Provides that Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans shall receive up to four years of undergraduate or three years graduate education at SUNY or CUNY tuition free.
BILL NUMBER: S1516
TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the military law, in relation to providing that Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans receive tuition free education at schools of the state university of New York or the city university of New York
To provide free SUNY or CUNY tuition to Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section 1 -- Adds a new Article V to the Military Law to provide free SUNY or CUNY tuition to Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans. Those taking advantage of this opportunity must be residents of New York State and meet the other requirements laid out in this Article.
Section 2 -- Effective date.
Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom put their lives on the line to defend their countrymen. Many of these brave men and women are leaving military service and looking for new business and educational opportunities. This legislation seeks to recognize their service to the United States and the State of New York by granting veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars free tuition to SUNY or CUNY.
These men and women have sacrificed greatly for this nation, and providing them with free tuition to SUNY and CUNY is a small way that we can honor their service.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : S.7688/A.10428-A of 2008
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : Undetermined.
EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1516 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 2, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sens. DeFRANCISCO, ALESI, BONACIC, GOLDEN, GRIFFO, MORA- HAN, THOMPSON, VOLKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi- ty and Military Affairs AN ACT to amend the military law, in relation to providing that Afghan- istan and Iraq war veterans receive tuition free education at schools of the state university of New York or the city university of New York THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The military law is amended by adding a new article 5 to read as follows: ARTICLE V TUITION FREE EDUCATION FOR VETERANS OF THE AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ WARS SECTION 100. TUITION FREE EDUCATION FOR VETERANS OF THE AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ WARS. S 100. TUITION FREE EDUCATION FOR VETERANS OF THE AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ WARS. 1. "AFGHANISTAN OR IRAQ WAR VETERAN" MEANS A PERSON (I) WHO IS A RESIDENT OF THIS STATE, AND (II) WHO SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES IN AN AREA DESIGNATED AS A COMBAT ZONE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DURING OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM OR OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, WHO WAS DISCHARGED THEREFROM UNDER OTHER THAN DISHONORABLE CONDITIONS. 2. AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ WAR VETERANS WHO ARE ACCEPTED FOR ENROLLMENT AT ANY OF THE SCHOOLS OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK OR THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK SHALL RECEIVE UP TO EIGHT SEMESTERS OF FULL-TIME UNDERGRADUATE STUDY, OR THE EQUIVALENT OF FOUR ACADEMIC YEARS, OR UP TO SIX SEMESTERS, THE EQUIVALENT OF THREE ACADEMIC YEARS OF GRADUATE STUDY TUITION FREE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04551-01-9