senate Bill S5044
(R, IP) 0 Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Provides for in-state tuition at colleges and universities of the state university, the city university of New York and community colleges for honorably discharge veterans attending, within 12 months of their honorable discharge, under the federal GI bills.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
in-state tuition at colleges and universities of the state university
of New York and the city university of New York
Provides for in-state tuition at colleges and universities of state
university, the city university of New York and community colleges for
honorably discharged veterans attending under the federal GI bills.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Sections 355, 6206, and 6301 of the education law are amended to
provide that the payment of tuition and fees by any student who is not
a resident of New York state, shall be paid at a rate or charge no
greater than that imposed for students who are residents of the state
if such student was honorably discharged from the armed forces of the
United States and is enrolled within twelve months of such discharge
in a SUNY or CUNY school in accordance with the federal GI bills.
Many veterans serve overseas for extended periods and pursue a college
education upon their return to the United States. Veterans are
entitled to receive up to $17,500 a year from the federal government
if they attend a private school. In. New York State, veterans often
lose their status as a New York State resident because of their
overseas service, and when they seek to attend a state institution
they are forced to pay as a non-resident. This financially penalizes
veterans for relocating for their job and steers veterans to attend
private schools rather than a SUNY or CUNY institution.
Residency requirements exist to help New York state residents receive
a quality education at an affordable price. It would be fair to extend
this option to veterans who have returned to or chose to reside in New
York State immediately following their service.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
To be determined.
This act shall take effect immediately.
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