senate Bill S4597

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Provides that the trustees of SUNY may authorize the establishment of a new category of tuition for non-resident students enrolled in distance learning courses

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 12 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 07 / May / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 12 / Jun / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 12 / Jun / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 4597A
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 23 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 23 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 4597B

Summary

Provides that the trustees of the state university of New York may authorize the establishment of a new category of tuition for non-resident students enrolled in distance learning courses.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S4597
S4597A
S4597B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง355, Ed L

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BILL NUMBER:S4597

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
establishing a new category of tuition for non-resident students of
the state university enrolled in distance learning courses

PURPOSE: This bill will allow the SUNY Board of Trustees to establish
a separate category of tuition for non-resident students who are
enrolled in state university distance learning courses.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill amends subparagraph 4 of paragraph h
of subdivision 2 of section 355 of the education law to allow the SUNY
board of Trustees to establish a separate category of tuition for
nonresident students enrolled in distance learning courses. The bill
provides that such resident tuition must be more than the tuition
rates charged for resident students and less than tuition charged for
non-resident students enrolled in distance learning courses.

JUSTIFICATION: With the increased demands for access to higher
education, one means of providing such access has been through the use
of distance learning. courses. These courses have little if any
geographical boundaries, allowing colleges to offer courses to people
anywhere in the country or the world. These programs have attracted
the interest of people who, under other conditions, would never have
access to such information or course work. These courses are an
efficient and effective way of reaching these students at minimal
marginal cost to the school. However, our state campuses are in
competition with many other state and private institutions for
students to enroll in their respective programs. Under current law,
our state schools must charge the same non-resident tuition rate to
distance learning students as it does for all other non-resident
students. This puts them at a competitive disadvantage with other
distance learning courses and programs offered by other colleges and
universities. By allowing the trustees to establish a separate tuition
category for non-resident distance learning courses our state schools
will be able to offer their courses at a competitive rate.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 S.3443; 2009-10 S.2159; 2007-2008,
S.4076; 2005-2006, S.4101.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: No cost to the state.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately, provided that
the amendments to subparagraph 4 of paragraph h of subdivision 2 of
section 355 of the education law made by section one of this act shall
be subject to the expiration and reversion of such subparagraph
pursuant to section 16 of Chapter 260 of the Laws of 2011, as amended,
when upon such date the provisions of section two of this act shall
take effect.

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

                                  4597

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 12, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. LAVALLE -- 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  establishing  a  new
  category  of tuition for non-resident students of the state university
  enrolled in distance learning courses

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

  Section  1.  The opening paragraph of subparagraph 4 of paragraph h of
subdivision 2 of section 355 of the education law, as amended by chapter
260 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows:
  The trustees shall not impose a differential tuition charge based upon
need or income. Except as hereinafter provided, all students enrolled in
programs leading to like degrees at state-operated institutions  of  the
state  university  shall be charged a uniform rate of tuition except for
differential tuition rates based on state residency.  Provided, however,
that the trustees may authorize the presidents of the colleges of  tech-
nology  and  the colleges of agriculture and technology to set differing
rates of tuition for each of  the  colleges  for  students  enrolled  in
degree-granting  programs  leading to an associate degree and non-degree
granting programs so long as such  tuition  rate  does  not  exceed  the
tuition  rate  charged  to  students  who  are  enrolled  in like degree
programs or degree-granting undergraduate programs leading to  a  bacca-
laureate  degree  at  other  state-operated  institutions  of  the state
university of New York. NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY  OTHER  PROVISION  OF  THIS
SUBPARAGRAPH, THE TRUSTEES MAY AUTHORIZE THE SETTING OF A SEPARATE CATE-
GORY  OF  TUITION  RATE, THAT SHALL BE GREATER THAN THE TUITION RATE FOR
RESIDENT STUDENTS AND  LESS  THAN  THE  TUITION  RATE  FOR  NON-RESIDENT
STUDENTS,  ONLY  FOR  STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES WHO
ARE NOT RESIDENTS OF THE STATE. Except as otherwise authorized  in  this
subparagraph,  the  trustees  shall  not adopt changes affecting tuition

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10265-01-3

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charges prior to the enactment of the annual  budget,  provided  however
that:
  S 2.  Subparagraph 4 of paragraph h of subdivision 2 of section 355 of
the  education  law,  as  amended by chapter 309 of the laws of 1996, is
amended to read as follows:
  (4) The trustees shall not impose a differential tuition charge  based
upon  need  or income. All students enrolled in programs leading to like
degrees at state-operated institutions of the state university shall  be
charged  a uniform rate of tuition except for differential tuition rates
based on state residency.  Provided,  however,  that  the  trustees  may
authorize  the presidents of the colleges of technology and the colleges
of agriculture and technology to set differing rates of tuition for each
of the colleges for students enrolled in degree-granting programs  lead-
ing  to  an associate degree and non-degree granting programs so long as
such tuition rate does not exceed the tuition rate charged  to  students
who  are enrolled in like degree programs or degree-granting undergradu-
ate programs leading to a baccalaureate degree at  other  state-operated
institutions  of  the  state university of New York. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY
OTHER PROVISION OF THIS SUBPARAGRAPH, THE  TRUSTEES  MAY  AUTHORIZE  THE
SETTING  OF  A  SEPARATE CATEGORY OF TUITION RATE, THAT SHALL BE GREATER
THAN THE TUITION RATE FOR RESIDENT STUDENTS AND LESS  THAN  THE  TUITION
RATE  FOR  NON-RESIDENT STUDENTS, ONLY FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE
LEARNING COURSES WHO ARE NOT RESIDENTS OF THE STATE. The trustees  shall
not  adopt  changes  affecting tuition charges prior to the enactment of
the annual budget.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately, provided that the  amend-
ments  to  subparagraph 4 of paragraph h of subdivision 2 of section 355
of the education law made by section one of this act shall be subject to
the expiration and reversion of such subparagraph pursuant to section 16
of chapter 260 of the laws of 2011, as amended, when upon such date  the
provisions of section two of this act shall take effect.

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