Florida Senate - 2018 SB 794 By Senator Braynon 35-00883-18 2018794__ 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 an exception; 9 providing that the program applies only to a student’s 10 tuition; providing for funding; requiring the State 11 Board of Education to adopt rules; providing an 12 effective date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Section 1009.894, Florida Statutes, is created 17 to read: 18 1009.894 Sunshine Scholarship Program.— 19 (1) There is established the Sunshine Scholarship Program 20 to be administered by the Department of Education. The Sunshine 21 Scholarship Program shall provide funding for 100 percent of an 22 eligible student’s tuition at a Florida College System 23 institution for up to 72 credit hours for an associate degree 24 program and 120 credit hours for a baccalaureate degree program. 25 (2) To be eligible to receive a scholarship pursuant to 26 this section, a student must: 27 (a) Be a resident for tuition purposes, as defined in s. 28 1009.21. 29 (b) Have a total annual household income equal to or less 30 than $125,000. 31 (c) Be accepted by and enroll in a Florida College System 32 institution. 33 (d) Enroll in at least 30 credit hours per academic year. 34 (3) Upon completion of his or her program of study or upon 35 disenrollment from the Florida College System institution, the 36 student must reside and work within the state for the same 37 period of time he or she received funds from the program. If the 38 student does not reside and work within the state for the 39 specified period, the student must repay the total amount 40 awarded, plus an annual interest rate equal to the federal 41 student loan interest rate in effect when the student entered 42 the program. This subsection does not apply to a student who 43 enlists in the United States Armed Forces. 44 (4) To remain eligible for the program, a student must 45 maintain the equivalent of a cumulative grade point average of 46 2.5 on a 4.0 scale while enrolled at the Florida College System 47 institution. 48 (5) The Sunshine Scholarship Program applies only to 49 tuition. Each student is responsible for additional student 50 fees, textbooks, and other college-related expenses. 51 (6) Funding for the program shall be as provided in the 52 General Appropriations Act. 53 (7) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to 54 administer this section. 55 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.