Florida Senate - 2018 SB 646 By Senator Rodriguez 37-00633-18 2018646__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Sunshine Scholarship Program; 3 creating s. 1009.894, F.S.; establishing the Sunshine 4 Scholarship Program for specified purposes; requiring 5 the Department of Education to administer the program; 6 providing student eligibility requirements; requiring 7 a student to repay the scholarship amount under 8 certain circumstances; providing that the program 9 applies only to a student’s tuition; providing for 10 funding; providing for rulemaking; providing an 11 effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Section 1009.894, Florida Statutes, is created 16 to read: 17 1009.894 Sunshine Scholarship Program.— 18 (1) There is established the Sunshine Scholarship Program 19 to be administered by the Department of Education. The Sunshine 20 Scholarship Program shall provide funding for 100 percent of an 21 eligible student’s tuition at a Florida College System 22 institution for up to 72 credit hours for an associate degree 23 program and 120 credit hours for a baccalaureate degree program 24 after all other available federal and state financial aid awards 25 and grants have been applied. 26 (2) To be eligible to receive a scholarship pursuant to 27 this section, a student must: 28 (a) Be a resident for tuition purposes, as defined in s. 29 1009.21. 30 (b) Have a total annual household income equal to or less 31 than $125,000. 32 (c) Be accepted by and enroll in a Florida College System 33 institution. 34 (d) Enroll in at least 30 credit hours per academic year. 35 (e) Have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student 36 Aid (FASFA). 37 (3) Upon completion of his or her program of study or upon 38 disenrollment from the Florida College System institution, the 39 student must reside and work within the state for the same 40 period of time he or she received funds from the program. If the 41 student does not reside and work within the state for the 42 specified period, the student must repay the total amount 43 awarded, plus an annual interest rate equal to the student’s 44 federal student loan interest rate in effect when the student 45 entered the program. This subsection does not apply to a student 46 who enlists in the United States Armed Forces. 47 (4) To remain eligible for the program, a student must 48 maintain the equivalent of a cumulative grade point average of 49 2.5 on a 4.0 scale while enrolled at the Florida College System 50 institution and must submit an annual FASFA. 51 (5) The Sunshine Scholarship Program applies only to 52 tuition. Each student is responsible for additional student 53 fees, textbooks, and other college-related expenses. 54 (6) Funding for the program shall be as provided in the 55 General Appropriations Act. 56 (7) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to 57 administer this section. 58 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.