Provides a program fee option to allow graduate students who have taken at least 30 credits towards the completion of a degree to maintain access to certain facilities within the state university in order to continue a research project or to pursue other academic requirements.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to providing a program fee option for graduate students
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would provide that the trustees of the state university will provide an access fee option for graduate and doctoral students.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Paragraph h of subdivision 2 of section 355 of the education law is amended by adding a new subparagraph 10. This bill would specifically state that an access fee is an option for the trustees of the state university in the exercise of their power to regulate tuition charges. This would allow a matriculated graduate or doctoral student who has taken at least 30 credits of course work towards the completion of a degree to maintain access to certain university facilities through payment of an access fee not to exceed the cost of 1 credit of the students program of study.
JUSTIFICATION: A program fee option has been available at the university of Massachusetts since 1969. Graduate students have maintained the right to use certain university facilities which enables them to work toward their degrees even when they are not enrolled in courses. Students that may be returning to continue their education are now assisted in allowing them to continue their progress toward advanced degrees in a manner which takes into account their personal and professional needs.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This bill has been previously introduced.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: There is no cost to the state. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, increased enrollment and revenue have accrued as students have recognized the advantages of this program fee option.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 295 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. STAVISKY -- 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 providing a program fee option for graduate students THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph h of subdivision 2 of section 355 of the educa- tion law is amended by adding a new subparagraph 10 to read as follows: (10) THE TRUSTEES SHALL ALSO ESTABLISH AN ACCESS FEE OPTION THAT WOULD ALLOW A STUDENT WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR A GRADUATE OR PROFESSIONAL DEGREE AND HAS COMPLETED AT LEAST THIRTY CREDITS, AND IS ON LEAVE FROM FULL-TIME STUDY, TO MAINTAIN ACCESS TO CERTAIN FACILITIES WITHIN THE STATE UNIVERSITY SUCH AS LIBRARIES, COMPUTERS AND/OR STUDENT CENTERS IN ORDER TO CONTINUE A RESEARCH PROJECT OR TO PURSUE OTHER ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS ESTABLISHED BY THE STATE UNIVERSITY, WITHOUT BEING ENROLLED IN REGULAR CREDIT COURSES. SUCH FEE SHALL NOT EXCEED THE COST OF ONE CREDIT OF THE STUDENT'S PROGRAM OF GRADUATE OR DOCTORATE COURSE WORK AS ESTABLISHED BY THE TRUSTEES OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01936-01-3