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A08367 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          8367
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      June 12, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. WALLACE -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Higher Education
 
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to expanding  eligibility
          under  the veterans tuition awards program; and to amend the executive
          law, in relation to directing  the  division  of  military  and  naval
          affairs  to  establish  and maintain a registry of state residents who
          are veterans of the United States military efforts in Iraq and Afghan-
          istan
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  Subdivision  1  of  section 669-a of the education law is
     2  amended by adding a new paragraph d-1 to read as follows:
     3    d-1. "Veteran" means a person who: (i) is a  resident  of  the  state;
     4  (ii)  served in the armed forces of the United States; (iii) was a resi-
     5  dent  of the state immediately prior to his or her entry into such armed
     6  forces; and (iv) received an honorable discharge from the branch of  the
     7  armed forces of the United States in which he or she served.
     8    §  2.  Paragraph  a of subdivision 2 of section 669-a of the education
     9  law, as amended by section 3 of part N of chapter  57  of  the  laws  of
    10  2008, is amended and a new paragraph a-1 is added to read as follows:
    11    a. Tuition awards are available for all Vietnam veterans, Persian Gulf
    12  veterans,  Afghanistan  [and]  veterans, other eligible combat veterans,
    13  [as defined in subdivision one of this section] and  veterans,  who  are
    14  enrolled,  pursuant  to  paragraph  a of subdivision four of section six
    15  hundred sixty-one of this part, in approved  undergraduate  or  graduate
    16  programs  at  degree granting institutions or enrolled in approved voca-
    17  tional training programs and who apply for a tuition assistance  program
    18  award pursuant to section six hundred sixty-seven of this subpart.
    19    a-1. Eligibility for awards under this section shall be established as
    20  of the date the application is received by the corporation. Upon notifi-
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD08678-03-7

        A. 8367                             2
 
     1  cation  of  an award under this program, the institution shall defer the
     2  amount of tuition.
     3    §  3.  The  opening paragraph of subdivision 4 of section 669-a of the
     4  education law is designated paragraph a and three new  paragraphs  b,  c
     5  and d are added to read as follows:
     6    b.  An  applicant  who has earned a bachelor's degree is ineligible to
     7  receive an award pursuant to this section for an  additional  bachelor's
     8  degree  program,  but may be eligible to receive an award for a graduate
     9  degree program.
    10    c. An applicant who has earned an associate's degree is ineligible  to
    11  receive  an  award  for  a  two  year  program of study pursuant to this
    12  section.
    13    d. Notwithstanding paragraph c of  subdivision  four  of  section  six
    14  hundred  sixty-one of this part, a school shall certify that a recipient
    15  has achieved the minimum grade point average  necessary  for  successful
    16  completion of his or her coursework to receive payment under the award.
    17    §  4.  Section  190  of  the  executive law is amended by adding a new
    18  subdivision 5 to read as follows:
    19    5. The division of military and naval affairs shall,  in  consultation
    20  with  the federal Department of Defense, establish and maintain a regis-
    21  try of state residents who are  honorably  discharged  veterans  of  the
    22  armed forces of the United States, and who served on regular active duty
    23  (other than for training) during part of one of the following periods:
    24    (a)  from  September eighteenth, two thousand one until the end of the
    25  United States military efforts in Afghanistan; or
    26    (b) from October sixteenth, two thousand two  until  the  end  of  the
    27  United States military efforts in Iraq.
    28    The  information  in such registry shall be deemed to be confidential,
    29  and may only be accessed by the concerned veteran for purposes of  proof
    30  of his or her military service.
    31    § 5. This act shall take effect immediately.
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