senate Bill S5374

Establishes the volunteer firefighters of New York higher education learning plan

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  • 16 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Summary

Establishes the volunteer firefighters of New York higher education learning plan.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S5374
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง669-e, Ed L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5374

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the
volunteer firefighters of New York higher education learning plan

PURPOSE: This act will create the Volunteer Firefighters of New York
Higher Education Learning Plan.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill adds a new section 669-e to the
Education Law.

Subsection 1 establishes the eligibility for undergraduate students at
the State University of New York who are members in good standing of
one of New York's Volunteer fire companies to participate in the
program.

Subsection 2 provides that the awards shall be granted to applicants
that the corporation has certified are eligible based on the amount of
funds appropriated.

Subsection 3 provides that awards shall be limited to not more than
four academic years of full time undergraduate study.

Subsection 4 establishes that the maximum award shall be either one
hundred percent of annual tuition charged to state residents at the
State University of New York or the actual tuition charged, whichever
is less.

Subsection 5 provides the criteria by which the corporation shall
convert the award to a student loan.

This act shall take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION: New York's Volunteer Fire Companies provide fire and
emergency response services to New Yorkers all across the Empire
State. The provision of these important and essential services would
not be possible without the thousands of New Yorkers who volunteer
their time and energy to serve as volunteer firefighters in their
community. In recent years, recruiting and retaining enough people to
adequately provide volunteer fire and emergency response services has
proven to be difficult in many communities.

As a way to attract and retain new members, the Firemen's Association
of the State of New York has launched the Higher Education Learning
Plan which provides active volunteer firefighters with tuition
reimbursement for the successful completion of courses at a nearby
community college. Many communities throughout New York State do not
have a community college nearby. Instead, many have a four-year State
University of New York College nearby.

This bill would create a state wide program to allow active volunteer
firefighters to receive tuition reimbursement for the successful
completion of undergraduate courses at a State University of New York
College. Creation of this program will provide New York's volunteer
fire companies with a valuable incentive to use in the recruiting and
retaining of individuals to serve as volunteer firefighters in their
community.


LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Subject to budgetary appropriation.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  5374

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 16, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. RITCHIE -- 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  the  volunteer  fire-
  fighters of New York higher education learning plan

  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. VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS OF NEW YORK HIGHER EDUCATION LEARNING
PLAN. 1. ELIGIBILITY. UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS WHO ARE MATRICULATED IN  AN
APPROVED  UNDERGRADUATE  PROGRAM AT THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AND
ARE MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING IN ONE OF NEW YORK'S VOLUNTEER FIRE  COMPA-
NIES  SHALL  BE  ELIGIBLE  FOR AN AWARD UNDER THIS SECTION, PROVIDED THE
APPLICANT: (A) SIGNS A CONTRACT WITH THE CORPORATION  AGREEING  TO  WORK
FOR  A  NEW  YORK  VOLUNTEER  FIRE COMPANY ON A FULL-TIME BASIS FOR FIVE
YEARS; AND (B) COMPLIES WITH THE APPLICABLE PROVISIONS OF  THIS  ARTICLE
AND  ALL  REQUIREMENTS  PROMULGATED  BY THE CORPORATION FOR THE ADMINIS-
TRATION OF THE PROGRAM.
  2. WITHIN THE AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED THEREFORE, AWARDS SHALL BE  GRANTED
TO APPLICANTS THAT THE CORPORATION HAS CERTIFIED ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE
SUCH  AWARDS. SUCH AWARDS SHALL BE MADE TO RECIPIENTS AFTER THE SUCCESS-
FUL COMPLETION OF EACH ACADEMIC YEAR, AS DEFINED BY THE CORPORATION.
  3. AN AWARD SHALL ENTITLE THE RECIPIENT TO  ANNUAL  PAYMENTS  FOR  NOT
MORE THAN FOUR ACADEMIC YEARS OF FULL-TIME UNDERGRADUATE STUDY.
  4.  RECIPIENTS  SHALL  RECEIVE  AN  ANNUAL  PAYMENT FOR THE SUCCESSFUL
COMPLETION OF AN ACADEMIC YEAR, EQUAL TO UP TO ONE  HUNDRED  PERCENT  OF
THE  ANNUAL  TUITION  CHARGED  TO  STATE  RESIDENT STUDENTS ATTENDING AN
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM FULL-TIME AT THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK,  OR
ACTUAL TUITION CHARGED, WHICHEVER IS LESS.
  5.  THE CORPORATION SHALL CONVERT TO A STUDENT LOAN THE FULL AMOUNT OF
THE AWARD GIVEN PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION PLUS INTEREST, ACCORDING  TO  A

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10613-02-3

S. 5374                             2

SCHEDULE  TO  BE DETERMINED BY THE CORPORATION IF: (A) A RECIPIENT FAILS
TO COMPLETE THEIR COURSE OF STUDIES AS AGREED TO WITH THE CORPORATION OR
IS NOT A MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING IN A NEW YORK  VOLUNTEER  FIRE  COMPANY
WHILE OBTAINING HIS OR HER DEGREE; OR (B) TWO YEARS AFTER THE COMPLETION
OF THEIR COURSE OF STUDIES AS AGREED TO WITH THE CORPORATION IT IS FOUND
THAT THE RECIPIENT IS NOT WORKING FOR A NEW YORK VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY;
OR  (C) A RECIPIENT HAS NOT WORKED FOR A NEW YORK VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY
FOR FIVE OF THE SEVEN YEARS AFTER THE  COMPLETION  OF  THEIR  COURSE  OF
STUDIES  AS  AGREED TO WITH THE CORPORATION; OR (D) A RECIPIENT FAILS TO
RESPOND TO REQUESTS BY THE FIREMAN'S ASSOCIATION OF  THE  STATE  OF  NEW
YORK FOR THE STATUS OF HIS OR HER ACADEMIC OR PROFESSIONAL PROGRESS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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