senate Bill S477A

Provides tuition awards to children of firefighters, police officers, volunteer firefighters, and EMTs with permanent and total disabilities

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  • 05 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 06 / May / 2011
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 06 / May / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 477A
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Summary

Provides tuition awards to children of firefighters, police officers, volunteer firefighters, and EMTs with permanent and total disabilities, to be applied to any college or university in the state university system or the city university of New York; provides that the award is for tuition, less other aid, and is limited to 4 or 5 academic years.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2742A
Versions:
S477
S477A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง669-e, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S2944, A2204
2007-2008: A372A

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BILL NUMBER:S477A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to providing tuition awards to
children of firefighters, police officers, volunteer firefighters,
and emergency medical
technicians with permanent and total disabilities

PURPOSE:
This legislation would provide tuition awards to children of
firefighters with permanent and total disabilities.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The education law is amended by adding a new section 669-e which
provides tuition awards for children of firefighters with permanent
and total disabilities. Eligibility: Child whose parent is a
firefighter who is eligible for permanent and total disability
benefits, as defined in section eight of the volunteer firefighters
benefit law, shall be eligible for a tuition award to be made
available by the president of the higher education services
corporation. Amount shall be equal to the cost of undergraduate
tuition, offset by any other financial assistance or award received.
Duration should not exceed more than eight semesters, equivalent to
four years of academic study, or ten semesters if the undergraduate
program requires five years of academic study.

JUSTIFICATION:
Few occupational efforts are as selfless and more important than being
a fireman and/or a volunteer firefighter. The individuals who serve
in these capacities ensure not only our public safety but also
preserve our quality of life.

The work of these individuals is dangerous. Every time they go to
work, they place their very lives in peril. The hazards they face are
real and substantial, and their bravery, training and commitment are
the principal factors of their survival and success.

Our state must recognize the importance of the service of our
uniformed public servants. We must recognize their service and stand
prepared to assist their spouses and children when, in the course of
the performance of their service to the community, they are injured
and become permanently and totally disabled.

This bill would recognize and reward the service of our state's
firemen and volunteer firefighters by providing tuition awards to
children of firefighters with permanent and total disabilities.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.5999A of 2004
S.1978 of 2005/2006
S.591 of 2007/2008
S.2944 of 2009/2010

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.


EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the
date on which it shall have become law.

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

                                 477--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. NOZZOLIO, MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education
  -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered  reprinted  as  amended
  and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  education law, in relation to providing tuition
  awards to children of firefighters, police officers,  volunteer  fire-
  fighters,  and  emergency medical technicians with permanent and total
  disabilities

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

  Section  1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 669-e
to read as follows:
  S 669-E. TUITION AWARDS FOR CHILDREN OF FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS,
VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS, AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS WITH PERMANENT
AND TOTAL DISABILITIES. 1. ELIGIBILITY. A CHILD WHOSE PARENT IS A  FIRE-
FIGHTER,  POLICE  OFFICER,  VOLUNTEER  FIREFIGHTER, OR EMERGENCY MEDICAL
TECHNICIAN WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR PERMANENT AND TOTAL DISABILITY  BENEFITS,
SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A TUITION AWARD TO BE MADE AVAILABLE BY THE PRESI-
DENT  OF  THE  HIGHER  EDUCATION  SERVICES CORPORATION.   TUITION AWARDS
PROVIDED UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL ONLY BE AVAILABLE WITHIN THE STATE  OF
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OR THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK.
  2. AMOUNT. THE TUITION AWARD SHALL BE EQUAL TO THE COST OF UNDERGRADU-
ATE TUITION, OFFSET BY ANY OTHER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OR AWARD RECEIVED.
IF  A  TUITION  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  (TAP)  AWARD  IS ALSO RECEIVED, THE
COMBINED ACADEMIC YEAR AWARD SHALL NOT EXCEED TUITION.
  3. DURATION. (A) NO RECIPIENT OF A TUITION AWARD  UNDER  THIS  SECTION
SHALL RECEIVE A TUITION AWARD FOR MORE THAN EIGHT SEMESTERS OF FULL TIME
UNDERGRADUATE STUDY, OR THE EQUIVALENT OF FOUR ACADEMIC YEARS, OR, IF AN
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM NORMALLY REQUIRES FIVE ACADEMIC YEARS OF FULL TIME
STUDY, FOR MORE THAN TEN SEMESTERS OF FULL TIME STUDY, OR THE EQUIVALENT

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00489-02-1

S. 477--A                           2

OF FIVE ACADEMIC YEARS. "FULL TIME STUDY" SHALL MEAN ENROLLMENT FOR MORE
THAN  TWELVE  SEMESTER  HOURS  PER  SEMESTER,  OR  THE EQUIVALENT, IN AN
APPROVED UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM.
  (B) NO RECIPIENT OF A TUITION AWARD UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL RECEIVE A
TUITION AWARD FOR MORE THAN SIXTEEN SEMESTERS OF PART TIME UNDERGRADUATE
STUDY, OR THE EQUIVALENT OF EIGHT ACADEMIC YEARS OF PART TIME STUDY, OR,
IF  AN  UNDERGRADUATE  PROGRAM  NORMALLY REQUIRES FIVE ACADEMIC YEARS OF
FULL TIME STUDY, FOR MORE THAN TWENTY SEMESTERS OF PART TIME  STUDY,  OR
THE  EQUIVALENT  OF  TEN  ACADEMIC  YEARS.  "PART TIME STUDY" SHALL MEAN
ENROLLMENT FOR AT LEAST THREE BUT LESS THAN TWELVE  SEMESTER  HOURS  PER
SEMESTER, OR THE EQUIVALENT, IN AN APPROVED UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM.
  S  2.  This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.

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