Florida Senate - 2021 SB 1672 By Senator Diaz 36-01364-21 20211672__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the State University Free Seat 3 Program; creating s. 1009.266, F.S.; creating the 4 State University Free Seat Program; providing a 5 purpose for the program; providing an exemption from 6 tuition and fees, including lab fees, for one online 7 course at a state university for certain resident 8 students; prohibiting a state university from charging 9 such students more than a specified percentage of the 10 tuition rate and the tuition differential under 11 certain circumstances; providing a limitation on the 12 application of such tuition discount; providing an 13 effective date. 14 15 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 16 17 Section 1. Section 1009.266, Florida Statutes, is created 18 to read: 19 1009.266 State University Free Seat Program.— 20 (1) The State University Free Seat Program is created to 21 encourage nontraditional students to enroll in and attend a 22 state university. 23 (2)(a) A student who is a resident for tuition purposes 24 under s. 1009.21 and who has not been enrolled in a 25 postsecondary institution for more than 5 years is exempt from 26 the payment of tuition and fees, including lab fees, for one 27 online course at a state university during each academic year. 28 (b)1. For all other courses, a state university may not 29 charge a student who meets the criteria in paragraph (a) more 30 than 75 percent of the tuition rate as specified in s. 31 1009.24(4) and 75 percent of the tuition differential pursuant 32 to s. 1009.24(16), if the student remains enrolled in at least 33 one online course during each academic year. 34 2. A student who qualifies for the tuition discount under 35 subparagraph 1. is eligible to receive the discount for up to 36 110 percent of the number of required credit hours of the degree 37 program for which the student is enrolled. 38 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.