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Bill S4597-2013

Provides that the trustees of SUNY may authorize the establishment of a new category of tuition for non-resident students enrolled in distance learning courses

Provides that the trustees of the state university of New York may authorize the establishment of a new category of tuition for non-resident students enrolled in distance learning courses.

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  • May 7, 2013: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • May 7, 2013: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Apr 12, 2013: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Higher Education - May 7, 2013
Ayes (17): LaValle, Flanagan, Gallivan, Griffo, Grisanti, Maziarz, Ritchie, Robach, Savino, Seward, Valesky, Zeldin, Stavisky, Kennedy, Krueger, Serrano, Espaillat
Ayes W/R (2): Parker, Rivera

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4597

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to establishing a new category of tuition for non-resident students of the state university enrolled in distance learning courses

PURPOSE: This bill will allow the SUNY Board of Trustees to establish a separate category of tuition for non-resident students who are enrolled in state university distance learning courses.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill amends subparagraph 4 of paragraph h of subdivision 2 of section 355 of the education law to allow the SUNY board of Trustees to establish a separate category of tuition for nonresident students enrolled in distance learning courses. The bill provides that such resident tuition must be more than the tuition rates charged for resident students and less than tuition charged for non-resident students enrolled in distance learning courses.

JUSTIFICATION: With the increased demands for access to higher education, one means of providing such access has been through the use of distance learning. courses. These courses have little if any geographical boundaries, allowing colleges to offer courses to people anywhere in the country or the world. These programs have attracted the interest of people who, under other conditions, would never have access to such information or course work. These courses are an efficient and effective way of reaching these students at minimal marginal cost to the school. However, our state campuses are in competition with many other state and private institutions for students to enroll in their respective programs. Under current law, our state schools must charge the same non-resident tuition rate to distance learning students as it does for all other non-resident students. This puts them at a competitive disadvantage with other distance learning courses and programs offered by other colleges and universities. By allowing the trustees to establish a separate tuition category for non-resident distance learning courses our state schools will be able to offer their courses at a competitive rate.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 S.3443; 2009-10 S.2159; 2007-2008, S.4076; 2005-2006, S.4101.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: No cost to the state.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately, provided that the amendments to subparagraph 4 of paragraph h of subdivision 2 of section 355 of the education law made by section one of this act shall be subject to the expiration and reversion of such subparagraph pursuant to section 16 of Chapter 260 of the Laws of 2011, as amended, when upon such date the provisions of section two of this act shall take effect.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4597 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 12, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- 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 a new category of tuition for non-resident students of the state university enrolled in distance learning courses THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The opening paragraph of subparagraph 4 of paragraph h of subdivision 2 of section 355 of the education law, as amended by chapter 260 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: The trustees shall not impose a differential tuition charge based upon need or income. Except as hereinafter provided, all students enrolled in programs leading to like degrees at state-operated institutions of the state university shall be charged a uniform rate of tuition except for differential tuition rates based on state residency. Provided, however, that the trustees may authorize the presidents of the colleges of tech- nology and the colleges of agriculture and technology to set differing rates of tuition for each of the colleges for students enrolled in degree-granting programs leading to an associate degree and non-degree granting programs so long as such tuition rate does not exceed the tuition rate charged to students who are enrolled in like degree programs or degree-granting undergraduate programs leading to a bacca- laureate degree at other state-operated institutions of the state university of New York. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS SUBPARAGRAPH, THE TRUSTEES MAY AUTHORIZE THE SETTING OF A SEPARATE CATE- GORY OF TUITION RATE, THAT SHALL BE GREATER THAN THE TUITION RATE FOR RESIDENT STUDENTS AND LESS THAN THE TUITION RATE FOR NON-RESIDENT STUDENTS, ONLY FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES WHO ARE NOT RESIDENTS OF THE STATE. Except as otherwise authorized in this subparagraph, the trustees shall not adopt changes affecting tuition
charges prior to the enactment of the annual budget, provided however that: S 2. Subparagraph 4 of paragraph h of subdivision 2 of section 355 of the education law, as amended by chapter 309 of the laws of 1996, is amended to read as follows: (4) The trustees shall not impose a differential tuition charge based upon need or income. All students enrolled in programs leading to like degrees at state-operated institutions of the state university shall be charged a uniform rate of tuition except for differential tuition rates based on state residency. Provided, however, that the trustees may authorize the presidents of the colleges of technology and the colleges of agriculture and technology to set differing rates of tuition for each of the colleges for students enrolled in degree-granting programs lead- ing to an associate degree and non-degree granting programs so long as such tuition rate does not exceed the tuition rate charged to students who are enrolled in like degree programs or degree-granting undergradu- ate programs leading to a baccalaureate degree at other state-operated institutions of the state university of New York. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS SUBPARAGRAPH, THE TRUSTEES MAY AUTHORIZE THE SETTING OF A SEPARATE CATEGORY OF TUITION RATE, THAT SHALL BE GREATER THAN THE TUITION RATE FOR RESIDENT STUDENTS AND LESS THAN THE TUITION RATE FOR NON-RESIDENT STUDENTS, ONLY FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES WHO ARE NOT RESIDENTS OF THE STATE. The trustees shall not adopt changes affecting tuition charges prior to the enactment of the annual budget. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately, provided that the amend- ments to subparagraph 4 of paragraph h of subdivision 2 of section 355 of the education law made by section one of this act shall be subject to the expiration and reversion of such subparagraph pursuant to section 16 of chapter 260 of the laws of 2011, as amended, when upon such date the provisions of section two of this act shall take effect.

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