senate Bill S2845

Authorizes tuition assistance to be paid to students attending educational institutions for which Pell grants may be awarded

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 04 / Mar / 2009
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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Bill Details

Versions:
S2845
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S2845

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the education law, in relation to eligibility
requirements for student financial aid


PURPOSE :
The purpose of the bill is to enable New York students who meet the
stringent eligibility requirements for Federal Pell grants and whom
attend bona fide non-profit institutions of higher education in New
York State to be able to participate in the New York Tuition
Assistance Program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
The bill amends Section 661(4) of the Education Law to include in the
definition of "approved program" for purposes of determining a
student's eligibility for the Tuition Assistance Program "any program
at a non-profit educational institution, enrollment in which would
render a student eligible to receive Federal Pell grants."

JUSTIFICATION :
It is in the public interest to enable all New York students who wish
to receive higher education to be able to do so. New York has a
Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) that helps eligible New York
residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. Each
year, TAP helps many thousands of New Yorkers who meet the income
qualifications to be able to afford to attend the educational
institution of their choice. However, there are some income-eligible
students who attend bona fide, nonprofit institutions of higher
education that currently are not eligible to receive TAP, solely
because their schools, although authorized by the State Education
Department to offer postsecondary education, are not under SED's
direct supervision. This bill would correct this inequity by enabling
those students to apply for TAP. In order to ensure that only students
who attend bona fide, federally recognized postsecondary institutions
are included, the bill restricts eligibility to those students
enrolled in schools that meet the stringent eligibility requirements
for Federal pell grants. This will enable these needy students to
afford the high and rising costs of a postsecondary education.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
12.3 million annually.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect immediately, and shall apply to academic
year 2010-2011 and all subsequent years.
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