Florida Senate - 2021              PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE
       Bill No. SB 1484
       Proposed Committee Substitute by the Committee on Appropriations
       (Appropriations Subcommittee on Education)
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Florida Postsecondary Student
    3         Assistance Grant Program; amending s. 1009.52, F.S;
    4         revising eligibility for the Florida Postsecondary
    5         Student Assistance Grant Program; providing an
    6         effective date.
    8  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   10         Section 1. Subsection (2) of section 1009.52, Florida
   11  Statutes, is amended to read:
   12         1009.52 Florida Postsecondary Student Assistance Grant
   13  Program; eligibility for grants.—
   14         (2)(a) Florida postsecondary student assistance grants may
   15  be made only to full-time degree-seeking students who meet the
   16  general requirements for student eligibility as provided in s.
   17  1009.40, except as otherwise provided in this section. Such
   18  grants shall be awarded for the amount of demonstrated unmet
   19  need for tuition and fees and may not exceed the maximum annual
   20  award amount specified in the General Appropriations Act. A
   21  demonstrated unmet need of less than $200 shall render the
   22  applicant ineligible for a Florida postsecondary student
   23  assistance grant.
   24         (a)Awards may be made to full-time degree-seeking students
   25  who Recipients of such grants must have been accepted at a
   26  postsecondary institution that is located in this state and that
   27  is:
   28         1. A private nursing diploma school approved by the Florida
   29  Board of Nursing; or
   30         2. A college or university licensed by the Commission for
   31  Independent Education, excluding those institutions the students
   32  of which are eligible to receive a Florida private student
   33  assistance grant pursuant to s. 1009.51.
   35  If funds are available, a student who received an award in the
   36  fall or spring term may receive an award in the summer term.
   37  Priority in the distribution of summer awards shall be given to
   38  students who are within one semester of completing a degree or
   39  certificate program. No student may receive an award for more
   40  than the equivalent of 9 semesters or 14 quarters of full-time
   41  enrollment, except as otherwise provided in s. 1009.40(3).
   42         (b) Awards may be made to full-time degree-seeking students
   43  who have been accepted at a competency-based nonprofit virtual
   44  postsecondary institution that is accredited by a member of the
   45  Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions and is created by
   46  the governors of several states, has established and continually
   47  maintains a location of operation in this state, and maintains a
   48  governing body or advisory board in this state.
   49         (c) A student applying for a Florida postsecondary student
   50  assistance grant shall be required to apply for the Pell Grant.
   51  The Pell Grant entitlement shall be considered when conducting
   52  an assessment of the financial resources available to each
   53  student.
   54         (d)(c) Priority in the distribution of grant moneys may be
   55  given to students who are within one semester of completing a
   56  degree or certificate program. An institution may not make a
   57  grant from this program to a student whose expected family
   58  contribution exceeds one and one-half times the maximum Pell
   59  Grant-eligible family contribution. An institution may not
   60  impose additional criteria to determine a student’s eligibility
   61  to receive a grant award.
   62         (e)(d) Each participating institution shall report to the
   63  department by the established date the students eligible for the
   64  program for each academic term. Each institution shall also
   65  report to the department necessary demographic and eligibility
   66  data for such students.
   67         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.