Bill S1928-2015

Requires the establishment of an appeals process for students who are denied the state resident tution rate at any public university or college

Requires the establishment of an appeals process for students who are denied the state resident tuition rate at any public university or college.

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  • Jan 15, 2015: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S1928

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to establishing an appeals process for students denied the state resident tuition rate at a public college or university

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To establish an appeals process for students who are denied the state resident tuition rate at any public university or college.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Establishes an appeals process for students, regardless of their immigration status, denied the state resident tuition rate in the state university system.

Section 2. Establishes an appeals process for students, regardless of their immigration status, denied the state resident tuition rate in the New York City university system.

Section 3. Establishes an appeals process for students, regardless of their immigration status, denied the state resident tuition rate in the statutory community college system.

JUSTIFICATION:

Many immigrant high school students have lived in the state of New York most of their lives and are likely to remain residents. These students may nevertheless be precluded from obtaining an affordable college education because they do not qualify for in-state tuition rates. Because tuition costs for non-residents far exceed the cost for residents, many of these students are not able to attend college and cannot contribute as much to society as their intelligence and skills will allow.

These students have already proven their academic eligibility and merit - by being accepted by institutions of higher education. Making it possible for these students to attend college will increase the state's college-educated workforce and stimulate economic growth. The purpose of this legislation is to provide long-time residents of New York greater access to higher education, improving the overall economic conditions of the state.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2013-2014: S.2835/A.4424 - Referred to Higher Education 2011-12: S.1140/A.4023 - Referred to Higher Education 2009-10: S.1392/A.3955 - Referred to Higher Education 2007-08: S.1933/A.8109 - Referred to Higher Education 2005-06: S.2966 - Referred to Higher Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after which it shall have become law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1928 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 15, 2015 ___________
Introduced by Sen. PARKER -- 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 establishing an appeals process for students denied the state resident tuition rate at a public college or university THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 355 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 20 to read as follows: 20. THE STATE UNIVERSITY TRUSTEES SHALL REQUIRE THAT EACH INSTITUTION OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY ESTABLISH AN APPEALS PROCESS FOR ANY STUDENT, REGARDLESS OF HIS OR HER IMMIGRATION STATUS, WHO HAS BEEN DENIED THE STATE RESIDENT TUITION RATE FOR ATTENDING SUCH INSTITUTION. EACH INSTI- TUTION SHALL ESTABLISH A REASONABLE TIME PERIOD FOR THE FILING OF AN APPEAL AFTER A PROSPECTIVE STUDENT HAS RECEIVED WRITTEN NOTIFICATION OF A DENIAL OF THE STATE RESIDENT TUITION RATE AND A REASONABLE TIME PERIOD FOR THE INSTITUTION TO RESPOND TO SUCH AN APPEAL. INFORMATION ON THE RIGHT TO SUCH APPEAL AND SUCH APPEALS PROCESS SHALL BE POSTED ON THE INSTITUTION'S WEBSITE. S 2. Section 6206 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 18 to read as follows: 18. THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES SHALL REQUIRE THAT EACH INSTITUTION OF THE CITY UNIVERSITY ESTABLISH AN APPEALS PROCESS FOR ANY STUDENT, REGARDLESS OF HIS OR HER IMMIGRATION STATUS, WHO HAS BEEN DENIED THE STATE RESIDENT TUITION RATE FOR ATTENDING SUCH INSTITUTION. EACH INSTITUTION SHALL ESTABLISH A REASONABLE TIME PERIOD FOR THE FILING OF AN APPEAL AFTER A PROSPECTIVE STUDENT HAS RECEIVED WRITTEN NOTIFICATION OF A DENIAL OF THE STATE RESIDENT TUITION RATE AND A REASONABLE TIME PERIOD FOR THE INSTI- TUTION TO RESPOND TO SUCH AN APPEAL. INFORMATION ON THE RIGHT TO SUCH APPEAL AND SUCH APPEALS PROCESS SHALL BE POSTED ON THE INSTITUTION'S WEBSITE.
S 3. Section 6306 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 10 to read as follows: 10. THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF EACH COMMUNITY COLLEGE SHALL ESTABLISH AN APPEALS PROCESS FOR ANY STUDENT, REGARDLESS OF HIS OR HER IMMIGRATION STATUS, WHO HAS BEEN DENIED THE STATE RESIDENT TUITION RATE FOR ATTEND- ING SUCH COMMUNITY COLLEGE. THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF EACH COMMUNITY COLLEGE SHALL ESTABLISH A REASONABLE TIME PERIOD FOR THE FILING OF AN APPEAL AFTER A PROSPECTIVE STUDENT HAS RECEIVED WRITTEN NOTIFICATION OF A DENIAL OF THE STATE RESIDENT TUITION RATE AND A REASONABLE TIME PERIOD FOR THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO RESPOND TO SUCH AN APPEAL. INFORMATION ON THE RIGHT TO SUCH APPEAL AND SUCH APPEALS PROCESS SHALL BE POSTED ON THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE'S WEBSITE. S 4. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.

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