Relates to eligibility for state aid for certain independent institutions of higher learning; provides that a former two-year institution may elect to continue to receive associate level degree awards if it foregoes receiving any awards for degrees conferred at the bachelor's level.
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the education law, in relation to eligibility for state aid for certain independent institutions of higher learning
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To ensure that the education law regarding Bundy Aid allocations for Trocaire College (The Mercy College of Western New York) is maintained at its current level based on Associate Degrees awarded. Although Trocaire College has recently added baccalaureate programs in Radiological Technology and Nursing it essentially remains a two year college utilizing its Bundy Aid to support scholarships for economically challenged students.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends subdivision 3 of section 6401, of the education law by adding or (c) such authority having been granted after the first day of December, two thousand nine, but before the first day of January, two thousand ten. This change in language will allow Trocaire to receive Bundy funds based on Associate degrees awarded.
Section 2 amends the effective date.
This bill would update the education law to allow Trocaire College to receive Bundy Aid allocations based on their current number of associates degree awarded as opposed to the limited amount of baccalaureate degrees. The law in its current form will decrease the amount of state aid to Trocaire by approximately $22,000 annually. Bundy Aid is an essential part of providing financial assistance to our largely non-traditional student base. More than 90 percent of Trocaire students are eligible for financial aid and more than 40 percent are single parent heads of household.
In the past other educational institutions, such as Villa Maria College and the Culinary Institute of America have been granted exceptions through legislation to have Bundy Aid allocated based on the number of associates degrees conferred. Trocaire college relies on Bundy Aid to help support their financial aid program. Bundy funding supports scholarships for economically challenged students and enables them to further their education and develop rewarding careers.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6424 IN SENATE February 8, 2012 ___________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 eligibility for state aid for certain independent institutions of higher learning THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 6401 of the education law, as amended by chapter 507 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows: 3. Degree awards. The amount of such annual apportionment to each institution meeting the requirements of subdivision two of this section shall be computed by multiplying by not to exceed six hundred dollars the number of earned associate degrees, by not to exceed one thousand five hundred dollars the number of earned bachelor's degrees, by not to exceed nine hundred fifty dollars the number of earned master's degrees, and by not to exceed four thousand five hundred fifty dollars the number of earned doctorate degrees, conferred by such institution during the twelve-month period next preceding the annual period for which such apportionment is made, provided that there shall be excluded from any such computation the number of degrees earned by students with respect to whom state aid other than that established by this section or section sixty-four hundred one-a of this article is granted directly to the institution, and provided further that, except as otherwise provided in this subdivision, the amount apportioned for an associate degree shall be awarded only to two year institutions qualifying under subdivision two of this section. The regents shall promulgate rules defining and classifying professional degrees for the purposes of this section. Institutions qualifying for state aid pursuant to the provisions of paragraph (b) of subdivision two of this section shall, for purposes of this subdivision, be deemed to be the institutions which confer degrees. For purposes of this subdivision, a two-year institution which has received authority to confer bachelor degrees shall continue to be considered a two-year institution until such time as it has actually begun to confer the bachelor's degree. Thereafter, notwithstanding anyEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14294-02-2 S. 6424 2
other provision of law to the contrary, an institution which was former- ly a two-year institution for the purposes of this section and which was granted authority by the regents to confer bachelor degrees, (a) such authority having been granted after the first day of June, nineteen hundred ninety-three, but before the first day of July, nineteen hundred ninety-three, or (b) such authority having been granted after the first day of May, two thousand five, but before the first day of June, two thousand five, OR (C) SUCH AUTHORITY HAVING BEEN GRANTED AFTER THE FIRST DAY OF DECEMBER, TWO THOUSAND NINE, BUT BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF JANUARY, TWO THOUSAND TEN, may elect to continue to receive awards for earned associate degrees. Should such institution so elect, it shall not be eligible during the time of such election to receive awards for earned bachelor's degrees. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.