Bill S6844-2013

Extends the duration of tuition assistance awards to five years

Extends the duration of tuition assistance awards to five years.

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  • Mar 19, 2014: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S6844

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the duration of tuition assistance awards

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this bill is to extend the duration of tuition assistance awards to five years. Present law provides for undergraduate students to generally receive tuition assistance payments (TAP) for four years of study. Students who are enrolled in certain approved 5-year undergraduate programs may receive 5 years of TAP assistance.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends Section 604 of the education law by adding a new subdivision 1-a providing that TAP aid be available to students enrolled in approved programs for 5 academic years in the aggregate.

Section 2 provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

New York State funds two programs which provide need-based aid to all eligible higher education students: the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), a state-operated financial aid program for State residents attending approved postsecondary institutions in New York, and the Supplemental Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) providing up to one additional year of aid for educationally disadvantaged students enrolled in remedial courses. STAP awards are determined in the same manner as TAP awards. It is a given fact that the Legislature has a history of endeavoring to maintain a balanced relationship between the independent and public sectors of higher education. This has been coupled with a desire to make resources available for providing students with the maximum access in all sectors of higher education.

In past years, eligibility levels were increased, along with the maximum awards available to students attending New York's colleges. However, there has been no effort to increase the number of years of eligibility for these very same students.

New factors have evolved during this time, including the lack of class availability for those students who hope to graduate within the "normal" four year period. Subsequently, many students have been forced to attend college for up to five years to obtain their undergraduate degree. Many students who need to work to support themselves are also forced to reduce their coursework, also prolonging their college years. New York needs to factor these circumstances into the equation when allocating TAP assistance.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2013-14: A2502 (Rozic) - Higher Education 2011-12: A5913 (Kavanagh) - Higher Education 2009-10: S2701 (Aubertine)/A647 (Kavanagh) - Higher Education

2007-08: S7101 (Aubertine)/A10155 (Kavanagh)/A1816 (Aubertine) Higher Education 2005-06: A6658 (Aubertine) - Higher Education 2003-04: S1391 (Stachowski)/A1536 (Tokasz) - Higher Education 2001-02: S2237 (Stachowski)/A4797 (Tokasz) - Higher Education

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 a law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6844 IN SENATE March 19, 2014 ___________
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 the duration of tuition assistance awards THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 604 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 1-a to read as follows: 1-A. TUITION ASSISTANCE AWARDS PROVIDED FOR IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS ENROLLED IN APPROVED PROGRAMS FOR FIVE ACADEMIC YEARS IN THE AGGREGATE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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