senate Bill S867A

Prohibits the deferral of awards granted under the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 17 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 17 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 867A

Summary

Prohibits the deferral of awards granted under the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP); ensures that a TAP award will be paid on time so that the student may pay his or her tuition bill on time.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2520A
Versions:
S867
S867A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง667, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S119A, A1280A
2009-2010: S3130A, A8848A
2007-2008: S779, S779

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BILL NUMBER:S867A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
prohibiting the deferral of awards granted under the Tuition
Assistance Program (TAP)

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this legislation is to prohibit the deferral of TAP
awards until after the student graduates from his or her course of
study.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Amends the Education Law, Section 667 by adding a new
subdivision 4. Prohibits the deferral of TAP awards until the student
graduates his or her course of study. Requires that TAP awards be paid
in a reasonable time frame in order to ensure that the student is able
to apply the award toward his or her tuition bill.

Section 2. Effective Date

EXISTING LAW:

None.

JUSTIFICATION:

In 1969, the State Legislature adopted the Tuition Assistance Progam
(TAP), a needs-based scholarship program for students seeking to
attain higher education in New York State. Originally designed to help
low income students pay for higher education, it was later enlarged to
provide assistance to middle income students. The Governor has
proposed changing TAP to defer payment of one-third of each eligible
student's yearly grants until the student has completed his or her
degree. Many students depend on financial aid in order to attend
college. This proposed change could cause fewer students to seek
higher education, disproportionately affect minority students, and
cause financial hardship to those students who are forced to take on
additional debt to complete their education.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2013: S.867 - Referred to Higher Education/A.2520 - Referred to Higher
Education
2012: S.119- A- Amend and recommit to Higher Education/A.1280-A-Amend
and recommit to Higher Education
2011: S.119 - Defeated in Higher Education/A.1280 - Referred to Higher
Education
2009-10: S.3130A - Amended and Recommitted to Education/A.8848A -
Amended and Recommitted to Education
2007-08: S.779 - Referred to Higher Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.


EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately, and shall apply to academic quarters and semesters
beginning on or after August 1, 2015.

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

                                 867--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  DIAZ  --  read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education -- recom-
  mitted to the Committee on Higher Education in accordance with  Senate
  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to prohibiting the defer-
  ral of awards granted under the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

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

  Section 1. Section 667 of the education law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 4 to read as follows:
  4. DEFERRAL OF TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AWARDS PROHIBITED.  UNDER NO
CIRCUMSTANCES  SHALL  AN  AWARD  GRANTED  UNDER  THE  TUITION ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM (TAP) PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION BE  DEFERRED  UNTIL  THE  STUDENT
RECIPIENT GRADUATES FROM HIS OR HER COURSE OF STUDY. THE PRESIDENT SHALL
PAY  A  TUITION  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM AWARD TO THE STUDENT RECIPIENT IN A
REASONABLE TIMEFRAME IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE STUDENT RECIPIENT IS ABLE TO
APPLY THE AWARD TOWARD HIS OR HER  TUITION  BILL  ON  TIME.  NO  TUITION
ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  AWARD  SHALL  BE MADE CONTINGENT UPON THE STUDENT'S
GRADUATION FROM HIS OR HER UNDERGRADUATE OR GRADUATE COURSE OF STUDY.
  S 2. This act shall  take  effect  immediately,  and  shall  apply  to
academic quarters and semesters beginning on or after August 1, 2015.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00392-02-4

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