Florida Senate - 2021                                    SB 1728
       By Senator Baxley
       12-01362A-21                                          20211728__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to an out-of-state fee waiver for
    3         nonresident students; amending s. 1009.26, F.S.;
    4         requiring a state university to waive the out-of-state
    5         fee for a nonresident student who meets certain
    6         requirements; providing applicability; requiring each
    7         state university to report specified information
    8         regarding such out-of-state fee waivers to the Board
    9         of Governors annually; requiring that a student who is
   10         granted such out-of-state fee waiver be excluded from
   11         the limitation on the systemwide total enrollment of
   12         nonresident students; requiring the Board of Governors
   13         to adopt regulations; providing an effective date.
   15  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   17         Section 1. Subsection (18) is added to section 1009.26,
   18  Florida Statutes, to read:
   19         1009.26 Fee waivers.—
   20         (18)(a)A state university shall waive the out-of-state fee
   21  for a nonresident student who:
   22         1. Is a United States citizen.
   23         2.Has a grandparent who is a legal resident as defined in
   24  s. 1009.21(1).
   25         3.Earns a high school diploma comparable to a standard
   26  Florida high school diploma, or its equivalency, or completes a
   27  home education program.
   28         4.a.Achieves an SAT combined score no lower than the 89th
   29  national percentile on the SAT;
   30         b.Achieves an ACT score concordant to the required SAT
   31  score in sub-subparagraph a., using the latest published
   32  national concordance table developed jointly by the College
   33  Board and ACT, Inc.; or
   34         c.If a state university accepts the Classic Learning Test
   35  (CLT) for admission purposes, achieves a CLT score concordant to
   36  the required SAT score in sub-subparagraph a., using the latest
   37  published scoring comparison developed by Classic Learning
   38  Initiatives.
   39         5.Enrolls as a full-time undergraduate student at a state
   40  university in the fall academic term immediately following high
   41  school graduation.
   42         (b)The waiver under this subsection is applicable for up
   43  to 110 percent of the number of required credit hours of the
   44  degree program for which the student is enrolled.
   45         (c)Prior to waiving the out-of-state fee, the state
   46  university shall require the student, or the student’s parent if
   47  the student is a dependent child, to provide a written
   48  declaration pursuant to s. 92.525(2) verifying the student’s
   49  familial relationship to a grandparent who is a legal resident.
   50         (d)Each state university shall report to the Board of
   51  Governors the number and value of all fee waivers granted
   52  annually under this subsection.
   53         (e)A nonresident student granted an out-of-state fee
   54  waiver under this subsection shall be excluded from the
   55  limitation on systemwide total enrollment of nonresident
   56  students established by regulation of the Board of Governors.
   57         (f)The Board of Governors shall adopt regulations to
   58  administer this subsection.
   59         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.