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.
- Jan 5, 2012: PRINT NUMBER 119A
- Jan 5, 2012: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HIGHER EDUCATION
- Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
- Apr 6, 2011: DEFEATED IN HIGHER EDUCATION
- Feb 22, 2011: NOTICE OF COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION - REQUESTED
- Jan 5, 2011: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
S119-2011 MeetingsHigher Education: Mar 30, 2011, Higher Education: Apr 6, 2011
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Higher Education - Apr 6, 2011
BILL NUMBER:S119 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 college. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 Amends Section 667 of the Education Law by adding a new subdivision 4. Prohibits the deferral of TAP awards until the student graduates from college. 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 Program (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 students 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: 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, 2011.
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 119 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sen. DIAZ -- 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 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 SHALL BE MADE CONTINGENT UPON THE STUDENT'S GRADU- ATION 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, 2011. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02580-01-1