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Florida Prepaid College Tuition: $200 million in refunds unclaimed

More than 30,000 families have yet to claim over $200 million worth of refunds from Florida’s Prepaid College Tuition Program.
A Pegasus mural at the University of Central Florida Student Union.
A Pegasus mural at the University of Central Florida Student Union.
Published Sep. 20

TALLAHASSEE — More than 30,000 families have yet to claim over $200 million worth of refunds from Florida’s Prepaid College Tuition Program, according to program officials.

Prices for the prepaid plans were rolled back last year, as tuition at state colleges and universities had not increased in six years. This left some accounts paid off early, with refund balances due.

On average, families that have not yet claimed their refunds have $4,700 waiting for them.

“This is a time when we know that there are families who could definitely use a $4,700 check. We don’t want to hold it. We would like you to have it and claim it,” program spokesperson Shannon Colavecchio said.

In addition to receiving refunds, families can also transfer the balance to the accounts of other children or put the money into another savings plan to help pay for books, technology and housing for college students.

The program is also waiving the $50 application fee for anyone who submits an application for a new prepaid plan between now and Oct. 31.

People who sign up early will be enrolled automatically when open enrollment begins on Feb. 1.