Bill S867A-2013

Prohibits the deferral of awards granted under the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Prohibits the deferral of awards granted under the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP); ensures that a TAP award will be paid on time so that the student may pay his or her tuition bill on time.

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  • Jan 17, 2014: PRINT NUMBER 867A
  • Jan 17, 2014: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S867A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to prohibiting the deferral of awards granted under the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this legislation is to prohibit the deferral of TAP awards until after the student graduates from his or her course of study.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Amends the Education Law, Section 667 by adding a new subdivision 4. Prohibits the deferral of TAP awards until the student graduates his or her course of study. Requires that TAP awards be paid in a reasonable time frame in order to ensure that the student is able to apply the award toward his or her tuition bill.

Section 2. Effective Date

EXISTING LAW:

None.

JUSTIFICATION:

In 1969, the State Legislature adopted the Tuition Assistance Progam (TAP), a needs-based scholarship program for students seeking to attain higher education in New York State. Originally designed to help low income students pay for higher education, it was later enlarged to provide assistance to middle income students. The Governor has proposed changing TAP to defer payment of one-third of each eligible student's yearly grants until the student has completed his or her degree. Many students depend on financial aid in order to attend college. This proposed change could cause fewer students to seek higher education, disproportionately affect minority students, and cause financial hardship to those students who are forced to take on additional debt to complete their education.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2013: S.867 - Referred to Higher Education/A.2520 - Referred to Higher Education 2012: S.119- A- Amend and recommit to Higher Education/A.1280-A-Amend and recommit to Higher Education 2011: S.119 - Defeated in Higher Education/A.1280 - Referred to Higher Education 2009-10: S.3130A - Amended and Recommitted to Education/A.8848A Amended and Recommitted to Education 2007-08: S.779 - Referred to Higher Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately, and shall apply to academic quarters and semesters beginning on or after August 1, 2015.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 867--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. DIAZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education -- recom- mitted to the Committee on Higher Education in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to prohibiting the defer- ral of awards granted under the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 667 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 4 to read as follows: 4. DEFERRAL OF TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AWARDS PROHIBITED. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL AN AWARD GRANTED UNDER THE TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (TAP) PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION BE DEFERRED UNTIL THE STUDENT RECIPIENT GRADUATES FROM HIS OR HER COURSE OF STUDY. THE PRESIDENT SHALL PAY A TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AWARD TO THE STUDENT RECIPIENT IN A REASONABLE TIMEFRAME IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE STUDENT RECIPIENT IS ABLE TO APPLY THE AWARD TOWARD HIS OR HER TUITION BILL ON TIME. NO TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AWARD SHALL BE MADE CONTINGENT UPON THE STUDENT'S GRADUATION FROM HIS OR HER UNDERGRADUATE OR GRADUATE COURSE OF STUDY. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately, and shall apply to academic quarters and semesters beginning on or after August 1, 2015.

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