senate Bill S7249

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Permits the commissioner of education to include graduate programs as programs eligible for approval under the state tuition assistance program

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S7249 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9555
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง663 & 667, Ed L

S7249 - Bill Texts

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Permits the commissioner of education to include graduate programs as programs eligible for approval under the state tuition assistance program.

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BILL NUMBER:S7249

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

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill will include graduate
programs as eligible for approval under the state tuition assistance
program, making a restoration to the program eliminated in 2010.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends Section 663 subdivision 3 paragraph a of the
education law, as amended by Chapter 58 of the laws of 2011, Section 4
part J.

Section 2 amends Section 663 subdivision 3 paragraph b sub-paragraph
1's opening paragraph of the education law, as amended by Chapter 58
of the laws of 2011, section 5 part J.

Section 3 amends section 663 subdivision 3 paragraph d of the
education law, as amended by Chapter 58 of the laws of 2011, section 6
part J.

Section 4 amends section 667 subdivisions 1 and 2 of the education
law, as amended by Chapter 622 of the laws of 2008 subdivision 1, and
Chapter 58 of the laws of 2011, subdivision 2 section one part J.

Section 5 gives the effective date

JUSTIFICATION: In 2010, the state legislature eliminated the tuition
assistance program for all graduate degree programs. As a result, New
York State's graduate students no longer or eligible or have access to
the State's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) making it increasingly
difficult for students to further their education and obtain a
graduate degree.

Many jobs which formerly required only a bachelor's degree are now
calling for a master's degree or higher. For many in this situation,
the cost of graduate school is simply too expensive them to earn a
higher degree, even while working and attending school part-time.
This bill would provide these students with access to tuition
assistance needed to afford graduate school and make them more
competitive in today's job market.

This bill will also lead to a more educated New York and help fulfill
the goal of filling more job opportunities in this state with capable
New Yorkers.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Approximately $2 to $3 million annually.

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
________________________________________________________________________

    S. 7249                                                  A. 9555

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                               May 7, 2014
                               ___________

IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sens. LANZA, GOLDEN, SAVINO -- read twice and
  ordered  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on
  Higher Education

IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. MALLIOTAKIS, BORELLI -- read  once
  and referred to the Committee on Higher Education

AN  ACT  to  amend  the education law, in relation to tuition assistance
  program awards

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

  Section  1.  Paragraph a of subdivision 3 of section 663 of the educa-
tion law, as amended by section 4 of part J of chapter 58 of the laws of
2011, is amended to read as follows:
  a. In determining the amount of an award for GRADUATE AND  UNDERGRADU-
ATE students, the income of the parents shall be excluded if the student
has been emancipated from his parents.
  S  2. The opening paragraph of subparagraph 1 of paragraph b of subdi-
vision 3 of section 663 of the education law, as amended by section 5 of
part J of chapter 58 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows:
  The applicant is a student who was married on or before December thir-
ty-first of the calendar year prior to the  beginning  of  the  academic
year  for  which  application is made or is an undergraduate student who
has reached the age of twenty-two on or before June thirtieth  prior  to
the academic year for which application is made OR IS A GRADUATE STUDENT
and  who,  during the calendar year next preceding the semester, quarter
or term of attendance for which application is made  and  at  all  times
subsequent  thereto  up  to  and  including  the entire period for which
application is made:
  S 3. Paragraph d of subdivision 3 of section 663 of the education law,
as amended by section 6 of part J of chapter 58 of the laws of 2011,  is
amended to read as follows:
  d.  Any  GRADUATE  OR undergraduate student who was allowed to exclude
parental income pursuant to the provisions of FORMER  subdivision  three
of  section  six  hundred three of this chapter as they existed prior to

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14698-01-4

S. 7249                             2                            A. 9555

July first, nineteen hundred seventy-four may continue to  exclude  such
income for so long as he continues to comply with such provisions.
  S 4. Subdivision 1 and 2 of section 667 of the education law, subdivi-
sion  1  as amended by chapter 622 of the laws of 2008 and subdivision 2
as amended by section 1 of part J of chapter 58 of the laws of 2011, are
amended to read as follows:
  1. Recipient qualifications. Tuition  assistance  program  awards  are
available for all students who are enrolled in approved programs and who
demonstrate  the  ability  to  complete such courses, in accordance with
standards established by the commissioner  provided,  however,  that  no
award  shall be made unless tuition (exclusive of educational fees) and,
if applicable, the college fee levied by the  state  university  of  New
York  pursuant to the April first, nineteen hundred sixty-four financing
agreements with the New York state dormitory authority charged  for  the
program  in  which  the  student  is enrolled total at least two hundred
dollars a year, and provided further  that,  no  award  can  exceed  one
hundred  percent  of  the  amount  of tuition charged.   NOTHING IN THIS
SECTION, SECTION SIX HUNDRED  SIXTY-ONE  OF  THIS  PART,  OR  ANY  OTHER
PROVISION  OF THIS CHAPTER SHALL BE READ TO EXCLUDE ANY GRADUATE PROGRAM
FROM CLASSIFICATION BY THE COMMISSIONER AS AN APPROVED PROGRAM  FOR  THE
PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION.
  2.  Duration.  No  undergraduate  shall be eligible for more than four
academic years of study, or five academic years if the program of  study
normally requires five years. Students enrolled in a program of remedial
study,  approved  by the commissioner in an institution of higher educa-
tion and intended to culminate in a degree in undergraduate study shall,
for purposes of this section, be considered as enrolled in a program  of
study  normally  requiring five years. An undergraduate student enrolled
in an eligible two year program of study approved  by  the  commissioner
shall  be  eligible  for no more than three academic years of study.  NO
GRADUATE STUDENT SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR MORE THAN FOUR ACADEMIC YEARS  OF
STUDY  PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT NO GRADUATE STUDENT SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR
MORE THAN ONE DEGREE PROGRAM AT  THE  MASTER'S,  FIRST  PROFESSIONAL  OR
DOCTORATE  LEVEL.  NO STUDENT SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A TOTAL OF MORE THAN
THE EQUIVALENT OF EIGHT YEARS OF  COMBINED  UNDERGRADUATE  AND  GRADUATE
STUDY.  Any  semester,  quarter,  or  term  of attendance during which a
student receives any award under this article, after the effective  date
of the former scholar incentive program and prior to academic year nine-
teen  hundred  eighty-nine--nineteen  hundred  ninety,  shall be counted
toward the maximum term of eligibility for tuition assistance under this
section, except that any semester, quarter or term of attendance  during
which  a  student  received  an  award  pursuant  to section six hundred
sixty-six of this subpart shall be counted as one-half  of  a  semester,
quarter  or  term, as the case may be, toward the maximum term of eligi-
bility under this section. Any semester, quarter or term  of  attendance
during which a student received an award pursuant to section six hundred
sixty-seven-a  of  this  subpart shall not be counted toward the maximum
term of eligibility under this section.
  S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

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