Tuition and Fee Changes
HB 7015 creates the “Congressman C.W. ‘Bill’ Young Veteran Tuition Waiver Program” to provide a mandatory out-of-state fee waiver for honorably discharged veterans of the United States Armed Forces, United States Reserve Forces, or the National Guard, who reside in the state while enrolled at a state college, state university, career center operated by a school district, or charter technical center.
HB 0851 provides that state universities, Florida College System institutions, career centers, and charter technical career centers shall waive out-of-state fees for all students who meet the following conditions (including those who are in the country illegally):
- Attended a Florida secondary school for three consecutive years immediately prior to graduating from high school;
- Enroll in an institution of higher education within 24 months after graduation;
- Submit their high school transcript as documentary evidence of attendance and graduation.
State university students granted an out-of-state fee waiver under the bill must be counted as nonresident students when calculating total enrollment. Students granted this waiver will count against the regulation limiting the percentage of non-resident students the state university system may have.
In addition, the bill stipulates that state universities, Florida College System institutions, career centers, and charter technical career centers shall prioritize the enrollment of veterans granted an out-of-state fee over students granted a fee waiver under this bill.
Students may receive the out-of-state fee waiver for up to 110 percent of the required credit hours of the degree or certificate program for which the student is enrolled, but they are not eligible for state financial aid.