Florida Senate - 2015                                    SB 7028
       By the Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and
       Domestic Security
       583-01647-15                                          20157028__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to educational opportunities for
    3         veterans; amending s. 1009.26, F.S.; revising criteria
    4         for eligibility for out-of-state fee waivers at state
    5         universities, Florida College System institutions, and
    6         specified career centers; removing a provision
    7         regarding the applicability of waivers to required
    8         credit hours for a student’s degree or certificate
    9         program; requiring the Board of Governors and the
   10         State Board of Education to adopt regulations and
   11         rules, respectively; revising a short title provision;
   12         providing an effective date.
   14  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   16         Section 1. Subsection (13) of section 1009.26, Florida
   17  Statutes, is amended to read:
   18         1009.26 Fee waivers.—
   19         (13)(a) There is established the Congressman C. W. “Bill”
   20  Young Veteran Tuition Waiver Program. A state university,
   21  Florida College System institution, career center operated by a
   22  school district under s. 1001.44, or charter technical career
   23  center shall waive out-of-state fees for a person who is:
   24         1. An honorably discharged veteran of the United States
   25  Armed Forces, the United States Reserve Forces, or the National
   26  Guard who physically resides in this state while enrolled in the
   27  institution; or.
   28         2. Entitled to and uses educational assistance provided by
   29  the United States Department of Veterans Affairs for a quarter,
   30  semester, or term beginning after July 1, 2015, who physically
   31  resides in this state while enrolled in the institution.
   32         (b) Tuition and fees charged to a student veteran who
   33  qualifies for the out-of-state fee waiver under this subsection
   34  may not exceed the tuition and fees charged to a resident
   35  student. The waiver is applicable for 110 percent of the
   36  required credit hours of the degree or certificate program for
   37  which the student is enrolled.
   38         (c) Each state university, Florida College System
   39  institution, career center operated by a school district under
   40  s. 1001.44, and charter technical career center shall report to
   41  the Board of Governors and the State Board of Education,
   42  respectively, the number and value of all fee waivers granted
   43  annually under this subsection.
   44         (d) The Board of Governors and the State Board of Education
   45  shall respectively adopt regulations and rules to administer
   46  this subsection.
   47         (e)(b) This subsection may be cited as the “Congressman
   48  C.W. ‘Bill’ Young Veteran Tuition Waiver Act.”
   49         Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.