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A09670 Summary:

BILL NOA09670
 
SAME ASSAME AS S07420
 
SPONSORSepulveda
 
COSPNSRCrespo, Simon, Dickens, Jaffee, Barron, Blake, Gottfried, Ramos, Vanel, Richardson, Colton, Rivera, Niou, Mosley, Quart, Cahill
 
MLTSPNSRArroyo, Davila, De La Rosa, Dilan, Ortiz, Pichardo, Rodriguez, Rozic, Solages, Thiele
 
Amd 669-h, Ed L
 
Ensures that individuals enrolled in the federal deferred action for childhood arrivals program are eligible to participate in the New York state excelsior scholarship program; prohibits questions regarding immigration status during the application process; requires DACA enrollee eligibility to begin in 2018.
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A09670 Actions:

BILL NOA09670
 
01/31/2018referred to higher education
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A09670 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A9670
 
SPONSOR: Sepulveda (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to eligibility for the New York state excelsior scholarship for those enrolled in the federal deferred action for childhood arrivals program   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1: Amends the education law to expand eligibility of the Excels- ior Scholarship Program to enrollees of the federal DACA program. Further, the Excelsior Scholarship application would be prohibited from inquiring into the applicant's immigration status. Section 2: Sets out the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: DACA enrollees should be protected in New York State, the immigrant state. We should ensure that they are granted same rights as the rest of New Yorkers New York is currently behind other states in tuition assistance for immigrants. Five states-California, New Mexico, Minnesota, Texas and Washington-offer state financial assistance to unauthorized students. New York is not one of them. Undocumented immigrants face a tremendous barrier to accessing higher education. New York State has the third largest number of DACA enrollees in the nation. This legislation will enable children and eligible persons who are currently enrolled in the Federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to apply for the New York State Excelsior Scholarship. Created in 2017, the Excelsior Scholarship is a "last dollar" scholarship, providing for any remaining tuition costs for eligible individuals enrolled at SUNY or CUNY institutions. Since the inception of DACA in 2012, over 41,000 New Yorkers have been granted DACA status and over 53,000 have had their special status renewed by the federal government. The civic and economic contribution of DACA enrollees and all DREAMERs has been and continue to be positive for our nation and the communities they call home. New York has been unable to pass the Dream Act or Dream Fund which would allow this group of student's access to financial aid to assist with their college education. The new scholarship program, under this legislation, will grant college financial aid to Dreamers without asking them for the legal status or by requiring that they first qualify for TAP, EOP or HEOP. This legislation bypasses the need for a Dreamer to first qualify for TAP, EOP or HEOP in order to get college aid. That application process makes their legal status a factor in granting such assistance. The new Excelsior Scholarship Program now provides an opening for a new approach to the failed Dream Act efforts in New York State. Under current law, scholarship recipients must be a resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the term as well as be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. Providing a high-quality public education to DACA enrollees is a critical step toward ensuring all New Yorkers are able to access higher education.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to undergraduate admissions to a public institution of higher education for a term or semester beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year.
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A09670 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          9670
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 31, 2018
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. SEPULVEDA, CRESPO -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of
          A. ARROYO, DAVILA, DE LA ROSA, DILAN, ORTIZ, PICHARDO, RAMOS,  RIVERA,
          RODRIGUEZ,  ROZIC,  SOLAGES -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Higher Education
 
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to  eligibility  for  the
          New York state excelsior scholarship for those enrolled in the federal
          deferred action for childhood arrivals program
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 669-h  of  the  education  law  is
     2  amended by adding a new paragraph (g) to read as follows:
     3    (g)  Notwithstanding  any  other  provision of law to the contrary, an
     4  applicant who is enrolled in the federal deferred action  for  childhood
     5  arrivals  program shall be eligible to receive an award pursuant to this
     6  section provided that no application for such award shall  inquire  into
     7  the applicant's immigration status.
     8    §  2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to under-
     9  graduate admissions to a public institution of higher  education  for  a
    10  term or semester beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year.
 
 
 
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD13530-03-8
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