senate Bill S6844

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Extends the duration of tuition assistance awards to five years

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Mar 19, 2014 referred to higher education

S6844 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2502
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง604, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A5913
2009-2010: A647

S6844 - Bill Texts

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Extends the duration of tuition assistance awards to five years.

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BILL NUMBER:S6844

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the
duration of tuition assistance awards

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this bill is to extend the duration of tuition
assistance awards to five years. Present law provides for
undergraduate students to generally receive tuition assistance
payments (TAP) for four years of study. Students who are enrolled in
certain approved 5-year undergraduate programs may receive 5 years of
TAP assistance.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends Section 604 of the education law by
adding a new subdivision 1-a providing that TAP aid be available to
students enrolled in approved programs for 5 academic years in the
aggregate.

Section 2 provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

New York State funds two programs which provide need-based aid to all
eligible higher education students: the Tuition Assistance Program
(TAP), a state-operated financial aid program for State residents
attending approved postsecondary institutions in New York, and the
Supplemental Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) providing up to one
additional year of aid for educationally disadvantaged students
enrolled in remedial courses. STAP awards are determined in the same
manner as TAP awards. It is a given fact that the Legislature has a
history of endeavoring to maintain a balanced relationship between the
independent and public sectors of higher education. This has been
coupled with a desire to make resources available for providing
students with the maximum access in all sectors of higher education.

In past years, eligibility levels were increased, along with the
maximum awards available to students attending New York's colleges.
However, there has been no effort to increase the number of years of
eligibility for these very same students.

New factors have evolved during this time, including the lack of class
availability for those students who hope to graduate within the
"normal" four year period. Subsequently, many students have been
forced to attend college for up to five years to obtain their
undergraduate degree. Many students who need to work to support
themselves are also forced to reduce their coursework, also prolonging
their college years. New York needs to factor these circumstances into
the equation when allocating TAP assistance.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2013-14: A2502 (Rozic) - Higher Education
2011-12: A5913 (Kavanagh) - Higher Education
2009-10: S2701 (Aubertine)/A647 (Kavanagh) - Higher Education


2007-08: S7101 (Aubertine)/A10155 (Kavanagh)/A1816 (Aubertine) -
Higher Education
2005-06: A6658 (Aubertine) - Higher Education
2003-04: S1391 (Stachowski)/A1536 (Tokasz) - Higher Education
2001-02: S2237 (Stachowski)/A4797 (Tokasz) - Higher Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the
date on which it shall have become a law.

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

                                  6844

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 19, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- 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  duration  of
  tuition assistance awards

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

  Section 1. Section 604 of the education law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 1-a to read as follows:
  1-A. TUITION ASSISTANCE AWARDS PROVIDED FOR IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS
SECTION SHALL BE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS ENROLLED IN APPROVED PROGRAMS FOR
FIVE ACADEMIC YEARS IN THE AGGREGATE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July  next  succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.








 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03197-01-3

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