senate Bill S1388

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Permits persons 60 years of age to take state university courses for credit without tuition

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Jan 06, 2010 referred to higher education
Jul 16, 2009 committed to rules
Feb 24, 2009 advanced to third reading
Feb 23, 2009 2nd report cal.
Feb 11, 2009 1st report cal.41
Jan 29, 2009 referred to higher education

S1388 - Bill Details

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S1388 - Bill Texts

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An act to amend the education law, in relation to authorizing the
state university trustees to make courses available for certain
persons sixty years of age or over


This bill will permit the trustees of the State University to allow
senior citizens to take courses for credit, on a space-available
basis, without charge, at State-operated campuses.


Amends ยง355 of the Education Law to add for-credit courses (to a
maximum of nine credit hours per semester) to the existing provisions
which authorize senior citizens to audit courses, on a space available
basis, at no charge.


In 1974, New York State took a giant step forward by adopting Chapter
1002 of the Laws of 1974 permitting senior citizens to audit courses
at the State University without tuition, examination or credit, on a
space available basis. On approving that legislation, the Governor
noted that, "Education can be a major factor in helping older people
maintain their mental alertness, (and) continue active participation
in the affairs of their communities. In many instances, however,
financial and formal educational barriers have rendered such education
opportunity inaccessible."

Although the 1974 law began an important step forward, senior citizens
have so far been denied the opportunity to further their education on
a for-credit basis. This bill would extend to persons age 60 and over
the ability to attend courses at no charge at the State University, on
a space-available basis, while receiving credit for their course work.
This is a logical continuation of our efforts to integrate our elderly
collegians fully into the mainstream of academic life. It is now time
to make our students age 60 and over first-class citizens of the
University, entitled not only to the privileges of an auditor, but
also to the opportunities of full participation in their course work.


See S.2510/A.4820 of 2007-08, S.2481/A.5079 of 2005-06, S.1532/A.3267
of 2003-04, S.2841/A.5383 of 2001-02, S.1836/A.3165 of 1999-2000,
S.2338/A.3768 of 1997-98, S.1631/A.11268 of 1995-96, S.2191/A.3788 of
1993-94, S.2751/A.4204 of 1991-1992 and S.2052/A.3101 of 1989-1990.
Has passed the Senate in varying versions every year since 1980.

There is no direct fiscal impact, since all attendance would be on a
space-available basis.

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