Florida Senate - 2019 SB 1234 By Senator Taddeo 40-01567-19 20191234__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to student eligibility requirements 3 for state financial aid awards and tuition assistance 4 grants; amending s. 1009.40, F.S.; providing that a 5 student may not be denied classification as a resident 6 for purposes of receiving state financial aid awards 7 based on his or her immigration status if certain 8 criteria are met; providing an effective date. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 12 Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section 13 1009.40, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 14 1009.40 General requirements for student eligibility for 15 state financial aid awards and tuition assistance grants.— 16 (1)(a) The general requirements for eligibility of students 17 for state financial aid awards and tuition assistance grants 18 consist of the following: 19 1. Achievement of the academic requirements of and 20 acceptance at a state university or Florida College System 21 institution; a nursing diploma school approved by the Florida 22 Board of Nursing; a Florida college or university which is 23 accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the State 24 Board of Education; a Florida institution the credits of which 25 are acceptable for transfer to state universities; a career 26 center; or a private career institution accredited by an 27 accrediting agency recognized by the State Board of Education. 28 2. Residency in this state for no less than 1 year 29 preceding the award of aid or a tuition assistance grant for a 30 program established pursuant to s. 1009.50, s. 1009.505, s. 31 1009.51, s. 1009.52, s. 1009.53, s. 1009.60, s. 1009.62, s. 32 1009.72, s. 1009.73, s. 1009.77, s. 1009.89, or s. 1009.891. 33 Residency in this state must be for purposes other than to 34 obtain an education. Resident status for purposes of receiving 35 state financial aid awards shall be determined in the same 36 manner as resident status for tuition purposes pursuant to s. 37 1009.21. However, a student may not be denied classification as 38 a resident for purposes of receiving state financial aid awards 39 based solely upon his or her immigration status if he or she: 40 a. Has been granted temporary protected status by the 41 United States Department of Homeland Security; or 42 b. Has been granted deferred action for childhood arrivals 43 status or another form of prosecutorial discretion by the United 44 States Department of Homeland Security. 45 3. Submission of certification attesting to the accuracy, 46 completeness, and correctness of information provided to 47 demonstrate a student’s eligibility to receive state financial 48 aid awards or tuition assistance grants. Falsification of such 49 information shall result in the denial of a pending application 50 and revocation of an award or grant currently held to the extent 51 that no further payments shall be made. Additionally, students 52 who knowingly make false statements in order to receive state 53 financial aid awards or tuition assistance grants commit a 54 misdemeanor of the second degree subject to the provisions of s. 55 837.06 and shall be required to return all state financial aid 56 awards or tuition assistance grants wrongfully obtained. 57 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.