Florida Senate - 2022 SB 1034 By Senator Gruters 23-00874C-22 20221034__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the William L. Boyd, IV, Effective 3 Access to Student Education Grant Program; amending s. 4 1009.89, F.S.; revising the institutions a student 5 must attend to receive a William L. Boyd, IV, 6 Effective Access to Student Education grant to include 7 certain for-profit independent colleges and 8 universities; providing an effective date. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 12 Section 1. Subsections (1) and (3) of section 1009.89, 13 Florida Statutes, are amended to read: 14 1009.89 The William L. Boyd, IV, Effective Access to 15 Student Education grants.— 16 (1) The Legislature finds and declares that independent 17
nonprofitcolleges and universities eligible to participate in 18 the William L. Boyd, IV, Effective Access to Student Education 19 Grant Program are an integral part of the higher education 20 system in this state and that a significant number of state 21 residents choose this form of higher education. The Legislature 22 further finds that a strong and viable system of independent 23 nonprofitcolleges and universities reduces the tax burden on 24 the citizens of the state. Because the William L. Boyd, IV, 25 Effective Access to Student Education Grant Program is not 26 related to a student’s financial need or other criteria upon 27 which financial aid programs are based, it is the intent of the 28 Legislature that the William L. Boyd, IV, Effective Access to 29 Student Education Grant Program not be considered a financial 30 aid program but rather a tuition assistance program for its 31 citizens. 32 (3) The department shall issue through the program a 33 William L. Boyd, IV, Effective Access to Student Education grant 34 to any full-time degree-seeking undergraduate student registered 35 at an independent nonprofitcollege or university which is 36 located in and chartered by the state; which is accredited by 37 the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of 38 Colleges and Schools; which grants baccalaureate degrees; which 39 is not a state university or Florida College System institution; 40 and which has a secular purpose, so long as the receipt of state 41 aid by students at the institution would not have the primary 42 effect of advancing or impeding religion or result in an 43 excessive entanglement between the state and any religious sect. 44 A for-profit college or university must have Level 5 45 accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern 46 Association of College and Schools in addition to the foregoing 47 requirements. 48 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.