Bill S7249-2013

Permits the commissioner of education to include graduate programs as programs eligible for approval under the state tuition assistance program

Permits the commissioner of education to include graduate programs as programs eligible for approval under the state tuition assistance program.

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  • May 7, 2014: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S7249

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

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill will include graduate programs as eligible for approval under the state tuition assistance program, making a restoration to the program eliminated in 2010.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends Section 663 subdivision 3 paragraph a of the education law, as amended by Chapter 58 of the laws of 2011, Section 4 part J.

Section 2 amends Section 663 subdivision 3 paragraph b sub-paragraph 1's opening paragraph of the education law, as amended by Chapter 58 of the laws of 2011, section 5 part J.

Section 3 amends section 663 subdivision 3 paragraph d of the education law, as amended by Chapter 58 of the laws of 2011, section 6 part J.

Section 4 amends section 667 subdivisions 1 and 2 of the education law, as amended by Chapter 622 of the laws of 2008 subdivision 1, and Chapter 58 of the laws of 2011, subdivision 2 section one part J.

Section 5 gives the effective date

JUSTIFICATION: In 2010, the state legislature eliminated the tuition assistance program for all graduate degree programs. As a result, New York State's graduate students no longer or eligible or have access to the State's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) making it increasingly difficult for students to further their education and obtain a graduate degree.

Many jobs which formerly required only a bachelor's degree are now calling for a master's degree or higher. For many in this situation, the cost of graduate school is simply too expensive them to earn a higher degree, even while working and attending school part-time. This bill would provide these students with access to tuition assistance needed to afford graduate school and make them more competitive in today's job market.

This bill will also lead to a more educated New York and help fulfill the goal of filling more job opportunities in this state with capable New Yorkers.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Approximately $2 to $3 million annually.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 7249 A. 9555 S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y May 7, 2014 ___________
IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sens. LANZA, GOLDEN, SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. MALLIOTAKIS, BORELLI -- read once and referred to the Committee on Higher Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to tuition assistance program awards THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph a of subdivision 3 of section 663 of the educa- tion law, as amended by section 4 of part J of chapter 58 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: a. In determining the amount of an award for GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADU- ATE students, the income of the parents shall be excluded if the student has been emancipated from his parents. S 2. The opening paragraph of subparagraph 1 of paragraph b of subdi- vision 3 of section 663 of the education law, as amended by section 5 of part J of chapter 58 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: The applicant is a student who was married on or before December thir- ty-first of the calendar year prior to the beginning of the academic year for which application is made or is an undergraduate student who has reached the age of twenty-two on or before June thirtieth prior to the academic year for which application is made OR IS A GRADUATE STUDENT and who, during the calendar year next preceding the semester, quarter or term of attendance for which application is made and at all times subsequent thereto up to and including the entire period for which application is made: S 3. Paragraph d of subdivision 3 of section 663 of the education law, as amended by section 6 of part J of chapter 58 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: d. Any GRADUATE OR undergraduate student who was allowed to exclude parental income pursuant to the provisions of FORMER subdivision three of section six hundred three of this chapter as they existed prior to
July first, nineteen hundred seventy-four may continue to exclude such income for so long as he continues to comply with such provisions. S 4. Subdivision 1 and 2 of section 667 of the education law, subdivi- sion 1 as amended by chapter 622 of the laws of 2008 and subdivision 2 as amended by section 1 of part J of chapter 58 of the laws of 2011, are amended to read as follows: 1. Recipient qualifications. Tuition assistance program awards are available for all students who are enrolled in approved programs and who demonstrate the ability to complete such courses, in accordance with standards established by the commissioner provided, however, that no award shall be made unless tuition (exclusive of educational fees) and, if applicable, the college fee levied by the state university of New York pursuant to the April first, nineteen hundred sixty-four financing agreements with the New York state dormitory authority charged for the program in which the student is enrolled total at least two hundred dollars a year, and provided further that, no award can exceed one hundred percent of the amount of tuition charged. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION, SECTION SIX HUNDRED SIXTY-ONE OF THIS PART, OR ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS CHAPTER SHALL BE READ TO EXCLUDE ANY GRADUATE PROGRAM FROM CLASSIFICATION BY THE COMMISSIONER AS AN APPROVED PROGRAM FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION. 2. Duration. No undergraduate shall be eligible for more than four academic years of study, or five academic years if the program of study normally requires five years. Students enrolled in a program of remedial study, approved by the commissioner in an institution of higher educa- tion and intended to culminate in a degree in undergraduate study shall, for purposes of this section, be considered as enrolled in a program of study normally requiring five years. An undergraduate student enrolled in an eligible two year program of study approved by the commissioner shall be eligible for no more than three academic years of study. NO GRADUATE STUDENT SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR MORE THAN FOUR ACADEMIC YEARS OF STUDY PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT NO GRADUATE STUDENT SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR MORE THAN ONE DEGREE PROGRAM AT THE MASTER'S, FIRST PROFESSIONAL OR DOCTORATE LEVEL. NO STUDENT SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A TOTAL OF MORE THAN THE EQUIVALENT OF EIGHT YEARS OF COMBINED UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDY. Any semester, quarter, or term of attendance during which a student receives any award under this article, after the effective date of the former scholar incentive program and prior to academic year nine- teen hundred eighty-nine--nineteen hundred ninety, shall be counted toward the maximum term of eligibility for tuition assistance under this section, except that any semester, quarter or term of attendance during which a student received an award pursuant to section six hundred sixty-six of this subpart shall be counted as one-half of a semester, quarter or term, as the case may be, toward the maximum term of eligi- bility under this section. Any semester, quarter or term of attendance during which a student received an award pursuant to section six hundred sixty-seven-a of this subpart shall not be counted toward the maximum term of eligibility under this section. S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

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