Florida Senate - 2022 SB 858 By Senator Brodeur 9-00347B-22 2022858__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to fee exemptions for reunited 3 students; amending s. 1009.25, F.S.; creating a 4 tuition and fee exemption for students who enter the 5 custody of the Department of Children and Families 6 after a specified age and who are reunited with their 7 biological or legal custodians before reaching a 8 specified age after spending at least 18 months in 9 department custody; requiring the student to meet 10 certain federal financial aid eligibility 11 requirements; providing that the exemption includes 12 fees associated with enrollment in applied academics 13 for adult education instruction; providing that the 14 exemption remains valid until the student reaches a 15 specified age; providing an effective date. 16 17 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 18 19 Section 1. Present paragraphs (e) through (h) of subsection 20 (1) of section 1009.25, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as 21 paragraphs (f) through (i), respectively, and a new paragraph 22 (e) is added to that subsection, to read: 23 1009.25 Fee exemptions.— 24 (1) The following students are exempt from the payment of 25 tuition and fees, including lab fees, at a school district that 26 provides workforce education programs, Florida College System 27 institution, or state university: 28 (e) A student who was placed in the custody of the 29 Department of Children and Families, in either protective 30 supervision or out-of-home care, for a period of at least 18 31 months on or after his or her 14th birthday and who was 32 reunited, before his or her 18th birthday, with the biological 33 or legal custodian who was the subject of the dependency 34 proceedings that resulted in the child’s placement with the 35 department. The student must meet the eligibility requirements 36 for federal financial aid under 20 U.S.C. s. 1091. The exemption 37 includes fees associated with enrollment in applied academics 38 for adult education instruction. The exemption remains valid 39 until the student reaches 28 years of age. 40 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.