Bill S5044-2013

Provides for in-state tuition at colleges and universities of state university, the city university of New York and community colleges for honorably discharged veterans attending under the federal GI bills

Provides for in-state tuition at colleges and universities of the state university, the city university of New York and community colleges for honorably discharge veterans attending, within 12 months of their honorable discharge, under the federal GI bills.

Details

Actions

  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • May 21, 2013: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • May 7, 2013: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Higher Education - May 21, 2013
Ayes (19): LaValle, Flanagan, Gallivan, Griffo, Grisanti, Maziarz, Ritchie, Robach, Savino, Seward, Valesky, Zeldin, Stavisky, Kennedy, Krueger, Parker, Rivera, Serrano, Espaillat

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5044

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to in-state tuition at colleges and universities of the state university of New York and the city university of New York

PURPOSE:

Provides for in-state tuition at colleges and universities of state university, the city university of New York and community colleges for honorably discharged veterans attending under the federal GI bills.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Sections 355, 6206, and 6301 of the education law are amended to provide that the payment of tuition and fees by any student who is not a resident of New York state, shall be paid at a rate or charge no greater than that imposed for students who are residents of the state if such student was honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States and is enrolled within twelve months of such discharge in a SUNY or CUNY school in accordance with the federal GI bills.

JUSTIFICATION:

Many veterans serve overseas for extended periods and pursue a college education upon their return to the United States. Veterans are entitled to receive up to $17,500 a year from the federal government if they attend a private school. In. New York State, veterans often lose their status as a New York State resident because of their overseas service, and when they seek to attend a state institution they are forced to pay as a non-resident. This financially penalizes veterans for relocating for their job and steers veterans to attend private schools rather than a SUNY or CUNY institution.

Residency requirements exist to help New York state residents receive a quality education at an affordable price. It would be fair to extend this option to veterans who have returned to or chose to reside in New York State immediately following their service.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5044 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 7, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. GRISANTI -- 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 in-state tuition at colleges and universities of the state university of New York and the city university of New York THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Clause (iii) of subparagraph 8 of paragraph h of subdivi- sion 2 of section 355 of the education law, as added by chapter 327 of the laws of 2002, is amended and a new clause (iv) is added to read as follows: (iii) was enrolled in an institution or educational unit of the state university in the fall semester or quarter of the two thousand one--two thousand two academic year and was authorized by such institution or educational unit to pay tuition at the rate or charge imposed for students who are residents of the state[.]; OR (IV) WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED FROM THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES AND IS ENROLLED, WITHIN TWELVE MONTHS OF SUCH DISCHARGE, IN AN INSTITUTION OR EDUCATIONAL UNIT OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY, AND IS ATTEND- ING SUCH INSTITUTION OR EDUCATIONAL UNIT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL GI BILLS. S 2. Subparagraph (iii) of paragraph (a-1) of subdivision 7 of section 6206 of the education law, as amended by chapter 260 of the laws of 2011, is amended and a new subparagraph (iv) is added to read as follows: (iii) was enrolled in an institution or educational unit of the city university in the fall semester or quarter of the two thousand one--two thousand two academic year and was authorized by such institution or educational unit to pay tuition at the rate or charge imposed for students who are residents of the state[.]; OR
(IV) WHO WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED FROM THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES AND IS ENROLLED, WITHIN TWELVE MONTHS OF SUCH DISCHARGE, IN AN INSTITUTION OR EDUCATIONAL UNIT OF THE CITY UNIVERSITY, AND IS ATTENDING SUCH INSTITUTION OR EDUCATIONAL UNIT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL GI BILLS. S 3. Subparagraph (iii) of paragraph (a) of subdivision 7 of section 6206 of the education law, as amended by chapter 327 of the laws of 2002, is amended and a new subparagraph (iv) is added to read as follows: (iii) was enrolled in an institution or educational unit of the city university in the fall semester or quarter of the two thousand one--two thousand two academic year and was authorized by such institution or educational unit to pay tuition at the rate or charge imposed for students who are residents of the state[.]; OR (IV) WHO WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED FROM THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES AND IS ENROLLED, WITHIN TWELVE MONTHS OF SUCH DISCHARGE, IN AN INSTITUTION OR EDUCATIONAL UNIT OF THE CITY UNIVERSITY, AND IS ATTENDING SUCH INSTITUTION OR EDUCATIONAL UNIT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL GI BILLS. S 4. Paragraph (iii) of subdivision 5 of section 6301 of the education law, as amended by chapter 327 of the laws of 2002, is amended and a new paragraph (iv) is added to read a follows: (iii) was enrolled in an institution or educational unit of the state university in the fall semester or quarter of the two thousand one--two thousand two academic year and was authorized by such institution or educational unit to pay tuition at the rate or charge imposed for students who are residents of the state[.]; OR (IV) WHO WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED FROM THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES AND IS ENROLLED, WRITTEN TWELVE MONTHS OF SUCH DISCHARGE, IN A COMMUNITY COLLEGE UNDER THE PROGRAM OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY, AND IS ATTENDING SUCH COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL GI BILLS. S 5. This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that the amendments to paragraph (a-1) of subdivision 7 of section 6206 of the education law, made by section two of this act, shall be subject to the expiration and reversion of such paragraph pursuant to section 16 of chapter 260 of the laws of 2011, when upon such date the provisions of section three of this act shall take effect.

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