Florida Senate - 2017                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for CS for SB 2
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                Floor: 7/F/2R          .                                
             03/08/2017 02:39 PM       .                                

       Senator Clemens moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 671 - 714
    4  and insert:
    5  burden on the citizens of the state. Because the William L.
    6  Boyd, IV, Florida Resident Access Grant Program is not related
    7  to a student’s financial need or other criteria upon which
    8  financial aid programs are based, it is the intent of the
    9  Legislature that the William L. Boyd, IV, Florida Resident
   10  Access Grant Program not be considered a financial aid program
   11  but rather a tuition assistance program for its citizens.
   12         (2) The William L. Boyd, IV, Effective Access to Student
   13  Education Florida Resident Access Grant Program shall be
   14  administered by the Department of Education. The State Board of
   15  Education shall adopt rules for the administration of the
   16  program.
   17         (3) The department shall issue through the program a
   18  William L. Boyd, IV, Effective Access to Student Education
   19  Florida resident access grant to any full-time degree-seeking
   20  undergraduate student registered at an independent nonprofit
   21  college or university which is located in and chartered by the
   22  state; which is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the
   23  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; which grants
   24  baccalaureate degrees; which is not a state university or
   25  Florida College System institution; and which has a secular
   26  purpose, so long as the receipt of state aid by students at the
   27  institution would not have the primary effect of advancing or
   28  impeding religion or result in an excessive entanglement between
   29  the state and any religious sect. Any independent college or
   30  university that was eligible to receive tuition vouchers on
   31  January 1, 1989, and which continues to meet the criteria under
   32  which its eligibility was established, shall remain eligible to
   33  receive William L. Boyd, IV, Effective Access to Student
   34  Education Florida resident access grant payments.
   35         (4) A person is eligible to receive such William L. Boyd,
   36  IV, Effective Access to Student Education Florida resident
   37  access grant if:
   38         (a) He or she meets the general requirements, including
   39  residency, for student eligibility as provided in s. 1009.40,
   40  except as otherwise provided in this section; and
   41         (b)1. He or she is enrolled as a full-time undergraduate
   42  student at an eligible college or university;
   43         2. He or she is not enrolled in a program of study leading
   44  to a degree in theology or divinity; and
   45         3. He or she is making satisfactory academic progress as
   46  defined by the college or university in which he or she is
   47  enrolled.
   49  Priority in awarding William L. Boyd, IV, Effective Access to
   50  Student Education grants must be given to eligible students who
   51  demonstrate a financial need.
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   54  And the title is amended as follows:
   55         Delete line 74
   56  and insert:
   57         Florida Resident Access Grant Program; requiring that
   58         students who demonstrate a financial need be given
   59         priority in the awarding of grants; amending s.