PURPOSE AND EFFECT: Provides that refunds for terminated Prepaid Plans will be provided upon submission of a notarized written request signed by the purchaser and, if the Plan was purchased after February 1, 2009, by the co-purchaser. Conforms this rule to the changes to Rule 19B-5.004, F.A.C.
SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: The signature requirements for refunds of terminated Prepaid Plans.
SPECIFIC AUTHORITY: 1009.971(1), (4), (6) FS.
LAW IMPLEMENTED: 1009.98 FS.
IF REQUESTED IN WRITING AND NOT DEEMED UNNECESSARY BY THE AGENCY HEAD, A RULE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD AT THE DATE, TIME AND PLACE SHOWN BELOW:
TIME AND DATE: September 29, 2008, 2:00 p.m.
PLACE: Suite 210, Hermitage Building, 1801 Hermitage Boulevard, Tallahassee, Florida
THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT, IF AVAILABLE, IS: Thomas J. Wallace, Executive Director, 1801 Hermitage Boulevard, Suite 210, Tallahassee, Florida 32308, telephone (850)488-8514
THE PRELIMINARY TEXT OF THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT IS:
Except as provided herein, refunds shall not exceed the amount paid for any plan included in the advance payment contract bought by the purchaser, except for conversions pursuant to Rule 19B-11.002, F.A.C., and dormitory plan refunds due to insufficient housing pursuant to Rule 19B-11.004, F.A.C.
Involuntary and voluntary termination pursuant to Rules 19B-10.001 and 19B-10.002, F.A.C., respectively, shall result in a refund to the purchaser after assessment of appropriate fees. Termination of student status after the official drop/add period eliminates the refund option for that semester. The Board will process a refund assocated with an account that was terminated pursuant to Rule 19B-10.001 or 19B-10.002, F.A.C., upon the receipt of a notarized, written request that is signed by the person or persons required pursuant to Rule 19B-5.004, F.A.C. The refund will be paid only to the purchaser of the terminated account.
(1) No change.
(2) Refunds may exceed the amount paid for a plan in the following circumstances:
(a) If a beneficiary is awarded a scholarship, the terms of which cover the benefits included in the advance payment contracts, moneys paid for the purchase of the advance payment contracts shall be returned to the purchaser in semester installments coinciding with the matriculation by the beneficiary in an amount not to exceed the redemption value of the advance payment contract. Proof of scholarship shall be given to the Board as required by the Master Covenant.
(b) In the event of death or total disability of the beneficiary, the advance payment contract may be terminated pursuant to Rule 19B-10.002, F.A.C., and the moneys paid for the purchase of an advance payment contract shall be refunded
returned to the purchaser in lump sum in an amount not to exceed the redemption value of the advance payment contract. Proof of death or disability shall be in such form as required by the Board.
(c) If a beneficiary with a tuition differential fee contract attends a state educational institution that does not charge a tuition differential fee, moneys paid for purchase of the tuition differential fee contract shall be returned to the purchaser in an amount not to exceed the redemption value of the tuition differential fee plan.
(3) For purposes of refunds pursuant to paragraph 19B-11.001(2)(a) or (b), F.A.C., for tuition and local fee plans, the redemption value shall be the average amount of tuition and local fees, respectively, charged by the state universities or community colleges at the time of the refund request. For purposes of refunds pursuant to paragraph 19B-11.001(2)(a) or (b), F.A.C., for the dormitory plan, the redemption value shall be the average of the state university dormitory fees charged at the time of the refund request, for the number of semesters reflected in each purchaser’s advance payment contract. For purposes of refunds pursuant to paragraph 19B-11.001(2)(c), F.A.C., for tuition differential fee plans, the redemption value shall be the average amount of tuition differential fees charged by the state educational institution at the time of the refund.
Specific Authority 1009.971(1), (4), (6) FS. Law Implemented 1009.971, 1009.98(5) FS. History–New 3-29-89, Amended 2-6-90, 3-19-92, Formerly 4G-11.001, Amended 8-18-97, 11-6-01, 12-17-07, ________.