senate Bill S3485

Permits persons 60 years of age to take state university courses for credit without tuition

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  • 23 / Feb / 2011
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Summary

Authorizes the trustees of the state university to permit persons sixty years of age or over to take courses on a space available basis given therein for credit or without examination, without tuition; such eligible persons may take up to nine hours of courses for credit without tuition.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4360
Versions:
S3485
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §355, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S1388, A3951
2007-2008: A4820

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BILL NUMBER:S3485

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
to amend the education law, in relation to authorizing the state
university trustees to make courses available for
certain persons sixty years of age or over

PURPOSE:

This bill will permit the trustees of the State University to allow
senior citizens to take courses for credit, on a space-available
basis, without charge, at State-operated campuses.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Amends §355 of the Education Law to add for-credit courses (to a
maximum of nine credit hours per semester) to the existing provisions
which authorize senior citizens to audit courses, on a space
available basis, at no charge.

JUSTIFICATION:

In 1974, New York State took a giant step forward by adopting Chapter
1002 of the Laws of 1974 permitting senior citizens to audit courses
at the State University without tuition, examination or credit, on a
space available basis. On approving that legislation, the Governor
noted that, "Education can be a major factor in helping older people
maintain their mental alertness, [and] continue active participation
in the affairs of their communities. In many instances, however,
financial and formal educational barriers have rendered such
education opportunity inaccessible."

Although the 1974 law began an important step forward, senior citizens
have so far been denied the opportunity to further their education on
a for-credit basis.
This bill would extend to persons age 60 and over the ability to
attend courses at no charge at the State University, on a
space-available basis, while receiving credit for their course work.
This is a logical continuation of our efforts to integrate our
elderly collegians fully into the mainstream of academic life. It is
now time to make our students age 60 and over first-class citizens of
the University, entitled not only to the privileges of an auditor,
but also to the opportunities of full participation in their course
work.

HISTORY OF BILL:

See S.1388/A.3951 of 2009-2010, S.2510/A.4820 of 2007-08, S.2481/A.5079
of 2005-06, S.1532/A.3267 of 2003-04, S.2841/A.5383 of 2001-02,

S.1836/A.3165 of 1999-2000, S.2338/A.3768 of 1997-98, S.1631/A.11268
of 1995-96 S.2191/A.3788 of 1993-94, S.2751/A.4204 of 1991-1992 and
S.2052/A.3101 of 1989-1990. Has passed the Senate in varying versions
from 1980 through 2008.

FISCAL IMPACT:

There is no direct fiscal impact, since all attendance would be on a
space-available basis.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

April 1st next.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3485

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 23, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. FARLEY, ADDABBO, BRESLIN, DILAN, ESPAILLAT, FUSCHIL-
  LO,   GOLDEN,  GRIFFO,  GRISANTI,  HANNON,  JOHNSON,  KRUGER,  LARKIN,
  LAVALLE, LIBOUS, MARTINS, MAZIARZ, MONTGOMERY, O'MARA, PARKER, RANZEN-
  HOFER, SALAND, SAMPSON, SERRANO, SEWARD,  STAVISKY,  VALESKY  --  read
  twice  and  ordered  printed,  and when printed to be committed to the
  Committee on Higher Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to authorizing the  state
  university  trustees  to  make  courses  available for certain persons
  sixty years of age or over

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

   Section  1. Subparagraph 1 of paragraph h of subdivision 2 of section
355 of the education law, as separately amended by chapters 552 and  616
of the laws of 1985, is amended to read as follows:
  (1)  Notwithstanding  the  provisions of any other general, special or
local law, rule or regulation, such regulations may permit persons sixty
years of age or over to  [audit]  TAKE  courses  given  therein  without
tuition,  EITHER  FOR  CREDIT, OR WITHOUT examination, grading or credit
therefor upon a space available basis, as determined by the president of
each such institution, provided that such [audit]  attendance  does  not
deny  course attendance at a state-operated institution by an individual
who is otherwise qualified under the regulations promulgated pursuant to
this section. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, PERSONS SIXTY YEARS  OF  AGE
OR  OVER  WHO  ARE  RESIDENTS OF THE STATE SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO TAKE NOT
MORE THAN NINE CREDIT HOURS OF COURSES FOR CREDIT PER  SEMESTER  WITHOUT
TUITION.
  S  2. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01940-01-1

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