National Merit Scholars and Florida Benacquisto
This scholarship in Florida is wonderful. It covers the institutional cost of attendance.
Florida students have to attend a 9 hour summer semester which is not included. My issue now is: Will Out-Of-State scholars pay instate rates or be exempt as the law SB-4 implies?
A discussion I am having with the Florida Senate Office...……..
( But your response doesn't answer my question. This is not a funding question. The site you gave me reads as follows:
"2. An eligible student who meets the requirements of paragraph (4)(b), who is a National Merit Scholar, and who attends a Florida public postsecondary educational institution shall receive a scholarship award equal to the institutional cost of attendance for a resident of this state minus the student’s National Merit Scholarship. Such student is exempt from the payment of out-of-state fees."
Specifically, it states that an Out of state Scholar: "shall receive a scholarship award equal to the institutional cost of attendance for a resident of this state" and " Such student is exempt from the payment of out-of-state fees".
So, again, Is an Out-of-State student to receive an award EQUAL...to the cost of attendance for a resident of the state?(as it says)Is such a student exempt from out-of-state fees? (as it says)
This section does not address summers semesters. This section implies that the Out-of-state scholar is to be EQUAL to the instate recipient AND NOT assessed out-of-state fees.
Therefore, it can be deduced, that if a student is forced to attend summer semester and charged out-of-state tuition and fees, that student would no longer be equal to the instate resident nor would he be exempt from the payment of out-of-state fees, in violation of the law.
If the enumerated Universities who take part in National Merit in Florida wish to follow the law as written, they would simply charge ALL Benacquisto Scholars the same (equal) Instate rates.
Looking forward to your response, )
PS I would be glad to answer any other Benacquisto questions about the Florida scholarship.