Provides tuition awards to children of firefighters, police officers, volunteer firefighters, and EMTs with permanent and total disabilities, to be applied to any college or university in the state university system or the city university of New York; provides that the award is for tuition, less other aid, and is limited to 4 or 5 academic years.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to providing tuition awards to children of firefighters, police officers, volunteer firefighters, and emergency medical technicians with permanent and total disabilities
PURPOSE: This legislation would provide tuition awards to children of firefighters with permanent and total disabilities.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The education law is amended by adding a new section 669-e which provides tuition awards for children of firefighters with permanent and total disabilities. Eligibility: Child whose parent is a firefighter who is eligible for permanent and total disability benefits, as defined in section eight of the volunteer firefighters benefit law, shall be eligible for a tuition award to be made available by the president of the higher education services corporation. Amount shall be equal to the cost of undergraduate tuition, offset by any other financial assistance or award received. Duration should not exceed more than eight semesters, equivalent to four years of academic study, or ten semesters if the undergraduate program requires five years of academic study.
JUSTIFICATION: Few occupational efforts are as selfless and more important than being a fireman and/or a volunteer firefighter. The individuals who serve in these capacities ensure not only our public safety but also preserve our quality of life.
The work of these individuals is dangerous. Every time they go to work, they place their very lives in peril. The hazards they face are real and substantial, and their bravery, training and commitment are the principal factors of their survival and success.
Our state must recognize the importance of the service of our uniformed public servants. We must recognize their service and stand prepared to assist their spouses and children when, in the course of the performance of their service to the community, they are injured and become permanently and totally disabled.
This bill would recognize and reward the service of our state's firemen and volunteer firefighters by providing tuition awards to children of firefighters with permanent and total disabilities.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.5999A of 2004 S.1978 of 2005/2006 S.591 of 2007/2008 S.2944 of 2009/2010
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 477--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. NOZZOLIO, MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to providing tuition awards to children of firefighters, police officers, volunteer fire- fighters, and emergency medical technicians with permanent and total disabilities 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 section 669-e to read as follows: S 669-E. TUITION AWARDS FOR CHILDREN OF FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS, VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS, AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS WITH PERMANENT AND TOTAL DISABILITIES. 1. ELIGIBILITY. A CHILD WHOSE PARENT IS A FIRE- FIGHTER, POLICE OFFICER, VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER, OR EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR PERMANENT AND TOTAL DISABILITY BENEFITS, SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A TUITION AWARD TO BE MADE AVAILABLE BY THE PRESI- DENT OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION SERVICES CORPORATION. TUITION AWARDS PROVIDED UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL ONLY BE AVAILABLE WITHIN THE STATE OF NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OR THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK. 2. AMOUNT. THE TUITION AWARD SHALL BE EQUAL TO THE COST OF UNDERGRADU- ATE TUITION, OFFSET BY ANY OTHER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OR AWARD RECEIVED. IF A TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (TAP) AWARD IS ALSO RECEIVED, THE COMBINED ACADEMIC YEAR AWARD SHALL NOT EXCEED TUITION. 3. DURATION. (A) NO RECIPIENT OF A TUITION AWARD UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL RECEIVE A TUITION AWARD FOR MORE THAN EIGHT SEMESTERS OF FULL TIME UNDERGRADUATE STUDY, OR THE EQUIVALENT OF FOUR ACADEMIC YEARS, OR, IF AN UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM NORMALLY REQUIRES FIVE ACADEMIC YEARS OF FULL TIME STUDY, FOR MORE THAN TEN SEMESTERS OF FULL TIME STUDY, OR THE EQUIVALENTEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00489-02-1 S. 477--A 2
OF FIVE ACADEMIC YEARS. "FULL TIME STUDY" SHALL MEAN ENROLLMENT FOR MORE THAN TWELVE SEMESTER HOURS PER SEMESTER, OR THE EQUIVALENT, IN AN APPROVED UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM. (B) NO RECIPIENT OF A TUITION AWARD UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL RECEIVE A TUITION AWARD FOR MORE THAN SIXTEEN SEMESTERS OF PART TIME UNDERGRADUATE STUDY, OR THE EQUIVALENT OF EIGHT ACADEMIC YEARS OF PART TIME STUDY, OR, IF AN UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM NORMALLY REQUIRES FIVE ACADEMIC YEARS OF FULL TIME STUDY, FOR MORE THAN TWENTY SEMESTERS OF PART TIME STUDY, OR THE EQUIVALENT OF TEN ACADEMIC YEARS. "PART TIME STUDY" SHALL MEAN ENROLLMENT FOR AT LEAST THREE BUT LESS THAN TWELVE SEMESTER HOURS PER SEMESTER, OR THE EQUIVALENT, IN AN APPROVED UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.