Allows disabled students to increase duration limits for student financial aid awards.
Ayes (63): Addabbo, Amedore, Avella, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, Comrie, Croci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Funke, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Hamilton, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Montgomery, Murphy, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Ortt, Panepinto, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Valesky, Venditto, Young
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to disabled students seeking to increase duration limits for student financial aid awards
PURPOSE OF BILL: This bill would give authority to the commissioner of education to extend student financial aid awards for disabled students
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends section 661 of the education law, as it relates to extending financial aid for students who are unable to graduate within four years due to their disability.
Section 2 of the bill relates to authorizing the commissioner of education to promulgate rules and regulations as necessary to implement the provisions of this act,
Section 3 of the bill relates to the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Currently, New York State financial aid is only awarded for a maximum of four years with no exceptions. A number of disabled students are unable to graduate within four years due to difficulties associated with their disability. This creates financial challenges for these students who, although have a strong desire to graduate within the four years, are prevented by their limitations.
This bill would create a process in which the commissioner of education can extend financial aid for up to six years if a disabled student can demonstrate the need. This encourages disabled students to complete their education and pursue jobs they wouldn't have been able to achieve without graduating
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined
EFFECTIVE DATE:. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5119 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 1, 2015 ___________Introduced by Sen. CARLUCCI -- 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 disabled students seeking to increase duration limits for student financial aid awards THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph g of subdivision 4 of section 661 of the educa- tion law, as amended by section 1 of part Z of chapter 58 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: g. For students who are disabled as defined by the Americans With
[Disability]DISABILITIES Act of 1990, 42 USC 12101, the full-time attendance requirement is eliminated AND THE DURATION LIMIT, AS PROVIDED IN SECTION SIX HUNDRED SIXTY-SEVEN OF THIS ARTICLE, MAY BE INCREASED UP TO A PERIOD NOT TO EXCEED SIX YEARS AS APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER. Such disabled students may be in part-time attendance, as defined by the commissioner in order to be eligible to receive payments from the presi- dent. THE DISABLED STUDENT SEEKING ASSISTANCE FOR A DURATION PERIOD LONGER THAN ALLOWABLE BY LAW MUST DEMONSTRATE TO THE COMMISSIONER THAT THEIR DISABILITY PREVENTED THE COMPLETION OF THE ENROLLED PROGRAM WITHIN THE MAXIMUM AWARD PERIOD. S 2. The commissioner of education shall have the authority to promul- gate rules and regulations as necessary to implement the provisions of this act. S 3. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03788-01-5