Provides that housing allowances under the World trade center memorial scholarships shall not be decreased for off campus housing unless a student resides with a relative.
Ayes (61): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (2): Griffo, Peralta
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to World trade center memorial scholarships
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To provide that a student shall not have the non-tuition cost of attendance part of their scholarship award be decreased or eliminated due to the student opting not to live on campus.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Amends subparagraph 4 of paragraph (a) of subdivision 2 of section 668-d of the education law, to provide that a student shall not have the non-tuition cost of attendance part of their scholarship award be decreased or eliminated due to the student opting not to apply for on-campus housing (provided that the student's parent(s) do not reside within reasonable commuting distance, and their off-campus residence is not owned in whole or in part by a direct relation including a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling or cousin).
Section 2: Effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Currently students who receive the World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship; Memorial scholarships for children, spouses and financial dependents of deceased firefighters, volunteer firefighters, police officers, peace officers, and emergency service workers; Military enhanced recognition, incentive and tribute ("MERIT") scholarships; American Airlines flight 587 memorial scholarships; and Continental Airlines flight 3407 memorial scholarships are required to apply for on-campus housing in order to qualify for the full non-tuition cost of attendance award. If they do not and choose to live off-campus, they are considered "commuter students" and their award is reduced by as much as $5,400 per year even though off-campus living expenses may be higher than those for on-campus.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.4879 of 2012: Passed Senate, Died in Assembly Higher Education S.4879 of 2011: Passed Senate, Died in Assembly Higher Education
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal to State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1886 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. BONACIC -- 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 World trade center memorial scholarships THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subparagraph 4 of paragraph (a) of subdivision 2 of section 668-d of the education law, as added by chapter 176 of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows: (4) "Non-tuition cost of attendance", as used in this subdivision, shall mean: (i) the actual amount charged by the institution for room and board, and (ii) an allowance for transportation, books and supplies as determined by the president and as approved by the director of the budget, provided that such determination shall be made no later than December first of each year for use in the succeeding academic year. In the event a student does not incur room or board charges at the institu- tion, "non-tuition cost of attendance" shall mean an allowance for room and board as determined by the president and approved by the director of the budget. A STUDENT SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED, AS A CONDITION OF RECEIV- ING THE NON-TUITION COST OF ATTENDANCE, TO APPLY FOR ON-CAMPUS HOUSING, NOR SHALL THE AMOUNT OF NON-TUITION COST OF ATTENDANCE DECREASE BECAUSE THE STUDENT DOES NOT APPLY FOR OR RECEIVE ON-CAMPUS HOUSING; PROVIDED, HOWEVER THAT THE AMOUNT OF NON-TUITION COST OF ATTENDANCE MAY BE DECREASED FOR A STUDENT WHO DOES NOT LIVE IN ON-CAMPUS HOUSING IF SUCH STUDENT'S PARENT OR PARENTS RESIDE WITHIN REASONABLE COMMUTING DISTANCE, OR IF THEIR OFF-CAMPUS RESIDENCE IS OWNED IN WHOLE OR IN PART BY A DIRECT RELATION INCLUDING A PARENT, GRANDPARENT, AUNT, UNCLE, SIBLING OR COUSIN. In determining allowances pursuant to this subparagraph, the president may take into consideration the allowances provided for in the Pell grant program. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03965-01-3