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S01563 Summary:

BILL NO    S01563 

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    LAVALLE

COSPNSR    DEFRANCISCO, LARKIN, RANZENHOFER, SAVINO

MLTSPNSR   

Add Art 14-B SS698 - 698-b, S209-b, Ed L

Enacts the "financial aid disclosure act"; makes definitions; requires
institutions of higher education to disclose financial aid policies relating to
contributions to be made by such institution, any changes which may result to
such financial aid and the reasons therefor; makes board of regents in charge
of enforcement.
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S01563 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         1563

                              2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                                   I N  S E N A T E

                                      (PREFILED)

                                    January 9, 2013
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by  Sens.  LAVALLE, DeFRANCISCO, LARKIN, RANZENHOFER -- 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 financial aid disclo-
         sure

         THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section  1.  The education law is amended by adding a new article 14-B
    2  to read as follows:
    3                                ARTICLE 14-B
    4                        FINANCIAL AID DISCLOSURE ACT
    5  SECTION 698. SHORT TITLE.
    6          698-A. DEFINITIONS.
    7          698-B. DISCLOSURE OF FINANCIAL AID POLICY.
    8    S 698. SHORT TITLE. THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE KNOWN AS THE "FINANCIAL  AID
    9  DISCLOSURE ACT."
   10    S  698-A.  DEFINITIONS.  AS  USED IN THIS ARTICLE, THE FOLLOWING TERMS
   11  SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED:
   12    1. "INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION" SHALL HAVE THE  SAME  MEANING  AS
   13  DEFINED IN ARTICLE FOURTEEN-A OF THIS CHAPTER.
   14    2.  "STUDENT" MEANS ANY INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE
   15  FOR PAYING THE COST OF AN ENROLLED STUDENT'S HIGHER EDUCATION, INCLUDING
   16  BUT NOT LIMITED TO A STUDENT AND HIS OR HER FAMILY.
   17    3. "FINANCIAL AID AWARD" MEANS ANY SCHOLARSHIP, GRANT, LOAN  OR  OTHER
   18  FINANCIAL  AID  COMPENSATION  AWARDED  TO  A  STUDENT BY OR ADMINISTERED
   19  THROUGH AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION WITH THE PURPOSE OF  DECREAS-
   20  ING  THE STUDENT'S COST OF ATTENDANCE AT AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCA-
   21  TION.
   22    4. "OUTSIDE FINANCIAL AID AWARD" MEANS ANY SCHOLARSHIP,  GRANT,  AWARD
   23  OR  OTHER TYPE OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AWARDED TO A STUDENT BY OR ADMIN-

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD06165-01-3
       S. 1563                             2

    1  ISTERED THROUGH STATE OR NATIONAL GOVERNMENT OR A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL  OR
    2  COMPANY  FOR  THE PURPOSE OF DECREASING THE STUDENT'S COST OF ATTENDANCE
    3  AT AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION.
    4    5.  "FINANCIAL AID PUBLICATION" MEANS ANY CATALOG, HAND BOOK, PROSPEC-
    5  TUS, PAMPHLET, BULLETIN OR OTHER WRITTEN MATERIAL, SUPPLIED BY AN INSTI-
    6  TUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION THAT CONTAINS, EITHER  EXCLUSIVELY  OR  ALONG
    7  WITH  OTHER MATERIAL, CONSIDERABLE INFORMATION REGARDING THE INSTITUTION
    8  OF HIGHER EDUCATION'S FINANCIAL AID POLICIES.
    9    6. "FINANCIAL AID AWARD STATEMENT" MEANS THE STATEMENT PROVIDED BY THE
   10  INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND DISTRIBUTED TO  A  STUDENT  ACCEPTED
   11  FOR  ENROLLMENT  AT SUCH INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION THAT IDENTIFIES
   12  THE SPECIFIC AMOUNT OF THE PROPOSED  INDIVIDUAL'S  FINANCIAL  AID  AWARD
   13  FROM THE INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION.
   14    7.  "FINANCIAL  AID AWARD AGREEMENT" MEANS THE ACTUAL FORM UTILIZED BY
   15  THE INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE STUDENT IN ORDER TO FINALIZE
   16  THE FINANCIAL AID AGREEMENT.
   17    S 698-B. DISCLOSURE OF FINANCIAL AID POLICY. ALL FINANCIAL AID  PUBLI-
   18  CATIONS, AWARD STATEMENTS AND AWARD AGREEMENTS SHALL DISCLOSE THE INSTI-
   19  TUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION'S FINANCIAL AID POLICY REGARDING:
   20    1. ANY CHANGES TO THE CONTRIBUTION THE INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION
   21  MAY  MAKE  IN  ITS AWARD DUE TO THE STUDENT'S USAGE OF OUTSIDE FINANCIAL
   22  AID AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS, AWARDS OR  OTHER  TYPES  OF  FINANCIAL
   23  ASSISTANCE  AWARDED TO A STUDENT BY OR ADMINISTERED THROUGH THE STATE OR
   24  FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OR A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL OR COMPANY FOR  THE  PURPOSES
   25  OF DECREASING THE STUDENT'S COST OF ATTENDING COLLEGE;
   26    2.  ANY  ANNUAL ADJUSTMENT OF AN AWARD DUE TO CHANGES IN THE RESOURCES
   27  OF THE STUDENT OR THOSE OF THE INSTITUTION OF HIGHER  EDUCATION  OR  FOR
   28  ANY OTHER REASON; AND
   29    3.  IN  WHAT  SEQUENCE THE COMPONENTS OF A FINANCIAL AID AWARD WILL BE
   30  INCREASED OR DECREASED WHEN A TOTAL  AWARD  IS  ADJUSTED,  AND  HOW  THE
   31  INCREASE OR DECREASE WILL BE DISTRIBUTED BETWEEN COMPONENTS.
   32    S  2.  The  education  law is amended by adding a new section 209-b to
   33  read as follows:
   34    S 209-B. ENFORCEMENT RELATING TO FINANCIAL AID DISCLOSURE. THE REGENTS
   35  SHALL, BY RULE OR REGULATION, ESTABLISH GUIDELINES FOR AND CARRY OUT THE
   36  ENFORCEMENT OF THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE FOURTEEN-B OF THIS CHAPTER  AND
   37  SHALL PROVIDE NOTICE TO ALL INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION OF ANY SUCH
   38  RULE OR REGULATION ADOPTED FOR SUCH PURPOSES.
   39    S  3.  This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding
   40  the date on which it shall have become a law provided, however, that the
   41  adoption, amendment and/or repeal of any rule  or  regulation  necessary
   42  for  the  timely implementation of the provisions of this act is author-
   43  ized and directed to be completed on or before such effective date.
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