Florida Senate - 2019                             CS for SB 1164
       By the Committee on Education; and Senators Gainer and Perry
       581-03739-19                                          20191164c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to postsecondary fee waivers; amending
    3         s. 1009.26, F.S.; authorizing certain Florida College
    4         System institutions serving counties directly impacted
    5         by a hurricane to waive out-of-state fees for students
    6         for a specified time period; providing requirements;
    7         prohibiting certain students enrolled in certain
    8         Florida College System institutions who qualify for
    9         such fee waivers from being included in the enrollment
   10         totals of such institutions for a specified purpose;
   11         providing an effective date.
   13  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   15         Section 1. Subsection (16) is added to section 1009.26,
   16  Florida Statutes, to read:
   17         1009.26 Fee waivers.—
   18         (16)A Florida College System institution that serves
   19  counties directly impacted by a hurricane, and whose enrollment
   20  decreases by more than 10 percent as a result of such impacts,
   21  is authorized to waive out-of-state fees for the purpose of
   22  recruiting students for a period of 3 years, beginning 180 days
   23  after the date on which the hurricane directly impacted the
   24  counties served by the Florida College System institution.
   25         (a)A student who qualifies for the waiver under this
   26  subsection is eligible to receive the waiver for up to 110
   27  percent of the number of required credit hours of the degree or
   28  certificate program for which the student is enrolled. However,
   29  he or she may not disenroll from the institution for more than
   30  one semester.
   31         (b)Each Florida College institution shall report to the
   32  State Board of Education the number and value of all fee waivers
   33  granted annually under this subsection.
   34         (c) Out-of-state students enrolled under this fee waiver
   35  shall not be included in the enrollment totals for these
   36  institutions by the Education Estimating Conference on Florida
   37  College System Enrollment.
   38         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.