senate Bill S3304

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

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  • 31 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • 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

Versions:
S3304
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง669-c, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S477A
2009-2010: S2944

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BILL NUMBER:S3304

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 659-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 S.477of 2011/2012

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3304

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 31, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. NOZZOLIO -- 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  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-c
to read as follows:
  S 669-C. 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
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.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01459-01-3

S. 3304                             2

  (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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