Florida Senate - 2021                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1484
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       Appropriations Subcommittee on Education (Gruters) recommended
       the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Subsection (2) of section 1009.52, Florida
    6  Statutes, is amended to read:
    7         1009.52 Florida Postsecondary Student Assistance Grant
    8  Program; eligibility for grants.—
    9         (2)(a) Florida postsecondary student assistance grants may
   10  be made only to full-time degree-seeking students who meet the
   11  general requirements for student eligibility as provided in s.
   12  1009.40, except as otherwise provided in this section. Such
   13  grants shall be awarded for the amount of demonstrated unmet
   14  need for tuition and fees and may not exceed the maximum annual
   15  award amount specified in the General Appropriations Act. A
   16  demonstrated unmet need of less than $200 shall render the
   17  applicant ineligible for a Florida postsecondary student
   18  assistance grant.
   19         (a)Awards may be made to full-time degree-seeking students
   20  who Recipients of such grants must have been accepted at a
   21  postsecondary institution that is located in this state and that
   22  is:
   23         1. A private nursing diploma school approved by the Florida
   24  Board of Nursing; or
   25         2. A college or university licensed by the Commission for
   26  Independent Education, excluding those institutions the students
   27  of which are eligible to receive a Florida private student
   28  assistance grant pursuant to s. 1009.51.
   30  If funds are available, a student who received an award in the
   31  fall or spring term may receive an award in the summer term.
   32  Priority in the distribution of summer awards shall be given to
   33  students who are within one semester of completing a degree or
   34  certificate program. No student may receive an award for more
   35  than the equivalent of 9 semesters or 14 quarters of full-time
   36  enrollment, except as otherwise provided in s. 1009.40(3).
   37         (b) Awards may be made to full-time degree-seeking students
   38  who have been accepted at a competency-based nonprofit virtual
   39  postsecondary institution that is accredited by a member of the
   40  Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions and is created by
   41  the governors of several states, has established and continually
   42  maintains a location of operation in this state, and maintains a
   43  governing body or advisory board in this state.
   44         (c) A student applying for a Florida postsecondary student
   45  assistance grant shall be required to apply for the Pell Grant.
   46  The Pell Grant entitlement shall be considered when conducting
   47  an assessment of the financial resources available to each
   48  student.
   49         (d)(c) Priority in the distribution of grant moneys may be
   50  given to students who are within one semester of completing a
   51  degree or certificate program. An institution may not make a
   52  grant from this program to a student whose expected family
   53  contribution exceeds one and one-half times the maximum Pell
   54  Grant-eligible family contribution. An institution may not
   55  impose additional criteria to determine a student’s eligibility
   56  to receive a grant award.
   57         (e)(d) Each participating institution shall report to the
   58  department by the established date the students eligible for the
   59  program for each academic term. Each institution shall also
   60  report to the department necessary demographic and eligibility
   61  data for such students.
   62         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.
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   65  And the title is amended as follows:
   66         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   67  and insert:
   68                        A bill to be entitled                      
   69         An act relating to the Florida Postsecondary Student
   70         Assistance Grant Program; amending s. 1009.52, F.S;
   71         revising eligibility for the Florida Postsecondary
   72         Student Assistance Grant Program; providing an
   73         effective date.