As the new school year begins, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) directed his Division of Unclaimed Property to work with Florida’s schools and school districts to reunite unclaimed property held for public and private K-12 schools, school boards, and districts in the state. This new “Back to School” unclaimed property initiative includes more than 4,600 unclaimed property accounts for schools and school entities.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “As the new school year approaches, the more than $1 million found in unclaimed property for schools, school boards and districts in our state is money that could make a difference in our kids’ lives. We will get to work immediately and work diligently with our schools to ensure return every cent is returned so that our children can benefit.”
Account values vary, with one valuing more than $135,000. The unclaimed Property accounts by county can be found HERE.
Since CFO Patronis took office July 1, 2017, he has returned $361 million in unclaimed property, breaking the previously held record set in the program’s 57-year history by more than $8 million ($313,411,800 during Fiscal Year 16/17). Approximately 697,000 claims have been paid since July 1, 2017.
Anyone can visit fltreasurehunt.gov to check for accounts that the unclaimed property program may be holding for you or someone you know. It’s free to search and claim. Per Florida law, the account holder must submit a claim form to claim an account.