Bill S7793-2013

Establishes the free reimbursement for excellence in education for community colleges (FREE CC) program

Establishes the free reimbursement for excellence in education for community colleges (FREE CC) program.

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  • Jun 12, 2014: referred to higher education
  • Jun 12, 2014: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 12, 2014: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 11, 2014: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1362
  • Jun 11, 2014: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Jun 9, 2014: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S7793

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to establishing the free reimbursement for excellence in education community colleges program

PURPOSE:

To guarantee access to a free community college education in New York State for students that meet specific criteria

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one adds a new section 679-g in the education law to establish the program. The Higher Education Services Corporation would be required to reimburse students for the cost of attending a community college who:

- graduate from a NYS high school or receive a GED

- apply for admission at a SUNY or CUNY community college within one year of graduation or receipt of the GED

-enroll in a SUNY or CUNY community college beginning in the fall of 2015 or thereafter

- file a FAFSA

- attend community college on a full-time basis

- graduate with a 2.5 GPA

- graduate within 3 years; and

- file an application with HESC within one year of graduation

Section two provides for an immediate effective date

JUSTIFICATION:

Community colleges are the gateway to higher education for thousands of New Yorkers each year. Completion of these two-year programs enable students to enter the workforce with employable skills, earn decent wages and/or pursue further higher education. Therefore, it makes sense to reduce the cost to the students being educated at these community colleges. At a time when higher education is becoming increasingly unaffordable, more students are entering community college full time and the skills sets demanded by employers are changing in ways that make community college a more attractive option, this bill will strengthen our community colleges and our higher education system by rewarding successful completion.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7793 IN SENATE June 9, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- 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 establishing the free reimbursement for excellence in education community colleges program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 679-g to read as follows: S 679-G. FREE REIMBURSEMENT FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGES (FREE CC) PROGRAM. 1. THE NEW YORK STATE FREE CC PROGRAM IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED TO BE ADMINISTERED BY THE CORPORATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF REIMBURSING STUDENTS' STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK (SUNY) OR CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK (CUNY) COMMUNITY COLLEGE TUITION COSTS. 2. TO BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS PROGRAM AN APPLICANT MUST HAVE (A) GRADUATED FROM NEW YORK STATE HIGH SCHOOL OR COMPLETED A NEW YORK STATE GENERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM AND RECEIVED A GED; (B) MUST APPLY FOR ADMIS- SION AT A SUNY OR CUNY COMMUNITY COLLEGE WITHIN ONE YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION OR RECEIPT OF SUCH GED; (C) MUST ENROLL IN A SUNY OR CUNY COMMUNITY COLLEGE BEGINNING IN THE FALL OF TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN OR THER- EAFTER; (D) MUST HAVE FILED THE FEDERAL APPLICATION FOR STUDENT FINAN- CIAL AID (FASFA); (E) MUST ATTEND SUCH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ON A FULL-TIME BASIS; (F) MUST GRADUATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE WITH A 2.5 GRADE POINT AVER- AGE OR ABOVE; (G) MUST GRADUATE WITHIN THREE YEARS FROM THE FIRST YEAR OF ENROLLMENT; AND (H) MUST FILE AN APPLICATION WITH THE NEW YORK STATE HIGHER EDUCATION SERVICES CORPORATION WITHIN ONE YEAR OF GRADUATING FROM SUCH COMMUNITY COLLEGE. 3. THE CORPORATION SHALL GRANT AWARDS TO STUDENTS WHO MEET THE ELIGI- BILITY REQUIREMENTS IN SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION IN AN AMOUNT THAT REIMBURSES THE STUDENT FOR THE TOTAL OUT-OF-POCKET TUITION COSTS PAID BY SUCH STUDENT FOR ATTENDANCE AT A SUNY OR CUNY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, MINUS ANY OTHER AWARDS OR SCHOLARSHIPS RECEIVED BY SUCH STUDENT THAT WERE APPLIED TO TUITION COSTS. OTHER AWARDS THAT SHALL BE SUBTRACTED FROM THE FREE CC PROGRAM AWARD SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AWARDS OR FEDERAL PELL AWARDS.
4. FREE CC PROGRAM AWARDS SHALL BE GRANTED PURSUANT TO APPROPRIATIONS MADE FOR SUCH PURPOSES AND PURSUANT TO RULES AND REGULATIONS PROMULGATED BY THE CORPORATION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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