senate Bill S7793

Establishes the free reimbursement for excellence in education for community colleges (FREE CC) program

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1362
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Summary

Establishes the free reimbursement for excellence in education for community colleges (FREE CC) program.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S7793
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง679-g, Ed L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7793

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to estab-
lishing the free reimbursement for excellence in education community
colleges program

PURPOSE:

To guarantee access to a free community college education in New York
State for students that meet specific criteria

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one adds a new section 679-g in the education law to establish
the program. The Higher Education Services Corporation would be required
to reimburse students for the cost of attending a community college who:

- graduate from a NYS high school or receive a GED

- apply for admission at a SUNY or CUNY community college within one
year of graduation or receipt of the GED

-enroll in a SUNY or CUNY community college beginning in the fall of
2015 or thereafter

- file a FAFSA

- attend community college on a full-time basis

- graduate with a 2.5 GPA

- graduate within 3 years; and

- file an application with HESC within one year of graduation

Section two provides for an immediate effective date

JUSTIFICATION:

Community colleges are the gateway to higher education for thousands of
New Yorkers each year. Completion of these two-year programs enable
students to enter the workforce with employable skills, earn decent
wages and/or pursue further higher education. Therefore, it makes sense
to reduce the cost to the students being educated at these community
colleges. At a time when higher education is becoming increasingly unaf-
fordable, more students are entering community college full time and the
skills sets demanded by employers are changing in ways that make commu-
nity college a more attractive option, this bill will strengthen our
community colleges and our higher education system by rewarding success-
ful completion.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.

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

                                  7793

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 9, 2014
                               ___________

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 the  free
  reimbursement for excellence in education community colleges program

  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  679-g
to read as follows:
  S  679-G. FREE REIMBURSEMENT FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION FOR COMMUNITY
COLLEGES (FREE CC) PROGRAM. 1. THE NEW YORK STATE  FREE  CC  PROGRAM  IS
HEREBY  ESTABLISHED  TO  BE  ADMINISTERED  BY  THE  CORPORATION  FOR THE
PURPOSES OF REIMBURSING STUDENTS' STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK (SUNY) OR
CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK (CUNY) COMMUNITY COLLEGE TUITION COSTS.
  2. TO BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS PROGRAM AN APPLICANT MUST HAVE (A)
GRADUATED FROM  NEW YORK STATE HIGH SCHOOL OR COMPLETED A NEW YORK STATE
GENERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM AND RECEIVED A GED; (B) MUST APPLY FOR  ADMIS-
SION  AT A SUNY OR CUNY COMMUNITY COLLEGE WITHIN ONE YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL
GRADUATION OR RECEIPT OF SUCH GED; (C) MUST ENROLL IN  A  SUNY  OR  CUNY
COMMUNITY COLLEGE BEGINNING IN THE FALL OF TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN OR THER-
EAFTER;  (D)  MUST HAVE FILED THE FEDERAL APPLICATION FOR STUDENT FINAN-
CIAL AID (FASFA); (E) MUST ATTEND SUCH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ON A  FULL-TIME
BASIS;  (F) MUST GRADUATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE WITH A 2.5 GRADE POINT AVER-
AGE OR ABOVE; (G) MUST GRADUATE WITHIN THREE YEARS FROM THE  FIRST  YEAR
OF  ENROLLMENT; AND (H) MUST FILE AN APPLICATION WITH THE NEW YORK STATE
HIGHER EDUCATION SERVICES CORPORATION WITHIN ONE YEAR OF GRADUATING FROM
SUCH COMMUNITY COLLEGE.
  3. THE CORPORATION SHALL GRANT AWARDS TO STUDENTS WHO MEET THE  ELIGI-
BILITY REQUIREMENTS IN SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION IN AN AMOUNT THAT
REIMBURSES THE STUDENT FOR THE TOTAL OUT-OF-POCKET TUITION COSTS PAID BY
SUCH  STUDENT  FOR ATTENDANCE AT A SUNY OR CUNY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, MINUS
ANY OTHER AWARDS OR SCHOLARSHIPS RECEIVED  BY  SUCH  STUDENT  THAT  WERE
APPLIED TO TUITION COSTS. OTHER AWARDS THAT SHALL BE SUBTRACTED FROM THE
FREE  CC  PROGRAM  AWARD  SHALL  INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, TUITION
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AWARDS OR FEDERAL PELL AWARDS.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14342-01-4

S. 7793                             2

  4. FREE CC PROGRAM AWARDS SHALL BE GRANTED PURSUANT TO  APPROPRIATIONS
MADE FOR SUCH PURPOSES AND PURSUANT TO RULES AND REGULATIONS PROMULGATED
BY THE CORPORATION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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