by the Department of Education. The State Board of
   56  Education shall adopt rules for administering this program which
   57  shall at a minimum provide for the following:
   58         (a) The annual award to a student shall be up to $6,100
   59  $4,000 but should not exceed an amount in excess of tuition and
   60  registration fees.
   61         Section 2. Section 1009.893, Florida Statutes, is created
   62  to read:
   63         1009.893 Florida National Merit Scholar Incentive Program.—
   64         (1) As used in this section, the term:
   65         (a) “Department” means the Department of Education.
   66         (b) “Incentive program” means the Florida National Merit
   67  Scholar Incentive Program.
   68         (2) The Florida National Merit Scholar Incentive Program is
   69  created to reward any Florida high school graduate who receives
   70  recognition as a National Merit Scholar or National Achievement
   71  Scholar and who initially enrolls in the 2014-2015 academic
   72  year, or later, in a degree program, certificate program, or
   73  applied technology program at an eligible Florida public or
   74  independent postsecondary educational institution.
   75         (3) The department shall administer the incentive program
   76  according to rules and procedures established by the State Board
   77  of Education. The department shall advertise the availability of
   78  the incentive program and notify students, teachers, parents,
   79  certified school counselors, and principals or other relevant
   80  school administrators of the criteria and application
   81  procedures.
   82         (4) In order to be eligible for an award under the
   83  incentive program, a student must:
   84         (a) Be a state resident as defined in s. 1009.40 and rules
   85  of the State Board of Education.
   86         (b)Earn a standard Florida high school diploma or its
   87  equivalent pursuant to s. 1003.428, s. 1003.4281, s. 1003.4282,
   88  or s. 1003.435 unless:
   89         1.The student completes a home education program according
   90  to s. 1002.41; or
   91         2.The student earns a high school diploma from a non
   92  Florida school while living with a parent or guardian who is on
   93  military or public service assignment away from this state.
   94         (c)Be accepted by and enroll in a Florida public or
   95  independent postsecondary educational institution that meets the
   96  eligibility requirements specified in s. 1009.533.
   97         (d)Be enrolled for at least 6 semester credit hours or the
   98  equivalent in quarter hours or clock hours.
   99         (5)(a) An eligible student who is a National Merit Scholar
  100  or National Achievement Scholar and who attends a public
  101  postsecondary educational institution must receive an incentive
  102  award equal to the institutional cost of attendance minus the
  103  sum of the student’s Florida Bright Futures Scholarship and
  104  National Merit Scholarship or National Achievement Scholarship.
  105         (b) An eligible student who is a National Merit Scholar or
  106  National Achievement Scholar and who attends an independent
  107  postsecondary educational institution must receive an incentive
  108  award equal to the highest cost of attendance at a Florida
  109  public university, as reported by the Board of Governors of the
  110  State University System, minus the sum of the student’s Florida
  111  Bright Futures Scholarship and National Merit Scholarship or
  112  National Achievement Scholarship.
  113         (6)(a) To be eligible for a renewal award, a student must
  114  meet the renewal requirements for the Florida Bright Futures
  115  Scholarship Program set forth in s. 1009.532(1)(a) and for the
  116  Florida Academic Scholars award set forth in s. 1009.534(3).
  117         (b) A student may receive the incentive award for a maximum
  118  of 100 percent of the number of credit hours required to
  119  complete an associate degree program or a baccalaureate degree
  120  program or receive an award for a maximum of 100 percent of the
  121  credit hours or clock hours required to complete up to 90 credit
  122  hours of a program that terminates in a career certificate.
  123         (7) The department shall annually issue awards from the
  124  incentive program. Before the registration period each semester,
  125  the department shall transmit payment for each award to the
  126  president or director of the postsecondary educational
  127  institution, or his or her representative, except that the
  128  department may withhold payment if the receiving institution
  129  fails to report or to make refunds to the department as required
  130  in this section.
  131         (a) Each institution shall certify to the department the
  132  eligibility status of each student to receive a disbursement
  133  within 30 days before the end of its regular registration
  134  period, inclusive of a drop and add period. An institution is
  135  not required to reevaluate the student eligibility after the end
  136  of the drop and add period.
  137         (b) An institution that receives funds from the incentive
  138  program must certify to the department the amount of funds
  139  disbursed to each student and remit to the department any
  140  undisbursed advances within 60 days after the end of regular
  141  registration.
  142         (c) If funds appropriated are not adequate to provide the
  143  maximum allowable award to each eligible student, awards must be
  144  prorated using the same percentage reduction.
  145         (8) Funds from any award within the incentive program may
  146  not be used to pay for remedial coursework or developmental
  147  education.
  148         (9) A student may use an award for a summer term if funds
  149  are available and appropriated by the Legislature.
  150         (10) Funds appropriated by the Legislature for the
  151  incentive program awards may be deposited into the State Student
  152  Financial Assistance Trust Fund. Notwithstanding s. 216.301 and
  153  pursuant to s. 216.351, any balance in the trust fund at the end
  154  of any fiscal year which has been allocated to the incentive
  155  program must remain in the incentive program and shall be
  156  available for carrying out the purposes of this section. The
  157  department shall allocate funds to the appropriate institutions
  158  and collect and maintain data regarding the incentive program
  159  within the student financial assistance database as specified in
  160  s. 1009.94.
  161         (11) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules
  162  necessary to administer this section.
  163         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.