Florida Senate - 2022 SB 396 By Senator Polsky 29-00102A-22 2022396__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to fee waivers for students living in 3 a recovery residence; amending s. 1009.26, F.S.; 4 authorizing each Florida College System institution, 5 career center operated by a school district, and 6 charter technical career center to waive out-of-state 7 fees for students living in a recovery residence; 8 providing eligibility criteria for such students; 9 prohibiting tuition and fees charged to a student 10 granted the waiver from exceeding the tuition and fees 11 charged to a resident student; requiring a student to 12 provide written or electronic verification of his or 13 her residence; providing requirements for such 14 verification; providing an eligibility period for 15 students who provide the required verification; 16 providing for the renewal of the out-of-state fee 17 waiver; providing a statewide limit on such waivers; 18 requiring each Florida College System institution, 19 career center operated by a school district, and 20 charter technical career center to report to the State 21 Board of Education the number and value of all such 22 waivers granted annually; requiring the board to adopt 23 rules; providing an effective date. 24 25 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 26 27 Section 1. Subsection (21) is added to section 1009.26, 28 Florida Statutes, to read: 29 1009.26 Fee waivers.— 30 (21)(a) Each Florida College System institution, career 31 center operated by a school district under s. 1001.44, and 32 charter technical career center under s. 1002.34 may waive out 33 of-state fees for students who currently live in a recovery 34 residence, as defined in s. 397.311, and are employed in this 35 state and work at least 20 hours per week. 36 (b) Tuition and fees charged to a student granted an out 37 of-state fee waiver under this subsection may not exceed the 38 tuition and fees charged to a resident student. 39 (c)1. To receive an out-of-state fee waiver under this 40 subsection, a student must provide written or electronic 41 verification that he or she currently resides in a recovery 42 residence, as defined in s. 397.311, to the Florida College 43 System institution, career center operated by a school district 44 under s. 1001.44, or charter technical career center under s. 45 1002.34 where he or she is enrolled. Such verification must be: 46 a. A lease agreement signed by the student and the operator 47 of the recovery residence; or 48 b. An affidavit signed by a certified recovery residence 49 administrator or clinical supervisor, as defined in s. 397.311. 50 2. A student who provides the verification required under 51 subparagraph 1. remains eligible for the out-of-state fee waiver 52 for 1 academic year. 53 3. To renew his or her out-of-state fee waiver, a student 54 must maintain a cumulative 2.5 grade point average or higher on 55 a 4.0 scale and resubmit his or her verification pursuant to 56 subparagraph 1. 57 (d)1. Fee waivers granted pursuant to this subsection may 58 not exceed 50 students statewide each academic year. 59 2. Each Florida College System institution, career center 60 operated by a school district under s. 1001.44, and charter 61 technical career center under s. 1002.34 shall report to the 62 State Board of Education the number and value of all fee waivers 63 granted annually under this subsection. 64 (e) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to 65 administer this subsection. 66 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.