Florida Senate - 2017 SB 700 By Senator Campbell 38-01507-17 2017700__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to postsecondary educational 3 institution fee waivers; amending s. 1009.26, F.S.; 4 requiring a state university, a Florida College System 5 institution, a career center operated by a school 6 district, or a charter technical career center to 7 waive out-of-state fees for students who have a 8 current temporary protected status; requiring such 9 institutions to require the student to provide 10 supporting documentation for the status; providing an 11 effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Subsection (12) of section 1009.26, Florida 16 Statutes, is amended to read: 17 1009.26 Fee waivers.— 18 (12)(a) A state university, a Florida College System 19 institution, a career center operated by a school district under 20 s. 1001.44, or a charter technical career center shall waive 21 out-of-state fees for students, including, but not limited to, 22 students who are undocumented for federal immigration purposes 23 or who have a current temporary protected status, as designated 24 by the Department of Homeland Security, who meet the following 25 conditions: 26 1. Attended a secondary school in this state for 3 27 consecutive years immediately before graduating from a high 28 school in this state; 29 2. Apply for enrollment in an institution of higher 30 education within 24 months after high school graduation; and 31 3. Submit an official Florida high school transcript as 32 evidence of attendance and graduation. 33 (b) Tuition and fees charged to a student who qualifies for 34 the out-of-state fee waiver under this subsection may not exceed 35 the tuition and fees charged to a resident student. The waiver 36 is applicable for 110 percent of the required credit hours of 37 the degree or certificate program for which the student is 38 enrolled. 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. By October 1 of each year, the 44 Board of Governors for the state universities and the State 45 Board of Education for Florida College System institutions, 46 career centers operated by a school district under s. 1001.44, 47 and charter technical career centers shall annually report for 48 the previous academic year the percentage of resident and 49 nonresident students enrolled systemwide. 50 (c) A state university student granted an out-of-state fee 51 waiver under this subsection must be considered a nonresident 52 student for purposes of calculating the systemwide total 53 enrollment of nonresident students as limited by regulation of 54 the Board of Governors. In addition, a student who is granted an 55 out-of-state fee waiver under this subsection is not eligible 56 for state financial aid under part III of this chapter and must 57 not be reported as a resident for tuition purposes. 58 (d) A state university, a Florida College System 59 institution, a career center operated by a school district under 60 s. 1001.44, or a charter technical career center shall, within 61 the nonresident student enrollment systemwide, prioritize the 62 enrollment of a veteran who is granted an out-of-state fee 63 waiver pursuant to the Congressman C.W. “Bill” Young Tuition 64 Waiver Act over a student who is granted an out-of-state fee 65 waiver under this subsection. 66 (e) A state university, a Florida College System 67 institution, a career center operated by a school district under 68 s. 1001.44, or a charter technical career center shall require a 69 student to provide documentation supporting their temporary 70 protected status. 71 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.