Florida Senate - 2019 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 1308 Ì551110WÎ551110 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Appropriations Subcommittee on Education (Perry) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Between lines 145 and 146 4 insert: 5 Section 5. Section 1009.75, Florida Statutes, is created to 6 read: 7 1009.75 Last Mile Scholarship program.— 8 (1) Beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, the Last 9 Mile Scholarship program is established within the Department of 10 Education to annually award the cost of in-state tuition and 11 required fees to students classified as residents pursuant to s. 12 1009.21 who are in good standing at Florida College System 13 institutions and state universities and who are within 12 or 14 fewer credit hours of completing their first associate degree or 15 baccalaureate degree. Any student who has earned college credit 16 from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution within a 17 period of 8 academic years before the year in which the student 18 submits an application pursuant to subsection (2) is eligible to 19 participate in the program. 20 (2)(a) The Department of Education shall create a simple, 21 web-based, application to allow any eligible student to identify 22 his or her intent to enroll and complete his or her associate 23 degree or baccalaureate degree within 3 academic terms at one or 24 more Florida College System institutions or state universities 25 or through an online competency-based program at a regionally 26 accredited, not-for-profit university. 27 (b) The department shall refer the student to the intended 28 institution or university for continued processing of 29 eligibility, feasibility of reverse transfer, award status, and 30 enrollment. The participating Florida College System institution 31 or state university must determine the eligibility of each 32 referred student and must report that information to the 33 department on behalf of the student in a format prescribed by 34 the department. 35 (c) Once an eligible student has successfully passed the 36 course or courses for each term in which the student is enrolled 37 during the program period, the department shall disburse the 38 award funds to the participating institution or university. The 39 award amount may not exceed the difference between the student’s 40 full cost of attendance and his or her total financial aid, 41 excluding loans. 42 (3) Funding for the program specified under this section is 43 contingent upon legislative appropriation. 44 (4) The State Board of Education and the Board of Governors 45 shall adopt rules and regulations, respectively, to implement 46 this section, including, but not limited to, application 47 processes, priority degree fields for award recipients, 48 reporting processes, and fees. 49 50 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 51 And the title is amended as follows: 52 Delete line 21 53 and insert: 54 requirements; creating s. 1009.75, F.S.; establishing 55 a scholarship program within the Department of 56 Education beginning with a specified academic year; 57 providing the purpose of the program; providing 58 student eligibility requirements relating to the 59 program; requiring the department to create a web 60 based application; providing program requirements; 61 providing for disbursal of award funds; providing that 62 funding for the program is contingent upon legislative 63 appropriation; requiring the State Board of Education 64 and the Board of Governors to adopt rules and 65 regulations, respectively; providing an effective 66 date.