Bill S1563-2013

Requires institutions of higher education to disclose financial aid policies

Enacts the "financial aid disclosure act"; makes definitions; requires institutions of higher education to disclose financial aid policies relating to contributions to be made by such institution, any changes which may result to such financial aid and the reasons therefor; makes board of regents in charge of enforcement.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S1563

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to financial aid disclosure

PURPOSE: This legislation protects students and those responsible for the payment of enrollment costs for that student at an institution of higher education by requiring that institutions of higher education disclose their policies regarding adjustments to financial aid awards.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This legislation requires that an institution of higher education disclose to students and prospective students its financial aid policy regarding adjustments made by the institution to an individual's financial aid award.

JUSTIFICATION: Due to the rising costs of receiving higher education, students often rely on financial aid awards when choosing which college they will attend. Financial aid is often awarded to students when several factors such as the individual's income, financial need, outside scholarships, grants, the school's available pool of financial aid, etc. are considered. Many times some of these factors change during the course of the individual's attendance at the institution, resulting in a subsequent change in the individual's financial aid package. This legislation would require the institution to disclose its policy concerning how changes in these factors might cause adjustments in the individual's financial aid package. In addition the institution would be required to disclose how those adjustments would be implemented.

This legislation further charges the regents to establish guidelines for an enforce the provisions of this legislation.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 S.1807; 2009-10 S,2050; S.6373 of 2000, S.2353 of 2001-02; S.299 of 2003-2004; S.837 of 2005-2006; S.3921, 2007-2008.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This legislation shall take effect on the first day of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law, provided, however, that the adoption, amendments and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the timely implementation of the provisions of this act is authorized and directed to be completed on or before such effective date.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1563 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. LAVALLE, DeFRANCISCO, LARKIN, RANZENHOFER -- 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 financial aid disclo- sure THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new article 14-B to read as follows: ARTICLE 14-B FINANCIAL AID DISCLOSURE ACT SECTION 698. SHORT TITLE. 698-A. DEFINITIONS. 698-B. DISCLOSURE OF FINANCIAL AID POLICY. S 698. SHORT TITLE. THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE KNOWN AS THE "FINANCIAL AID DISCLOSURE ACT." S 698-A. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS ARTICLE, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED: 1. "INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION" SHALL HAVE THE SAME MEANING AS DEFINED IN ARTICLE FOURTEEN-A OF THIS CHAPTER. 2. "STUDENT" MEANS ANY INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING THE COST OF AN ENROLLED STUDENT'S HIGHER EDUCATION, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO A STUDENT AND HIS OR HER FAMILY. 3. "FINANCIAL AID AWARD" MEANS ANY SCHOLARSHIP, GRANT, LOAN OR OTHER FINANCIAL AID COMPENSATION AWARDED TO A STUDENT BY OR ADMINISTERED THROUGH AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION WITH THE PURPOSE OF DECREAS- ING THE STUDENT'S COST OF ATTENDANCE AT AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCA- TION. 4. "OUTSIDE FINANCIAL AID AWARD" MEANS ANY SCHOLARSHIP, GRANT, AWARD OR OTHER TYPE OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AWARDED TO A STUDENT BY OR ADMIN-
ISTERED THROUGH STATE OR NATIONAL GOVERNMENT OR A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL OR COMPANY FOR THE PURPOSE OF DECREASING THE STUDENT'S COST OF ATTENDANCE AT AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION. 5. "FINANCIAL AID PUBLICATION" MEANS ANY CATALOG, HAND BOOK, PROSPEC- TUS, PAMPHLET, BULLETIN OR OTHER WRITTEN MATERIAL, SUPPLIED BY AN INSTI- TUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION THAT CONTAINS, EITHER EXCLUSIVELY OR ALONG WITH OTHER MATERIAL, CONSIDERABLE INFORMATION REGARDING THE INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION'S FINANCIAL AID POLICIES. 6. "FINANCIAL AID AWARD STATEMENT" MEANS THE STATEMENT PROVIDED BY THE INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND DISTRIBUTED TO A STUDENT ACCEPTED FOR ENROLLMENT AT SUCH INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION THAT IDENTIFIES THE SPECIFIC AMOUNT OF THE PROPOSED INDIVIDUAL'S FINANCIAL AID AWARD FROM THE INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION. 7. "FINANCIAL AID AWARD AGREEMENT" MEANS THE ACTUAL FORM UTILIZED BY THE INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE STUDENT IN ORDER TO FINALIZE THE FINANCIAL AID AGREEMENT. S 698-B. DISCLOSURE OF FINANCIAL AID POLICY. ALL FINANCIAL AID PUBLI- CATIONS, AWARD STATEMENTS AND AWARD AGREEMENTS SHALL DISCLOSE THE INSTI- TUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION'S FINANCIAL AID POLICY REGARDING: 1. ANY CHANGES TO THE CONTRIBUTION THE INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION MAY MAKE IN ITS AWARD DUE TO THE STUDENT'S USAGE OF OUTSIDE FINANCIAL AID AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS, AWARDS OR OTHER TYPES OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AWARDED TO A STUDENT BY OR ADMINISTERED THROUGH THE STATE OR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OR A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL OR COMPANY FOR THE PURPOSES OF DECREASING THE STUDENT'S COST OF ATTENDING COLLEGE; 2. ANY ANNUAL ADJUSTMENT OF AN AWARD DUE TO CHANGES IN THE RESOURCES OF THE STUDENT OR THOSE OF THE INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION OR FOR ANY OTHER REASON; AND 3. IN WHAT SEQUENCE THE COMPONENTS OF A FINANCIAL AID AWARD WILL BE INCREASED OR DECREASED WHEN A TOTAL AWARD IS ADJUSTED, AND HOW THE INCREASE OR DECREASE WILL BE DISTRIBUTED BETWEEN COMPONENTS. S 2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 209-b to read as follows: S 209-B. ENFORCEMENT RELATING TO FINANCIAL AID DISCLOSURE. THE REGENTS SHALL, BY RULE OR REGULATION, ESTABLISH GUIDELINES FOR AND CARRY OUT THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE FOURTEEN-B OF THIS CHAPTER AND SHALL PROVIDE NOTICE TO ALL INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION OF ANY SUCH RULE OR REGULATION ADOPTED FOR SUCH PURPOSES. S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law provided, however, that the adoption, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the timely implementation of the provisions of this act is author- ized and directed to be completed on or before such effective date.

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