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:
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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.