|SAME AS||No Same As|
|COSPNSR||Harris, Richardson, Williams, Simon|
|MLTSPNSR||De La Rosa, Englebright|
|Amd §669-e, Ed L|
|Relates to redefining science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM).|
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 233 2017-2018 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY January 5, 2017 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. BICHOTTE -- read once and referred to the Commit- tee on Higher Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to redefining science, technology, engineering, and math education (STEM) The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature hereby 2 finds that the state requires a comprehensive approach to science, tech- 3 nology, engineering, and math education (STEM). Under current law, 4 little to no incentives or programmatic funding exists to push STEM 5 education forward. The legislature further finds it essential to bring 6 back business and industry in STEM education programs by getting them 7 involved for career development. Furthermore, the legislature finds it 8 questionable whether current curriculum focuses on the adequate areas to 9 provide children with the standards needed to fulfill a math or science 10 job opportunity in the future. 11 Therefore be it resolved that the legislature intends to mirror the 12 federal efforts underway to promote STEM and enable New York students to 13 compete internationally in educational fields that drive the global 14 economy and to provide the appropriate funding for STEM programs. 15 § 2. Section 669-e of the education law, as added by section 1 of part 16 G of chapter 56 of the laws of 2014, is amended to read as follows: 17 § 669-e. New York state science, technology, engineering and mathemat- 18 ics incentive program. 1. Undergraduate students who are matriculated in 19 an approved undergraduate program leading to a career in science, 20 computer science, technology, engineering including design skills and 21 practice or mathematics at a New York state public institution of higher 22 education shall be eligible for an award under this section, provided 23 the applicant: (a) graduates from a high school located in New York 24 state during or after the two thousand thirteen--fourteen school year; 25 and (b) graduates within the top ten percent of his or her high school EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01296-01-7A. 233 2 1 class; and (c) enrolls in full-time study each term beginning in the 2 fall term after his or her high school graduation in an approved under- 3 graduate program in science, computer science, technology, engineering, 4 including design skills and practice or mathematics, as defined by the 5 corporation, at a New York state public institution of higher education; 6 and (d) signs a contract with the corporation agreeing that his or her 7 award will be converted to a student loan in the event the student fails 8 to comply with the terms of this program as set forth in subdivision 9 four of this section; and (e) complies with the applicable provisions of 10 this article and all requirements promulgated by the corporation for the 11 administration of the program. 12 2. Awards shall be granted beginning with the two thousand fourteen-- 13 two thousand fifteen academic year and thereafter to applicants that the 14 corporation has determined are eligible to receive such awards. The 15 corporation shall grant such awards in an amount equal to the amount of 16 undergraduate tuition for residents of New York state charged by the 17 state university of New York or actual tuition charged, whichever is 18 less; provided, however, (i) a student who receives educational grants 19 and/or scholarships that cover the student's full cost of attendance 20 shall not be eligible for an award under this program; (ii) for a 21 student who receives educational grants and/or scholarships that cover 22 less than the student's full cost of attendance, such grants and/or 23 scholarships shall not be deemed duplicative of this program and may be 24 held concurrently with an award under this program, provided that the 25 combined benefits do not exceed the student's full cost of attendance; 26 and (iii) an award under this program shall be applied to tuition after 27 the application of all other educational grants and scholarships limited 28 to tuition and shall be reduced in an amount equal to such educational 29 grants and/or scholarships. Upon notification of an award under this 30 program, the institution shall defer the amount of tuition equal to the 31 award. No award shall be final until the recipient's successful 32 completion of a term has been certified by the institution. 33 3. An eligible recipient shall not receive an award for more than four 34 academic years of full-time undergraduate study or five academic years 35 if the program of study normally requires five years, excluding any 36 allowable interruption of study. 37 4. The corporation shall convert to a student loan the full amount of 38 the award given pursuant to this section, plus interest, according to a 39 schedule to be determined by the corporation if: (a) a recipient fails 40 to complete an approved undergraduate program in science, computer 41 science, technology, engineering, including design skills and practice 42 or mathematics or changes majors to a program of undergraduate study 43 other than in science, computer science, technology, engineering, 44 including design skills and practice or mathematics; or (b) upon 45 completion of such undergraduate degree program a recipient fails to 46 either (i) complete five years of continuous full time employment in the 47 science, computer science, technology, engineering, including design 48 skills and practice or mathematics field with a public or private entity 49 located within New York state, or (ii) maintain residency in New York 50 state for such period of employment; or (c) a recipient fails to respond 51 to requests by the corporation for the status of his or her academic or 52 professional progress. The terms and conditions of this subdivision 53 shall be deferred for individuals who graduate with a degree in an 54 approved undergraduate program in science, computer science, technology, 55 engineering, including design skills and practice or mathematics and 56 enroll on at least a half-time basis in a graduate or higher degreeA. 233 3 1 program or other professional licensure degree program until they are 2 conferred a degree, and shall also be deferred for any interruption in 3 undergraduate study or employment as established by the rules and regu- 4 lations of the corporation. The terms and conditions of this subdivision 5 may also be deferred for a grace period, to be established by the corpo- 6 ration, following the completion of an approved undergraduate program in 7 science, computer science, technology, engineering, including design 8 skills and practice or mathematics a graduate or higher degree program 9 or other professional licensure degree program. Any obligation to comply 10 with such provisions as outlined in this section shall be cancelled upon 11 the death of the recipient. Notwithstanding any provisions of this 12 subdivision to the contrary, the corporation is authorized to promulgate 13 rules and regulations to provide for the waiver or suspension of any 14 financial obligation which would involve extreme hardship. 15 5. The corporation is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations, 16 and may promulgate emergency regulations, necessary for the implementa- 17 tion of the provisions of this section, including, but not limited to, 18 the rate of interest charged for repayment of the student loan. 19 § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.